On the first Saturday morning of each month, we gather at a local trail head to “saunter” and experience the Eucharist out in God’s creation. Hikes begin at 8:00 AM in the fall, spring, and summer, and 9:00 AM in the winter. The trailhead is announced in advance and is posted in our weekly Fully Alive News emails (click here to subscribe). You also can call the church office (303-688-5185) to learn the hike location for each month.
Each hike consists of a 2-3 mile, fairly low impact walk. We offer our opening prayers at the trailhead, hike for a time, read scripture, and continue on, stopping at times for reflections, prayers, and to share the Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to join us and experience this wonderful outdoor worship.
“Hiking — I don’t like either the word or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains — not hike! Do you know the origin of that word ‘saunter?’ It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the Middle Ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and when people in the village through which they passed asked where they were going, they would reply, “a la sainte terre.’ ‘To the Holy Land.’ And so they became known as sainte-terre-ers or sanuterers. Now these mountains are our Holy Land, and we ought to saunter through them reverently, not ‘hike’ through them.”
— John Muir