What You’ll Experience
When You Visit Christ’s Church
Here’s a quick rundown of just about everything you’ll want to know
about what it’s like to visit Christ’s Church on a Sunday morning.
If there’s something you’re wondering about that we’ve missed here,
please call our office (303-688-5185) and ask us about it.
Street parking is available on 4th Street, on Lewis Street, or on Cantril Street. In addition, on Sunday mornings, Cantril School allows our worshipers to use their three parking lots: one is accessed from 4th Street, the other two from Lewis Street.
The main entrance to Christ’s Church is on 4th Street, in the middle of the block between Lewis and Cantril. When you enter, you’ll receive a friendly welcome and a copy of the weekly service bulletin from one of our volunteer greeters. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about worshiping at Christ’s Church.
The worship space at Christ’s Church is called the sanctuary. Its design is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional Gothic style, making the space bright, clean, open and uplifting. The choir and musicians sit in the back; the altar and lectern in the front. Instead of pews, you’ll find rows of red upholstered chairs with aisles on either side and down the center. On top of the wall behind the altar, you’ll see a large cross custom crafted out of Colorado beetle-kill pine.
Because we’re an Episcopal church, our worship is liturgical and drawn from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The basic structure of our Sunday service goes back to the ancient traditions of early Christianity. The BCP has its roots in Reformation-era England, and has been updated periodically, most recently in the 1970s.
Each Sunday morning, we celebrate the Eucharist (also known as Communion or the Mass or the Lord’s Supper). “Eucharist” is a Greek word meaning thanksgiving, which is appropriate because our prayers are full of thanks and praise.
The service opens with four readings, one each from the Old Testament, the Psalms, the Epistles, and the Gospels, which are followed by a brief sermon (sometimes called a homily) and a communal recitation of the Nicene Creed. Prayers for the world, our community, our family and friends lead into the passing of the Peace, when we greet one another. The service reaches its high point in the Great Thanksgiving, which includes the consecration of the bread and wine, the Lord’s Prayer, and the communion itself. After the Eucharist has been served to all, the celebrant (that is, the priest) blesses us and sends us back into the world.
At our 8:00 AM Sunday service, we celebrate the Eucharist without music, and because there is usually a smaller group worshiping at this early service, we circle the altar to say the Lord’s Prayer and receive communion.
Our 10:30 AM Sunday service features music and choir (except during the summer), including both traditional hymns and contemporary songs of faith. One of the high points of this service occurs when everyone joins hands and sings the Lord’s Prayer.
The Gathering Place
After and between services, we spend time socializing in the Gathering Place, which located in the building across our parking lot from the sanctuary. So, please plan to join us for coffee, tea, juice, snacks, and lively conversation among old friends and new.