Screen Shot 2017-04-09 at 8.41.02 AM For the fourth consecutive Easter season, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is encouraging Mormons and others around the world to share hopeful messages about Jesus Christ. This year’s focus comes from the Bible’s teaching that Christ is the Prince of Peace.

“And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” —Isaiah 9:6

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Using the hashtag #PrinceofPeace the new campaign encourages everyone to share with others how Christ brings peace to your life. To watch the videos and follow the campaign go to www.mormon.org. On the website you’ll find numerous interactive ways to share and learn about Christ and his final days and resurrection.

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CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, CO - MARCH 19: Clergy members pose for a photo with Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (CL) and Bishop James Gonia (CL) Lutheran Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation at Bethany Lutheran Church on March 19, 2017, in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/for Denver Catholic)

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, CO – MARCH 19: Clergy members pose for a photo with Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila (CL) and Bishop James Gonia (CL) Lutheran Catholic Common Commemoration of the Reformation at Bethany Lutheran Church on March 19, 2017, in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. (Photo by Daniel Petty/for Denver Catholic)

In contrast with the political and religious divisiveness of our times, Christians of many different faiths gathered this past Sunday, March 19th, in a Common Prayer Service at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado. The Common Prayer Service focused on commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation begun by Martin Luther.

Spearheaded by long-standing ecumenical efforts of both the Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran Churches, Catholic Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila and Lutheran Bishop Jim Gonia spoke to a full house of nearly 50 clergy members and 400 hundred lay members of Lutheran, Catholic, LDS, and other Christian faiths. Representing the LDS church, Stake President Russell N. Watterson, Jr., attended the service along with Marty Jensen of the LDS Church’s Denver Area Public Affairs, and several lay LDS church members.

Such LDS participation identifies the LDS Church’s fundamental belief in Christ and the Church’s continued support of fellow Christians seeking to build unity and respect among our different faiths. As LDS Interfaith Specialist, Marty Jensen, shared, “Peace and forgiveness are always a place we are honored to be.”

Throughout the service, lay members participated in stirring, religious hymns accompanied by an accomplished choir and talented vocal and instrumental soloists. The sun filtered softly through the blue and purple stained glass windows to enhance the beauty of the messages shared from the Gospel of John, which focused on the Christ being the vine.

Specifically, Archbishop Aquila urged all Christians to seek “the encounter with Jesus that we are called to today.” Additionally, Archbishop Aquila spoke of God’s desires for the happiness of every man and woman, which comes through accepting Christ.” Recognizing the unifying force of our faiths’ belief in Christ, Bishop Aquila affirmed that “the only one who can bring union among the Christian churches is Christ.”

While acknowledging doctrinal differences among the Christian faiths, Archbishop Aquila also assured believers that “unity never demands uniformity, [but] our distinctiveness [may be] brought together [so that] we can then recognize the fruit we bear of the one true God.”

Building on the theme of Christian unity, Bishop Gonia of the Lutheran faith, shared personal stories of faith and devotion from his own parents’ lives and emphasized the great strides Christians, especially Catholics and Lutherans, have made in seeking common ground rather than division. Along this theme, Bishop Gonia, said, “after centuries of division, in these last 50 years, we are striving to recognize the one true life we worship: Jesus Christ [who] modeled a collaborative witness.”

In echo of both Bishop Aquila’s and Bishop Gonia’s thoughtful sermons, President Watterson reflected upon this idea that Christian religions are united in their source: Christ, [who is] the “true vine (John 15:1).” President Watterson shared that “This [idea of Christ as the vine] was a very powerful unifying theme in their remarks and a basis for unity among Christian faiths to do good throughout the world.”

As fellow Christians, we recognize and thank the Common Prayer service organizers for demonstrating how important such unity, respect, and faith in Christ are for our communities, our nation, and our world.

Photo Credit: Daniel Petty/Denver Catholic


On Saturday, February 25th, sixteen community service organizations, ranging from the International Rescue Committee to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, gathered at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Lakewood to host a JustServe Fair. JustServe is an LDS Church-sponsored web site (www.justserve.org) that links volunteers of all backgrounds with local community service opportunities. As a community resource, JustServe aims to build unity and meet critical human needs across diverse populations throughout the United States.

During the February JustServe Fair, attendees had direct chances to learn about service opportunities from each of the sixteen organizations’ representatives. Throughout the fair, participants also contributed to several service projects that directly benefited the participating organizations, such as making blankets and hats for the International Rescue Committee and Jefferson County Human Services.

In just one day, JustServe fair organizers observed postings from local organizations on the JustServe web site double in number. This increase in postings means that there’s even better visibility for vital community organizations trying to connect with interested volunteers. These organizations rely on the goodwill and generosity of individual volunteers who are improving life here in the Denver Metro Area.


The Colorado Mormon Chorale is excited to announce four upcoming performances of the Lamb of God in 2017. Visit the website: http://www.lambofgodco.org/buy-tickets/ to buy tickets and reserve your seats today.

Written and composed by Rob Gardner, Lamb of God is an oratorio based on New Testament accounts of the final days of the life of Jesus Christ, and the events following His resurrection. We invite you to join us for this captivating event as seen through the eyes of those who knew and loved Him best.

“I have always known of Jesus Christ and believed him to be my Savior, but each time I listen to this sacred work I come to feel it more deeply. The music of Lamb of God is not only beautiful to hear but also to experience and feel. When I heard it for the first time in Salt Lake City, I knew that it must be presented here in Denver.”

James A. Miller — Cornerstone Productions

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2017 LAMB OF GOD PERFORMANCE DATES

DU Newman Center for the Performing Arts: Denver, CO

Tuesday, March 21st

Wednesday, March 22nd

Thursday, March 23rd

CU Macky Auditorium Concert Hall: Boulder, CO

Saturday, April 8th

Visit the website for more information: www.lambofgodco.org


Are you looking for opportunities to serve and give back to the community? Check out the many opportunities at the Just Serve Volunteer Fair! EVERYONE IS INVITED!

  • Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 – 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • 6465 W. Jewell Ave., Lakewood, Colo.

 

 Some of the service groups / agencies that will be on site to answer questions are:

*Jefferson County Public Schools *The Action Center

*Jefferson County Human Services *International Rescue Committee

*VFW Post 12009

*Jefferson County Open Space *Lutheran Family Services *Mountain Resource Center

  •   Get started by participating in short service projects onsite during the fair by bringing a package of diapers and / or helping to make blankets to benefit the International Rescue Committee and Jefferson County Human Services.
  •   Learn about and register for JustServe.org – a place where opportunities and volunteers connect!

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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About JustServe.org

JustServe.org is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community.

JustServe provides opportunities to relieve suffering, care for the poor and needy, and enhance the quality of life in the community.

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Wondering what you can do to #Lighttheworld? – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a plan to Light the World starting on December 1st. Download an advent calendar of small acts of service you can do at home and read what the Mormon.org website says about this exciting new effort to #Lighttheworld.

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Since a new star first appeared above Bethlehem, Christmas has been a season of light, reminding us that Jesus Christ is the light of the world. Share that light starting with a Worldwide Day of Service on December 1. Then, watch for daily videos and Christlike service suggestions to make your Christmas season more meaningful. Whether you’re serving or being served, share it on social media, using the hashtag #LIGHTtheWORLD

 

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Visit the website to watch videos and get inspired about how you can #Lighttheworld

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You will be able to download the Advent Calendar soon on the Mormon.org website.


 ccd_turkeydrive_nl_11-18-2016-108Today (Nov.18th, 2016) – On a crisp Friday morning, just after Denver’s first snow, dozens of Mormon missionaries serving around the Denver area gathered at The Samaritan House and unloaded a truck full of nearly 3,000 turkeys.

The turkeys will be sent to Catholic parishes throughout Colorado and used to serve dinners at The Samaritan House.

Kathy Mathison, from Denver and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, worked with Mark Hahn, Volunteer and Parish Relations Coordinator at Catholic Charities.

Kathy called Mark asking what help they needed for the upcoming holiday season.  The answer?  They needed 3,000 turkeys by the end of the week.

On Monday a request was sent to The Church of Jesus Christ’s humanitarian headquarters in Salt Lake City and by Wednesday a truck with 2,912 turkeys was on its way to Catholic Charities.

“This really was a prayer answered.” Said Hahn.  “It’s a way we can reach back to our brothers and sisters and share dignity and compassion.”

Elder and Sister missionaries from the Church unloaded more than half the turkeys before The Samaritan House ran out of room to contain them all.  The remaining turkeys were delivered to the Catholic Charities’ storehouse in Aurora.

“We are happy to serve the community.  It’s awesome to see faiths come together to do something good.” Said missionary, Sister Hudson.

When asked if he minded shuffling turkeys out in the cold, another missionary, Elder Christensen said “It’s always good to come together for a good cause.”

“Thank you for this.  Thank you for allowing this to happen.  We are all working for God.” Hahn said to a group of volunteers.

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See the News clip from Chanel 7 News here: https://mobile.twitter.com/CCDenver_CO/status/800049123143667712/video/1

Learn more about the Samaratin House : www.samhousedenver.org


Colorado Mormons in Brighton have been busy sorting canned goods for the Helping Hands Food Drive. Their service was featured on the cover of Brighton’s local magazine LocalColor. Thank you to Local Color for featuring the service project. 

On the cover: Asher Vazquez, left, and Mason Begay sort canned goods dropped off at the Helping Hands Food Drive, Oct. 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Donations were organized by type before being distributed to six area food banks to help stock their shelves. Other drive sponsors: Chapel Hill Church, Henderson Communit Church and Mount Calvary Lutheran Church. Ethan Campbell, background, takes donation to another organizing table. Local Color photo by Allison Lockwood

Colorado Mormons from Brighton Colorado sort food for a local food drive.

Colorado Mormons from Brighton Colorado sort food for a local food drive.