Closing worship held for St. Paul UMC in Denver

May 23, 2016
Submitted by the Rev. Paul Kottke
Superintendent, Metropolitan District

Sunday, May 22 saw approximately 100 people gather for the closing of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. Within the congregation were not only the members and friends of St.Paul's, but retired clergy, clergy actively assigned to other churches, laity from other churches, and neighbors. One couple who attended the inter-spiritual services years ago drove in from Northglenn. Another couple who were married at St. Paul's 50 years ago. It was truly a powerful gathering! A gathering that honored with appropriate dignity the closing of our faithful churches, founded over 150 years ago.

From the opening prelude written and performed by Jeff and Terri Jo Jenkins, "There is a church with us, O Lord, not made of sticks and mortar but of love and grace", to the opening song In the Midst of New Dimensions in the Faith We Sing, written by the Rev. Julian Rush, a pastor of St. Paul's in the early '80s "God of rainbow, fiery pillar, leading where the eagles soar, we your people, ours the journey now and ever, now and ever, now and evermore!"

Rev. Jessica Rooks gave a sermon on "A Time for Transformation" on Ecclesiastes 3:1-8: "Help us know Oh God, that St. Paul's resides deep within those which she has touched. And so now let us go forth carrying with us not death, but the transformation that comes from death into a life which we might not have foreseen. For indeed, we are an Easter People, with an Easter message."