There were about 37 people in attendance from Niwot UMC at the church's vesper service at Rocky Mountain National Park. The choir sang two anthems and two of them played hammer dulcimer and guitar as a prelude.
Story submitted by the Rev. Pam Everhart, Niwot UMC
Photos submitted by Gayle Weiss, Niwot UMC
On Sunday, Aug. 16, Niwot United Methodist Church held the vesper service at Rocky Mountain National Park. A terrible hailstorm hit many of us on the way over for a pre-vespers picnic, but we carried on anyway. Many of us proclaimed when we arrived that we had "gone through hail to get there." After our picnic at Hollowell picnic area, we headed out to the Moraine Park Amphitheater for our 5:30 p.m. service. A little drizzle was falling, but midway through the sun came out. We truly felt God's presence with us. We had 39 participants from Niwot UMC. Due to the weather, no other park visitors joined us. Even so, it was a holy and sacred evening.
Niwot UMC was one of eight UMC churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference to host a Sunday night vesper service at Rocky Mountain National Park this summer. In observance of the Rocky Mountain National Park's centennial this year, conference churches led worship services at Moraine Park Amphitheater within the park.