The Wilderness is a worshiping community Saint John's Cathedral in Denver, Colorado that seeks to explore and affirm an Anglican heritage creatively and with a special sense of welcome to those who are new (or newly returning) to Christian spirituality or organized religion. We seek to create a welcoming and inclusive place for worship, inquiry, prayer, and formation while encouraging service to others. Holy Communion is at the heart of our weekly worship, as is an expanded emphasis on prayer and meditation that brings us out of our pews prayerfully and draws us deeper into the Scriptures. We worship in the context of thoughtfully designed seasons of intention, with original music and visuals, and liturgical texts and language new and ancient.
We meet every Sunday evening at 6:00 pm at Saint John's Cathedral (14th & Washington Streets in Capital Hill, Denver).
What is a Eucharist?
The Eucharist is a rite, or a ceremonial act of worship, that traces its origins to the meals Jesus Christ participated in during his ministry. The word Eucharist comes from the ancient Greek noun (transliterated, "Eucharista") meaning thanksgiving. Christians celebrate this rite in fulfillment of Jesus' instructions to his disciples at their last meal together (reported in Luke 22:19 and by Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:24-25) to break bread in (rememberance of him) which he referred to as his body, and to pass a cup, which he referred to as (the new covenant in) his blood.
The Eucharist is the primary rite of worship in the Episcopal Church and in the Anglican Communion, the worldwide body to which the Episcopal Church belongs. Most historians and theologians believe the Eucharist to be the primary rite of the ancient Christian church in the years following Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension.
Why "The Wilderness"?
The people of God wandered for forty years in the wilderness, after their exodus from Egypt, searching for the promised land. They were tested there, but they were always fed and protected by God.
John the Baptist was a voice crying out in the wilderness, calling people to a new way of living.
Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness after his baptism, praying to God, and preparing for his ministry as the Messiah.
This Cathedral church was once in the wilderness, before the city of Denver sprung up around it. Our official name is Saint John's Church in the Wilderness.
For centuries, religious pilgrims have gone into the wilderness, looking for an experience of God.
The wilderness is a quiet place, free from the hectic bustle of life and free from distraction. It is a place of stillness, where mind and soul can wander, searching for meaning in life … and searching for God. It can be an unsettling place of questions, and transformation. It is holy ground.
Whether you are a life-long Christian, looking for a different worship experience, or have never entered a church before, we welcome you into the community of the Wilderness
Please participate as you are comfortable. You are entering into an ancient ritual and it may take some time to settle into the rhythm of worship. But know that you are welcome, wherever you are on your journey.
Wilderness Photo Credit: Asher Imtiaz / The Living Church