Aware of COVID pandemic regulations, the attending believers registered ahead for the worship service, and more than 300 individuals from Littleton and Denver Park Hill churches gathered on the Mile High Academy sports field on Sabbath, October 3.
The church service bulletin explained the reason for the gathering: Pastors Andy Nash, Chris Morris, and Alise Weber from Littleton church, and Kelby “Mac” McCottry from the Denver Park Hill congregation, talked with their church leaders about a joint service and the response was overwhelming among all ages.
“If our Savior Jesus Christ prayed for us to be together, and if we’ll be together in heaven, why shouldn’t we be [together] on earth?” they asked.
Many congregants sported “Together, John 17:23” t-shirts, distributed to registered worshipers. The joy on their faces, a mosaic of ethnicities worshiping together, was in clear evidence.
The worship featured a 20-minute sermon by each pastor; their theme based on 2 Timothy 1:1-14. Each congregant received a vintage booklet provided at no cost by Thomas Nelson Bibles.
“When Thomas Nelson heard about our event today, they immediately said they wanted to be a sponsor,” Nash informed the congregation.
A live stream of the event began with a welcome message by Ed Barnett and Roger Bernard, presidents of Rocky Mountain Conference and Central States Conference, respectively. They expressed their joy at seeing believers from both territories of the Seventh-day Adventist Church come together.
“Littleton Church being able to participate in this all-day service was fabulous,” Barnett commented to the Rocky Mountain Conference NewsNuggets’ staff. “I felt bad that I was out of town and not able to join the celebration. Having heard comments from several of our members, I would say that it was a tremendous day. Praise God for the comradery between our brothers and sisters from two different conferences and backgrounds who are ministering in the same territory. Truly a picture of what heaven will look like,” he added.