Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks–April 12, 2020

The 2020 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks is Cancelled

Due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Colorado Council of Churches has canceled the 2020 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

We are disappointed to share this news with you. In the past seventy-three years, we’ve had to cancel the worship service only a few times due to weather. This is an unprecedented situation, and a public health emergency.

We understand how much the Easter Sunrise Service means to our community, but your health and safety are most important to us. Gov. Polis’s order to limit large gatherings, as well as the latest information provided by public health officials, reinforced our decision to cancel this year’s service.

Thank you for blessing us with your past support of the Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks, and we look forward to hosting this worship service in 2021.

Click HERE to watch the Livestream of the service!

2020 Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

On Resurrection Sunday (April 12), 2020, the Colorado Council of Churches will host its 73rd Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! This a truly unique worship experience that draws people from all across Colorado, the Rocky Mountain region and rest of the nation. Last year, an estimated 6,000 people attended the service.  For many attendees who don’t regularly attend church, this is a special opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Given the spectacular venue and the wonderful service, it’s no wonder that so many people have this event on their “Bucket List.”

Important Information and Instructions

4:30 a.m.–Doors Open at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

5:30 a.m.–Pre-worship service music begins

6:00 a.m.–The worship service begins.

7:30 a.m. (approximately)–The worship service ends.

Given the extraordinary turnout that we get for this worship service, we recommend that you arrive at the venue as close to 4:30 a.m. as you can. Once the amphitheatre is at capacity, the police officers handling traffic will not allow you to gain access to the venue. Please dress warmly! It can get quite cold before the sun rises.

You may view past Easter Sunrise Services on our YouTube channel Easter Sunrise Service at Red Rocks playlist.

The Worship Service

Worship Leaders

Christian author Philip Yancey will bring the message.

Yancey worked as a journalist in Chicago for some twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life while also writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, National Wildlife, and Christianity Today. In the process he interviewed diverse people enriched by their personal faith, such as President Jimmy Carter, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, and Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement. In 1992 he and his wife Janet, a social worker and hospice chaplain, moved to the foothills of Colorado. His writing took a more personal, introspective turn even as his activities turned outward. “Writing is such an introspective act that I found myself looking for ways to connect with the planet bodily. My interests include skiing, climbing mountains, mountain-biking, golf, international travel, jogging, nature, theology (in small doses), politics, literature, and classical music.”

Yancey has explored the most basic questions and deepest mysteries of the Christian faith, taking millions of readers with him. Early on he crafted best-selling books such as Disappointment with God and Where is God When it Hurts? while also editing The Student Bible. He coauthored three books with the renowned surgeon Dr. Paul Brand. “No one has influenced me more,” he says. “We had quite a trade: I gave words to his faith, and in the process he gave faith to my words.” More recently, he has felt the freedom to explore central issues of the Christian faith, penning award-winning titles such as The Jesus I Never KnewWhat’s So Amazing About Grace? and Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? His books have garnered 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers. He currently has more than 15 million books in print, published in over 50 languages worldwide.

Worship Service Music Leaders

Reserved Seating

A Special Hotel Package–Overnight Stay, Free Ride to Red Rocks, and Easter Brunch

Sponsorship Opportunities

Advertising Opportunities

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