Events at Trinity United Methodist Church – December 2015

All events take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1820 Broadway (18th & Broadway)
in downtown Denver unless otherwise noted.

Denver – Additional information on the events and programs below may be found at or by contacting Trinity United Methodist Church at 303-839-1493 or December 2015 events include:

Tuesday, December 1, 12:15–12:45 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
The annual Advent Organ Recital Series begins with a performance on Trinity’s historic 1888 Roosevelt pipe organ by Wil Smith, Director of Music and Organist of Central Presbyterian Church, Denver. Mr. Smith will perform a variety of settings of the Advent hymn Nun komm, der heiden Heiland (“Now come, Savior of the heathens”) in chronological order of when they were written.

J. Walter, Geistliche Gesangbuchlein:  Nun komm, der heiden Heiland
D. Buxtehude:  Nun komm, der heiden Heiland, BuxWV 211
J.S. Bach:  Nun komm, der heiden Heiland, BWV 599
H. Walcha: Nun komm, der heiden Heiland
W. Albright:  Nun komm, der heiden Heiland
W. Smith:  Your Unending Light (Nun komm, der heiden Heiland)

The recital is free and no tickets are required. Donations are appreciated.

Sunday, December 6, 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. (during worship) | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Trinity’s Chancel Choir will present John Leavitt’s cantata What Child Is This? with soloists and orchestra during both worship services on Sunday, December 6. One of Leavitt’s larger choral works, What Child Is This? is comprised of seven movements, some introspective and some festive and dance-like, unfolding the Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany of our Lord.

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Sundays, December 6 and 13, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Level 3)
Trinity Youth will sell beautiful Guatemalan crafts that were purchased at a fair price from the artisans. All funds raised will help the youth build a home for a family during their June 2016 mission trip to Guatemala.

Tuesday, December 8, 12:15–12:45 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Joseph Galema, Principal Organist at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs and organ instructor at the Lamont School of Music, presents the second of three Advent recitals on Trinity’s historic 1888 Roosevelt pipe organ. Mr. Galema will perform:

C. Balbastre:  Noël, Votre bonté grand dieu
C. Franck:  Pastorale in E major, Op. 19
S. Barber:  Chorale Prelude on “Silent Night”
S. Wright:  Carol-Prelude on “Greensleeves”
G. Near:  Carillon on a Ukrainian Bell Carol

The recital is free and no tickets are required. Donations are appreciated.

Thursday, December 10, 6–8 p.m. | The Olin Hotel, 1420 Logan Street, Denver
The Olin Hotel is an historic landmark in downtown Denver and a home for low and moderate income elderly and adults with physical or mental disabilities. Trinity has a longstanding tradition of hosting a Christmas party for Olin Hotel residents. Members will purchase gifts from residents’ wish lists, decorate, and provide refreshments and entertainment. It is a festive time for residents and Trinity members alike! For more information, contact Rev. Linda Marshall at 303-839-1493 x15

Friday, December 11, 7 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Saturday, December 12, 2 p.m. | Sanctuary
Sunday, December 13, 2 p.m. | Sanctuary
Trinity is partnering with Central City Opera to present Menotti’s enduring holiday opera Amahl and the Night Visitors in three performances at Trinity. The production will be performed in English with a live professional orchestra. Each show begins with Michael Haydn’s Christmas cantata Run, Ye Shepherds, to the Light sung by Trinity’s Chancel Chamber Choir. Organ works performed by Trinity organist Norman Sutphin and a carol sing-along round out the program.

Family activities, including a star ornament craft and an origami star box, will be free and open to all beginning 45 minutes prior to each show in Fellowship Hall (Level 3). Food collection barrels will also be available in the family activity area for those interested in donating non-perishable food items to Metro Caring (

Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students age 5 to 18 with valid ID. Tickets can be purchased, by calling the Central City Opera Box Office at 303-292-6700, or in person at Central City Opera, 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 525, Denver 80246. Central City Opera subscribers receive a 20% discount.

“While a good deal of our output is concentrated in the summer months, we wanted to provide the community with our brand of storytelling during the holiday season. For the second year, we are excited to present this touching tale and are happy to be collaborating with Trinity United Methodist Church for this year’s production in downtown Denver,” says Central City Opera General/Artistic Director Pat Pearce. “In addition, our special partnership with Trinity has allowed us to work together to reach out to Denver’s homeless and underserved communities and provide them with the opportunity to experience the magic of opera.”

Community Partnership for Amahl and the Night Visitors
Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors brings to light the choices that people must make when faced with desperate circumstances. With this theme in mind, Central City Opera and Trinity are partnering for this production of Amahl and the Night Visitors with organizations that serve Denver’s homeless and low-income population, communities faced with these sorts of decisions every day. Together with the Women’s Homelessness Initiative ( and The Gathering Place (, CCO and TUMC will be providing the opportunity (at no cost to attendees) for those served by these organizations to experience the opera by attending the dress rehearsal for Amahl and the Night Visitors. CCO and TUMC will also be providing collection barrels for non-perishable food items at each performance to be distributed by Metro Caring.

For additional information on the production and cast, visit

Sunday, December 13, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Level 3)
Trinity’s United Methodist Women will hold a Bake Sale and Gift Shop featuring homemade sweet treats, Trinity ornaments, and small gift items.

Sunday, December 13, 12:30 p.m. | Fellowship Hall (Level 3)
Trinity’s Children and Family Council will host an Italian pasta lunch following worship and before the Amahl and the Night Visitors performance at 2 p.m. Donations are greatly appreciated and proceeds will support the purchase of much-needed items for the new nursery.

Tuesday, December 15, 12:15–12:45 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Norman Sutphin, Organist of Trinity United Methodist Church, presents the final recital in the Advent series highlighting the historic Roosevelt pipe organ. Mr. Sutphin will perform Canonic Variations on “Divinium Mysterium” by John McCreary andChristmas by Gaston-Marie Dethier.

The recital is free and no tickets are required. Donations are appreciated.

Thursday, December 17, 6:30 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Trinity will hold a traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service one week early for those who may be traveling or out of town onDecember 24.

Thursday, December 24, 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. | Sanctuary (Level 4)
Trinity offers five candlelight Christmas Eve worship services:

  • 3 p.m. – A less-crowded service perfect for those who work downtown or have travel or family plans in the evening. Holy Communion is offered to all.
  • 5 p.m. – A lively service perfect for children and families.
  • 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. – A traditional service featuring the Trinity Chancel Choir.
  • 11 p.m. – An intimate service with Holy Communion offered to all.

We invite you to spend your Christmas Eve with us at 18th and Broadway!

About Trinity United Methodist Church
Trinity United Methodist Church is located in the heart of Denver at 18th and Broadway. Inside this historic church, a wealth of contemporary programs and people provide opportunities for all to experience the love of Jesus Christ. Trinity’s worship and place in the Denver community is rooted in a substantive tradition that welcomes and enriches all people.

Trinity is honored to be recognized by the Downtown Denver Partnership as one of six winners of the 2014 Downtown Denver Annual Awards for making a lasting and positive impact on the downtown area for the past 125 years from its current location at 1820 Broadway.

At Trinity, adults, youth and children can put faith into action through global missions, music and arts, worship, prayer, and caring ministries. Traditional worship is found in Trinity’s Sanctuary with opportunities for contemplative prayer and spiritual formation in small groups. The church also has numerous fellowship groups and educational classes that form the foundation of this spiritual home.

Trinity’s congregation has been serving the Denver community faithfully for over 150 years. We invite you to join us. Learn more about Trinity’s worship, programs and events at
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