GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Just as the sun rose this Easter morning the clouds opened up and a soft, if chilly, rain fell on the Colorado National Monument.
With umbrellas in hand, enough people to fill the benches at the Saddlehorn Amphitheater still came out to celebrate their faith and the reason for the holiday.
“It’s such a beautiful, beautiful setting here,” Pastor Aaron Gray said. He's been leading the congregation at Redlands United Methodist Church for three years.
Since about 2014, the Redlands, Fruita, and Palisade United Methodists Churches have hosted this outdoor Easter Service.
“It’s become quite a tradition, quite a custom for the community, we’re very lucky in that way," Gray said.
“We got to come out here and really have a peaceful service I think everyone enjoyed even though it rained," said Ascher Rice, a young guitar player who braved the rain to attend with his family.
“I think it’s really cool to be in nature, and have the people you love around you," Rice said, "We got to come out here and really have a peaceful service I think everyone enjoyed even though it rained.”
The weather might have shortened the sermon a little, but there was still time to share in prayers, songs, and fellowship. "It kind of reminds you of that first walk, it probably wasn't 80 or 90 out then either." Pastor Gray said with a laugh.
“People gather from all over, not only our church, but people who have been hiking or camping, it’s a special celebration," he said.