May 23, 2020
In the wake of this week’s Presidential announcement calling governors to release houses of worship to open this weekend, many new questions have been raised about when Canyon Ridge will open our doors to gather.
We will not be opening doors this weekend, or for weeks to come. We will continue to hold services online and encourage everyone to gather family, life-groups, and neighbors to worship together as guidelines for each stage allow.
As grateful as I am for the acknowledgement that the spiritual aspect of our lives is essential, this freedom still comes with responsibility.
Schools are not available for our Providence and Centennial Hills Campuses. Our Lone Mountain campus was not designed for social distancing. And beyond the logistics of our spaces, there is the way we interact with one another at our campuses…
Simply said, the way we gather (singing loud, gathering close, high-fives, handshakes, and hugs) does not work with social distancing.
We will continue to gather in homes, watching and planning for the very best way to be US, together on a campus for worship.
As we go, I know many will have different opinions and preferences about when and how we gather. Many leaders are offering their VERY best to honor God and serve the people of our city in these decisions.
I have a request for ALL of us: pursue unity!
All of us have different opinions about reopening, different relationships to risk, and different understanding and value of gathering in large groups. This is an opportunity for all of us to have grace and patience for one another, to hold our preferences loosely, and make the most of the time and places we are in.
I am confident God is working good for all of us, even as the way we are gathering has changed. Let’s be clear: the church has never closed, even if the doors have. Our church will continue to support one another and give our very best to bring life in Jesus’ name to our city.
See you online for now, and at the right time, in person.