As the number of cases of Covid-19 increase, and our governor has asked our state for a Three Week Pause, we must prayerfully consider how we will respond as people and together as the church.
As people, let’s all be REALLY present and available to our neighbors, our faces & places, and the people of our city. The way we show up for people around us is part of how God will answer the challenges of anxiety, isolation, depression, and fatigue around us. Prayerfully consider how you will take extra steps to consider and serve our community these 3 weeks.
As the church, we must respond as well. We believe that we must be diligent with those around us to do what we can to flatten the curve, consider vulnerable populations, and support or heroic healthcare workers on the frontlines. We also know that creating spaces for people to meet with God and his people are vitally important, especially in these times when anxiety, isolation, depression, domestic violence, addiction, and more are rising.
So we will continue to gather with increased safety protocols and decreased capacity. Celebrate Recovery will continue to provide much-needed support for many who are fighting hurts, habits, and hang-ups more than ever! Kids and Student Ministry will continue to gather in responsible ways to ensure kids have connection with others. And we will continue to worship together.
By continuing and expanding our cleaning and safety protocols, we will do what we can to be loving, helpful, and present to people who make their way to our church. This may mean you encounter services with full registrations. I encourage you, choose another service time or join us online.
Whether online or in-person gatherings and certainly throughout the week, we should make time with God and his people a top priority! Now more than ever, our homes and our neighborhoods need people who have encountered God. People who are full of his Spirit and full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.
As we practice gratitude, especially this week, I am so grateful to be in this with you. The things God has in mind for us, Canyon Ridge, are beyond what we can imagine! I’m proud to pray and journey with you all through this season!
Drew Moore, Lead Pastor