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christianpost.com 06 Aug, 2022 14:45 am

Lakewood returns to in-person worship after 7 months

Lakewood returns to in-person worship after 7 months
Lakewood Church in Texas reopened its doors for its first in-person worship service on Sunday since the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions began in March. An emotional Pastor Joel Osteen spoke about reigning over problems to more than 4,000 people.

Lakewood Church in Texas reopened its doors for its first in-person worship service on Sunday since the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions began in March.Before reopening, the church had announced in a statement, “For the past six months we have been consulting with medical experts here in Houston and adhering to the guidelines set by the Texas Governor and the Houston Mayor, and feel that it is the appropriate time to begin reopening the church for in-person worship services.” According to the Barna Group, more than half of pastors have now resumed in-person worship services, many with precautions in place.“We’ve never been closed; the building was closed but can I tell you these last months, we have had our greatest outreach of ministry in 61 years,” Osteen told the congregation, sharing that 12 million people watched the service online during Easter weekend.

Osteen told the congregation that it had been tough preaching to an empty hall during the pandemic.After the service, Osteen told ABC13 that he didn’t want to pressure people to come because some, especially older people, still need to be careful.

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