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Megachurch pastor preaches ‘We Will Rise’ sermon from a crane

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Community Bible Church was supposed to reopen its doors for in-person worship services this past weekend, but the spike in COVID-19 cases changed those plans.   The Northside megachurch on Loop 1604 near Redland Road hosted drive-in services Saturday and Sunday with pastor Ed Newton preaching from a crane in the parking lot.

“Based upon the COVID cases spiking in our city, we just wanted to operate with some caution, but I’m just being honest with you–I love our drive-in service today,” he said as members of the congregation honked their horns in approval. “I believe it’s allowed us to still be together in a safe and cautious way.”

It was a casual service.  Dr. Newton was wearing shorts and  a muscle shirt with the words “We Will Rise.” At times, he encouraged people in the parking lot to join in the praise and worship by honking.

“Come on, CBC, honk those horns.  Come on, we can get louder.  Somebody lift a shout of praise in this place,” he said as the honking grew even louder.

Some stood outside their vehicles holding umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun.  Others raised their hands in worship and sang with the musicians despite the sweltering heat.


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