Las Vegas Megachurch Opens Its Doors For Prayer and Ministry

Kevin Odor of Canyon Ridge Christian Church.
Kevin Odor of Canyon Ridge Christian Church. (Canyon Ridge/Facebook)

Canyon Ridge Christian Church opened its Lone Mountain campus doors the morning after the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

"Pastors are coming in to meet with people to pray," senior pastor Kevin Odor says in a video posted to Facebook.

The megachurch's lead team was actually on retreat in California when the news broke, and the leaders are desperately trying to return to their congregation for a 7 p.m. local time prayer vigil.

"Just feels right to call us together," Odor says in the video. "We know other churches and other events will happen around town, but we knew it was right for our church family to get together."

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You can join in virtually by streaming the candlelight service at theridgelive.tv or on Facebook.

Canyon Ridge isn't the only church hosting a prayer service in wake of the violence.

Scot Herrold of SOS Radio says he's seen the Body of Christ come together like never before after the massacre.

"When we started the day, the atmosphere of Las Vegas felt heavy," Herrold tells Charisma News. "As I drove down Sahara Avenue & Las Vegas Boulevard by our radio station, (on the north end of The Strip) the normally vibrant streets just felt dim. The streets were pretty bare except for police officers setup as security near the hotels. As the morning unfolded, we just worked to be a voice of encouragement to our city. Many pastors called in as they were heading to early morning impromptu meetings trying figure out how to best serve the hurting in our city. It's been really need to see all the churches resourcing together to be a conduit to the Las Vegas community!  This week, we've seen churches coming together. We've seen listeners dropping off restaurant gift cards, 24 packs of soda, packaged snacks and bottled water to our local police stations. Most churches have opened their doors early to offer counsel or prayer for anyone that needs a pastor to talk to. Many churches like Calvary Chapel Las Vegas, Canyon Ridge Christian Church, Southern Hills Baptist & Central Church are hosting prayer vigils & special services tonight. The Mayor of Las Vegas has invited local pastors to lead prayer and share encouragement with the City of Las Vegas tonight at the City Hall steps. The city will host a prayer walk from Trinity Life Center to the Las Vegas City Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday."

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