The City of Seattle closed Gas Works Park on Labor Day ahead of a planned worship event led by California-based worship leader Sean Feucht.
Feucht has been holding “Let Us Worship” events in major cities throughout the nation since July. His first visit to Seattle for these events was in August, held at Cal Anderson Park, where CHAZ/CHOP was formerly located.
The “Let Us Worship” events have been peaceful gatherings of hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of Christians to pray over their cities and to worship together in response to church closures and violent protests. The events have been marked by joyful song, salvations, baptisms, and healings.
Ahead of his planned event at Gas Works Park on Labor Day, however, the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department released an announcement that the park would be closed on Labor Day.
“Gas Works Park will be closed all day September 7 due to anticipated crowding that could impact the public health of residents,” read the announcement, released September 4th. “Out of concerns for the safety of all those who visit Gas Works Park we have opted to close the entire park for the day.”
The closure began at 8 PM on Sunday night, and ended at 6 AM on Tuesday morning. Fences and barricades were placed around the perimeter of the park to bar anyone from entrance.
The announcement cited the “high risk of transmission for COVID-19” during events that would involve close contact with large groups without the wearing of a mask.
Komo News reported that most other Seattle parks remained open on Labor Day.
When Feucht and his team arrived at Gas Works Park, unable to enter, they decided to re-label their gathering a protest and worship on the street instead. Hundreds gathered and, though relocated, worshipped and prayed just as they would have if Gas Works Park had remained open.
“There’s just a bias, you know,” Sean Feucht told Fox News in an interview after the event. “It’s the height of hypocrisy right now that they’re letting these cities, you know, succumb to rioting and burning and pillaging and yet they’re targeting Christians.”
Violent protests have continued in Seattle nearly unabated since the tragic killing of George Floyd in May. Kiro 7 reported that on Labor Day, 22 people were arrested outside the Seattle Police Officers Guild building “because they refused to disperse after throwing rocks, bottles and homemade explosives at police.”
“And yet,” Feucht said in his interview, “the city focused their energy on our peaceful worship and prayer rally in Gas Works Park.”
Feucht will continue to travel around the nation leading worship events, leading up to a Washington, D.C. gathering on October 25th.