|Posted on 11/9/2017 7:53:00 AM.|
(Seguin) -- Healing following Sunday's church shooting in Sutherland Springs begins tonight for the Seguin community. A gathering of various churches will be held tonight in downtown Seguin. The community is invited to participate tonight in the Healing and Hope: Prayers for the Sutherland Springs Vigil.
Pastor Megan Elliott, of Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, says the event is designed to begin the process of healing for all.
"We wanted a way for folks to come together -- community wide and to express grief and pain and all of the emotions that come along with an event like this and provide a place and a time for wrestling with that publicly, but also to give a sense of healing and hope and also to remind us that we are called to be peacemakers and people who work for the good of our community," said Elliott.
Sunday's deadly mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs claimed the lives of 26 people after a man opened fire in the small church.
Among those killed were 14-year-old Annabelle Pomeroy, the daughter of Frank Pomeroy, the pastor of the church. The Pomeroy family is from Seguin. Annabelle was a student at A.J. Briesemeister Middle School. Also killed was Tara McNulty who worked in Seguin at the Aumont Saloon and most recently at Texas Built Homes. Also fighting for his life after being shot five times is Seguin Resident David Colbath.
Pastor Elliott says individuals are invited to bring a candle and simply remember all the lives lost and the lives that forever changed on that day.
"We are going to have a series of prayers, Scripture and song along with the lighting of candles. Each prayer will reflect a different piece of the puzzle of what an event like this creates. So we will be praying for the victims, for those that lost somebody that they love, for unity at large and for all of the communities and families that have been impacted by this event. We're also going to have a place for people to write letters or cards to First Baptist Church. Also, we're going to be picking up a donation, specifically for First Baptist in Sutherland Springs," said Elliott.
The prayer vigil will be held today from 7 to 8 p.m. in Central Park.