With heavy hearts, people around the world converged on local churches Sunday to pray for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The pews were packed at the Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church where worshippers said they find comfort through their community of faith.
"The church in Connecticut, the church in Florida, the church in every country," Pastor John DeBevoise said to his congregation. "Your gathering on this Sabbath this morning is a kind of defiance of evil."
DeBevoise says each Christmas season brings higher attendance. While the world mourns, even more people are searching for a place to make sense of the senseless.
"I think they know that church is a place where they will hear hope, where they will hear interpretation," said DeBevoise.
Choir members cried as they listened to prayers for the families in Connecticut.
"They're in a better place, we believe," said church member Bill Henley. "It's those of us left behind who are doing the suffering."
Worshippers said they didn't come to church Sunday to be angry. They came to be uplifted through music and messages and to pray.
"Just praying for the families that were affected is the most important thing we can do right now and appreciate the people around us," said church member Nancy Frierson.