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Church service delivers message of hope to Berrendo Middle School

Updated: 01/19/2014 10:23 PM | Created: 01/19/2014 10:22 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Since the shooting at Berrendo Middle School, many people have pledged to pray for BMS students, teachers and parents. 

Little seemed out of the ordinary at Grace Community Church's Sunday service, except for the mention of Tuesday's school shooting.

"They have been devastating to all of us," Pastor Rick Hale said during the service. 

But the message that followed was one of hope.

"I watched as this church reached out to our hurting children, to our teachers, our staff and our parents," Hale said.

Hale says faith helped many people get through the pain of this week.

"I've been at several prayer services this week in Roswell," Hale said. "Watching people come together there is a dynamic and a strength that comes in those prayer services where people are loving each other, touching each other, hugging each other- and there is strength in numbers." 

The Salvation Army's Beau Perez led prayer at a service Tuesday. More than 1,500 people attended, finding strength in each other.

"When they’re around other people who are comfortable in prayer and talking to God, they can catch that," Perez said.

For many, prayer has been a saving grace this week.

"The rewarding thing this last week in Roswell is that people have been connecting. Connecting with each other number one but also connecting with God," Hale said.

The families of both the shooter and the victims have simply asked for prayers for each other.


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