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Charleston Church resumes services

Parishioners gather for worship at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church/AP


SOURCE – Associated Press

CHARLESTON, South Carolina — Members of a historic black church worshipped at their sanctuary today for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people.

Uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security.

The service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country.

“We still believe that prayer changes things. Can I get a witness?” the Rev. Norvel Goff said.

The congregated responded with a rousing “Yes.”

“But prayer not only changes things, it changes us,” Goff said.

Sunday morning marked the first service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church since Dylann Roof, 21, sat among a Bible study group and opened fire after saying that he targeted them because they were black, authorities said.

Among the nine killed was the church pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator.

Events to show solidarity are planned throughout the city and beyond.

At 10 a.m. EDT, church bells rang throughout downtown this “Holy City” – which garnered the nickname because of the numerous churches here.


A group of church members greet each other before entering the Emanuel AME Church for service. AP

Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy C. E. Hall III checks the purse of an elderly woman before she enters the church. AP

A parishioner prays at the empty seat of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney who was killed on Wednesday night. AP


3 Responses to Charleston Church resumes services

  1. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne June 21, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    God’s blessing to you all.

  2. Andrew The Voice June 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    words elude me.

  3. Alex Alleyne June 22, 2015 at 5:39 am

    People all ,Please remember that never in the history of the USA a WHITE person has never been executed by the state for killing a BLACK person . Therefore this person will walk the streets again “free” or be sent off to some upscale “funny farm” to boast to his friend for his actions .


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