Pastors prepare Sunday sermons addressing church shooting
Governor Greg Abbott is proclaiming this Sunday, November 12 a statewide Day of Prayer. Churches across the state will remember the victims of the Sutherland Springs Church massacre and pray for their families. Ahead of Sunday worship services pastors are thinking about the message they'll share with their congregations.
"Where is God when evil rises?" is the question Anderson Mill Baptist Church Pastor Rod Minor expects is on a lot of Christians' minds.
"If God is a loving and a kind and gracious God -- if he's all powerful -- where is he in times like this?" says Minor. He adds it's important to remember, Christian or not, hard times will come.
"We are going to experience those storms and we need to be aware of that," says Minor.
At David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in East Austin, pastor Joseph Parker Jr. will talk to his congregation about moving forward. He says the Sutherland Springs Community is showing the way by worshiping this Sunday.
"This is not a time to blame God or distance ourselves from God but to draw near to God," says Parker. He adds, even though their church already had security measures in place he knows some will wonder if church is safe.
"Death can take place anywhere. It can take place in a house of worship. It can take place in the home you live in or it can take place where you work. All of which we have seen," Parker says.
He'll tell his congregation to live each day faithfully instead of in fear. "You cannot avoid a place because death can happen anywhere. It's more of having a mindset, spiritually speaking, and that's the message that I will be pressing," Parker says.
The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs will have a worship service Sunday for those left in their congregation and their neighbors. However, they will not meet at the church, which is set to be demolished.