|Published:||Dec 17, 2012 1:46 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 17, 2012 1:46 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- As people went to church around the world Sunday, the school massacre was fresh in their hearts.
Churches opened their doors for prayer and a moment of silence, as people came to pray for the victims from Sandy Hook Elementary.
First United Methodist Church in downtown Fort Myers held a special tribute.
The sound of the bell echoed 27 times throughout the church.
"We hope through our prayers it will help some what," says Judy Massing.
"People are welcome here to share to cry, to shout to pray," says Pastor Chris McNeill.
A sound for every victim, 20 children and 6 adults, who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and one more, for the alleged shooter, Adam Lanza's mother.
"They have to know, that our hearts go out to them. We all feel it as though they are our own children," says Massing.
The news of Friday's shooting massacre shocked, stunned and broke the world.
"It became a numb, a numbness, and then the unimaginable happening and of course tears and crying," says Pastor McNeill.
Those gathered at First United Methodist Church in Fort Myers hope their prayers will be felt in Newtown.
"Being this far away, the only thing we can do is pray and that’s what we'll continue to do," says Massing.
In a service led by Pastor Chris Mcneil, many people were asking "why?"
"What's wrong, what's happening, it's just not the answer, but people who aren't thinking clearly just do the crazy things."
Pastor McNeill gave thanks to the principal, children, parents and first responders of Newtown, praying that they and their families would receive comfort.
"When a tradegy like this happens, people often turn to their faith," says McNeill.