Prayer services for Franklin Regional stabbing victims



Churches in Murrysville are opening their doors, organizing prayer services and making counselors available in response to this morning's stabbings at Franklin Regional High School.

Several congregations plan services and vigils this evening, and churches close to the Franklin school complex are making their buildings available to anyone who needs a quiet place to rest, regroup or pray.

• Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church, located next to the school complex, will host professional counselors this evening to talk for those who want to talk with them, and anyone who wants to speak with a pastor this afternoon can do so. The church plans a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Vigil for stabbing victims at Calvary Lutheran Church

Church goers and community members come together during a candlelight vigil and prayer service for those injured in a mass stabbing at Franklin Regional High School, held outside Calvary Lutheran Church. (Video by Michael Henninger; 4/9/2014)

“It’s hitting very close to home for a lot of them,” said administrative assistant Shelley Earhart.

• Calvary Lutheran Church, located across William Penn Highway from the school complex, plans a service at 6:45, followed by an outdoor candlelight vigil.

“The church is open and available to any who feel the need all day and into the evening,” said the Rev. Rev. David Weeks, pastor of the church.

• Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church in Murrysville will host an ecumenical candlelight prayer service at 7 p.m. at 4202 Old William Penn Highway, Murrysville. Father William J. Lechnar, pastor, will preside.

“This terrible and sad event affects our parish, our young people, the school district and our communities,” Father Lechnar said in a statement. “During this season of Lent, we are reminded of the importance of prayer. This evening, we will turn to God and ask in prayer for his healing for the victims of this tragedy. We also will pray that God comfort everyone who has been impacted by this act.”

• Christ Lutheran Church, located at 5330 Logans Ferry Road, plans a 7 p.m. prayer service.

“We’re shaken, of course, as a lot of people are in the community,” he said. “But we’re doing well and trying to remain focused on making sense of the situation in a hopeful way.”

• The Rev. Curtis Paul of Newlonsburg Presbyterian echoed the thought, saying the event reflects faith in “a God who shares our pain and suffering.”

• Cornerstone Ministries will hold a prayer service at 7 p.m. at its student ministry building, known as the Warehouse, at 2228 Boyd Road in Export.

• Holiday Park United Methodist Church off Route 286 in Plum Borough is offering a free meal to the public at 6 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 7 p.m.

• Garden City United Methodist Church at 500 Laurel Drive in Monroeville has a prayer service at 6 p.m.

 


Peter Smith: petersmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1416; Twitter @PG_PeterSmith. First Published April 9, 2014 11:53 AM


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