Evening services at First Baptist Church of Orlando started a little differently Saturday. Members got on their knees and prayed for strangers a thousand miles away -- the victims and families of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
Senior Pastor David Uth led the church in prayer and opened up talking about the unthinkable events that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary. The theme of Saturday night's service was "Forgiving those who hurt us," an unplanned yet timely connection to Friday's tragedy.
More than 100 church members attended the service, but Uth expected several thousand to attend multiple services on Sunday. Forgiveness and prayers for the Newtown community will continue to play a large role, he said.
"Our prayer tonight was that God be with them and they would know it and feel it. And that they would experience his presence in a way that they never felt," said Uth.
Church members told Local 6 praying for those affected by the heinous crime is the most immediate way they can help.
"Sometimes there are things that we can't do that we want to do and prayer is all that we can do," said Lauren Irving.