Lowcountry prays for the victims in Connecticut

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- In the Lowcountry, churches said a special prayer Sunday for those families who lost loved ones in the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

"We know there is no way for us to quite understand or come close to fathoming the heartbreak of families in Newtown, Conn.," said First Baptist Church Pastor Marshall Blalock.

Blalock said in the season of Advent, he preaches about hope and peace, both of which he said is needed in Newtown.

"Our prayer is that somehow in the middle of all this they will find a sense of God's presence in the middle of a terrible, terrible tragedy," said Blalock.

Blalock said his congregation is just one of many who are heartbroken about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

"I can't even imagine what they have to face having to wake up and having to accept their future is going to be without their child," said Matt Whisnant, who plans to continue to pray for the parents of the murdered students.

Jeremy Rutledge, the senior minister of the Circular Congregational Church in Charleston, said it's appropriate to be sad, confused, and even bitter about what happened.

"On a weekend like this, it seems appropriate to me to hold some silence, to do some appropriate grieving for our brothers and sisters in Connecticut. Also, for our nation that really seems to be struggling with an epidemic of violence," said Rutledge. {}

Rutledge said as a father, what happened in Newtown hurt him deeply. He said more needs to be done to stop the shootings that happen too often in society.

"Certainly a prayer for those suffering right now and also for some resolve. Resolve to make some common sense gun laws, to make some common sense responsibilities that go along with our rights that might keep us safe," said Rutledge.