East Tennesseans turn to faith in this time of tragedy

1:11 AM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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On this Sunday, across the nation and here in East Tennessee, people came together in houses of worship to pray for the Newtown, Connecticut community.

Many Knoxville churches turned to their faith to grieve for the 26 lives lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting rampage Friday.

"Sometimes it really tests your faith... why this happened to innocent children," said Pastor George Welch of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Through worship, song, and prayer congregations banded together in this time of tragedy.

"Even in the worst of times, if we look, we're still going to see the presence of God, the imprint of God, and the miraculous work of God," said Senior Pastor Randy Frye of Fountain City United Methodist Church.

Church leaders took time out of their sermons to lift heavy hearts.

"My approach is to remind our people of some of those basic truths that we hold. You cling to it, you claim it, you believe it, and then you see it unfold,"said Pastor Frye.

"Our faith says that God is going to get us through this. And give us some, some sense of support. And even maybe some sense of calm and clarity and peace within our selves," said Pastor Battle.

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