Update: Lincoln church opened doors to pray for shooting victims

By: Kayla Bremer

Today's shooting in Connecticut has left people speechless, wondering why and not knowing where or who to turn to.  Many have gone to places of worship to pray and light candles for the victims.

It was an outpouring of support tonight in the small Connecticut community of Newtown.  People packed inside a church to take part in a memorial for the victims.  Grieving families, classmates and neighbors held candles and mourned for their loved ones.

“The reality is setting in that these 20 children are with the lord now,” Monsignor Robert Weiss said.  “And they've been taken from them too young and too innocent.  We just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him he said 'who am I going to play with now?' he said. 'I have nobody to play with.'”

Those same emotions felt nearly 14 hundred miles away here in Lincoln.

First Plymouth Church opened its doors tonight to anyone wanting to say a prayer or light a candle for the victims.

“Something as unspeakable and senseless as this, where else could you turn?” Minister Jim Keck said.  “We're praying for the families of these children, for the children, for the first responders…the amount of pain right now is incredible.”

As the nation mourns the second worst school shooting in history, Governor Heineman has ordered that all flags be lowered until Tuesday in honor of the victims.

At the White House, flags were also lowered as a tearful President Obama addressed the nation.

“The majority of those who died today were children, beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old,” President Obama said.  “They had their entire lives ahead of them…birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own.”

He added that in the days to come, we all need to do what we can as Americans to lend support and that he would do everything in his power as president to help.

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

First Plymouth Congregational Church will open its doors to the public from 5-7 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to come to the church to pray and light candles for the victims of the Connecticut mass school shooting.  The shooting inside a Newton, Connecticut elementary school killed 27 people.  Most of the victims were children.

Pastor Jim Keck will be on hand to offer support.

First Plymouth is located at 20th & D Streets in Lincoln.