I was wavering on whether to post about tonight's memorial service for the victims of the Sandy Hook-Newtown, CT attack before the event or after attending it, but decided to give advance notice and then follow-up if I can make it. Rev. Paul Watermulder at First Presbyterian put out this message
Responding to the murder of school children and adults in Connecticut, area churches have banded together to invite the Burlingame-Hillsborough community to a time of remembrance, prayer, hope and healing.
The service will be Monday evening (i.e. tonight) at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church (El Camino at Easton). Its leadership will include local pastors and representatives from local school boards.
I have several friends who live in Newtown and one is right in the Sandy Hook section with kids who graduated from Sandy Hook Elementary. He and his wife have been very involved in their school community. His emails about the situation are heartbreaking.
UPDATE: It was a very warm ceremony. The listing of all of the names of the victims and the lighting of a candle for each (see photo below) was a fitting recognition for all. Rev. Watermulder's opening comments about the various ways people react to these types of events resonated with me. So too, did Rev. Dr. Beth Frykberg comments just prior to the closing. Thanks to all of those who organized and conducted the ceremony. Here are a couple of updated photos