Episcopal Church to hold prayer service today after deadly St. Stephen’s shooting. Details.

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Inside St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church at Christmas 2021. (St. Stephen’s Episcopal/Facebook)

.On Thursday evening, a gunman opened fire on a church meeting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Cahaba Heights killing two people and injuring one. A suspect is in police custody, according to local authorities.

Prayer Service – June 17, 10:00am at St. Luke’s

In response to the tragic event, the Episcopal Church in Alabama announced they will hold a prayer service on Friday morning at 10:00am at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Brook — to pray for God’s guidance as we seek healing, justice, and an end to senseless violence in our communities and nation. 

Diocesean Statement

In addition to the prayer service, the church issued the following statement on its Facebook page:

“Tonight, what felt impossible became a reality. An individual attending a potluck supper at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, began shooting at a group of people gathered for the event. We do not know and will never understand why this person chose this path.

We are grieving across the diocese and the State of Alabama.

We know that we are not alone. This evening, we gathered as a community to pray. We have received calls and emails from across the country and around the world, and we are grateful for your love.”

Grief, Prayers and Support

This morning on the St. Stephen’s website the church posted a web page titled “Hearts Broken Open” a list of prayers and videos to help guide parishioners and everyone connected to the church get through this difficult time.

Last night, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael Curry also prayed and offered comforting words.

Watch this space in the coming days, for ways people can help.

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