Devastation in Oklahoma

May 27, 2013 12:02 AM by Monica Gouty

Public memorial held for tornado victims in Oklahoma

MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Survivors of the deadly tornado that ripped through suburban Oklahoma City last week have turned to their faith as they go through grief and the recovery process.

About 2,000 people attended an evening memorial service at First Baptist Church, in hard-hit Moore. Some seats were reserved for those who lost loved ones and for the teachers and students of two elementary schools that were wrecked by last Monday's tornado.

Some present held stuffed animals and flowers. Emotions ranged from streaming tears to joined and uplifted hands.

The interfaith service included prayers from a rabbi and an archbishop. Musical tributes came from area church choirs, Christian artist Dennis Jernigan and students from Briarwood Elementary. The children performed "Jesus Loves Me," the same song they asked to sing as the storm approached.

Gov. Mary Fallin, who led the event, quoted Psalm 46 -- "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

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