Nashville church turns Bible study into vigil for Antioch victims

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Another vigil took place Tuesday night to honor the victims of the Antioch church shooting.

Nashville’s religious community has stepped up to help and comfort the people affected by the tragedy that took place Sunday at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ.

Tuesday’s event was held at Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church off Nolensville Road where they turned their weekly Bible study into a vigil.

Pastor Bruce Maxwell said it’s important because “we are one in the body of Christ.”

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“With being one with the body of Christ, when the body of Christ is hurt in any type of way, it hurts the entirety of us, and what happened at the Church of Christ was horrendous, and we are very concerned about them and their congregation,” Maxwell told News 2.

PHOTOS: Mass shooting at Antioch church

The vigil began at 6 p.m. and was open to the public.

“Look graciously upon us Father, God,” an associate pastor said during prayer.

This is one of many churches still feeling the pain from the tragedy.

Lee and Paulette Allen live close by the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ. Tuesday night, their hearts are breaking.

“You never realize that it is going to be this close to home, and it really hurt to see that happened and for what reason?” Paulette Allen told News 2.

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Members of the church say they will do whatever it takes to show their support.

“We can’t often times wonder why but He knows why,” explained Lee Allen.

During the service, Pastor Maxwell said the entire Church of Christ denomination is feeling this pain and tonight there is healing.

“There is healing that must take place inside their congregation,” he told everyone in attendance.

Maxwell said they are also taking a fresh look at what they need to do make sure their services are safe.

“We have armed police officers when we come to worship,” he said, noting his church will continue to welcome people but safety is a priority.

“It makes us tighten up on security,” said Maxwell.

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The pastor told News 2 he expects churches across the nation to learn from what happened.

“Churches now are spending more in their budgets for the security of the fellowship,” he said.

But Tuesday, it is about remembering those hurt in this terrible tragedy.

“We wonder why anyone would want to disrupt that level of peace,” said Maxwell.

The pastor also said their church has more than 50 cameras in and around the building. He said the church leadership is discussing the option to add more.

Just last night, hundreds of people from all over the country united in prayer and peace to support the Antioch victims, coming together for a candlelight vigil on the church’s Pin Hook Road property.

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As for Burnette Chapel, a spokesperson told News 2 their normal services will resume Wednesday in their fellowship hall, but Sunday’s service is still up in the air.

The inside of the church has not been touched since the shooting, and the crime scene hasn’t been cleaned. Windows remain boarded up and no one is allowed inside right now.

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