Minister: Newtown church service to 'mend hearts'

8:22 PM, Jan 20, 2013   |    comments
A makeshift shrine honors the dead in Newtown, Conn. All over own there are handwritten signs that say "pray for Newtown" and "pray for Sandy Hook."(Photo: Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY)
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NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A minister at a worship service honoring the victims of last month's deadly Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting says the town has a long journey ahead and destiny lies in residents' ability to be united.

The Rev. Matt Crebbin is the senior minister of the Newtown Congregational Church, where about 300 people gathered Sunday night. He says the gathering serves "to heal and mend hearts" broken when a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.

The church service also honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

A former leader of one of the country's most prominent liberal Protestant churches planned to speak at the service. The Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. was the first black minister to lead New York's historic Riverside Church and retired in 2007. 

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