"Where was God? Surrounding all the children. The 430 that made it out, and the 20 that did not."
God, she said, "was with them, is with them, and will be with them always.
"God will find a way to bring comfort and hope and light. He will wrestle it from the darkness."
In the coming days the church will see multiple funerals, including for little Benjamin Wheeler on Thursday and for another classmate, 6-year-old Madeleine Hsu, on Friday. Adams-Shepherd told the church that local funeral directors had donated costs of the funeral to the families.
Cameras were not permitted to film the worship service but the church welcomed reporters to come and worship. Adams-Shepherd explained to the crowd she would not go on camera and talk to reporters because she had given her word to the victim's families, and that what happened in the school is "owned by the parents."
She told the congregation if anyone was holding any enmity in their heart it was time to let it go.
"I'm done. I love you. Pray, everyone," she said. And with that she turned to prayer and recited the name of each victim.