Fallin hosts religious service for hard-hit Moore

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Backed by choirs and religious leaders, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is urging residents of an Oklahoma City suburb hit hard by a tornado to hold on to hope during trying times.

Fallin is hosting the Oklahoma Strong memorial service tonight at First Baptist Church in the devastated city of Moore. Television stations are broadcasting the service throughout the state.

Rabbi Veder Harris read from the first book of Kings, noting that God wasn't in the storm, but is in the "still, clear voice within us."

Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City offered praise and glory and asked God to look upon His family.

Fallin herself quoted from Psalm 46, which says God is our strength even if mountains tremble.

The program for the service includes photos of tornado damage.

Monday's storm, a monstrous EF5 tornado, killed 24 people and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes when it sliced through the city.

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