A powerful service at Mother Emanuel AME church, less than four days after a mass shooting killed nine of it’s members, including Reverend Clementa Pinckney.

Rev. Norvel Goff led the service, preaching on forgiveness.

“The doors of Mother Emanuel are open this Sunday. It sends a message to every demon and devil on earth.” Rev. Goff said.

Goff said that people who don’t know Charleston expected the city to break out in riot. “We are a people of faith.”

He thanked law enforcement for quick action in the arrest of the accused shooter, and the guidance from leaders of the state, noting Governor Nikki Haley, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey in attendance for the special service.

The church was filled, with a crowd overflowing outside the service. Speakers were set up outside for the entire block to hear the moving words and songs of the service.

The bells of dozens of Charleston churches rang in unison around 10:00 a.m.

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