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Shock, sorrow and bewilderment were still collectively on our hearts a week after the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. A portion of the worship service on Sunday, June 19 included an invitation to the congregants to come forward and light a tea candle in memory of the slain. Fifty candles. One each for the forty-nine victims and one more for the gunman who also died at the scene. Each tea candle was lit from the steady flame of the Christ candle which we traditionally light at Advent and Easter services, and each was carefully placed in trays filled with colored salt crafted with love by Janice while Lynn filled the sanctuary with piano music. Coming together solemnly as a community on the side of love was a deeply moving expression.