Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia held a vigil for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
As hundreds of people filled the church, speakers wanted to spread the message of love.
Pastor Timothy Bupp says his church is a safe space for the LGBT community.
"Reformation is a Reconciling in Christ Congregation and we have a large contingency here of LGBT community and so it just became a natural step for us to grieve the loss that the whole community feels," says Bupp.
One by one people got up to speak, spreading the message of love. Malissa Burnesst with SC Equality had a powerful message.
"If your religion requires you to hate someone, you need a new religion," says Burnette, whose words were met with applause.
"We're all equal," says Chucj Archie, member of Reformation Lutheran and member of the Harriet Hancock Center in Columbia.
"I think how God and Jesus wanted us to be is accepting of one another and loving to one another and I think that's what this church does.
"This could've been us," says Rhonda Thompson-Smith. Thompson-Smith and her wife Nicole were determined to make it to the vigil. "This happened in our tribe, is how I called it, and I just felt like this was a way as our community to show our grief."
As the names of the 49 victims were read at loud, the church bell rang out, showing a sense of unity and sending a message that love wins.
A prayer service will be held on Tuesday night at St. Andrew's Lutheran church at 5:30pm. The church is at 1416 Broad River Road.
Another vigil will be held on Wednesday night at Garden of Grace, 1020 Atlas Rd., at 6pm.