Church of the Resurrection holds special service to honor lives lost in Orlando

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- Tears continue to spill as mourners gathered at one metro church on Wednesday to cast prayers for lives lost in Orlando. Money and resources are now pouring in to help those affected by the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Orlando is opening a family assistance center at World Camping Stadium, to provide a centralized support location for people directly affected by the shooting.

It comes after the establishment of the "One Orlando Fund" to raise money for affected communities now, and in the future.

Parishioners are gathering at several metro churches Wednesday evening -- mourning the murders of 49 people at Pulse.

The shooting has reverberated throughout the nation, and that's the reason pastors at Leawood's United Methodist Church of the Resurrection opened their doors to the community, holding a memorial service to honor the victims.

The metro's largest church expected a big crowd. Church of the Resurrection leaders invited all, as the heartache persists.

The names of all 49 victims will be read during the service -- as pastors hope to make the loss more tangible.

James Cochran is Church of the Resurrection's director of counseling ministries. He says this church sees this as a tragedy that affects people across all walks of life.

“They're not just a number. This way, we focus on them as people and, especially through the media, it's easy for us to see that 49 people died and that's tragic,” he explained.

For anyone not able to make it, the church streamed the service online.



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