It was a humbling experience. Before we even set up the stage and equipment, we visited the site where the 26 crosses had been placed near the First Baptist Church (where the attack took place). So much love and grief was present. We saw the names, some of the pictures of the victims and the many gifts tenderly placed and kind words written on the crosses. Yet we were welcomed by everyone.
The service was held outside of the Community Center, about one block from the church. The service was in English and Spanish. There were many supportive words and prayers spoken by numerous ministers and scriptures were read to offer comfort to the families and friends of the victims.
First Light performed at the beginning of the service and towards the very end. We saw the local residents wearing their "Sutherland Springs Strong" t-shirts and that was inspiring to us. They are a small community (less than 500 residents) but though hurt and grieving, they are determined and doing the best they can.
Here is one song I had the opportunity to record. My wife is one of the backing singers on the end (holding the violin). All of the singers were from First Light, including the lead singer, Keishia. Her mother played the keyboards and is our church's head musician. I hope you enjoy this video. It was an honor to be there to support the Sutherland Springs community during this time.