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*In Charleston, SC, members of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church worshipped at their sanctuary on Sunday for the first time since a gunman opened fire at a Bible study, killing nine people. Meanwhile, uniformed police officers stood among the congregation as a measure of added security.

The AP reports the service started with a message of love, recovery and healing, which will no doubt reverberate throughout churches across the country.

“We still believe that prayer changes things. Can I get a witness?” the Rev. Norvel Goff said, to which the congregated responded “Yes.”

“But prayer not only changes things, it changes us.”

Sunday morning marked the first service at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church since Dylann Roof, 21, sat among a Bible study group and opened fire after saying that he targeted them because they were black, authorities said. Among the nine killed was the church pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator.

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Watch video of the services below.

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