Friday, September 14, 2001
Steamboat Springs A sign that read "In God we trust," on one side and "God Bless America," on the other was held high, along with several American flags at the Routt County Courthouse druing a prayer vigil Friday to mourn the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack on America.
The group swelled to about 300 people when the vigil started at noon.
The mood was somber but was lightened with friends meeting at the lawn, community members waving at each other from across the crowd and children laughing.
"I'm here just to show support for everyone who is suffering in New York," local Rachelle Redmond said.
Father George Schroeder led the vigil and was joined by Father David Henderson, Assistant Pastor Tim Selvy, Deacon John Franklin, Pastor Kevin King, Reverend Larry Oman and Pastor Rob Ryg.
The group stood in silence and prayer for the fist five minutes with heads bowed. The courthouse's American flag, flying at half mast, stood between the men of God and praying community members.
"What we are experiencing today is Biblical truth," Henderson said in his words to the community. "When one part of the body hurts, we all hurt."
In searching for a reaction to the attacks on America, Pastor Selvy said he found truth in the words of Mother Theresa, which he read to the audience.
"All of our works should be works of love," he read. "We do not need bombs and guns to bring us peace. We need love."
Father George said that he prays for the victims of the tragedy, but he also prays for the ones who have evil in their hearts.
Like many people, resident Jeremy Glaisher was somber after the vigil.
"I came to grieve," he said. "And pray for peace."
After returning to his office from the vigil and having time to reflect on the afternoon, Father George noted some the symbolism that occurred during the community prayer.
Though the sky was blue, thunderclouds were encroaching the area in the western skies, children played freely around the flag at half mast without a hint of fear and Pastor Selvy's young son, Brenden, found safety from the sun in the shadow of an American flag.
"I was grateful to be part of it," he said. "And I think it was important to have this taken out of the church and into the market place."