As the sun set, Imperial Valley parishioners honored the memory of those who died in Tuesday's coordinated attacks against the United States.
A group prayer at the end of the short service at First United Methodist Church in El Centro gave voice to those who wanted to speak.
"We pray … for the emergency personnel who gave their lives to save others."
"… for all the children of the victims."
"Lord, we're tempted to be angry and cry out. We're asking for your mercy."
"… for all those who go to bed in fear tonight."
"… for those in the armed forces."
"… for America."
A woman dabbed at the tears collected on her flushed cheeks.
"Lord, help us not to retaliate in like kind."