A string of bomb blasts targeted at least three churches and four luxury hotels across Sri Lanka, killing and injuring hundreds of people.
The entire country is in a state of lockdown and police have imposed an island-wide curfew.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “several” U.S. citizens were among the dead.
In the Twin Tiers, congregants at Faith Temple Community Church in Elmira had a special service to commemorate the victims.
Worshippers prayed and sang hymns, reflecting on those who died in the bombings. The church’s pastor said he is thankful to be able to go to a house of worship and pray.
“The enemy will not have the last say. I made it my opportunity, I made it my business, not only am I going to come praise God in the house of the Lord for myself,” Elder Kale Mann, Interim Pastor at Faith Temple Community Church, said, “but I’m going to praise God for each and every one of those people that the enemy thought died. Well their lives will not die in vain.”