As members of Brentwood Baptist gathered on Saturday night for their annual Christmas concert, the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was not far from their thoughts.
"No matter where you live, it does hit close to home when you have children, love children and you can't understand why someone would do something like this to innocent children," Steve Smith, Communications Minister of Brentwood Baptist, told Nashville's News 2.
Though hundreds of miles away, Friday's shootings have many Middle Tennessee parents grieving along with those in Newtown.
"Before I was a mom, I was a teacher so I was having lots of mixed emotions thinking about what the teachers must have been feeling, how they kept the children safe in that moment," said church member April Duren.
She added, "Then, as a mom, I wanted to drive to school to pick up my kindergartner and second grader."
Brentwood Baptist plans to dedicate a special time of prayer during their Sunday services, with a focus on the shooting victims and their families.
"Our senior pastor was actually not scheduled to lead that prayer time tomorrow, but he's decided that he wants to lead that time with our congregation," Smith said.
As the country begins to process the magnitude of Friday's shootings, many are now looking to each other and their faith for comfort.
"These kinds of things do cause people to question their faith, but more often it seems that it brings people to faith," Smith said.
Duren added, "I just have to trust that God loves my children more than I do and that he will take care of them."
Brentwood Baptist's Sunday service begins at 8 a.m.