CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The pastor of Mother Emanuel AME delivered a sermon on revival and restoration.
This comes after a jury declared a guilty verdict for Emanuel AME church shooter, Dylann Roof, for taking the lives of nine people inside the church.
Rev. Eric Manning is the pastor of the church. He's held the position for about six months.
"That's what I wanted the congregation to receive from the sermon today, a new day," Manning said. "Weeping has endured for a night, but now joy is coming."
He says the first phase of the trial is behind them and they are now able to exhale, but the journey is still ongoing.
"My prayer is that we will be in a place where we have allowed God to pour more of himself back into us and we are then to continue to draw on that strength and to persevere and move forward," Manning said.
Rev. Manning says he's been in the courtroom everyday of the trial and he's developed a deeper appreciation for the survivor's strength.
"When you begin to look at his taped confession then of course that was one of those days when you just kind a said, 'I can't believe it,' Manning said.
For Manning his beliefs rests on God's word and his hope is that others will too.
"[Roof] still has the opportunity for repentance, everyone has the opportunity to repent, everyone has the opportunity to ask God to forgive them," Manning said. "They have to make that call themselves."
He will continue to lead Mother Emanuel through the power of prayer.
"At the end of the day we are praying for all God's children and I think that's what I am called to do," Manning said.
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