Good Sam UMC Leads 'Love Casts out Fear' Candlelight Vigil

October 12, 2011

The Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Cupertino, California sponsored a community "Love Casts out Fear" candlelight vigil on Sunday, Oct. 9, in contemplation of the violent events that had occurred just a few days earlier, across the street and down the block from the church.


On Oct. 5, a disgruntled employee at the Lehigh Hanson Permanente Cement Plant opened fire on co-workers, killing three people and wounding six others, then shooting and injuring a 60-year-old woman in a botched carjacking at the Hewlett-Packard parking lot. He eluded police for 22 hours before a confrontation with sheriff's deputies led to his death, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.


The church office and church pre-school had both been on lockdown while the subject was being sought.


The Sunday evening vigil, led by youth pastor Bill Wagner and senior pastor Blake Busick, was intended as a church and youth group program, but also was advertised to the community with an invitation to participate. Some 40 people joined in, walking from the church to the HP parking lot, reflecting on what had happened.


"Good Sam" pastor Busick said the purpose of the vigil was to pray for peace and love in the midst of fear, for all who were involved in the violence, and for the community at large.


The not-quite-90-second video above captures a glimpse of the event, with commentary by both Blake Busick and Bill Wagner.


Click here for photos of the event by Good Sam member Todd Baggett.