The names of the nine people shot dead at an African-American church in South Carolina have been read out in its first service since Wednesday’s attack.
The visiting reverend, Norvel Goff, said the “devil entered” but failed to “take control of your church”.
He stood in for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the attack on the bible-studying group.
Hundreds of people packed the Emanuel AME church for the service on Sunday morning, amid tight security.
Also on Sunday, bells at more than a dozen churches rang out simultaneously throughout the state of South Carolina in a sign of solidarity.
A black cloth was placed over the chair of Reverend Clementa Pinckney, where he sat for last week’s service.
“There they were in the house of the Lord, studying your word, praying with one another,” Rev Norvel Goff told the congregation.
“But the devil also entered. And the devil was trying to take charge,” he said. But, he added, “the devil cannot take control of your people. And the devil cannot take control of your church”.
Volunteers were on hand to give out bottles of water to the congregation, with many members reportedly forced to sit in an overflow part of the church. Hundreds of people who could not get inside held their own prayers outside the building.
South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who has called for the death penalty for suspect Dylann Roof, attended the service with her family.