Calls for unity after election at Virginia Beach prayer service

Posted at 9:28 PM, Nov 09, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Members of the Word Cathedral Worship Center prayed to a higher power for unity following Donald Trump's election.

"We pray that you will send an urgency of peace," said Pastor James West, Sr. as he led the congregation in prayer on Wednesday night. West held a prayer to allow members to vent and pray. He hopes they will "release the tension. The best way to do it is to talk about it," West said. "Let's come together and move forward."

Their service was held as protests erupted in several cities around the country.

Members of the congregation weren't happy with the election's results, and they're now working to come to terms with them. "The American people are lost right now, so I'm just waiting to see what [Trump] is going to do," said Shelia R. Carter. "I'm going to pray a lot."

Trump himself called for unity during a victory speech early in the morning. "For those of you who've chosen not to support me, there are a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country," he said.

Pastor West says Trump needs to realize he can't do it alone. Those at the service say it's going to take conversations with both sides. "If we talk about it, we can make this work," said Carter.