Residents in the Virginia town at the center of the 5.8 earthquake that shook the East Coast last week are grateful that Hurricane Irene passed them by.
Surveillance video inside a Mineral, Va., grocery store showed the intensity of the quake.
Rev. Marian Windel of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation drew from an old hymn to convey her message Sunday on the protecting, sustaining hand of God.
"For us, this past week has been trying at the least," Windel told her congregation. "There was little, if anything, that we could have done to prepare for the earthquake. And who would have thought it would be followed by a hurricane?"
"In times like these you need a savior," the Episcopal minister added. "In times like these you need an anchor."
Windel assured her congregation that no matter what happened, God would be with them and has placed them in community to help each other.