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Cambridge Congregation Rises From the Ashes Following Devastating Church Fire

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Church of the Nazarene Pastor Prahl and his wife spent Thursday outside their church (Photo: WBOC) Church of the Nazarene Pastor Prahl and his wife spent Thursday outside their church (Photo: WBOC)
Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday evening at a fire at the Church of the Nazrene in Cambridge, Md. (Photo: Easton Fire Department) Firefighters were on the scene Wednesday evening at a fire at the Church of the Nazrene in Cambridge, Md. (Photo: Easton Fire Department)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- It's a devastating sight for any pastor: to watch as your place of worship burns to the ground.  Despite all the damage, no one inside the Church of the Nazarene in Cambridge - including Pastor Richard Prahl - was hurt following Wednesday night's fire.

"At 6:30 we were setting up for our Wednesday night church service," Prahl recalled. "We had some problems with the lights in one of the school rooms we use."

Minutes later, the room with the problem now had fire pouring from the ceiling.  The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office determined the cause of the fire was electrical, starting in one of those ceiling light fixtures.

Prahl had to watch helplessly as his church was devoured by the flames, but through the darkness and smoke, he saw hope, emanating from the steeple.

"Our steeple has a light in it, and when that light came on, it was like a sign for me saying God's still in charge of this," he said. "This is brick and mortar, wood, but no one got hurt, so we've been blessed by that."

The church stands partially in ruins, not an ideal place to worship, but that has already been taken care of. Pastor Cesar Gonzalez at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cambridge has offered his facility for the Church of the Nazarene to worship.

"I think that when a congregation goes through something like this, there's a real opportunity to pull together and come together to overcome," Gonzalez said.

"Who knows what's going to come out of this, I believe it's going to be positive, and I believe God is still going to be glorified," Prahl said. "Even though this is a tragedy to us, and we're going to have to rebuild, we will do that."

This Sunday at 10:45 a.m., the Church of the Nazarene will hold one final service outside its property at 97 Sandy Hill Road. Starting the following week, it will take Pastor Gonzalez up on his offer and move its Sunday worship services to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Cambridge.

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