Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett told the congregation of Gardendale-Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Sunday, "We find ourselves in a storm, one that's knocked us off balance," AL.com reported.
On Thursday, the church's pastor, Terry Greer, 54, shot his wife, Lisa, 52, and daughter Suzanna, 18, at the church parsonage, Gardendale Police Chief Mike Walker alleged.
After being shot, the daughter took the gun away from her father and ran to a neighbor, who called police. The pastor took a kitchen knife into the bathroom and repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest and neck, Walker said.
Lisa Greer died Friday at a hospital.
Terry Greer and his daughter are both recovering from their wounds. The pastor is charged with murder and attempted murder, the police chief said.
Preaching at all three services, the Rev. Wallace-Padgett told congregants that what happened to the Greers was like what occurred to Jesus' disciples during a storm.
"He brings peace to us in the midst of the storm," she said. "My heart breaks for the people of this church. My heart breaks for Terry Greer, his family and friends."