COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – Pastor Tim Remington recorded a surprise three-minute video that was played at the Altar Church’s Easter Sunday service.

Though he was not able to be at the service in person, he was there in spirit.

"I'm okay. It’ll be a while, but I’m okay," he said in the video message. He also thanked the community for their words of encouragement and support.

“It’s overwhelming for the simple fact that it’s pastor. He’s with us. He’s here,’ said church member Mary Draben.

Sunday was the first time the community had heard from Remington since the shooting.

“It was heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time,” said another church member Michael Smith.

In the video, Remington thanked the church community for taking care of him and his family.

Remington has been in recovery since he was shot multiple times outside of the church in early March.

After being in the hospital for several days, Remington was able to return to his home on March 25. His family is asking that no one visit him at this time. His caregiver said he needs rest.

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In three to four weeks, he will be examined again and if he is strong enough at that time he will continue physical therapy, said Outreach Pastor John Padula.

Remington suffered many injuries, including a ripped colon and leg and shoulder wounds, from the shooting.