CARLSBAD, Calif. - A church in Carlsbad held its Easter sunrise service on Sunday despite thousands of dollars worth of sound equipment being stolen from their storage trailer.
Listening to songs takes on a whole new meaning this Easter for members of The Field Church.
10News on Wednesday reported about the theft, which left the congregation struggling to find a replacement in time for their sunrise service.
The church was able to rent a new system, thanks to support from the community. More than 1,300 people attended Sunday's service.
Church member Heidi Michaelian told 10News, "I think it's very 'Godish' the amount of people that came by today because they heard it on the news."
Churchgoers say they are thankful this happened because it reminded them about what is important.
"I think it's a hard check for our church to see how tightly or loosely we were hold onto material things, or things in essence that were really important," said church member Jason Barbato.
Though no arrests have been made, the church's pastor Patrick Crandall is offering his hand to the guilty, hoping to turn this negative situation into a positive one. He had these words for whoever is responsible.
"We're not sure what led you to do what you did, and we don't really care," Crandall said. "It may have been desperate need. It may have been there's evil out there. We don't care. We want you to know we love you, and we want you to know there's forgiveness in your life."
Crandall said he is hopeful insurance will cover the costs of a brand new system.