The First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs were united on Sunday for their first service since the shooting that killed 26 of its congregation's members.

More than a thousand people turned out to the Sutherland Springs baseball field to show their support for the tiny community.

Senator John Cornyn was also in attendance.

During the service, Pastor Frank Pomeroy delivered a powerful message filled with unity and resilience.

"We have the freedom to choose and rather than choose darkness as the one young man did that day I say we choose life,” Pomeroy said.

“The devil will not win and that God will prevail and he has a reason for everything that he does," Jessica Tumlinson, said.

After the service, the senator presented to the media his plan to help prevent people like the shooter with a criminal history from falling through the cracks.

“We need to fix this broken background check system,” Senator Cornyn said. “I'll be introducing bipartisan legislation."

Cornyn criticized the background check system in which the Air Force failed to upload critical information including the shooters violent history, crimes Cornyn says could have prevented the shooter from buying guns.

Cornyn plans to introduce his legislation on Monday.