Throughout their lives, their faith was central to their identity and influenced and guided their journey to fame.
On Friday, the spiritual foundation of the residents of Detroit will be in the Black Church. It will be shown to the public as their funeral is broadcast in the city's Greater Grace Temple, featuring well-known singers and the traditions of Baptist funerals also for pleasure.
"At a Baptist funeral, there is a duality," Rev. Kenneth E. Flowers, pastor of the Great New Mountain, explained. Moriah Baptist Church in Detroit. "It is a time of celebration, it is a time of sadness and tears, but there will also be a celebration of life, we can celebrate, our faith tells us."
"… We call them a homecoming celebration, which means you will be at home with God."
Flowers spoke Monday in honor of Aretha Franklin in her home church, the New Bethel Baptist Church, run by Franklin's late father, the influential preacher and citizen, was headed attorney rights Rev. CL Franklin. Flowers said he would sometimes write with Aretha Franklin and send her support messages and Bible quotations to take with her while battling pancreatic cancer and personal challenges.
"I would give her the text, I pray for you queen, told her to keep the faith," said Flowers.
Franklin was rooted in a Baptist church while the funeral is held in the Greater Grace Temple, an apostolic church that is part of a Pentecostal church. His Pastor, Bishop Charles Ellis III, the leader of Pentecostal assemblies in the world, will co-ordinate with Rev. Robert Smith Jr. of New Bethel Baptist.
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The confessional differences do not apply It really is not as important as Franklin's art has gone beyond musical and religious barriers, local pastors said.
"It has musically transcended, and our denominations are not what they were 25 to 30 years ago," said Rev. Robert D. Lodge Jr., pastor of the Detroit Baptist Church. "We are not bound by the denomination, but we are locked up in the body of Christ."
Rev. Robert D. Lodge Jr. Pastor of the Detroit Baptist Church [Photo: Rev. Robert Lodge]
"We are grateful for all that Aretha Franklin has done for this city and for the people in the Church," said Rev. Lodge.
Pastor Edward L. Branch of the third New Hope Baptist church in Detroit was an associate pastor in Franklin's home church, New Bethel Baptist, who was under her father, the late Rev. C.L. Franklin.
"Really seeing their faith in everyday things has always been amazing and refreshing, because they really believe in God and believe in the church," he said.
During their concerts, Franklin would "take the audience to the church because they would include gospel music and include prayer songs," said Branch.
Franklin's first album "Songs of Faith" was a gospel recording of New Bethel Baptist Church.
"It would attract not only those who enjoy music on a secular level, but also church people who go to church on Sundays," Branch said.