Throughout her life, her faith was central to her identity, which influenced and guided her journey to glory.

On Fridays, their spiritual foundations will be on display in the Black Church, where the audience will be broadcast at the funeral in the Greater Grace Temple, displaying well-known singers and the traditions of Baptist funerals that will be both sad and joyful [19659006] "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 denominational differences do not play a significant role 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 Baptist Church of the People of Detroit. [Photo: Rev. Robert Lodge]

"We are grateful for all that Aretha Franklin has done for this city and for the people of the Church," Rev. Lodge said.

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.

"For Mr. Aretha, faith is a central part of her life, as many believers are," Rev. Branch said. "Faith has always been the foundation of her life, with her whole family."

"It was always amazing and refreshing to see their faith in everyday things, because they truly believed in God and believed in the church

During their concerts, Franklin" would bring the audience to church because they would like gospel music and songs said Branch.

Franklin's first album, Songs of Faith, was a gospel recording hosted by New Bethel Baptist Church

"It would not only attract those who enjoy music at a secular level, but also also church people who go to church on Sundays, "said Branch.

"Whatever genre they sang, you could feel it from the depths," Rev. Flowers said. "Her belief in God came out through her music."

"She has her beginning in church as a little girl and so all her music – whether classical, jazz, soul, rock music … she always has the church in it."

"The spirit of the gospel was always in all her songs, "added Flowers. "She could sing everything and people could be touched by it … that comes through the power of the Spirit of God."

Blumen and other pastors remembered giving something back to the community, including an annual gospel celebration at the New Bethel Baptist Church with free soul food.

Pastor Flowers said that Franklin's faith was important not only to her music but also to her private life as she engaged in the death of her father in a coma for years before his death in 1984 and other family members.

Flowers said, "She had a strong faith, a deep love for God."

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