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A Recap: Whitney Houston Funeral Exalts Savior to Millions Around World
by Mark Ellis : Feb 23, 2012 : God Reports
http://blog.godreports.com/2012/02/emotional-home-going-for-whitney-houston-exalts-her-lord-and-savior/

There were millions watching CNN's live coverage of the service, including many fans who had never set foot in a church. To their surprise and amazement they were thrust into a Spirit-filled Baptist gathering for the very first time. Piers Morgan, one of CNN's anchors for the event, admitted afterward he had never witnessed such a service.

New Hope Church in Newark, NJ(Newark, NJ)—They held a church service at New Hope Baptist Church as a home-going for international singing star Whitney Houston. At her family's insistence, it was all about the Lord.

"We welcome you to our home," said Pastor Joe A. Carter. "We're gonna have church today," he exclaimed, "because we believe in a mighty God."

Family members, celebrities and dignitaries crammed the front pews of the church, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Clive Davis and many others. Yet the nearly four-hour service maintained a traditional Baptist flavor by intention, avoiding media pressures to turn it into a Hollywood production.

Almost every speaker and every song lifted up Jesus and His love for Whitney, reflected by her enduring love for Him—even as she went through deep valleys in her life.

"God is in Heaven and with Him is one of our angels," said Cory Bookit, mayor of Newark. "As the heavens reverberate with joy and gladness, may we understand that though we weep now and weeping may endure through the night, joy cometh in the morning."

Pastor Carter gave a soulful, emotional reading of Psalm 90 as the white-clad New Jersey Mass Choir gently swayed and sang in the background. One of the choir's lead singers followed by singing the 23rd Psalm.

"Lord we welcome You!" Pastor Carter continued. "Have Your way. If you love the Lord, clap for Him. If you love Jesus clap for Him. Hallelujah! Glory to God. God be praised. God be praised. Oh my! My! My! My!" he shouted.

Houston funeral on CNN in NYCThere were millions watching CNN's live coverage of the service, including many fans who had never set foot in a church. To their surprise and amazement they were thrust into a Spirit-filled Baptist gathering for the very first time. Piers Morgan, one of CNN's anchors for the event, admitted afterward he had never witnessed such a service.

"We are gathered here today, because when you're a child of God you're dedicated at an altar," Pastor Carter continued. "Your fellowship in the Body of Christ is at an altar. When you make your wedding vows, it's at an altar. And when God has spoken and you're laid to rest, we celebrate at an altar."

"This is how we celebrate," he told a watching world. "We have church! If you love God, clap for Jesus." He read Psalm 22, followed by John 14: "In My Father's house are many mansions…"

Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry recalled a time with Whitney in a restaurant in Atlanta when she was surprisingly transparent. "I saw this heaviness come upon her. Before I could get words out to encourage her, she would say, 'But the Lord…'"

As Houston continued to pour out her heart to Perry, he prepared once more to offer consolation when she said, "But my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His amazing grace…"

Perry was struck by the way God sustained her through difficult times. "There was a grace that carried her down from Heaven through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through singing. She wasn't even supposed to be able to speak much less sing because of an incident that happened to her as a child, but there was a grace that kept on carrying her all the way through," he said.

"One thing I know for sure, and this is more important than anything she had ever done in her life—Whitney Houston loved the Lord!" he declared, as cheers echoed through the church.

"As I think about her there is a Scripture that keeps burning in my heart. I keep thinking about the Apostle Paul in Romans when he said 'Nothing shall separate me from the love of God.'

"No matter how high she went in the stratosphere, no matter the depth of struggle with what she had to go through, it still wasn't enough to separate her from the love of God. The same grace that carried her through, carried her home."

As Perry concluded his remarks, some in the choir cried out, some nodded their heads, and a few raised a hand in the air and pointed upward toward Heaven as if to say "She's right there in God's loving arms."

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