Grand Rapids Church to greet mourners at Patrick Lyoya’s funeral

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The spiritual calm that filled the sanctuary of the Renaissance Church of God in Christ would soon give way to grief at Patrick Lyoya’s funeral.

“God will be a very present helper as we go through troubled times,” said Bishop Dennis J. McMurray, senior pastor of the Renaissance Church of God in Christ.

Lyoya will be honored at 33rd Street Church in Grand Rapids beginning at 11 a.m. Friday. McMurray said he and his team had been preparing for the funeral since Monday and expected around 1,500 people to attend.

“It’s not about attention but intention, and we intentionally want to uplift the love of Jesus Christ for this family at this time,” McMurray said. “We will be there to encourage them.

Lyoya’s family was thrust into the national spotlight after he was shot by a Grand Rapids police officer on April 4.

“You never recover from tragedies like this,” McMurray said.

The death caught the attention of civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharptonwho will praise Lyoya and whose association pays for his funeral.

“Tour. Sharpton has been a supporter of justice, of civil rights, so at the highest level Patrick’s life has probably touched the world in ways he or his family could never have imagined. imagined,” McMurray said.

McMurray said he would not speak at the funeral but instead serve as emcee. If he was to deliver a message, he said it would be based on 2 Corinthians 12:9.

“When life is meaningless, my grace, his grace, is enough,” McMurry said.

The funeral will be broadcast on WXSP and stream on woodtv.com.

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