Sunday evening, mourners attended a memorial service for Prince, at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall. The service was held at the church where the singer attended, before his death last month. The Associated Press reports,
City spokeswoman Kari Spreeman said last week that police were preparing for up to 500 people, including up to 50 high-profile guests. Some people who weren’t able to get inside before the church filled up were able to obtain programs, which they shared with reporters outside. The program said the service was to begin with the song “He Will Call,” followed by an opening prayer. It also included an “interview” with Larry Graham, the former Sly and the Family Stone bassist who was Prince’s spiritual mentor and introduced him to the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith. The program was to conclude with the song “See Yourself When All Is New” and a closing prayer. On the back was a quote from the Prince song, “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed,” from his 2006 album “3121.” It read, “If I were to ever write down my life story, I could truly say with all the fame and glory, I was just a piece of clay in need of the potter’s hand.”
Prince was known at the Kingdom Hall as “Brother Nelson.” As previously reported, he passed in his Paisley Park recording complex, on April 21, at the age of 57. Authorities are still investigating.