Two of the Sapp's three children, Mikaila, 13, and Madison, 11, read a poem "Footprints in the Sand." Gospel star Marvin Sapp and his children pay tribute to wife MaLinda.
The main eulogy was given by Bishop I.V. Hilliard, of New Light Christian Center of Houston, Tex.
"God is able to bring comfort through the prayers of his people," he noted in his nearly half-hour address.
"She (MaLinda) has got a promotion, and we're not going to deny her."
Presiding at the Homegoing service was the Rev. Marvin L. Winans, a longtime Sapp family friend and pastor of Perfecting Church in Detroit.
"We've learned that over a hundred thousand people are watching this service online," Winans told the crowd of the streamed presentation.
He concluded the service by singing the gospel chorus "Just Enough."
Grammy-winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin was also in the crowd, although he did not perform.
Hundreds of members of the Sapps Lighthouse Full Life Center Church were witness to the service.
"MaLinda made every one feel so loved, and so welcome," recalled Lighthouse member Sharon Hill, who attended the service with her husband, Jeffrey, and daughter Joi. "That is truly a God-given gift."
The family has designated memorial contributions to: Grand Rapids Ellington Academy of Arts & Technology c/o Mercantile Bank of Michigan 4860 Broadmoor Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512.