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As the nation continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, celebrity megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has announced plans to host a virtual, star-studded Easter Sunday service featuring performances by Tyler Perry, Kanye West and Mariah Carey.
Osteen told TMZ he got the idea for the service, in part, after Carey contacted him about honoring first responders. West, who has worked with Osteen in the past as part of the rapper’s ”Sunday Service,” and Perry were eager to be included.
“I had known Mariah from years past and … they actually contacted us because she wanted to show some support and honor to the first responders,” Osteen told TMZ in a video interview aired Wednesday morning. “She wanted to share a song and put some video footage of the first responders, just to do her part to bring hope and uplift the nation.”
CORONAVIRUS PUSHES JOEL OSTEEN'S LAKEWOOD CHURCH TO CANCEL SERVICES
Osteen's Lakewood Church, based in Houston, Texas, can hold up to roughly 17,000 people, but went virtual in March amid health concerns due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Despite the change in how services and church-led programs are attended, the megachurch is operating nearly business-as-usual.