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Houston megachurch holds service a week after deadly shooting

Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen's Houston megachurch held a special service Sunday dedicated to healing and thanksgiving a week after a woman opened fire in one of its hallways before being gunned down by security officers.

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Churchgoers pray in the lobby of Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen talks with reporters after a service, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen talks with reporters after a service, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen preaches during a service Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Jocelyn Edwards talks about last week's shooting after attending a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen leads the congregation in prayer during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, , in Houston. Pastor Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A woman wipes away a tear during a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen, right, shakes hands with Houston Police Chief Troy Finner during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Houston Mayor John Whitmire speaks during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen, right, welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A churchgoer wipes away tears during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen on Sunday welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen wipes away tears as he talks about last week's shooting at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen wipes away tears as he talks about last week's shooting at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen prays during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen prays during a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Pastor Joel Osteen wipes away tears as he talks about last week's shooting at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Churchgoers sing during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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The faithful sing during a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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The faithful sing during a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Churchgoers sing during a service at Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A cart full of red roses is delivered to Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Richard Fijas, left, and Vera Andronenkova talk about traveling from Chicago to attend a service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Beth Mast talks about last week's shooting after attending service at Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Bags are checked at an entrance inside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A Houston Police Officer stands at an sanctuary entrance inside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A police officer stands at the top of the steps inside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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A police officer stands at the top of the steps inside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Houston police officers gather in the lobby of Lakewood Church Sunday, Feb. 18, in Houston. Pastor Joel Osteen welcomed worshippers back to Lakewood Church Sunday for the first time since a woman with an AR-style opened fire in between services at his Texas megachurch last Sunday.
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Houston Police officers watch over displaced churchgoers outside Lakewood Church, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston, after a reported shooting during a Spanish church service.
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Emergency vehicles line the feeder road outside Lakewood Church during a reported active shooter event, Sunday, Feb. 11, in Houston.

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