As a military band played, pallbearers carried the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush into Houston's St. Martin's Episcopal Church, where the Bush family regularly worshipped.
Wednesday night's music included the opening notes of "Hail to the Chief." Among those greeting the motorcade were the city's top two leaders, Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner and Republican County Judge Ed Emmett.
Bush died at his home in Houston on Friday. After lying in state at the U.S. Capitol and a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral, his remains were returned to Houston, where another funeral service is set for Thursday.
A special train will then take the casket to the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, where Bush will be buried at his presidential library next to his wife, Barbara, and their young daughter Robin, who died in 1953.
About 1,200 mourners are expected for a service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church on Thursday morning. Delivering a eulogy is James Baker, Bush's former secretary of state and longtime confidant.
Bush's grandson George P. Bush will give the other eulogy. He is the Texas land commissioner.