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Rededication of Memorial Church set for Sunday, Nov. 1

STANFORD -- Stanford Memorial Church will be rededicated at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, three years and two weeks after the Loma Prieta earthquake forced its closure. No tickets are required for any components of the three-part morning celebration.

Weather permitting, the public observance will take place at 9:30 a.m. and will feature a ceremonial knocking on the front doors of the church.

Dean of the Chapel Robert C. Gregg will welcome the congregation and visitors from a stage in front of the church facade. A small number of chairs will be provided for the elderly and disabled; otherwise the crowd will stand in the Inner Quad Courtyard during the brief ceremony.

Board of Trustees Chairman John Freidenrich will accept the reconstructed campus centerpiece on behalf of trustees. The crowd then will be invited to join in a responsive reading.

Following Christian tradition on the opening of churches, Gregg then will knock on Memorial Church's main door. The congregation and visitors will follow Gregg inside, where they will join in singing the Stanford Hymn. The event will conclude with a prayer of dedication and benediction.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Gregg will officiate at an ecumenical Christian celebration of All Saints' Day.

The service will include music, prayers and a brief sermon by Gregg. Teams of ordained and lay ministers will offer communion to churchgoers.

Gregg will deliver a special greeting and thanks to workers who helped rebuild Memorial Church during the last two years. Front-row pews will be reserved for workers and their guests. Construction laborer Cleon Smith, a deacon in his own church, will assist with communion.

The third part of the celebration will be a musical performance immediately after the church service, beginning at approximately 11 a.m. Participants will include university organists Kimberly Marshall and Robert Bates, and the Memorial Church Choir, with a brass quintet, led by Gregory Wait.

The concert is expected to last about 30 minutes, after which light refreshments will be served in the Quad.



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