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Publication Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Churches prepare for memorial services Churches prepare for memorial services (September 11, 2002)

September 11, 2002, will be a day of remembrance for local churches.

Many sanctuaries will open for prayer and mediation.

At Ladera Community Church, 3300 Alpine Road in Portola Valley, the sanctuary will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. At 7:30 a.m., there will be a "worship service of memorial for the victims, thanksgiving for the heroism shown that day, and the offering of prayerful petitions for the lessening of hatred and racism," said Pastor Wayne Dalton.

Two other Portola Valley churches -- Christ Episcopal Church at 815 Portola Road and Valley Presbyterian Church at 945 Portola Road -- will hold prayer services at 7 p.m.

"This is a time to mourn and to remember, and to reflect on peace, not war," said the Rev. Scott Hayashi of Christ Episcopal. "September 11 should not be used as a call to arms. We need to reflect on hatred. What is it, and why is it so strong?"

Special services are scheduled on September 11 at the following houses of worship:

** Church of the Nativity, 210 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park. 5:30 p.m. Mass. Church bells will ring from 5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The organist will play "God Bless America" at the recessional.

** First Baptist Church of Menlo Park, 1100 Middle Ave., Menlo Park. A service of "Prayer, Remembrance and Reflection" at 6:30 p.m.

** Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 330 Ravenswood Ave., Menlo Park. Noonday prayer service and a 7:30 p.m. church service.

** Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, 950 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. Prayer service from noon to 1 p.m. by Pastor Kim Engelmann. The sanctuary will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for private prayer.

** St. Raymond's Catholic Church, 1100 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park. A brief prayer service will be held at 12:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

** Temple Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City. Special service with prayers, songs and reflective readings at 7:30 p.m. Political analyst John Rothman will speak on "the War on Terrorism a Year Later."

** Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road, Woodside. Potluck at 6 p.m. "A Service of Remembrance, a Service of Hope" at 7 p.m.
Stanford

At noon, an interfaith prayer service will be held in the Inner Quad, outside the front doors of Stanford's Memorial Church. Campus Pastor Scotty McClellan and President John Hennesey will speak, followed by prayers and chants for peace by representatives of at least five religious traditions. The half-hour service will close with the sowing of seeds, representing new life.

Sharon Driscoll and Jennifer Brown contributed to this report.


 

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