September 14, 2007
". . .Since we are ‘celebrating traditions’ this year, we thought it was especially appropriate to focus on the tradition that music and worship have played for decades in student ministry at Samford. . ."
Former members of the Baptist Student Union/Student Ministries choirs and the Hear-and-Now Singers are invited to participate in a reunion choir for Samford University’s annual homecoming worship service Oct. 21.
The 10 a.m. service in Andrew Gerow Hodges Chapel is the culminating event of Samford’s annual homecoming week. The 2007 homecoming theme is “Celebrating Traditions.”
The reunion choir will rehearse at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday and then sing three anthems during the service. They also will have a reunion tent for informal fellowship on the University Quadrangle during the homecoming festival Saturday, Oct. 21.
The homecoming worship service was started in 1998 to introduce alumni to the new divinity school chapel. It was immediately popular, and the tradition has continued to capacity audiences. Samford alumni are invited to be the worship leaders. For the past several years, the University Ministries Choir also has assisted.
Worship leaders this year are Esther and Bob Burroughs of Greenville, S.C. Author and speaker Esther Burroughs was Samford’s campus minister in the 1970s. She now leads Esther Burroughs Ministries, which includes women’s conferences and other ministry activites. Bob Burroughs served on the school of music faculty in the 1970s and again in the early 2000s and was director of the Hear-and-Now Singers. He continues to be a popular composer/arranger, worship consultant and conference leader.
Melinda Howard Dressler ’74, will be organist. She now is organist/music assistant at Birmingham’s Brookwood Baptist Church. Other Samford alumni and current University Minister Matthew Kerlin also will assist with the worship service.
“Since we are ‘celebrating traditions’ this year, we thought it was especially appropriate to focus on the tradition that music and worship have played for decades in student ministry at Samford,” said David B. Goodwin ’03, director of alumni and parents programs. “Using the student ministries reunion choir and having the Burroughses here for the worship service is a great way for us to celebrate those traditions.”
A full schedule of events is planned for homecoming week. Information is available at www.samford.edu/alumni.