Come All Ye Faithful
Evangelist Billy Graham returns to Los Angeles to address the faithful at the Rose Bowl tonight.The Los Angeles Times published an interview with the preacher yesterday:
Graham, who celebrated his birthday Nov. 7, smiled gamely as he used an aluminum walker to shuffle into a room for an interview in Pasadena. He wears a hearing aid. The trademark glint in his blue eyes and his statements of faith remain as clear as the day he opened the Los Angeles revival in 1949 that catapulted him from a 6,000-seat "canvas cathedral" at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Hill Street to become a confidant of presidents.
Services will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. A children's program will be at 10 a.m. Saturday and a youth concert at 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, but there will be an offering. For more information, call (626) 793-8000 or see website http://www.billygraham.org .
Graham is scheduled to preach at all events except the children's program. Michael Reagan, the late president's son, will speak Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, the sister of the mayor, is to give her testimony Thursday night. Graham's longtime crusade partners, music and program director Cliff Barrows and vocalist George Beverly Shey, also will participate.
"We needed a spiritual awakening in Los Angeles and in Southern California," the Rev. Lloyd Ogilvie, a former Senate chaplain and pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, told the Times reporter on Tuesday. He called Graham "the greatest evangelist since the Apostle Paul."