An Open Letter the Loudoun Community
The 5th Annual Bible Reading Marathon | A Judeo ~ Christian Event
by Patricia Phillips
“All the people assembled as one man at the square…He (Erza) read from early morning until midday…and all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law” (Nehemiah 8:1-3)
The community is invited to be a part of a tradition that is thousands of years old! The word of God – the books that now comprise the Old Testament were collected by the Israelites and revered as divinely inspired by God for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ. In fact the Old Testament recorded events where God’s people gathered and stood for hours, listening to the scriptures being read aloud. At that time of course, there were just a few copies of the sacred texts and the only way that people could learn God’s Word was to hear it read aloud.
In that tradition, Loudoun Awakening hosts the 5th annual Bible Reading Marathon on the Loudoun County Courthouse grounds in Leesburg. It will begin at noon with the opening ceremony on the steps of the County Courthouse, and then move over to the Loudoun Awakening tent positioned on North King Street on the north side of the Law Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The readings will proceed until midnight each evening and renewing at 6:00 a.m. each morning until Thursday, May 3rd, when the marathon concludes at noon, to coordinate with the National Day of Prayer.
Your commitment and participation are truly needed and appreciated, as our goal is to successfully complete the reading in 90 hours, to the glory of God. The intent of the Bible Reading Marathon leading up to the National Day of Prayer is to prepare God’s people to pray for our nation consistent with His will, as revealed in the Bible. In “Old Testament Days” only the Priests were considered worthy of the honor of reading God’s word. Since Christ came and sacrificed himself for all people, the New Testament proclaims the priesthood of all believers.
Therefore literally hundreds of volunteers (ages 5 to 95) will take turns reading the scriptures, beginning with Genesis and reading straight through to the end of Revelation. People may participate by signing up in advance to read (visit http://www.awakening.org) or may stop by and listen. Ideally, we would like for each church, synagogue, civic organization, Bible study group, choir, prayer group, youth group and their families and friends to fill an hour block of time by providing four or more readers (15 minutes each) to help proclaim the Word of God by reading it out loud from Saturday through Thursday. However, BRM is not just for people of faith – but for all people to come in contact with the all time bestselling book.
Regardless of your ability to participate in some way with these community events from April 28 to May 3, individuals can have a “personal Bible Reading Marathon” by committing to read the Bible each day during the week. Suggested representative readings include:
•The Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy which summarizes the history in Exodus, Numbers and Leviticus
•Proverbs, which shares wisdom and advice, conveniently with 31 chapters, often read in accordance with the day of the month.
•The Gospel of John, telling about the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ
•Acts, the story of the early Christian Church
Bibles will be available for the asking at the site, while supplies last.
Participants can sign up to read online at http://www.loudounawakening.org.
April 28 12:00 noon to 1 p.m.
Coordinator: Patricia Phillips
Bible Reading Marathon
North side of the Law Library
April 28 to May 3
Coordinator: Annette Scheel
Saturday: Saturday: 1 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday - Wednesday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Thursday: 6 a.m. - 12 noon
National Day of Prayer
Thursday, May 3
12:00 noon, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 1 Harrison Street, Leesburg
7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Leesburg United Methodist Church
Coordinator: Daryl and Paula Gilbert