2013-09-08 / Front Page

Bible read aloud outside Lapeer church

Volunteers read for 80 straight hours
BY JACOB HUNSANGER 810-452-2609 • jhunsanger@mihomepaper.com

LAPEER — In a collaborative effort between several churches, starting Wednesday morning and going until Saturday, volunteers in downtown Lapeer read the entire Bible out loud, cover to cover.

Randy Williams, event organizer and member of Light of Christ Community Church in Imlay City, said there were between 20 to 25 individual volunteers who took turns reading in front of St. Matthew’s Anglican Church in the center of downtown Lapeer. The volunteers began reading at 7 a.m. Wednesday and read continuously all day and throughout the night until early Saturday.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” reads Genesis 1:1, the first verse of the Bible. Those were the first words read by volunteers in Lapeer. Over 80 hours and 66 books later, the last verse of the Bible, Revelation 22:21, was read to finish the project: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”


Volunteer Jenny Burkhart reads from the book of 2 Kings during her part of the Ezra Project, which had the entire Bible read out loud continuously from Wednesday to Saturday. 
Photos by Jacob Hunsanger Volunteer Jenny Burkhart reads from the book of 2 Kings during her part of the Ezra Project, which had the entire Bible read out loud continuously from Wednesday to Saturday. Photos by Jacob Hunsanger The straight-through Bible reading was part of a nationwide effort last week called the Ezra Project, where volunteers and churches in cities across the nation read the Bible in city centers and near government buildings. “It’s just a way to publicly read God’s word without preaching,” Williams said of the Ezra Project. “It’s been very well received.”

In Lapeer, Williams said they originally planned to set up under the Farmers’ Market pavilion next to the historic courthouse, but the space was already reserved by the weekly farmers’ market. That’s when St. Matthew’s Anglican stepped in and offered to let them set up in front of the church, right on the corner of Nepessing and Court streets.

Williams added that the congregation at St. Matthew’s also took the bulk of the reading slots, and he was more than thankful to have their support and help. “We wanted to do this as close to the seat of government as possible.”

While the volunteers had a microphone and speaker set up for the public reading, the volume was not loud enough to cause a disturbance and the volunteers were rather unassuming while they read. The goal was not to cause a disturbance, but rather just to have the whole Bible read out loud, Williams said.

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