Be a part of this special event in which we will publicly read the Bible,
starting with Genesis and ending with Revelation.
Public Reading of Scripture will begin on Wednesday, February 7 at 6:00 am and will end on Saturday, February 10.
We will end Public Reading of Scripture with prayer! As we approach Revelation, we will alert the congregation with the estimated time. We encourage you to gather with us in the sanctuary as we cross the finish line together by reading the last chapter of the Bible in unison. There will be a Fellowship Lunch directly following the end so we can continue to celebrate with food and fellowship.
Public Reading of Scripture will begin on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 am and end on Saturday morning, February 25.
How To Participate
All – young and old – are invited to be a part of this special event. Please use the GRC App to sign up. Below are some general guidelines:
- Sign-up is by day and hourly slots so please select the ones that work best for your schedule.
- If you’d like to read this as a family or group, sign up for all 3 slots in your chosen hour. Ministry groups may want to reserve consecutive hours in order to share this experience.
- Elementary school-age children, who can read, are welcome to participate when accompanied by a parent. Parents should reserve a slot for each reader in your chosen hour.
Please use the GRC App to sign-up. If you are having difficulty, email us.
Biblical Context for Public Reading of Scripture
In Paul’s first letter to his younger disciple, Timothy, he gives this instruction: “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” (1 Timothy 4:13)
- We believe the Bible is divinely revealed. It is God speaking to his people. As the Word of God, it is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:1)
- As Jesus began his public ministry in Nazareth, Luke 4 tells us that “he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read,” (v16) out loud, from the prophet Isaiah. This pattern of Jewish worshippers in the synagogue was continued in the early Christian church.
- At the end of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, he gave this instruction: “After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16). Nothing in that instruction suggests that this reading should be restricted to private, individual experience. This was to be an activity of the gathered people of God. Paul’s language is even stronger in 1 Thessalonians: “I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.” (v27).