This event is precursor to the International Day of the Bible on November 23
WASHINGTON D.C., November 20, 2015 | Christian News Service | -- The National Bible Association (www.nationalbible.org) hosted a special scripture reading Tuesday on the east lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This special event honored America’s Biblical foundation as a number of Congressmen read from the historic Aitken Bible, printed in 1782. Also, there was a special reading of the Lord’s prayer from the Eliot Indian Bible, the first Bible printed in North America, by Naticksqw Chief Caring Hands. The Bibles for this event were coordinated by Museum of the Bible (www.museumoftheBible.org).
U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry Black offered a prayer during the event, praying for the United States as well as the people of Paris. Elected officials then read from Matthew, chapter 5 and read through chapter 7, verse 10 in succession. Readers included Rep. Robert Aderholt, Sen. Tom Carper, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Rep. Steve King, Sen. Tim Scott, and Sen. John Thain. U.S. House of Representatives Chaplain Pat Conroy was also a part of the program.
"This was an incredibly moving day for us as the words of the Bible resonated across the capitol grounds from the voices of some our governments leaders," said Richard Glickstein, president of the National Bible Society. "The opportunity to honor the scripture in public is part of the foundations of this great country and something all of us should be thankful for.
This event set the stage for the upcoming International Day of the Bible which will be held on Monday, Nov. 23 at noon in local time zones around the world. People of all ages are being invited to participate by taking pause for a few minutes to read or even sing Scripture or otherwise creatively express their love of The Good Book.
International Day of the Bible is sponsored by the National Bible Association. Organizations like The American Bible Society, YouVersion, Bible Gateway, Scripture Union, Museum of the Bible and Bibles for the World are encouraging participation within their own communities.
A person could simply read a favorite passage with family, friends, co-workers and schoolmates, but participation can go beyond just Bible reading. Other ideas include breaking into a flash mob, singing and dancing Scripture, painting or drawing a picture with a few lines of a verse, or capturing God's creations in photos, selfies included, and sharing them along with a beloved Psalm.
See content of the day unfold by following the hashtag #BibleCelebration on social media.
SOURCE: Museum of the Bible
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