April 2, 2008
For the third consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptist University will host a New Testament Reading Marathon on Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1. The 24-hour scripture reading will coincide with the National Day of Prayer.
The marathon will be a continuous, public reading of the New Testament at the gazebo park adjacent to OBU's Stubblefield Chapel. Readings will begin at 8:30 p.m., April 30, and conclude at 7:30 p.m. May 1.
Opening and closing ceremonies will be in Stubblefield Chapel. Both ceremonies will feature a speaker from the Oklahoma National Day of Prayer organization.
Anna's Prayer, an ensemble from OBU's Bisonette Glee Club, will perform for the opening ceremony. The closing ceremony will feature a concert by Sine Nomine, a Shawnee community choral group.
This year's marathon will have a reading of the Psalms at the noon hour. Local churches have been invited to read a Psalm during the lunchtime segment.
"I am very enthusiastic about this year's New Testament Reading, especially the reading of the Psalms. It's always exciting to have 300 volunteers lined up to read the New Testament," said Dr. John Nichols, coordinator of the marathon and associate professor of mathematics at OBU.
In last year's marathon, approximately 275 volunteers were involved in the readings. Portions of the scripture were read in Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, German, Japanese, French and Greek.
Members of the Shawnee community are invited to participate. Call the OBU campus ministry office at 405.878.2377 for more information.