Since we do not all read at the same pace, and some passages are more tricky to read than others, running on time over 79 hours will be a challenge. In the end we want to finish on time to celebrate together.
And so we need to keep an eye on timekeeping throughout The Bible Live . This is why there will always be a Timekeeper present to help us.
If it looks like we are up to ten minutes ahead of, or behind, schedule the Timekeeper will help us to adjust the pace of reading by using the “Speed up please” and “Slow down please” signs.
If the reading is running more than ten minutes behind schedule (i.e. we have not reached the expected point in the reading for handover) you may be asked to allow the next person to take over at their allotted time.
If the reading is running more than ten minutes ahead of schedule (i.e. we have gone beyond the expected point in the reading) you may be asked to continue reading until the next person is ready to take over at their allotted time.
To make this work we all need to be gracious and flexible about the passage we read. We can prepare by practicing the passage we will read and timing how long it takes to read it. And we can check out who will be reading before and after us. Where possible we can have a chat beforehand to make sure we give one another the flexibility and support we need.
Most of all lets encourage one another to make The Bible Live an amazing celebration of worship.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. . . he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. ” Acts17:24-25
Great news! Adam Afriyie, our MP for Windsor, will join us to read in The Bible Live.
Our millennium celebration is a significant event for the community of Warfield, not just for Warfield Church. And so we are delighted that our local MP will endorse The Bible Live by reading with us.
Adam was first elected to Parialment in 2005 then re-elected in the 2010 and 2015 elections. You can read about his background and political activity on his website adamafriyie.org.
Born in 1965 to a white English mother and a black Ghanaian father, Adam was brought up by his mother in social housing in South London. He attended Oliver Goldsmith Primary School in Peckham and went on to gain a B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from Imperial College (Wye).
A former shadow minister for Science and current Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST), Adam is an outspoken supporter of evidence-based policy making, greater social mobility and the power of business to provide jobs, prosperity and a better society.
Come along to meet him and hear him read the end of 2 Corinthians and the beginning of Galatians. His scheduled time is on Saturday morning, 10th September, from 11:00 to 11:30am.
Children love to be involved, and they love a celebration.
The Bible Live is for people of all ages – from the very young to the very old. So lets put on our thinking caps and consider how we can support our children to share this wonderful millennium celebration. St Michael’s will be well set up with activities and refreshments for young children to enjoy under their parent’s supervision. Just being in the environment where God’s word is being read will be a blessing to them.
If your child can read with some confidence then why not encourage them to take part? Even reading a few verses will be a memorable experience for them.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
The Bible is the world’s best seller!
Many of us in Warfield Church are likely to have access to a Bible and some of us read it regularly. But if anyone challenged us to give evidence of why we trust what it says would we be able to stand up for its accuracy? Can we explain its impact?
During The Bible Live we will have three large free-standing scrolls on display in St Michael’s, on loan from The Bible Society. Each covers an aspect of the global impact of the Bible in a clear, visual and easy to understand format.
Here is one of them covering bible translation.
For over 200 years Bible Society hs been working to help people around the world engage with the Bible, relate to it, and make sense of it. They operate from the conviction that
when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good.
And so when we meet to read or listen to the Bible for our millennium celebration lets also make time to browse the resources and displays that will be available . . . our lives could change for good!
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
One key value of The Bible Live is to be inclusive. The Project Team has worked hard to give everyone linked to Warfield Church the opportunity to take part in the celebration. That includes our Mission Partners.
Today Milan Adhikari, pastor of Aanandit Church in Nepal, is visiting Warfield. He had agreed to read the first four chapters of Exodus for us. And so, in Catriona’s dining room, we set up a camera and recorded him reading.
The video of his reading will be shown on the large screen in St Michael’s just before 2pm on the first day of The Bible Live, Wednesday 7th September.
Listening to him reading was a great foretaste of the thrill of listening to scripture read aloud.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. Exodus 3:5
One challenge for us as we read the Bible from cover to cover in 79 hours is to manage timekeeping.
We need to start on time and finish on time. And, for the sake of everyone else who has booked to read a passage, we need to keep to time.
This is where the role of the Timekeeper is important.
For most of us who are reading a short passage there will not be a problem. We will simply step up when it is our turn, read our passage, and step down again.
However, problems might arise when a group is reading a long passage. As several different people change over to read there is a risk that we will lose time. Or perhaps some will be nervous and will read too fast.
In either situation it is the role of the Timekeeper to help you get back on track. When you arrive they will let you know whether we are on track or not. And during the reading, if there is a problem, they will hold up a prompt to suggest you either gently speed up or slow down as your group is reading.
We can make it easier for ourselves by practising reading the passage we hope to read .
But most of all, we want everyone to enjoy the experience and savour the blessing of reading God’s word. And so timekeeping is for guidance only. If the passage you read is challenging in whatever way, don’t worry, there will be someone after you who can speed up a bit and get timing back on track.
Genealogies are boring and difficult to read. Right?
Perhaps it feels like that – but they are, in fact, a significant part of scripture! Here are a few reasons why . . .
- They tie God’s plan together from Genesis through Revelation.
- They separate the Word of God from all other works of fiction and/or legends, folk tales, myths etc.
- They are proof of the fulfillment of God’s promises, such as His covenants with Abraham and David, and His promise of the Messiah.
- They are proof of spiritual warfare.
- In Jesus’ bloodline we see all combinations of bad/good fathers and bad/good sons. This means we can be released from feeling we inherit negativity and released from guilt that we might pass it on, because God overrules.
You can read some more about why we should love the genealogies in the Bible here.
As we read the genealogies in The Bible Live, we will be walking through the stepping stones in God’s amazing plan.
News of The Bible Live is spreading! Radio Berkshire asked for an interview for their Sunday morning programme. And so, from her caravan in Shepton Mallet during New Wine on Sunday 24th July, Janet Taft shared our vision for The Bible Live.
You can listen to the interview here. Fast forward to 1 hour 48 minutes to catch the start and share the enthusiasm for our celebration.
In a recent visit to North Wales, a member of The Bible Live team discovered a church that had recently read the Bible aloud from start to finish – just as we will do in September. They discovered that many people came to listen in the early morning before going to work. Learning from their experience, we plan to make breakfast available from early morning for those who don’t want to let a busy work schedule stop them getting to The Bible Live.
The first draft timetable for The Bible Live will be available on Sunday morning at the Joint Service. Come along and have a look. See how our celebration is taking shape and explore how you can share the experience.
Very many people have already signed up but there is still a space for you.
Click the tab at the top of the page that says I want to get involved! to find out what you can do and how to sign up. Or come along on Sunday to speak to the Project Team.
And please do pray for the Project Team headed by Chris Taft and for the Steering Group. This is a big task and a powerful witness to God’s faithfulness.