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2014-04-03 / Scene

Ezra Project takes place in downtown Lapeer

By Jacob Hunsanger
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Chuck Herpolsheimer reads from the book of Leviticus during this week’s Ezra Project, taking place in downtown Lapeer. 
Photos by Jacob Hunsanger Chuck Herpolsheimer reads from the book of Leviticus during this week’s Ezra Project, taking place in downtown Lapeer. Photos by Jacob Hunsanger LAPEER — In a collaborative effort between several churches, starting Tuesday morning and going until Friday or Saturday, volunteers in downtown Lapeer are reading the entire Bible out loud, cover to cover.

The undertaking, which is known as the Ezra Project, will take roughly 80 hours, depending on each volunteer’s pace and the hours of the day and night they spend on the corner of Court and Nepessing streets reading.

The reading is taking place in front of St. Matthew’s Anglican. The volunteers began reading early Tuesday and are reading continuously still all day and throughout the night until the Bible is finished.

“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. More than 80 hours and 66 books later, the last verse of the Bible, Revelation 22:21, will be read to finish the project on Friday or Saturday: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”

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.

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, which volunteers and organizers feel will have a positive impact on the community as a whole and anyone who passes by or stops to listen.

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