Maryville, Blount County (WVLT) - Prayers are offered up throughout the nation, Thursday, as Americans unite to worship in observance of "The National Day of Prayer."
Millions of Christians gathered across the country Thursday, including here at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium...they prayed for unity, forgiveness, and healing in this two-hour service.
Readers from many different religious denominations began on the courthouse lawn with the bible's first book, Genesis...they'll continue reading through the Old Testament, then on to Revelations, and the final book.
"Our goal is to get God's word out, for folks to hear it, and for lives to be changed," David Brown says.
For ten years, the Blount County Bible Reading Association has sponsored this event as part of "The National Day of Prayer," held the first Thursday of each May.
"When you're a sinner and you get saved, then you come up a new person," Amy Phillips says.
"For God did sins before you to preserve life," Brown says.
About 50 to 75 volunteers, old and young alike, are reading aloud in 15-minute time blocks.
"And Judas make unto Him," D.J Brown says.
Brian Chamberlain of Maryville stopped by to listen...he says prayer is powerful...it changed his life.
"Every answer to every question that you have is in the Word. Period. It's how you live your life," Brian Chamberlain says.
The marathon's goal is to encourage East Tennesseans to read their bibles in order to discover that Jesus Christ gave his life for our sins.
"We have some people that are kind of backward or afraid maybe to come to church, and so we want to bring it out to the public and let them know that the Bible is still real, that God is still alive," Brown says.