PORTSMOUTH — During the week of National Day of Prayer the Scioto County Courthouse resonates with the sound of scripture reading by local community members. Connie Weaver, who coordinates the readings, said they are important to the local community.
“We started on Monday at 8 a.m. The scripture reading is very important because members of different churches get to participate in this, and it is non-denominational,” Weaver said. “Members of our congregations participate in the reading in the courthouse lobby.”
Weaver volunteers time with the Scioto County Ministerial Association to do the scheduling for the reading.
“The Scioto County Ministerial Association is in charge of this, and I just coordinate it for them. The National Day of Prayer is a national movement, and they have a coordinator for each county, and I became the one for Scioto County, many years ago,” Weaver said. “At that time Acy Gibson, was the coordinator for several counties in Southern Ohio, and I helped him with our county. I would help to contact the churches and schedule the readings. Acy was with the First Church of God in New Boston, and he moved on, and is no longer pastor there. So, I just continued to do this, working with the Scioto County Ministerial Association.”
Steve Conley, of Sciotoville Christian Church, said he foresees the privilege of scripture reading in courthouses as something that will not be in the future.
“I have participated in this for many years, as a business man and a member of our church, and it is almost like you can see a time when we will no longer be able to do this, that time seems to be getting very close,” Conley said. “I have been a believer for a very long time, and I hope that other people see this as something that is precious as we do.”
Scripture reading in the Scioto County Courthouse lobby runs from 8 a.m. 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, through Wednesday, May 4. The reading concludes at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5, which is designated as the National Day of Prayer. Immediately following the scripture reading there will be a gathering in the lobby for prayer.
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