I am seeking your help. I need to produce a work by Friday 12th June of the letters of Paul, and so would you please lent me your voice. In the same style as the Crowdsourced Psalms Project, I need you to read the following text and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you have a phone like an iPhone or an Android, there is usually an app to record your voice – often called “Voice Memo” or some thing similar. I use a free Android App called ASR which can be installed for free from https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nll.asr If you have better recording equipment, then even better, but I have found that most smartphones are good enough nowadays. You can configure it to record at quite a good quality: I would suggest 128k in MP3 or MP4 format if that means anything to you. If not, just record it as it comes and I will do spooky mysterious things with it with electronics.
- iPhones will record in the very nice .M4a format. This is fine, but please try and set it to the highest quality you can: not too loud, not too soft.
- Read (nicely and in the highest possible quality) the texts shown below.
- After recording select “Share” (or similar) and email it to me at email@example.com
- It would be really helpful if you named the file with your name. This will help me collate them.
- I will cut it up with all the others and make these into a readings using the multiplicity of voices, accents, genders etc.
- Can you tell others and ask them to do it for me please so I get lots and lots of voices.
The text is as follows:
Please read the following but NOT the bible reference. Read it like it is you writing a letter
From Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever.
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. For God is my witness, that without ceasing I mention you always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God’s will I may now at last succeed in coming to you.
I want you to know, my dear friends, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, many have been made confident in the Lord because of my imprisonment, and now are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.
BUT we do not want you to be ignorant, dear friends, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself.
2 Corinthians 1:8
Oh, foolish Galatians! Who has cast an evil spell on you?
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
1 Corinthians 15:3
Therefore, I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.
Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh? Did you experience so many things in vain?—if it really is in vain. Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all: for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.
1 Timothy 2:1-6
If anyone aspires to the office of bishop, they desire a noble task. Now a bishop must be above reproach, the spouse of just one partner: temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. They must manage their own household well, keeping their children submissive and respectful in every way; for if someone does not know how to manage their own household, how can they care for God’s church? They must not be a recent convert, or they may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil; moreover they must be well thought of by outsiders, or they may fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to too much wine, not greedy for gain; they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless let them serve as deacons. Let deacons be the spouse of just one partner also, and let them manage their children and their households well; for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 3
I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends;
So faith, hope, love abide: these three. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him, but Timothy’s worth you know. I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me; and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself shall come also.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
2 Corinthians 13:14
Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
Philippians 4: 21-22
May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the people. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-28
Rejoice in the Lord always.