Reading Scripture in Public Worship

These guidelines are provided for persons who are invited to read Scripture aloud in public worship. It is vital to the proclamation of the gospel that readers be well prepared for this important task.

See related pages: Scripture Readings, Revised Common Lectionary, Invitation to the Word

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  1. "I heard it with my ears, and you also helped me hear it with my heart."--that's lovely.

    by CharlesAWiley

    January 11, 2011

  2. A few weeks ago I read the morning Gospel lesson during the service. Later, a long-time member thanked me for how I read: "I heard it with my ears, and you also helped me hear it with my heart." That comment will always guide my future service readings. We need to read in such a way that hearts are helped to hear the word of the Lord.

    by Nancy Tanner

    January 11, 2011

  3. Thanks, Kim! Glad it is helpful. Blessings.

    by David Gambrell

    January 8, 2011

  4. Great tips for us lay leaders! I've always said a prayer under my breathe before I read scripture in worship. I try and read the story as the original teller may have elaborated by fireside. A few summers ago, I attended the Synod of Lakes and Prairies 'Synod School' and took a class on Story Telling. Our leader told the scripture story always by memory - he never 'read' it. So, I try to memorize the lectionary chapter/verses, if I'm given enough advance notice when I serve as scripture leader. Thanks for your work on this helpful tool!

    by Kim Coulter

    January 7, 2011