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Best Practices for Reading in Church 


Preparation

 

• Pray for God to bless your reading of the scripture or leading the prayers so that you may proclaim God’s word clearly, joyfully, lovingly and boldly.
• Prayerfully read your text two or three times aloud during the week before Sunday.
• Print out the lesson or psalm and mark for emphasis as necessary.
• Check the online pronunciation site for any difficult words.
• Read the commentary for your lesson to better understand it.

Proclamation

 

• Move to the lectern before your time to read.

o First Lesson – Go to lectern during the Gloria. Return to seat after reading.
o Psalm – Go to lectern during the Gloria. Return to seat after psalm.
o Second Lesson – Go to lectern during the Psalm. Return to seat after reading.
o Prayers of the People – Go to lectern during the Nicene Creed. Return to seat after the absolution.

• Look at the congregation when announcing the reading.

o A reading from the book (or letter of) ______________.
o We will read Psalm ____, found in your worship booklet, by the whole verse.

• Look at the text when you are reading.
• Read

o Confidently
o Clearly
o Slowly
o Expressively

• Conclusion of a Reading

o Pause briefly when you finish your reading.
o Look at the congregation and say, “The Word of the Lord.”
o Return to your seat after the congregation says, “Thanks be to God!”

Online Resources


“How do I pronounce hard Bible names and words?” This site pronounces the words aloud for you.

The Lectionary Page. All of the readings and the psalms for Sunday. We are using Track 1 for the season after Pentecost 2015.

Working Preacher.  A commentary can help you understand the passage and proclaim it better. This site has brief commentaries of each of the lessons.