Posted on in Celebrating our Ministries by The Rev. David Marshall
Thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. (Isaiah 43:1-2) These words can give great hope, but only if they are read that way! The interpretation and understanding of the scripture we hear in our worship depends on the quality of the reading we hear. I would go so far as to say that a good worship service depends on good reading.
Good readings elevate our worship and open us up to the depth and mystery of our faith. Our lectors read their assigned readings ahead of time, looking for the story or the meaning or the significance, and then practicing so they can convey all that to the congregation. The ministry of lectors, the people who read the scripture in our worship services, is a wonderful way that we give thanks to God. By reading the scriptures with such care and attention to meaning and interpretation, we not only enter into God’s work of salvation, we make God’s love and grace available to others.
Yours in Christ,