Lay Reader Program

Lay Reader Responsibilities (updated September 13, 2010)


    1. Prepare the following material:
            Call to Worship
            Call to Confession
            Prayer of Confession
            Assurance of Pardon
            Prayer for Illumination
            First (and sometimes second) Scripture Reading
    2. Mark the Lay Reader's part and send the packet out in a timely fashion.

The Lay Reader

    1. Take time to prepare.  Read the lesson(s) several times.  Read the lesson aloud.
    2. Emphasis and Delivery
        a. Stress verb action:
                You know the time in which we are living.
                It is now the hour for you to wake from sleep,
                for our salvation is closer than when we first accepted the faith.
                The night is far spent;  the day draws nearLet us cast off deeds of
                darkness and put on the armor of light.
                Let us live honorably as in daylight;
                not in carousing and drunkeness, not in sexual excess and lust
                not in quarreling and jealousy.
        b. Express emotion.  As you practice reading aloud, try to express the different
            emotions you feel.  Let the Holy Spirit work through you to touch the hearts
            of those who hear us.
        c. Take your time.  Pause long enough between sections of the readings to
            effectively shift emotional gears.
        d. Become sensitive to Hebrew Poetry.  Hebrew Poetry has a balanced, parallel
                And now we have set foot
                Within your gates, O Jerusalem.
                Jerusalem, built as a city with compact unity.
                Because of the house of the Lord, our God,
                I will pray for your good.
    3. Techniques
        a. Nervousness:  Friend or Foe?
                Admit to being nervous.
                Prepare adequately.
                Arrive early.
        b. Your body speaks
                Dress appropriately.
                Make eye contact.
        c. Volume and projection
                Get familiar with the sound system, adjust the microphone.
                To practice projection, try speaking with the sound system off.
        d. Clear enunciation
                Use your lips, teeth and tongue.
                Say B D F L M P T V rapidly and distinctly.
                Make a "Brrrr" sound to get the blood flowing to your lips.
        e. Make pauses and eye contact, but resist the "Bobber Effect".
    4. Checklist:  What to do immediately before Worship
        a. Arrive at least 15 minutes early.
        b. Spend some quiet time in prayer.
        c. Check to see that the microphone is on.
        d. Make certain the mike is tilted so that it will amplify your projected voice.
        e. Join in prayer with the pastor.
    5. During the Sermon, try to stay awake!  Remember people will see you
        nodding off, yawning, or completely bored!

* * * * * * Lastly, make sure the sound system is on! * * * * * *