Scripture in Worship

I wanted to take time and explain two of the changes that have been made regarding scripture in the Sunday worship services. The first change (I believe) is that there is more of it. As United Methodists we believe that God speaks to us through scripture and that the scriptures speak with authority. Because scripture is so central to the Christian faith, Jenny and I think it makes sense to follow tradition read more of it during worship.

The second change is that we have moved the scripture readings from the screen to a special insert. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is practical, with the software we currently have it is difficult and time consuming to put the scripture readings on the screen. My hope is that we’ll eventually get some new software that will make this easier.

The second reason is theological. The vast majority of the Bible was written with the intention that people would hear it read to them rather than reading it themselves. It was meant to be heard, not read. If you’ve never just listened to the scripture without reading along, I would encourage you to give it a try and see if it works for you.

In case you’re one of the people that won’t work for, we are including the day’s scripture readings on an insert so that you can follow along. I also know from my experience in the pews that it can be really helpful to be able to go back to the scripture reading mid-sermon.