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[About Liturgical Ministries]

Thank you for your willingness to serve as a Reader at St. Margaret’s! Your important work is an act of hospitality and hope for those who attend and participate.

Readers are scheduled to lead lessons at all services of public worship, and the schedule will indicate which lesson (or Prayers of the People) you should read. All the readings are printed in a green binder at the lectern at the high altar, and you should consult the book before the service to ensure that you can find your reading and that there are no surprises for you.

Please arrive about 20 minutes early and notify the Verger, the person in the black robe who manages the logistics of the worship, that you are present. (If there is no verger, e.g., at 8 a.m., speak to the priest who’s leading the worship.) In the minutes leading up to the start of worship, the Verger is managing large number of logistical details. If the verger does not know you are present, you may be replaced with another volunteer. No one wants that to happen: Please be early, and tell the Verger that you are here.

If you are reading the first lesson, please confirm with the Verger whether or not you will be leading the Psalm. Normally, the person who reads the first lesson also leads the Psalm, unless it is sung by the choir.

Please read slowly and clearly. The echo from the sound system and the room makes voices difficult to hear.

If you are reading the Prayers of the People, please observe the pauses indicated so the congregation can add their own prayers and thanksgivings where appropriate.

Please sit in the congregation close to the lectern so as to minimize the time required for you to move to the lectern. Please feel free to begin moving toward the lectern while other prayers or readings are in progress.

At the end of a reading, after you’ve said, “The Word of the Lord,” please wait for the congregation to respond before leaving the lectern.

You can and should prepare for your assignment using a schedule of readings here, and there is a small Guide to the Pronouncing Biblical Names available in the sacristy if you need help.

Please read very slowly and clearly. Speak directly into the microphone, but avoid the noise associated with adjusting the microphone unnecessarily.

Last updated: September 10, 2018 at 19:32 pm