As a lector you are the person who reads the First and Second Lessons and may lead a responsive reading from the Psalms in the worship service at the lectern. Your role is an important one which should be performed with reverence, care and devotion. Therefore, the following suggestions are offered to help you carry out this ministry:
1. Study the appointed readings in advance. The lessons are preferably read from the lectern Bible. Arrive early so you can familiarize yourself with passages already marked for you in the lectern Bible and the Psalm in the Lutheran Book of Worship found on the lectern shelf. Reading well involves understanding the meaning of the lessons. This is not a time to mumble or mispronounce words or names. If there are words or names that are giving you problems, check them in a dictionary, lectionary guide (provided) or with the pastor.
2. After the congregation responds to the Prayer of the Day, there is sometimes an anthem. Following the anthem, please proceed to the lectern. As you go to the lectern, you may wish to pause momentarily and make a slight bow at the altar to honor Jesus Christ.
3. The lectern Bible will be marked ahead of time with the readings for the day. Underneath the lectern top, on a shelf you will find a Lutheran Book of Worship marked with the Psalm. With a clear and firm voice announce the reading as the LBW rubric suggests saying, "The First (or Second) Lesson is from the _______ chapter of _______ (Book)." (Note that it is not necessary to give the verse numbers.) When each of the assigned readings is concluded say,"The Word of the Lord." -- to which the congregation responds "Thanks be to God".
4. In the lectern you will find a Lutheran Book or Worship marked for the Psalm. Announce the Psalm, inviting the congregation to join in the responses, "We will now read responsively, Psalm ___, verses ___ found on page ____ of the Lutheran Book or Worship". Sometimes, you may not be required to read the Psalm because it may be intoned. Be sure to ask the Pastor or check the bulletin.
5. On Sundays when the Psalm is not used or is intoned, please be seated in the chair behind the lectern while the choir or soloists present the special music.
6. Following the reading of the Second Lesson, you may return to your pew. As you leave the lectern you may wish to again pause momentarily and make a slight bow at the altar to honor Jesus Christ.