28 Ways to Create Great Segues: #27
By Jon Nicol
In these last few installments, we're looking at how to transition to the message. One simple way to segue to the sermon is by using scripture text that the pastor's message is based on. I touched on this segue last week by suggesting using video to present the scripture. That's one option.
Another option is a "worship team reader." Don't discount the power of gifted readers. They often will do a better job than the pastor at reading the selected text for that morning. Just like having a team of talented vocalists who sing, build a team of talented readers who, well, read.
Here's what to look for:
A good sounding voice. They don't need to sound like the movie trailer announcers (unless you're reading from the book of Revelation). But they do need to have pleasant sounding voices.
Expressiveness in reading. Look for people with acting experience. Or people who enjoy getting up at poetry readings. Just make sure they're not over-the-top and dripping with too much expressiveness.
A love for scripture and a respect for this position. This person might have the ability to read it well even if they see it for the first time that morning. But your congregation will sense it if the reader has been soaking up that scripture during the week.
Here are some ways to facilitate this:
Communicate the passage as early in the week as possible. Be clear on which translation you want. And by the way, pastors: consider using a different translation than what you're preaching from. Especially if the passage is familiar. A paraphrased Bible like the Message can shake people from autopilot listening. But if the Message sounds too wonky ('cuz let's admit, while we love the Message, it does sound wonky in places), try something like the New Living Translation or Contemporary English Version.
Be clear on when the reader is to begin. And give instructions on moving into place before the previous element finishes. The ending of a song can provide a good starting point; the piano or guitar can just continue to underscore the reading. Coming out of this reading, the pastor can simply start his message or pray.
Be clear on where. And which mic. And does he need a music stand? Does the sound tech know this is happening?
Reinforce the scripture with visuals. Many people love having the scripture read to them. They likely are audible learners. Me, I'm checked out within two sentences, unless the reader is especially engaging. I'm a visual learner. And there are a lot of people like me, so put the text on the screen. You can also invite people to follow along from their Bible, unless it's a not-so-common translation for your church. Then people think more about the difference between the two versus what's being said. By the way, kinesthetic learners, I'm not sure what to tell you in order to pay attention. Maybe you need to be the upfront reader and do interpretive movements while you read.
Just a suggestion.
For more ideas for scripture reading, see segue #12 part 1 and part 2.
August 8, 2011Tweet