Public reading of the scripture is a regular practice in many churches. The person given this duty should take it very seriously and prepare for it well. This checklist will remind you of important points.
PRACTICE —Did I practice reading the passage aloud?
KEYWORDS —Did I look for key words and phrases?
STRESS —Did I underline the words to stress?
PAUSES —Did I put strokes to indicate pauses?
PRESENTATION —Am I neatly dressed and properly groomed?
ANNOUNCEMENT —Did I announce the place in natural order (book,chapter,verse)?
INTRODUCTION —Does the passage need a short introduction?
VOICE —Am I reading clearly in a natural well modulated voice?
DELIVERY —Am I reading slowly and without stumbles or stutters?
EXPRESSION —Am I speaking expressively and with feeling?
POSTURE —Am I standing naturally, not stiff or stooped?
HEAD —Is my head up, my Bible held at chest height?
EYES —Am I reading ahead of my lips so I can look at the audience?