February 25, 2022 Jason Hefner

#11: Why do we read the Bible during worship?

#11: Why do we read the Bible during worship?

Why do we read from the Bible during each worship service? The Bible is not just another book. The Presbyterian Book of Worship instructs us, "The Scriptures bear witness to the word of God, revealed most fully in Jesus Christ, the Word who 'became flesh and lived among us' (John 1:14)." In other words, the Bible is the authoritative guide for our relationship with God through Christ. The prayers, music, and sacraments we celebrate are rooted in the Bible. The pastor ensures that over time the broad content and full message of scripture is offered to the congregation. Here at Faith, Scripture reading is based on the lectionary, which yokes Scripture to the rhythm of the Christian year and links our congregation to the universal Church. When the Scripture is read, the congregation is encouraged to listen prayerfully, actively, and attentively. We enact our readiness to hear the word of God by standing. Now you know, Why We Do That.