The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. -- Isaiah 40:8
Thank you for your participation in this ministry. We read the first and second lesson as well as the intercessory prayers at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. (Other service readers are separately scheduled.)
Each person must serve in three-person teams as both as a lector and an intercessor. For each Sunday service and certain holiday services, we have an assigned reader for the first (Old Testament) lesson, the second (New Testament) lesson, and the Intercessory Prayers of the People. These are called the first lector, second lector, and intercessor, respectively. The team collectively is responsible for all three readings and the team members’ assignments will be rotated within the team.
Scheduling: The assignments are made by team. Shirley Young, our volunteer lector coordinator, will recruit readers for special seasonal readings via e-mail.
We must rely on you to show up as scheduled or notify your team members in advance if you are unable to serve. That’s very important to the worship ministry at St. James. If you are expected but absent, it creates an awkward pause in the service while someone scrambles to cover your assignment. Thus, here is the procedure:
Download here: General lector notes (similar to this page) in PDF file
There is no need to have anyone mail readings to you because they are available electronically on the church website. Preparation involves the following:
These readings require no prior practice; however, it is important that you read from the correct source.
The intercessor’s reading is on the lectern in church and will not be made available to you prior to the service. When you are the intercessor, it is especially important to arrive before the service to ensure that the sheet containing the intercessory prayers with names is in place on the lectern. That is what you will read from, verbatim. Use only the version marked 10:30. Please ask one of the priests, an usher, or the Eucharistic Minister before the service to help you find that version if it is missing!
If there is a baptism, the intercessor will read the baptismal service’s Prayers for the Candidate(s) instead of the Prayers of the People. The sheet containing these prayers will also be on the lectern; if they are not, just bring your prayer book with you when it is time to read. They are the “leader” part on page 305-6 in the Book of Common Prayer. The only tricky thing is the personal pronoun: them for multiple people, him or her as appropriate for a single child or adult. The pronoun is italicized in the Prayer Book to draw your attention to it, not to urge you to pronounce it louder than normal. To recap, just remember this simple formula: Intercessor + Baptism = page 305.
Please follow the order of the service and be in place at the lectern when it is time to read. (That means you start toward the lectern just before the previous passage is finished.) Also please sit at the front of the church so your team members and the priests know you are there; if they don’t see you, they may assume you are absent and need to cover your part for you.
Please contact Shirley Young, Volunteer Lector Coordinator, with any questions, by email, here, or phone numbers: 225-766-7994; cell 225-921-0123.