Layered Scripture Reading

The beauty of this reading is the fact that its’ God word, but also, it uses three readers where there is an overlap between parts.  This is a nice affect that really draws attention to the Word.  It is helpful to practice this technique with your readers before the service.

Introduction: There are many references throughout God’s Word to the creation account. They remind us of the greatness and power of our God, while at the same time they prompt us to give him deserved praise for his goodness and wisdom. Our next reading will bring together three different sections of Scripture that will further serve to underscore the greatness of our Creator Lord. We now hear words taken from John, chapter 1, Colossians, chapter 1, and Revelation, chapter 4.

Pastor: In the beginning was the Word,
Pastor & Reader 1: and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Reader 1: He was with God in the beginning.
Reader 1 & Reader 2: Through him all things were made;
Reader 2: without him nothing was made that has been made.
Reader 2 & Pastor: In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
Pastor: He is the image of the invisible God,
Pastor & Reader 1: the firstborn over all creation.
Reader 1: For by him all things were created:
Reader 1 & Reader 2: things in heaven and on earth,
Reader 2: visible and invisible,
Reader 2 & Pastor: whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
Pastor: all things were created by him and for him.
Pastor & Reader 1: He is before all things,
Reader 1: and in him all things hold together.
Reader 1 & Reader 2: And he is the head of the body, the church;
Reader 2: he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,
Reader 2 & Pastor: so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
Pastor: For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
Pastor & Reader 1: You are worthy, our Lord and God,
Reader 1: to receive glory and honor and power,
Reader 1 & Reader 2: for you created all things,
Reader 2: and by your will they were created and have their being.

Note – all scripture text is from the NIV (Zondervan Publishing)