For discussion

April 5, 2010 | Feature | Number 7
Canadian Mennonite |

1. What have been some of the more effective and less effective ways that you have heard Scripture read during worship? What are the advantages and disadvantages of reading longer passages? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using a wide variety of people in reading Scripture?

2. What would it take for your congregation to use more drama, readers theatre or visual effects to enhance the use of Scripture in worship? Is the planning and energy required worth the effort? Is it better to have worship carefully scripted and planned, or to leave room for spontaneity?

3. Longhurst quotes Aelred Rosser, who says that “the Word of God is a living and dynamic presence.” In what situations have you experienced Scripture in that way? What does it take for the Bible to come alive? Is this more difficult for a “wired” generation?

4. The Bible tells the story of God’s people from earliest recorded time to the first century of the Christian era. If you were collecting stories of what God has done since then, what stories would you include? What would it take for such a collection of stories to gain the respect and authority given to the Bible?

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