We read together at church. This is not a minor thing. We read together from a Holy Book. The point of the Scripture reading is not simply a jumping off point for the sermon. Often it is seen as this way, as if the purpose of the Bible is to give us, preachers, an avenue for as many funny anecdotes as we can manage.

Sometimes after Scripture readings I don't feel the need to even stand up and say anything because Christ is proclaimed so clearly and with so much conviction in the reading itself.

In the Articles of Religion of the United Methodist Church that John Wesley adapted from the 39 articles of the Church of England, Article 5 says the following:

The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.

The scripture itself contains what we need to have life and life abundantly. It is not the preacher it is the Scriptures. Because in the word of God is the Word of God, Jesus Christ. Jesus is here in this strange, old book. Sometimes the book may seem dated, but Jesus is here. Part of the preacher's job is to remind you and themselves that this book is not dated or irrelevant because Jesus is here.

We read together and those who cannot read listen. We read for those who cannot listen. We read for each other. We read for ourselves. We read for the one who gives us life. We read and we worship our Lord, Jesus Christ.