This Sunday we used a responsive reading in our time of worship (Thanks to Kathy B for helping making this happen). If you haven't done a responsive reading before I encourage you to do some research on them and incorporate them into your worship service. Responsive readings have been used in worship services for hundreds of years. You may think: "Aren't they old and outdated?" I would say, "yes, they are old. But just because its old doesn't mean its not meaningful." Using a responsive reading is an opportunity to bring meaningful response to your worship service.
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5
My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me. Psalm 42:6-7
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me. Psalm 42:8a
I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?” My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?” Psalm 42:9-10
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11
Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked. You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy? Psalm 43:1,2
Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 43:5
You might think: "How do you use a responsive reading?"
We have the person who is our regular host come up, after a few worship songs, and invite the body to read with them. The Leader starts out with their part and then invites the congregation to read the All section. We put the readings on the screen to invite everyone to involve themselves in the reading. One great thing is for those who choose not to read, they still get to see God's words on the screen and hear God's word being read.