Many churches precede the sermon with a scripture reading from the pulpit. It’s usually done badly. I didn’t used to think so — until I’d heard it done well, and then I knew.
Good reading requires practice and an understanding of what’s being said. And an emotional attachment, not only to the fact that God is speaking, but the fact that this passage matters to this church right now.
Sadly, it’s done well so rarely that few of us have any concept of how well it could be done.
Some time ago, for Easter, I believe, we gave microphones to men and women to read one of the resurrection passages, with women voicing the women’s parts and men the men’s parts. The participants practiced — and they were chosen for their voices. It was riveting (and no one complained that women were speaking in the assembly, but then, they were sitting and facing the front).
Practice. Choose people with the right voices who respect the scriptures.
Pronunciation. Look up the hard words. It’s really distracting and inappropriate to read a passage without bothering to know how to say the words.
Passion. Read it like it matters — as though God charged you with saying these very words to these people at this time.
The following example videos are not professional, and they aren’t perfect, but they have passion — and passion matters more than anything, I think. If you’re going to read God’s word, read it like it’s God’s word.