The first half of the Service of Holy Eucharist is called the Liturgy of the Word, and the reading of Scripture is its cornerstone. One who reads the Scripture to the congregation is referred to as a lector. Review and preparation are important for the lector to be able to read aloud the Scriptures appointed for the day.


A Lay Eucharistic Minister, or LEM, is a member of the congregation who plays a vital role in worship by reading the Scripture, leading the Prayers of the People, assisting at the altar, and serving the cup of wine with reverence to those who come forward for Holy Eucharist. LEMs, along with the clergy, lead with reverence and awe the celebration of Holy Eucharist.