“Reading the Bible aloud is always central to Christian worship. Cutting back on this for whatever reason–trimming readings so that the service doesn’t go on too long, changing scripture passages so that they become merely part of a musical performance, or reading only the few verses the preacher intends to preach about–misses the point. The reason we read scripture in worship isn’t primarily to inform or remind the congregation about some biblical passage or theme they have forgotten. Likewise, its much more than a peg to hang a sermon on, though preaching from one or more of the readings is often a wise plan. Reading scripture in worship is, first and foremost, the central way of celebrating who God is and what he’s done.
….Just as you’re insulting a good wine if you drink it from a plastic cup instead of a glass which shows off its color, bouquet, and full flavor, so you’re insulting the Bible if, given the opportunity, you don’t create a context in which it can be heard and celebrated as what it really is: the rehearsal of the powerful deeds of God the creator and rescuer.”
N.T. Wright, Simply Christian, 150, 151.