My fiance gave me a nasty cold for my upcoming birthday (he's so generous!), so I'm going to keep this pretty simple this week. Our question, however, is much more complex and multifaceted than its one-sentence nature implies:
How do you get people to take a scripture, let it work on them the way it works on you through the week?
The short answers: Try lectio divina, and publish readings ahead of time to give time for reflection.
When I was in seminary, I went to a church that had a Sunday School class entitled "Inward Journey." It was a very small class, led by a layperson, focused on doing Lectio Divina together on the lectionary texts for the week. Between Sundays, we were all asked to read the lections for the upcoming Sunday and to spend time reflecting and praying them on our own. Then when we gathered, we would share our experiences, listen to each other, etc. This kind of class won't appeal to everyone; the small group aspect of it was part of what really made it work.
Another option would be to periodically offer a half-day lectio divina retreat, to introduce people to approaching Scripture this way. Then, you could create a bulletin insert that could go in the bulletin each week, listing the lectionary passages for the next Sunday and asking three or four lectio divina-type questions for them to take home and ponder. I actually haven't tried this myself (though we do list the upcoming lections in the bulletin each Sunday), but now I just might!
During Lent one year, we met for group spiritual direction using the passage I was preaching on. It went like this: We would meet the Tuesday before the sermon and read the lesson as Lectio Divina. Then we would share our immediate thoughts on the connections the passage was making for us along with different tracks they might take if they were preaching. I'd receive further ideas from them through the week.
Short of meeting twice each week, it would be hard to do this but might be fascinating to meet early in the week (Monday or Tuesday) for lectio divina. And then on Sunday mornings, you could meet to reflect on how that passage was lived out/inspired/made alive through the week.
And from PPB:
The experience that I have had with this that was the most meaningful was at the last church where I was a member. We knew rather far in advance what the preaching text was (maybe that's where I get my penchant for picking texts early), and the week leading up to a Sunday, that particular text permeated the church---it was the choir devotional, the youth club devotional. It was printed in the newsletter, and at least one line of it was on the kiosk out front. It was the session meeting reading, and printed up and posted on the bulletin boards. If at all possible, the choir sang it. The homeless shelter read it before dinner every night. If at all possible, it was the pre-school chapel verse. Basically, the sermon text was the church's text for the week. So if you were active in the church, by the time Sunday came, you couldn't wait to hear what the pastor said---since you'd been thinking about it all week. And even if you were only a little bit active, it at least was not the first time you'd heard it.
It's not quite the same as "working in you" the same way it works on the preacher, but it was a close approximation. At least as a collective body, we heard it.
How about you? Have you had success with one of these techniques or do you have another to suggest? Share it in comments!