I had already thought about this several times on hearing one of our nationally known preachers do it.
1) Don’t rush the Scripture reading . When the preacher hurries the bible reading but slows down for sermon delivery, the Scriptures can appear to carry lesser importance. Subtle signals can emit to the congregation that our sermon is the ‘main course’ while the bible reading is only a brief ‘appetiser.’ Therefore we show the value of God’s Word when we say: ‘This may take a bit of time but let’s read the whole of this rich chapter together.’
I stumbled across this post and don’t have any idea who the guy is who wrote it, but he is right on. Go now and read his other four points. Especially, especially if you’re a preacher.