In Presbyterian communities we talk about the priesthood of all believers. This is a condensed way of saying that we believe all people in our faith family are equally responsible - and equally empowered – for putting God’s vision of ministry into action.
Often we look to the early church, described in the book of Acts, to think about the shape of that shared ministry. We’ve been reading through passages from Acts since Easter Sunday, and we have seen examples of God’s Spirit being granted to all the believers, not just to some. However, the passage for this Sunday does talk about particular individuals being identified to fill particular roles.
This Sunday we’re going to talk about what this scripture means; about how we can also be faithful to God’s call on all of our lives to serve in Jesus’ ongoing ministry of justice and peace, and about how we pick certain people to take on special positions in our community. I hope you’ll come so that you can reflect on your part in the bigger picture of the things God is doing in our midst.
In Christ’s peace,