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Did you Know? August 10

Posted on Aug 08 , 2014 in Did You Know

What are the tasks of a Priest?

 The foundational task of a priest is the same as the task of all Christians – “to make Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and to share in the renewing of his world“. In addition to that it is to work as part of a team with “the Bishop and fellow presbyters“. By using the term presbyter rather than priest it becomes all encompassing. The term presbyter would refer to any “called out” leader in the church including deacons, priests, pastors, and elders. Specifically though as a priest the task is “to proclaim by word and deed the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to fashion your life in accordance with its precepts. You are to love and serve the people among whom you work (notice that does not say love and serve the people in your congregation – it includes the community outside the congregation) caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. You are to preach, to declare God’s forgiveness to penitent sinners, to pronounce God’s blessing, to preside at the administration of holy baptism and at the celebration of the mysteries of Christ’s body and blood, and to perform the other ministrations entrusted to you. In all that you do, you are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of his grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.” Most of this simply expands the understanding of “to make Christ known as Saviour and Lord, and to share in the renewing of his world“. It adds the specific tasks, of preaching and presiding at public worship events where sacraments are celebrated. Underlying all of these activities though remains that the goal is to “make Christ known as Saviour and Lord“.

 The same directive and responsibility applies to one other task that I have not mentioned yet. “To take your share in the councils of the Church” – to go and participate in meetings in such a way that you “make Christ known as Saviour and Lord and share in the renewing of his world by caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor.” – see the church does believe in miracles, it believes people can actually behave Christ like in a church “business meeting“!

 Try reading through the ordination services starting on page 633 of the Book of Alternate services for a fuller picture.

Reverend Al Carson

 

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