On Sunday I will preside at communion for the first time. I’m a little nervous, a little excited and a little scared in case I make a mess of it!
I’m not a minister. I’m a youth worker. I do quite a bit of preaching but I have no formal theological training. The fact that I am allowed to conduct communion in the United Reformed Church speaks volumes about their real belief in what might be called ‘the priesthood of all believers’, that is that everyone who believes has a ministry.
The Church of Scotland, the denomination I grew up in, says it believes in the priesthood of all believers but retains a very definite divide between the ordained ministry of ‘word and sacrament’ (proper ministry) and all the rest.
I don’t get it. Where does Jesus say ‘Do this to remember me, but only if you have a theology degree.’? He didn’t. He said that whenever we gather around the table we should take bread and remember his sacrifice for us and take wine and remember the new covenant. Is it really more complicated than that?