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The Priesthood of Believers

Liturgy Notes Continued

We have noted previously that we worship for the sake of the world. Among other things, our liturgy is “public service” for the well-being of our society.  This important public duty is what “the priesthood of believers” is all about.

In the Old Testament the role of the priest was to stand between God and the Israelites. They would bring God’s grace and his word to the people. They would also bring the people’s prayers and sacrifices to God. They were mediators, go betweens. But now the former priesthood has been set aside because Jesus has become our perfect high priest. He is the one who eternally mediates between us and God. That means the church has no need for an earthly priesthood – Jesus is all we need.

But the unbelieving world still needs a priesthood! And that’s our role as the “priesthood of believers”. The priesthood of believers is what happens when the church shares in Christ’s priestly ministry for the sake of the world. On the one hand, we represent the world and all its needs to God. On the other hand, we bring God and his grace to the world. We are mediators, go betweens. The priesthood of believers describes not so much what happens within the church, among ourselves, but how we as a body relate to the world.  We are not the church’s priesthood, but the world’s priesthood.

The bible describes our priestly work in many ways, often in terms of “offering”, which was the main task of the priesthood. We offer our bodies to God for holy service in the world (Romans 6:13; 12:1). We offer praise to God on behalf of all people (Hebrews 13:15; 1 Peter 2:9). We proclaim God’s grace to all people (Romans 15:16; 1 Peter 2:9). We offer our prayers for the needs of all people (Revelation 5:8; 8:4). We offer our money and material goods to help others (Philippians 4:18; Hebrews 13:16). This priestly work begins in our worship, and flows out into the world as we go our way.

1 Peter 2:9 describes this awesome privilege: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Question: For whom will you use your priesthood this week?

A series of studies on the Liturgy – Linards Jansons

Rhonda Bruggemann

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Downfall Creek

St John’s

St John’s Downfall Creek, has been a centre of Christian faith and life in the area for over 100 years. They operated a Christian school for twenty-two years (1940 – 62).

This faith community is a warm-hearted bunch, who love to share their hospitality with the district. They enjoy many a pot luck dinner and host ‘Easter Dawn Service & Breakfast’, ‘Christmas Eve’ & ‘Advent Tea’’ and ‘Games Nights’ for the community.

Home Groups are an important part of life in the Downfall. Discussion and exploration of the faith are encouraged.

Religious Education at the nearby Guluguba Primary School is provided by St John’s.

Downfall Creek



Redeemer Miles, is a dedicated group who know the love of Christ and are keen to share it. They meet regularly in various homes throughout the district for intergenerational worship and home groups.  

Religious Education at nearby Drillham State Primary School is provided by Redeemer.



The Charleville faith community meet for worship once a month, then go out for a fellowship meal together. A Home Group is planned to begin soon.

They host the annual ‘Western Muster’, an ecumenical Bible teaching gathering, held on the first weekend after Easter.


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