- The Ministry of the Word (Bible readings, the sermon and prayer) and
- The Ministry of the Sacrament (gathering round as a community and celebrating the Communion meal in memory of Jesus)
Wherever people have gathered together to meet with God, someone has been tasked with interpreting what the Holy Spirit is communicating to God’s people. In our Anglican tradition the sermon is based on the Bible readings set for the day and is traditionally delivered by a priest or mature Christian delegated to do so by the Vicar.
The “Word of God” is a vital part of the tradition of a Protestant church and is not merely hors d’oeuvres before the main course: the Communion meal. As St Paul says in his second letter to Timothy, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17).
Sermons are therefore an important part of our spiritual tradition.