So, a while ago I was installed as lay minister in the Anglican Diocese of Rio de Janeiro, specifically at my home church and placement at Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Rio's north zone.
What does it mean to be a lay minister? Here's a blurb from my church's website to explain:
"The lay minister can participate in various functions, such as: serving in public offices, preaching, administer the Eucharist....direct liturgical offices...Church of the Most Holy Trinity is blessed in having a number of Lay Ministers who go back and forth between these functions, including preaching, teaching, and serving together at the altar as subdeacons." Essentially, I am in a leadership position and can work with the priests in specific functions, even though I myself am not ordained as a priest.
|Serving as subdeacon and assisting the priests during Communion.|
|Holding the Bible during the Gospel reading.|
So far, I had just served as subdeacon a few times, that is - assisting the priests behind the altar during the service. But a couple Sundays ago, I finally had my first real major challenge: preaching in Portuguese!
You can click here for the text of my sermon in English. I was pretty nervous at first, but I think I relaxed after a while. If you speak Portuguese, please pardon any grammatical mistakes -- I didn't finish in time to have someone edit it for me. If you don't...well, read the English version and let me know what you think! :)