I was digging around and I came across a Creed from the United Church of Canada which I wanted to introduce you to.
We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God’s presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
Now at our 11AM service we continue with the Apostles or Nicene Creeds but creeds are never intended to be a complete summary of Christian belief. The ones we use, the Nicene or Apostles Creed, do not comment on how Jesus lived or how we are to live. This Creed corrects that "to celebrate God’s presence, to live with respect in Creation, to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil, to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope."
Did you like the generative nature of God's activity described here - 'has created and is creating?' Living here in the Pacific North West there is much to connect us to the beauty of creation but there is that added layer here of the curiosity invited by 'is creating'. God is not done with us or the whole of Creation - does that make you curious? Scientific investigation and discovery in recent years on our brains now shows that we can create new neural pathways - literally rewiring our brains, even in old age. Our past and present does not need to be our future - I find that hopeful.
I loved the fact that this Creed begins and ends with 'We are not alone'. Some days this will not feel true but saying we are not alone out loud, I suggest, can be a helpful practice to begin or end the day.
In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.
We are not alone. Thanks be to God.
What do you think of this Creed? What do you like about it? Is there anything that makes you uncomfortable? Perhaps this is something to discuss with a fellow pilgrim or with me?