On Easter morning I led the combined Protestant congregations of my military community in reciting the Apostles’ Creed as part of our sunrise worship together. Collective Protestant congregations seldom use either the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed in worship, so I was eager for the opportunity to introduce my fellow Christians to one of the rich treasures of our Christian heritage. Here is how I very briefly introduced the creed on Easter morning:
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The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the turning point in a story that begins with God’s creation of the world and ends with God’s transformation of the world at the end of the age, when Jesus comes again. The Apostles’ Creed is a short summation of that story, and it puts Jesus’ death and resurrection right at the center. When we recite the Apostles’ Creed together, it reminds us that we live our lives as Christians within the story of God’s salvation.
Easter is a great day for Christians to recite the creed together. Throughout history, Easter has been the primary occasion for baptizing new believers, and, in my tradition, it is with the words of the Apostles’ Creed that new Christians confess their faith when they are baptized. Every time that we say the creed together, we are reaffirming our baptismal confession of faith (Romans 10:9), and we and we are reminded of Christ’s death and resurrection to which we are united through Christian baptism (Romans 6:3-6).
Would you join me, then, in confessing our faith, and the faith of the Christian church.