Quotable: “The Creed is a Prayer”

May 7, 2012

I was struck yesterday by this short quote from the latest entry at Creedal Christian blog:

The Creed is more than a proclamation. It’s a prayer that saints made in faith. It’s a prayer where sinners find their hope. It’s a prayer where God shows His love.

Due to poor internet connections, I’ve not been able to watch the video that accompanies the blog post. but what I like about the quote is that by saying the Creed is a prayer, it keeps us from merely rote “declaration” of the Creeds.

Thought of as a prayer, saying the Creed instead becomes more than simply a statement of faith or doctrine, but also:
– an offering of worship
– a paean of adoration and thanksgiving, affirming the truth of our relationship with the Triune God
– a cry for God to stir up renewed faith in our hearts that we might grow in understanding of (and grace to live out!) what we say we believe.

Also, by thinking of the Creed as a prayer, I’m reminded that prayer should be about speaking the truth of God’s Word and God’s character into a situation, not just me expressing my feelings or my desires.

so, join me in “praying the Creed” this morning, making it an offering of worship, a song of adoration and thanksgiving, and a cry for greater faith!

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. AMEN.

Psalm 64:1-4

May 7, 2012

Hear my voice, O God, in my meditation; preserve my life from fear of the enemy. (Psalm 64:1)
      LORD, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Thank you. (See 2 Timothy 1:7)

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the rebellion of the workers of iniquity, (Psalm 64:2)
      Jesus, hide us in the shelter of your wings.

Who sharpen their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows–bitter words, (Psalm 64:3)
      Father, hide us in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man. Keep me secretly in your pavilion from the strife of tongues and bitter words. (See Psalm 31:20)

That they may shoot in secret at the blameless; suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear. (Psalm 64:4)
      Holy Spirit, be helper to the blameless and protect them from lies and deceit. Thank you.

John 14:17, A word received: Ask for the Spirit of truth.

Monday: 56, 57, [58] * 64, 65; Lev. 16:1-19: 1 Thess. 4:13-18: Matt. 6:1-6,16-18
Tuesday: 61, 62 * 68:1-20(21-23)24-36; Lev. 16:20-34: 1 Thess. 5:1-11: Matt. 6:7-15

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you (Ps. 33 or 33:1-8,18-22; Acts 11:19-30 or Isaiah 45:11-13,18-19; 1 John 4:7-21 or Acts 11:19-30; John 15:9-17).

***** Date: Sun, 06 May 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Be creative, dig deeper into your mind and soul. What has been hiding there for years but was suppressed as a child? Consider Grandma Moses, born right here in Greenwich. Her life started at eighty six. What is ready to be set free in you? Go for it…

***** Christ Church Schenectady Prayer Table Report, Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9:20 – 10:30 a.m. Carol MacNaughton and Mark Pasko on Albany St.

+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina

Albany St.

+ Fabian – power of Christ in his life

+ Devon – did not ask for prayer but accepted a blessing

+++ Audrey – prayers for friend Donna who is in the Schnectady jail, prayers for her family – especially those that are overweight (Audrey was in her car on her way to visit Donna in jail. She pulled over to the curb in front of us, jumped out, left the car running as she came for prayer.)

+ Jezsanay – general blessing

++ Wendy – health and to protect her daughter Alexis

Carmichael – prayers for a good day

Kevin – peace

+ Rachel – her health

Albany Intercessor

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