I witnessed something really cool today. It was the community Good Friday service that took place at our church. It was a combination of all the churches in our small town. Each church was represented and for an hour today there was no difference. It didn’t matter (and really it shouldn’t matter) which church you were from. We put aside the little, and some big, differences in our denominations and we worshiped – together – as one congregation – as the body of Christ. I really wish I had taken a picture of it – because this – this is how it should be.
Because when it comes down to it I don’t think that faith is a complicated thing. Do you Believe? Life changes, the world changes and stuff happens but my faith, my Jesus, my God has been there for me even when I didn’t recognize it.
I was reminded today of something I used to listen to. It’s the Apostles Creed put to music and when I was a part of a vocal group in college, Veritas, we sang an arrangement by James Fast called Credo. This was before our cellphones recorded anything so I don’t have a physical copy of this musical masterpiece but I remember it well. I do, however, have a version by the band Third Day and if you want to listen to it head over to Spotify and give a listen to Creed.
If you want to know what I believe – the following is what I believe. And I think that if you were to ask the community of believers who were at the service today – regardless of denomination – they would also claim that this is what they believe. Because when it all comes to an end here on Earth and when we get to the gates of Heaven I don’t think we’re going to be asked what church we went to or what denomination we are a part of – but we will be asked “Do you Believe”.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified, dead, 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 to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.