Praying the Creed
One of the routine parts of Sunday worship for many of us saying the Apostles’ Creed. But perhaps because it’s routine for many it’s also become rote, something we say without much thought and which, for that reason, routinely fails to touch us.
The other challenge of the Creed is that when we say it in this way, we tend to slide toward thinking of it as a laundry list of things you have to believe (“believe” here in the sense of cognitive assent) rather than allow it to draw us into a community of people gathered around a confession of faith about what God was and is doing through Jesus for us and the world.
Which is why, I think, I found this simple video thought-provoking. It invites another way to approach the Creed, not as something simply to recite – either mindlessly or out of a sense of obligation – but rather as something to pray – mindfully and joyfully.
From time to time when we’re saying the Creed at church I wonder whom in the congregation it is speaking meaningfully to and whom it is missing altogether. And I wonder if this approach would help increase the former.
So I’d be interested in what you think: Does the Creed still speak? Does it, that is, make sense to you as you say it? And does praying it offer another way into the Creed and perhaps change how you experience it?
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Thanks to The Episcopal Cafe for pointing me to this video!