Continuing on our topic from last week, why do we do the things that we do during our worship services? This week, I’d like to talk about the Apostle’s Creed and the Gloria Patri. We mentioned last week that the beginning of our worship moves rather quickly from inward to upward with the Call to Worship and the Hymn of Praise. We continue the upward direction as we recite the Apostle’s Creed.

It is thought that this creed was used as early as A.D. 150 by the church, but specifically used by the Apostles. Beginning the third century, this creed was used by the Roman Catholics at baptisms. Why is it that we say this every week? This creed is widely used by United Methodists, other Protestants, and even Roman Catholics. It is an important aspect of our worship that we as a collective body say what it is that we believe. Saying this creed together connects us to those saints that have gone before us as well as to those that will come after us. In many traditions including United Methodism, the creed is said as a response to the Word (the sermon).

After we say the creed, we sing the Gloria Patri. This of course is Latin - Patri translates to Father. We affirm our faith by saying the Apostle’s Creed, then sing this Act of Praise. We sing this as a response to what we have already said; Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. We acknowledge the Triune God by singing this short doxology. More in next week’s edition...

Grace and Peace, Dakota