This year we used the “Apostle’s Creed” as a road map of our life in faith. There are many different “Creeds,” both ancient and modern. Creeds are often used as a litmus test of faith. As we recite the words, we are affirming some beliefs and not affirming others. This is difficult for many of us because in some line (or lines) of any creed we say something that makes us bristle. In a time in which we are so focused on individual thoughts and expressions it’s difficult to understand how to use ancient creeds that really don’t clearly say what we truly believe.
On Sunday morning, our “Call to Worship” will be an interpretation of the Apostle’s Creed that our confirmation class has come to this year. It’s a review of our entire year together. It’s our attempt at not just making sense, but making this ancient creed relevant. We hope you find it engaging, as together we confirm our faith.
One of the first and most important things we did in confirmation was make the distinction between “knowing” and “believing.” There are many things in our modern world that we can know with a 100% certainty. And there are things we hold onto as a truth. Let me try to explain by using two statements one I know, the other I believe. We know that if the Twins do not do something about starting pitching they will not make the playoffs…and ..I believe my mother loved me. This discussion opens the door to exploring the world of belief. This is not to say that everything that falls into the gap of certainty and mystery is the place of God, but it is saying that there is a part of everyone’s life that must deal with what is essentially an un…”knowable” and yet is so very true.
When we read a creed we are paying attention to how our ancestors in faith paid attention to these questions in their lives. When it comes down to it, not all that much has changed in the human condition: We all have this sense…. this need to connect to something beyond ourselves. This year we have used this, “historic confession of the Christian faith” to draw out the questions and the concerns, the wonderings and the beliefs of these young men.
On Sunday, I encourage you to attend worship as a way of supporting these three young men in this common venture we call a life lived in faith. Like the rest of us that all have some questions, they are bristling at, there are some things even our call to worship will say make them question. And they are also willing to say, “Yes”. “Yes” to God’s goodness. “Yes” to God’s love for them. “Yes” to Jesus as the clearest closest way we know to approach a relationship with this love. And “Yes” to that continued presence in which connects us to God and this love forever. Come and say “Yes” with them.
Keep the Faith!