As the earliest Christians tried to make sense of God’s decisive act in Jesus light of the Hebrew Scriptures and what they were witnessing in the life of the church, they came together to write a creed that reflected their faith.  We continue their tradition, and hold fast to that creed today.

 As we say,

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, 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 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.