Some Faith Statements that I have used in worship
I have tried to find statements that do not define belief, but rather
express commitment to the journey and to
practising what the statements reflect.
(1) From The United Church of Canada,
We are not alone,
General Council 1968, alt. 1998
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
(2) I believe this comes from the Iona Community
Let us declare our faith and trust in God.
I trust in God, who is love,
and who has given the earth to all people.
I trust in Christ, who heals us and frees us
from all forms of oppression.
I trust in God's Spirit, who works in us
and through all who turn towards truth.
I trust in the community of faith,
which is called to be at the service of all people.
I trust in God's presence to transform and transfigure,
fulfilling the promise of a new heaven and a new earth
where justice and peace will flourish.
We commit ourselves to following Christ,
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the work of God in the world,
through the grace of the Holy Spirit.
(3) This one comes from les Paroisses Catholiques de Villefranche-sur-Sa˘ne,
We believe in God our Creator,
translated by Janet Laming (alt)
whose word upholds human life,
for God is life;
whose tenderness longs for the freedom of humanity,
for God is love.
We believe in Jesus, the Word made flesh,
who came to share our life and to lighten our darkness.
Born among the poor, he showed us God's love
and accepted death.
The living Christ is the wellspring of life and hope.
We believe in God's Spirit, who brings us to birth
in the life of God,
and floods us with strength and gladness
in the struggle to be faithful.
We believe in the Church,
servant of all, bringer of good news,
in whom we witness to God in the world.
We believe in eternal life.
We look for resurrection in the hope of a new world
where all humanity will be one in union with God,
who is now, and is to come for ever.
(4) This is an excerpt I made from The Song of Faith,
We believe in God who is Holy Mystery,
an exquisite piece from the United Church of Canada.
In poetic form, it expresses faith in an extremely
simple yet meaningful way. You can find the whole poem here.
Very well worth reading.
beyond complete knowledge, above perfect description.
Yet, in love, the one eternal God,
who creates the universe, seeks relationship.
God tends the universe, mending the broken and reconciling the estranged.
God enlivens the universe, guiding all things toward harmony with their Source.
Grateful for God's loving action, we cannot keep from singing.
We sing of Jesus, a Jew, born to a refugee family in poverty.
He knew human joy and sorrow.
So filled with the Holy Spirit was he that in him people
experienced the presence of God among them.
We sing praise to God incarnate.
We sing of God the Spirit, faithful and untameable,
creatively active in the world.
The Spirit challenges us to celebrate the holy in the familiar and the unfamiliar.
The Spirit speaks our prayers of deepest longing,
enfolds our concerns and confessions,
and transforms us and the world.
We sing of a church seeking to continue the story of Jesus
by embodying Christ's presence in the world.
Grateful for God's loving action,
we witness to Holy Mystery who is Wholly Love.