When I previously went to a Methodist Church, the services never followed a particular plan, and we never really did prayers or recited text as a whole church, except for the Lord’s Prayer.
But since going to Pudsey Parish, it’s been quite different. One of the things that is said nearly every week is the Nicene Creed. I’d never even heard it two months ago, but I love the practice of saying it, and I’m looking forward to the day when I can say it without the paper in front of me.
We believe in One God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
I’ve also been listening to a lot more Christian music while I’m at work, which I find very uplifting. It keeps me happy while I’m working and keeps part of my thoughts on God even when I’m concentrating on other things. One song I’ve heard that I find myself singing all the time; when I wake up, when I’m in the shower, just anywhere, is This I Believe (The Creed), by Hillsong Worship. It’s based on the Nicene Creed, and when you listen to it, you just can’t help but sing along, it’s a powerful song:
“I believe in God our Father
I believe in Christ the Son
I believe in the Holy Spirit
Our God is three in one
I believe in the resurrection
That we will rise again
For I believe in the name of Jesus”