I didn't have a lot of early exposure to the Apostles' Creed. What is certainly a staple in many church traditions, was never talked about nor recited in worship services in my home church. We did cover it in one of my courses in undergrad but it was treated mainly as a historical/theological topic of study. So when I began my work in a Lutheran church about 7 years ago, it was new to me to have the Apostles' Creed as a statement of faith fused with the worship of God.

And I think it's great. 

One of the early influencers of modern worship is an artist named Rich Mullins. He wrote a song called Apostles' Creed where most of the lyrics are taken from the Creed itself. By far my favorite lyrics are:

I did not make it
No, it is making me
It is the very truth of God
And not the invention of any man

It's easy to point to any commonly recited prayer or reading when you "just aren't feeling it," and want to blame repeated, and sometimes emotionless rituals in church. But these statements of faith are important as they identify us, specifically, by the things we say are true about Jesus. They are a part of the Christian narrative - a story in which all who follow Christ find themselves woven into.

Have a listen to the song yourself:

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AuthorTyler Hughes