Affirmation of Faith
The Nicene Creed is a Symbol of faith widely used in Christian liturgy.
It is called Nicene because it was originally adopted in the city of Nicaea (present day Iznik, Turkey) by the First Council of Nicaea in 325. In 381, it was amended at the First Council of Constantinople, and the amended form is referred to as the Nicene or the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed.
The Apostles’ Creed is also used in the Latin West, but not in the Eastern liturgies. On Sundays and some other days, one or the other of these two creeds is recited in the Roman Rite Mass after the homily. The Nicene Creed is also part of the profession of faith required of those undertaking important fuctions within the Catholic Church.
The liturgical communities in western Christianity that derive their rituals from the Roman Missal, including those particular communities which, use the Roman Missal itself (Roman Catholic), the Book of Common Prayer (Anglicans – Episcopalians), Evangelical Lutheran Worship (ELCA Lutherans), Lutheran Service Book (Missouri Synod Lutherans), and The United Methodist Book of Worship (The United Methodist Church) use the Apostles’ Creed in their rites of Baptism, which they consier to be the first sacrament of initiation into the Church.
The Apostles’ Creed
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ His only son, our Lord: who was concevied by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, dead, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty, and will come again 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 life everlasting.”
A Covenant Prayer in the Wesleyan Tradition
" I am no longer my own, but thine. Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee, exalted for thee or brought low by thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing. I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, thou are mine, and I am thine, So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven. Amen."