Saint David’s is a reconciling, affirming, and inclusive Christian community striving through worship, love, and service to welcome all people just as God created you.

No matter your step on the journey or place in the story: our welcome knows no boundaries of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, economic condition, physical or mental ability, or age.

We believe that God delights in the diversity of creation and so do we!

 

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The Creeds

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty…

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God…
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life…
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church…
(The Nicene Creed, Book of Common Prayer, 326/358)

The Christian story is one of journey, questioning, and longing. We are always on our way. Nevertheless, we do have foundational statements of faith that keep us grounded  and walking in the right direction. We call these foundational statements creeds and there are two that take priority: The the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. In the recitation of these creeds, we join Christians throughout the ages in affirming our faith in the one God who created us, redeemed us, and sanctifies us.

While any creed can be merely a set of propositions, the Christian creeds function as far more than propositions to be analyzed. Performed by millions of Christians throughout the world each week, the creeds are scripts of identification, belonging, and awareness. There are two creeds used in Episcopal worship: The Apostles’ Creed (used primarily at Holy Baptism and in the Daily Office) and the Nicene Creed (used at other sacramental times, including Holy Eucharist).

There are five functions of the creeds in worship*:

1. The creed narrates the Christian story.

The creed tells a story about God and the world, and about how God enabled the creation to enter into the divine community of life (i.e. the Trinity). As such, the statements of the creeds are symbols or metaphors (two elements inextricably linked to story) for what we believe.

2. The creed interprets scripture.

While the creed is not a full representation of the sacred Scriptures, it does provide a useful guide as summary or epitome. Indeed, the story told by the creed follows the storyline of the Scriptures themselves: i.e. Creation, Salvation, and Sanctification as the heart of the human experience with God.

3. The creed constructs a world.

As it recite the creeds, the Church is creating a world in which it hopes to live and a world-view by which it hopes to live. This world and world-view are fluid, given newness and freshness each time the Church iterprets the words it recites. And the interpretation changes with every new voice that enters the recitation.

4. The creed guides Christian practice.

Because the creeds narrate the story, interpret Scripture, and construct our world, the creeds are also a suport and guide to the practice of Christian life and community. While certainly not a full description, the creeds establish right belief (orthodoxy) that sets us on the path toward right practice (orthopraxy). The creeds are, in a word, a “bridge” the crosses the divide between the witness of Scriputre and contemporary Christian living.

5. The creed prepares the worshipping people.

The Creed is publically recited during the sacramental rites, particularly relevant for Baptism and Eucharist, as a way of demonstrating transition. In Baptism, the Apostles’ creed  marks the transition from catechumen to full member. In Eucharist, the Nicene creed marks the transition from hearer of the proclaimed Word (i.e. Scripture) to partaker of the divine Word (i.e. the Body and Blood of Christ in comminion).

*Adapted from Luke Timothy Johnson, The Creed, Image Books, 2004.

The Apostles’ Creed 
I believe in God, the Father almighty, 
    creator of heaven and earth; 
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 
    He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit 
        and born of the Virgin Mary. 
    He 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, 
        and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 
    He 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 the life everlasting. Amen.
(BCP, p. 96)
The Nicene Creed
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:
    by the power of the Holy Spirit
        he became incarnate from 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.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He 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. Amen.
(BCP, pp. 358-359)

Saint David’s Episcopal Church

145 East Edgewood Drive

Lakeland, Florida  33803

863.686.4143

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