Today is Christmas Eve. Tomorrow we will join the saints as we celebrate the first coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was born into this crazy world as the incarnation of God. He is Emmanuel – God with us. He lived a perfect life and died a brutal death so that we, as God’s creation, can now have full communion with God the Father. The gospel story begins with a humble birth. The birth of our Lord Jesus was indeed humble and we surely celebrate tomorrow. We thought that we, as a community of readers, writers, and faithful Christians, could begin that celebration with an affirmation of our faith:
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in the one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God from God, Light from Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit born of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the living and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins; and look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Richard, Tab, and Shane