These Creeds are part of "Work in Worship," a collection of material for work-themed services compiled by David Welbourn. For more prayers, songs, readings and sermons, click on the table of contents to the right.
We believe in One God, Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
Source of human skills, Provider of the earth's riches.
We believe in God who is love, and judge of all, who claims our service and our worship,
who longs for our help in creation, to fulfil his purpose on earth.
We believe in Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, the Light of the world,
the Lord of all life, the man for others;
our fellow-worker for good, our Redeemer, neighbour and friend,
with the power to make all things new.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, God's inspiration to men and women,
revealer of the truth, the giver and director of life,
the promoter of peace and patience, our Comforter in times of trouble,
and supplier of vision and hope. Amen.
STATEMENT OF BELIEF
(To be said together or alternately by different groups)
in a God of justice,
tender to the poor and oppressed
who hears their cries;
creating, loving, redeeming
in the Son of God,
He suffered and died,
because he challenged and upset
the powers of his day.
in the Spirit of God,
the Spirit who gives life and joy,
who moves us, touches us
and keeps us going.
that people are born
to lead fulfilling, creative
and productive lives.
We believe that unemployment
and frustrating work
are a denial of God's image in us.
that we have to search for the truth,
be brave enough to proclaim it,
and realise that we need each other
to build community.
A CONTEMPORARY CONFESSION OF FAITH
We are not alone, we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus
the Word made flesh
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.
Thanks be to God.
(Herts and Beds Industrial Mission)
I believe in God the Father, Maker of the Universe.
He gives unity and order to all created things.
He gives us the resources of the earth to sustain human life.
He enables us to share in the continuing work of creation, as we exercise our vision and our skill.
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
He worked as a carpenter and gave value to all human labour.
He cared for people at their point of need.
He died because of human hatred and jealousy.
He rose to new life and is alive today.
I believe in the Holy Spirit.
He makes Jesus Christ real to us.
He inspires us to follow the pattern of Jesus' life.
He helps us through the tension and uncertainty of our daily work.
He gives us hope for the future along with other Christians
(No 83 of Work in Worship 1985)
(by Dorothea Solle)
I believe in God
who didn't create the world as something finished,
as a thing which has to remain the same forever,
who doesn't rule by eternal laws
which are irrevocable,
nor by the natural order of poor and rich,
experts and uninformed,
rulers and helpless.
I believe in God
who wants conflicts among the living
and the transformation of the existing
by our work,
by our politics.
I believe in Jesus Christ
who was right when he
'an individual who cannot do anything'
worked on the transformation of all things
and perished in doing it.
Looking at him I realise
how our intelligence is crippled,
our fantasy suffocated,
our efforts wasted,
because we don't live the way he lived.
Every day I fear
that he died in vain,
because he is buried in our churches,
because we have betrayed his revolution,
in obedience and fear
of the authorities.
I believe in Jesus Christ
who rises into our lives
in order that we may be freed
from prejudice and arrogance,
from fear and hatred,
and may carry forward his revolution
towards his kingdom.
I believe in the Spirit
who came with Jesus in the world;
in the community of all nations
and in our responsibility
for what will become of our earth,
a valley of misery, starvation and violence
... or the city of God.
I believe in just peace,
which can be achieved;
in the possibility of a meaningful life for all
in the future of this, God's world. Amen.
CREED OF CAMILLO TORRES
We believe in a loving God
whose Work sustains our lives
and the work of our hands in the universe.
For he is Life.
We believe in his Son among us
who brought the seed of life’s renewal.
He lived with the poor to show the meaning of love;
He is the Lord.
We believe in the Spirit of Life,
who makes us one with God;
Whose strength and energy renews our fight
for she is Love.
We believe in the Church of God
at the service of all people,
so that we may see the truth on earth;
She bears his Word.
We believe in this new life
which bread and wine give to us,
to work for God in unity.
this is our glory.
We believe in everlasting life
and the future of a new world,
where the word of God will be the truth to all
in Christ our Lord.
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