Going Deeper 01.04.2021

An excerpt from yesterday's message...

The Church’s purpose for having formal creeds was two-fold: they were utilized as teaching tools to help newcomers to the faith learn the core teachings of Christianity, and they were also developed in response to attacks on the doctrine of the Trinity (Apostles’) and the divinity of Jesus, and the person and work of the Holy Spirit (Nicene).  As time passed, these two creeds became part of the weekly liturgy of the church, with youth and new converts being expected to memorize and recite them as they became part of catechetical instruction.

The reason I am spending time on this is that—like many things we do and say repeatedly—our weekly speaking of the creeds in worship can become nothing more than meaningless, ritual.  If you are like me, the creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the various parts of our weekly liturgy can be done without any real thought being given.  And one would be wise to question the value of that kind of mindless tradition… which is why very few churches use the creeds anymore.  

On the other hand, there are reasons why we Lutherans are careful to not throw the baby out with the baptismal water!  Liturgy and recited prayers and creeds all express deep and profound truth and meaning.  They can give us a unique language which Christians over the generations have found to meaningful as part of daily devotional time, and especially during seasons of struggle and heartbreak.  For example, our good friends spoke the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm to their son right before his recent passing, and I have done the same many times in similar settings over the years.

In His Grace,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor

Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington

"Gratefully Growing Servants"