Courage to respond

Worship: Act Three
If the creed is the point in the liturgy where the congregation learns to reason theologically, it is also the place where Christians learn the virtue of courage. Over and over again in the Gospels, when people are challenged to declare whether they believe, the issue is not whether they have enough knowledge or understanding, but whether they have the courage to face the consequences. When Peter claims, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you” (Mark 14:31), he sets himself up for the time of trial concluded by the twofold cockcrow. When the thief on the cross says, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Luke 23:42), the moment is a decisive break with the values of the other thief, and a definitive statement of faith in the face of death—not just his own, but Jesus’ too. So the question the members of the congregation ask themselves when they are invited to stand and confess their faith is, “Do I dare to say the creed?”


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