We are Not Alone; We Live in God’s World

When we were visiting our daughter and her husband for Thanksgiving, we attended services at the church at which she sings.  I was moved by the Creed recited in the service, which comes from the United Church of Christ Canada.

The Creed was recited that morning in a call and response fashion as follows:

Leader: 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.

People: We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

Leader: Jesus has come to reconcile and make us new, to work in us and others through God’s Spirit.

People: We are not alone, we live in God’s world.

Leader:  We trust in God.  We are called to be the Church: to celebrate God’s presence, and to live with respect in Creation.

People: We trust in God.

Leader:  We are called  to love and serve others, to seek justice and resist evil.

People: We trust in God.

Leader: We are called  to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen, our judge and our hope.

All: In life, in death, in life beyond death, God is with us.  We are not alone.  Thanks be to God.  Amen.

There is a lot to chew on in those lines, a lot worthy of being in a creed, a lot by which to orient our lives as Christians.

But what I remember thinking at the time the creed was recited during the service was: If we could only remember the first line, even only that would make an enormous difference:

We are not alone; we live in God’s world.