We recited the Nicene Creed during service this morning. This is often a part of service, but I’m not familiar enough with Rites I and II and how they are formatted during different seasons. We’re in Rite II during Ordinary Time. I’m doing well to remember that.
Our congregation has people with Roman Catholic roots. There are a few cradle Episcopalians, Baptists, and several Pentecostals like I used to be.
I think I can distinguish the high church folks because they know the traditions and keep them as effortlessly as breathing, but I sense their deep reverence at the same time.
Those with Protestant roots may not keep all of the traditions. They may make the sign of the Cross or not at times when everyone else does — things like that.
The new ones are somewhat glued to their programs (me). I’m getting the hang of it though. In fact, I can feel the traditions touching my heart and taking on meaning during service.
The things of God always stir the spirits of those who come into His house in search of His blessings.
I promise you this: A great move of God is unfolding. There is much unrest in Christendom, and it probably looks like we are headed for demise to those on the outside looking in.
Many prominent Evangelical leaders are deconstructing. The Southern Baptist Convention is falling apart, and I think others will follow. I believe that God is purifying the Church as a whole and setting us all up for a move of His Spirit.
In my personal faith life, I have been keenly watching and challenging my own ideas about God. My beliefs have been tested by my own difficulties, my disappointment in others, and the unrest around me.
As I recite creeds, I ask myself if I really believe what I’m speaking. I think that’s the point. Can I stand before God and wholeheartedly affirm these things?
Yes. Yes, I can. I still believe, and I find that speaking what I believe makes room in my heart for the roots to deepen; for the foundation to solidify; for my boldness of faith to return.
~Tessa Yeakley, St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church
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