Liturgy

Affirmations of Faith (Garnaas-Holmes)

by Steve Garnaas-Holmes

We Belong to God

We belong to God, eternal and infinite,
Creator of all things and all that is to come.

We follow Christ, who comes to us from God,
and reveals God to us.
He heals people and transforms lives,
and calls us to join in his ministry.
He was crucified, died, and was raised again by God,
and reigns over all Creation;
and he bids us to die and rise with him
in the service of the healing of the world.

We are moved by the Holy Spirit,
together with the communion of saints,
as members of the Body of Christ, God's holy universal church.

We are confident in the forgiveness of sin,
the power of resurrection and the reality of eternal life.
In all things it is our desire to follow Christ,
by the grace of the Holy Spirit, for God's glory.
Amen.


Christ Accompanies Us

We believe in God, Creator of all things,
heavenly father and mother,
Soul of infinite love, wisdom, and power,
ruler of all that is and all that is to come,
who is mystery, yet revealed.

We follow Christ, God's chosen one,
who loved and served humbly,
who healed the broken and included the outcast,
who chose to suffer rather than harm
for the sake of the healing of all Creation,
who gave his life for our redemption,
and who was raised by God to new life.

In his teaching, in his death and resurrection,
and in his presence with us in all circumstances,
he reveals God to us.

He calls us to serve him
for the sake of proclaiming God's grace.

We trust that he accompanies us
and will help, guide, heal, and defend us
through all difficulty and suffering.

We believe the Holy Spirit sustains us,
and guides us and empowers us
as servants of God's grace.

We live as the body of Christ,
in the power of forgiveness
and the reality of resurrection,
and the light of eternal life. Amen.

Vine and Branches

We believe in God, the Root of all living,
Creator of all things.

We live in Christ Jesus, God's Son,
who loved all people and who makes us one in his love.
He suffered and died, and was raised to new life.
In his death and resurrection
we are also raised to life that is transformed.
Christ is our Vine, and we are his branches;
and without him we cannot live.

We live by the Holy Spirit, flowing through us
so that we may bear fruit for God, the fruit of love.
In the Spirit we are one with Christ, one with each other,
and one in ministry to all the world.

We trust in the one holy church, the communing of saints,
the forgiveness of sin,
the mystery of resurrection,
and the grace of eternal life. Amen.


Brother and Teacher

We trust in God, Spirit of life,
Creator of all that is and all that is to come;
who surrounds us and fills us;
who speaks the Word of life in us; and so we listen.

We listen to Jesus, Revealer of God,
our brother and teacher;
who lived in prayer and in love.
Listening to God's voice and doing God's will,
he gave his life in love;
but God raised him to life that is eternal;
and so we follow him.

We follow in the power of the Holy Spirit,
God alive in us, for the sake of the healing of the world.

We trust in the power of forgiveness,
the reality of resurrection,
the gift of the universal Church as the body of Christ,
and the mystery of eternal life. Amen.


The Deepest Truth

We believe in God, maker of all things,
provider of all things, who loves all people.
We follow Jesus, in whom salvation has come to us:
he sees us for who we are,
heals the wounds of our hearts, and makes us new.

In his death and resurrection we see the deepest truth of life.
We live by the power of the Holy Spirit,
which empowers us for self-giving love.
We give thanks for the Church, the Body of Christ,
and for the gift of forgiveness,
the power of resurrection
and the mystery of eternal life. Amen.


Abundance

We belong to God,
creator of all that is and all that is to come,
abundant provider of the gifts in this life
and the gifts in our own hearts.
It is God alone who gives life,
who is generous beyond measure with grace and blessing.

We follow Christ, whom God sent to teach and heal,
to show us a new way of living,
with love and trust and courage, with joy and generosity.
In this faith Jesus gave of himself, even his very life.
He was crucified and buried;
yet God raised him from death,
and he lives among us, and grants his spirit to us.

We live by that Holy Spirit,
and entrust ourselves to its guidance and empowerment.
As members of the church, the Body of Christ,
we devote ourselves to lives of love,
rejoicing in the power of forgiveness,
the reality of resurrection,
and the mystery of eternal life. Amen.


1 Peter 1:3-9

We bless you, God! You raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and in so doing you gave us a new birth, a life of hope -- a gift that is imperishable, perfect and unfading. Our lives are now in your Realm. We trust that you save us for your purposes, which you will reveal in your time. Therefore we are willing to suffer in practicing our faith, for the sake of praise and glory and honor when Christ is revealed. We have not seen you, but we love you; and we rejoice with indescribable and glorious joy. Alleluia!


1 Peter 1:17-25

Gracious God, you who judge all, we live in reverent awe of you. We have been kidnapped by our own sins, but you paid dearly to set us free -- not a ransom of perishable things like silver or gold, but by your precious love, which we see in the blood of Christ. When he died, like an innocent lamb sacrificed for someone else, we saw your willingness to suffer for us. You have had this love for us since the beginning of time; and in Christ, it has now become evident. Through him we have come to trust in you, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory. For you have given us a new birth, through your living and enduring Word. Therefore our faith and hope are set on you alone. With your love we love one another. The grass withers and fades, but your Word of love endures forever. Alleluia!


John 14:1-14

We believe in God,
creator of all that is and all that is to come.
In God's house are many rooms,
and God prepares a place for us,
so that where God is, we may be also.

We believe in God; we believe also in Christ,
who is our way, our truth and our life.
Through him we have seen God,
who lived and worked in him.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
who lives and works in us;
so that we may do the works that Jesus does,
and even greater works;
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Alleluia.


Take Up Your Cross

We believe in God, the maker of all things,
source of all life and Mother of all children.
Our life is in God, and in God we are one with all beings.

We follow Jesus, the Christ, the Revealer of God,
who taught us to love,
who gave us courage to trust God's grace,
and who bid us to take up our cross and follow him.
In his life and ministry and his death and resurrection,
he has shown us that in losing our lives we find them.
He who was crucified is the Lord of the Universe.

We rely upon the power and presence of the Holy Spirit,
the communion of saints,
the unity of the church,
the forgiveness of sin,
the resurrection of the body,
and the reality of eternal life.

Therefore we devote ourselves to disciplined practice
of the Way of Jesus in our daily lives,
so that we may grow in faithfulness,
and serve God in humble, confident love
for the sake of the healing of the world. Amen.


God's Rule of Grace

We believe in God, creator of all things,
ruler of all that is and all that is to come.
God is transforming the world
into the place of God's justice and mercy.

We follow Jesus, who taught and healed,
who died and rose, revealing God's abundant grace.
He sent disciples out into the world to heal,
to proclaim the good news of your grace,
and to participate in the Reign of God in all that we do.
He reigns in love over all Creation,
and holds all accountable to their faithfulness to God's rule of grace.

We rely upon the unfailing grace of God,
the presence of the Holy Spirit,
the community of the church as the Body of Christ,
the unity of all believers,
the power of forgiveness,
the reality of resurrection and the alluring blessing of eternal life.

Therefore we devote ourselves to lives
of daily prayer, study, service and reflection,
following Jesus as our Master,
for the sake of the transformation of the world by the grace of God.


We Are God's

We are God's.
We belong to The One who creates all things,
in whose image all people are made.

We are Christ's.
He has loved us, healed us, called us
and anointed us with his Spirit.
We belong to his death and resurrection and ministry.

We are the Spirit's.
We belong to the church, the Body of Christ.
God gives us the gifts of forgiveness,
resurrection, and eternal life,
and the gift of participating
in the healing of the world by God's grace.

As God's beloved, we devote ourselves
to God and to God's will,
wholly, joyfully and with the help of Christ. Amen.


Trust and Let Go

We believe in God, who creates us,
who sustains us each moment,
who is our life and our breath.

We follow Christ, who showed us God.
He received and shared God's grace.
He trusted God in everything.
He let go of things so that he might cling to Life.
He let go of life, so that he might hold onto Love.
He gave of himself, even his very life,
for the sake of the healing of the world.
And though he was crucified,
God have him life again;
and he rose and is still among us in a new way.

We live by the Holy Spirit, which alone gives us life.
We rejoice in the church, the Body of Christ,
and in the oneness of all life,
the gift of forgiveness,
the reality of resurrection,
and the mystery of eternal life.

By the power of that Holy Spirit, and in the name of Christ,
we devote ourselves to give generously of all that we receive,
for the sake of the healing of the world,
and the eternal glory of God. Amen.


Love

We believe in God,
who is love, whose love is manifest
in all Creation, in our lives, and in all people.

We follow Christ, who embodied God's love.
In his life and ministry, his death and resurrection,
and his granting to us of his Spirit,
he filled us with that love as well.

We live by the Spirit, the presence of God's love in us.
In that love we participate in the Church, Body of Christ,
in loving God by loving our neighbors
through our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service.

Love is our faith, and it is a gift from God.
We thank God, and ask God's blessings,
that we may love in the name of Christ
and the power of the Spirit, to God's glory. Amen.

 

 


 


Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a United Methodist pastor in Concord, New Hampshire (after twenty-two years of ministry in Montana). He writes music and liturgical materials for his congregation's worship: songs, hymns, service music, anthems, prayers, creeds, Eucharistic prayers, and so on. He is also a member of and the writer for the Montana Logging and Ballet Company, a quartet that has been performing music and comedy around the country, and occasionally on NPR, since 1975. They've performed at many annual and General Conferences. Other works by Garnaas-Holmes may be found in The Faith We Sing and in The United Methodist Book of Worship.
Copyright © 2008 Steve Garnaas-Holmes.

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