The Athanasian Creed The Church’s Confession of the Holy Trinity Early in the fourth century, a new teaching appeared which claimed that Jesus was not true God. Arius, the north African priest who first proposed this theory, was extremely persuasive, and soon the controversy was so widespread that a church council was called to settle the matter. Out of that meeting in A.D. 325 came the Nicene Creed, which clearly confesses Jesus to be true God. That creed, which was expanded in A.D. 381 in order to defend the divinity of the Holy Spirit, is still widely used today as a confession of the triune faith. Despite the clarity of the Nicene Creed, the controversy continued for some time. Toward the end of the fifth century, another creed was written that marveled at the mystery of the Trinity in a way that no creed had ever done. Though attributed to Athanasius, a fourth-century opponent of Arius, this anonymous creed clearly came at a later stage in the debate. The Athanasian Creed proclaims that its teachings concerning the Holy Trinity and our Lord’s incarnation are the catholic faith. In other words, this is what the true church of all times and all places has confessed. More than 15 centuries later, the church continues to confess this truth, confident that the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, has given himself for our salvation.
L: Whoever desires to be saved must, above all, hold the catholic* faith.
C: Whoever does not keep it whole and undefiled will without doubt perish eternally.
L: And the catholic faith is this,
C: That we worship one God in Trinity and Trinity in Unity, neither confusing the persons nor dividing the substance.
L: For the Father is one person, the Son is another, and the Holy Spirit is another.
C: But the Godhead of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is one: the glory equal, the majesty coeternal.
L: Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Spirit:
C: The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, the Holy Spirit uncreated;
L: The Father infinite, the Son infinite, the Holy Spirit infinite;
C: The Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Spirit eternal.
L: And yet there are not three Eternals, but one Eternal,
C: Just as there are not three Uncreated or three Infinites, but one Uncreated and one Infinite.
L: In the same way, the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, the Holy Spirit almighty;
C: And yet there are not three Almighties, but one Almighty.
L: So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God; C: And yet there are not three Gods, but one God.
L: So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; C: And yet there are not three Lords, but one Lord.
L: Just as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge each distinct person as God and Lord,
C: So also are we prohibited by the catholic religion to say that there are three Gods or Lords.
L: The Father is not made nor created nor begotten by anyone. Men: The Son is neither made nor created, but begotten of the Father alone. Women: The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding.
L: Thus, there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. Men: And in this Trinity none is before or after another; none is greater or less than another; Women: But the whole three persons are coeternal with each other and coequal, so that in all things, as has been stated above, the Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity is to be worshiped.
All: Therefore, whoever desires to be saved must think thus about the Trinity.
L: But it is also necessary for everlasting salvation that one faithfully believe the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
C: Therefore, it is the right faith that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is at the same time both God and man. Men: He is God, begotten from the substance of the Father before all ages; Women: And He is man, born from the substance of His mother in this age: All: Perfect God and perfect man, composed of a rational soul and human flesh;
L: equal to the Father with respect to His divinity, less than the Father with respect to His humanity. Men: Although He is God and man, He is not two, but one Christ: Women: One, however, not by the conversion of the divinity into flesh, but by the assumption of the humanity into God; All: one altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by unity of person.
L: For as the rational soul and flesh is one man, so God and man is one Christ,
C: Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose again the third day from the dead,
L: Ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
C: At His coming all people will rise again with their bodies and give an account concerning their own deeds.
L: And those who have done good will enter into eternal life, and those who have done evil into eternal fire.
C: This is the catholic faith; whoever does not believe it faithfully and firmly cannot be saved.
Athanasian Creed (Quincunque Vult) from Lutheran Service Book. Copyright © 2006 by Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission. Distributed by the LCMS Board for National Missions (Worship) for congregational use only. Commercial reproduction, or reproduction for sale, of any portion of this work or the work as a whole, without the written permission of the copyright holder, is prohibited.
For women's organizations
Lord Jesus, in Your earthly ministry You were loved and served by devoted women, including Mary and Martha in whose home You enjoyed rest and refreshment. Give us grace to recognize and affirm the varied and singular gifts You bestow on women (and especially upon name of women's organization ) that Your kingdom may be extended, Your Church enriched, and Your people lovingly served to the glory of Your holy name; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever.
To open a church council meeting
Almighty God, direct and guide us by Your Holy Spirit both to plan and to accomplish those things that will benefit Your Church and glorify You name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Confession and Absolution
The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
At a retreat
Lord Jesus Christ, You withdrew Yourself for times of prayer and brought Your disciples with You that they might also rest with You. Be present with us during this time of retreat that, gathered together in Your name, we may profitably medicate on Your Word and be strengthened with a good will to serve You and Your people; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only‐begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried. And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father. And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end. And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.
In Times of Drought
O God, most merciful Father, without Your care and preservation all things wither and die. Open the windows of heaven and send bountiful rain on us to revive and renew the land. Graciously hear our prayer that we may praise and glorify Your name forever and ever; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Guilt and Shame:
Psalm 25:1-11, 16-20
Genesis 3:1-15, 21
Romans 8:1, 33-34
2Corinthians 5:18 - 6:2
1John 1:5-9; 2:28
Psalm 07:1-2, 20-22, 31-32, 43
Lamentations 3:19-26, 31-33
Reconciliation With Other Christians:
Psalm 51:1-12, 18
1 Samuel 13:8-14
For Those Whose Relatives
Have Left the Faith:
Luke 15:1-7, 11-32
Psalm 141:1-4, 8
Psalm 143:1-2, 6-8, 10-11
1Corinthians 6:9-11, 15-20
Romans 1:18, 24-27
Jude 1:5-7, 20-25
Song of Songs 2:10-13
1 Peter 2:21—3:7
1 John 4:7-12
1 Peter 5:6-7
Separation and Divorce:
Psalm 71:1-3, 20-21, 23-24a
Psalm 27:1-5, 7-10, 14
Psalm 25:1-2a, 4-5, 15-18
Psalm 31:1-5, 9-15a
1John 4:7-11, 19
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-12
Psalm 118:1, 14-16, 25, 29
Matthew 6:19-21, 25-33
Isaiah 46:3-4, 9-10
Isaiah 46:3-4, 8a, 9
1Thessalonians 5:16-18Peter 5:5-11
Psalm 118:1-4, 25-29
Psalm 92:1-5, 12-15
At Family Reunions and Other Celebrations:
Psalm 68:4-6, 19, 35
Psalm 147:1, 12-15, 19-20
Psalm 90:1-2, 14-17
Times of Catastrophe:
Psalm 77:1-2, 7-15
Persecution of Christians:
Psalm 31:9-10, 14-16, 19-20
Psalm 69:6-12, 16-18
1Kings 19:1-2, 9-18
Acts 7:2a, 52-60
John 15:18-21; 16:33
Philippians 1:12-14, 27-30
1Peter 4:12-14, 16
For church musicians and artist
God of majesty, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven, be with Your servants who make art and music for Your people that with joy we on earth may glimpse Your beauty. Bring us to the fulfillment of that hope of perfection that will be ours as we stand before Your unveiled glory; through Jesus Christ, our Lord
Luther's Evening Prayer
“I thank you, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.”Type your paragraph here.
Prayers for The Church and Her Mission
For the mission of the Church
Almighty God, You have called Your Church to witness that in Christ You have reconciled us to Yourself. Grant that by Your Holy Spirit we may proclaim the good news of Your salvation so that all who hear it may receive the gift of salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For those who are married
Most gracious God, we give thanks for the joy and blessings that You grant to husbands and wives. Assist them always by Your grace that with true fidelity and steadfast love they may honor and keep their marriage vows, grow in love toward You and for each other, and come at last to be the eternal joys that You have promised; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Calling faithful church workers
Merciful Lord, for the benefit of Your people You call faithful men and women to serve in a variety of offices in Your Church. Grant that Your Holy Spirit may lead and guide us in calling a teacher / musician / other to serve among us according to Your gracious will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For men's organizations
Almighty and gracious God, in every age You have inspired men to labor, with hearts united, in Your kingdom. Continue to grant to the men of this congregation (and especially name of the men's organization ) faithfulness in serving You and upholding the truth of Your Word that they, together with us all, may respond to Your redeeming love in Christ Jesus by devoting themselves to seeking and doing Your holy will and following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ, and who lives and reigns with You amd the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
For our enemies
Almighty, everlasting God, through Your only Son, our blessed Lord, You commanded us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, and to pray for those who persecute us. Therefore, we earnestly implore You that by Your gracious working our enemies may be led to true repentance, may have the same love toward us as we have towards them, and may be of one accord and of one mind and heart with us and with Your whole Church; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Increase of the holy ministry
Almighty and gracious God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, You have commanded us to pray that You would send forth laborers into Your harvest. Of Your infinite mercy give us true teachers and ministers of Your Word who truly fulfill Your command and preach nothing contrary to Your holy Word. Grant that we, being warned, instructed, nurtured, comforted, and strengthened by Your holy Word, may do those things which are well pleasing to You and profitable for our salvation; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Seminaries and colleges
O God, source of all abiding knowledge, through Word and Spirit You both enlighten the minds and sanctify the lives of those whom You draw to Your service. Look with favor on the seminaries and colleges of the Church, blessing those who teach and those who learn, that all the baptized may apply themselves with ready diligence to their to their tasks and faithfully fulfill their service according to Your will; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For children in crisis
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, be a source of strength and hope for children in our families. When they stray, protect them from all danger and grant Your abiding presence. Guide them by Your Word into paths of wisdom and righteousness, and send Your holy angels to watch over them, that the evil one may have no power over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For persecuted Christians
Lord Jesus Christ, before whom all in heaven and earth shall bow, grant courage that Your children may confess Your saving name in the face of any opposition from a world hostile to the Gospel. Help them to remember Your faithful people who sacrificed much and faced death rather than dishonor You when called upon to deny the faith. By Your Spirit, strengthen them to be faithful and to confess You boldly, knowing that You will confess Your own before the Father in heaven, with whom You and the Holy Spirit live and reign one God, now and forever.
Defending the Church from error
Almighty and everlasting God, You would have all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. By Your almighty power and unsearchable wisdom break and hinder all the counsels of those that hate Your Word and who, by corrupt teaching, would destroy it. Enlighten them with the knowledge of Your glory and that they may know the riches of Your heavenly grace and, in peace and righteousness, serve You, the only true God; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For young persons
Gracious Father, Your Son grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all people. Bless, guide and govern the children and young people of Your Church by Your Holy Spirit, that they may grow in grace and in the knowledge of Your Word. Grant that they may serve You well and usefully, developing their talents not for their own sakes but to the Your glory and for the welfare of their neighbor. Protect and defend them from all danger and harm, giving Your angels charge over them; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast graciously kept me this day, and I pray Thee to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.Type your paragraph here.
For home and family
Visit, O Lord, the homes in which Your people dwell, and keep all harm and danger far from them. Grant that we may dwell together in peace under the protection of Your holy angels, sharing eternally in Your blessings; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Return of the wayward and erring
Almighty and most gracious God and Father, we implore You to turn the hearts of all who have forsaken the faith once delivered to Your Church especially those who have wandered from it or are in doubt through the corruption of Your truth. Mercifully visit and restore them that in gladness of heart they may take pleasure in Your Word and be made wise to salvation through faith in Your Son. Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For those outside the Church
Almighty and everlasting God, You desire not the death of a sinner but that all would repent and live. Hear our prayers for those outside the Church. Take away their iniquity, and turn them from their false gods to You, the living and true God. Gather them into Your holy Church to the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
To open a congregational meeting
Almighty God and Lord, as You have called us to labor in Your vineyard, so grant us now Your presence. Enlighten and guide us by Your Word that in all matters of deliberation we may always consider the best interests of Your Church and this congregation. Let Your Holy Spirit rule and direct our hearts that, in the spirits of Christian love, we may present and discuss matters and be kindly disposed toward one another, to the end that all we say and do may please You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Lord's Supper Announcement
The Lord’s Supper is much more than a mere symbol. Through this Sacrament our Lord Jesus Christ gives us His very body and blood. He reassures us that our sins are indeed forgiven. He gives us His Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith.
Since this is such a special sacrament we feel that anyone who wishes to partake of it should have an understanding of just what the meaning of this special gift is. If you are a baptized adult Christian and have been thoroughly instructed in the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper we invite you to participate - if not we respectfully ask that you wait until discussing the matter with the pastor.
Those partaking of the Lord’s Supper should ask themselves:
1. Am I truly sorry that I have sinned against God?
2. Do I believe that Jesus died for my sins and gives me His body and blood in the Lord’s Supper as Scripture says?
3. Will I try my very best, with God’s help, to lead my life according to His will?
Those preparing to receive the Lord’s Supper should be able to honestly answer ‘yes’ to each of these questions.
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:2
Luther's Morning Prayer
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven;
give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those
who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom
and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.
The Lord's Prayer
For those who minister to the armed forces
O Lord, almighty God, as You have always granted special gifts of the Holy Spirit to Your Church on earth, grant Your continued blessing to all who minister in your name in the armed forces, that by Your gracious working they may honor Christ and advance the good of those committed to their care; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Calling a faithful pastor
O Gracious Father, You led Your holy apostles to ordain ministers for the proclamation of Your Word and the faithful administration of the Sacraments of Christ. Grant to this congregation the guidance of the Holy Spirit to choose a suitable pastor according to Your will for the blessing of Your Church in this place; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Prayer and Scripture Helps
The Apostles Creed
Asking a blessing at mealtime
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of food You have provided and for all those whose labor brings Your blessings to our table. We pray that at this meal we may be strengthened for Your service and together may await with joy the feast You have prepared for all the faithful in Your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Where In The Word Do I Look?
Timothy 3:14 - 4:1 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
Have you ever been in one of those situations where you need comfort or encouragement from God’s Word, but you just don’t know where to look? You just open your Bible and pick a verse and start reading. Genesis 27:11-12 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, "Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing." Probably, not exactly what you were looking for. So you try the New Testament. Matthew 27:5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. Not really what you want to hear when you are already hanging by a thread emotionally or spiritually.
As 2 Timothy 3, states God’s Word has the power to teach, and equip us for leading faithful, godly lives. It helps, however, to be acquainted with the sacred writings from childhood, so we know where to look and which passages to apply to the different situations that come up in our lives.
Perhaps, the only thing more frustrating than not knowing where in Scripture to look when we are trying to comfort or strengthen ourselves, is to not know where to look when we are trying to comfort or encourage a family member, or friend. Diane will often ask me, “What would be a good Bible verse for this wedding card, or birthday card, or graduation card?” What do you say to someone who’s spouse, or child, or parent just died? What do you say when a relative or friend finds out they have cancer?
Most of us know Psalm 23, or John 3:16, and maybe a few other passages we have memorized, but God has so much more to say to us in every situation of our lives. Next month in the September newsletter I will be giving instructions on how to access a very extensive list of Bible verses from the Church website, or how to get a hard copy from the Church. The verses will be arranged in categories such as: Anxiety, Apprehension & fear; Beginning a New Job; Spiritual Doubt & Affliction; At Family Reunions and Other Celebrations; Loneliness; Thoughts of Suicide; Birthdays; Guilt & Shame; Moving; Depression & Discouragement, etc. Once the list is published I would be happy to get feedback. My list certainly won’t exhaust the potential of God’s Word to speak to our needs. If you have other passages let me know and I will add them to the list. God’s Word is never irrelevant we just often don’t become acquainted with the sacred writings from childhood, and so we don’t know how to apply his Word to our lives. The fact that Esau was a hairy man doesn’t always help. Sometimes, but not always. I hope this categorical guide to Scripture passages will be a blessing to each of you.
Pastor Jonathan Bontke
Anxiety, Apprehension, Fear:
Psalm 34:4-9, 19, 22
Psalm 118:5-9, 13-14
Psalm 27:1-5, 14
Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11
Psalm 56:3-4, 10-13
Psalm 94:14, 17-19, 22
Spiritual Doubt and Affliction:
Psalm 143:1, 7-12
Psalm 38:9-18, 21-22
Hosea 6:1-3, 5-6
38:1-11, 15, 21-22
31:1-3, 9-10, 14-16, 24
Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-20
To open a committee meeting
Almighty God, we give thanks that through the varied gifts of the members of this committee / task force / group You provide for the ongoing care of this congregation. Cause us to recognize and act on every opportunity for fruitful service. Send Your Holy Spirit that everything we think, say, and do may be for the common good of the Church and the glory of Your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Care of Children
Almighty God heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of children. Give us calm strength and patient wisdom that, as they grow in years, we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
For the Church
Merciful God, we humbly impore You to cast the bright beams of Your light upon Your Church that we, being instructed by the doctrine of the blessed apostles, may walk in the light of Your truth and finally attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ , our Lord.
Almighty God, grant to Your Church Your Holy Spirit and the wisdom that comes down from above, that Your Word may not be bound but have free course and be preached to the joy and edifying of Christ's holy people, that in steadfast faith we may serve You and in confession of Your name, abide unto the end; through Jesus, our Lord
Thoughts of Suicide:
Psalm 22:1-11, 19-26
Psalm 54 18:1-6, 46-50
Psalm 31:1-4, 10, 14, 24
Psalm 55:1-8, 16-18
Psalm 71:1-6, 14, 19-20
John 10:10b-15, 27-30
Lamentations 3:19, 31-33
Romans 8:1, 26-39
Psalm 18:1-6, 28, 30-31
Psalm 22:9-11, 23-24
Psalm 69:1-3, 13-21, 29-30
Anger and Bitterness:
Psalm 73:1-5, 8-9, 12-14, 16-19, 21-28
Ephesians 4:26-27, 31-32
Job 19:13-15, 23-27a
Depression and Discouragement:
Coping With Change:
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 11-12a
Psalm 102:1-5, 11-13, 27-28
Psalm 37:3-7a, 27-28a, 39-40a
Psalm 62:1-2, 5-8, 11-12a
Psalm 69:1-5, 16-18
Psalm 55:1, 16-17, 22
Psalm 71:1-5, 12
Psalm 102:1-7, 11-17
Psalm 38:1-11, 18, 21-22
Psalm 25:1-12, 16-18
Psalm 34:1-8, 17-20, 22
Psalm 69:1-3, 5, 16-18a
Ministering to the Elderly:
Psalm 90:1-2, 7-10, 14-17
Psalm 31:1-5, 14-15a, 24
Psalm 31:1-4, 9, 15-16
Psalm 71:1-6, 12
Psalm 140:1-4, 6, 12-13
Romans 8:26-30, 37-39
Beginning a New Job:
Psalm 104:1-2, 14-15, 23-24, 27-30
Psalm 25:1, 5, 12
Genesis 2:15-17, 19-20a
Trouble at Work:
Psalm 90:1-2, 12-17
Psalm 91:1-2, 14-16
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-17
Psalm 90:1-2, 10a, 12, 14, 16-17
Psalm 71:1, 5-6, 15-23
Psalm 118:1-4, 25-29
Ecclesiastes 11:5, 8a, 9a
Psalm 25:1-2a, 10-14
115:1, 11-14a, 15, 18b
Those in Prison:
1John 1:5 – 2:2
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
For the aged
Almighty God and gracious Father, in Your mercy look on those whose increasing years bring them weakness, anxiety, distress, or loneliness. Grant that they may always know care and respect, concern and understanding. Grant them willing hearts to accept help and, as their strength wanes, increase their faith with the constant assurance of Your love through Jesus Christ, their Savior.