THE ATHANASIAN CREED
(The third of the three basic Creeds of the Church is the Athanasian Creed. It is read in Morning Prayer on Trinity Sunday that we might re-affirm our faith in and have a clearer understanding of the Holy Trinity. I would encourage you to read and meditate on this article of our faith. The Creed is found on pp. 36-38 in the BCP)
WHOSOEVER will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the catholic Faith.
Which Faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.
And the catholic Faith is this: That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity;
Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance.
For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost.
But the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is all one: the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.
Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the Holy Ghost.
The Father uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Ghost uncreated.
The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, and the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.
The Father eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Ghost eternal;
And yet they are not three eternals, but one Eternal.
As also there are not three incomprehensibles, not three uncreated, but one Uncreated and one Incomprehensible.
So likewise the Father is almighty, the Son almighty, and the Holy Ghost almighty;
And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.
So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God;
And yet they are not three Gods, but one God.
So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, and the Holy Ghost Lord;
And yet not three Lords, but one Lord.
For as we are compelled by the Christian truth to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord;
So are we forbidden by the catholic Faith to say there are three Gods, or three Lords.
The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten.
The Son is of the Father alone, nor made, nor created, but begotten.
The Holy Ghost is of the Father and of the Son, neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding.
So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.
And in this Trinity none is before or after other; none is greater or less than another;
But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.
So that in all things, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshiped.
He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity.
Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For the true Faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man;
God, of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; and Man, of the Substance of his Mother, born in the world;
Perfect God, and perfect Man, of a reasonable soul and human flesh subsisting;
Equal to the Father, as touching his Godhead; and inferior to the Father, as touching his Manhood.
Who although he is God and Man, yet he is not two, but one Christ;
One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood unto God;
One altogether, not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person.
For as the reasonable soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ.
Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell; and rose again the third day from the dead;
He ascended into heaven; he sitteth on the right hand of the Father, God Almighty, from whence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead;
At whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies, and shall give account for their own works.
And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire.
This is the catholic Faith, which except a man believe faithfully, he cannot be saved.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
We had two services on Good Friday, April 10, 2009. At 3 p.m. we observed a Scriptural version of the Stations of the Cross. At 7:30 p.m. we read Evening Prayer and sang praises to our crucified Savior.
Easter Sunday began in the Parish Hall with breakfast prepared by the ladies of the Woman’s Guild. We then proceeded to the chapel for the Service of Holy Communion.
The Mother/Daughter Salad Supper was held in the Parish Hall on Saturday, April 25, 2009. The Rev. Derrick Hassert spoke and music was provided by Julia LaPlaca harpist and Leah Poole at the piano.
Saturday, May 2, 2009 was a Work Day at the church. Flowers were planted, bushes were trimmed, etc. Thank you to all who helped.
The first Provincial Assembly of the newly formed Anglican Church in North America will be held June 22-24, 2009. Do be in prayer for this historic gathering.
Vacation Bible School
June 22-26, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Ages 4 yrs. through 6th grade
Be in prayer for this outreach.
Missionary of The Month
Greg & Helena Wright. Home Office Computer System. Upper Darby, PA.
June 3 – Madeline Levi
June 8 – Mildred Buescher
June 8 – Melissa Drobnak
June 9 – Patty Levi
June 14 – Carl Spencer
June 15 – William Garrison
June 15 – Audrey Garrison
June 16 – River Christenson
June 17 – Dave Sellers
June 18 – Jacqueline Robertson
June 18 – Paul Sellers
June 21 – Anita Rago
June 22 – Rev. Robert Novak
June 23 – Brian Stultz
June 30 – Frank Levi, Jr.
TAKE TIME TO PRAY
- Author unknown
I got up early one morning
and rushed right into the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I didn’t have time to pray.
Problems just tumbled about me,
and heavier came each task.
“Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
I wanted to see joy and beauty,
but the day toiled on, gray and bleak;
I wondered why God didn’t show me.
He said, “But you didn’t seek.”
I tried to come into God’s presence;
I used all my keys at the lock.
God gently and lovingly chided,
“My child, you didn’t knock.”
I woke up early this morning,
and paused before entering the day;
I had so much to accomplish
that I had to take time to pray!