Bible Study: The Divine Service- The Service of the Word, cont.
Opening Hymn: LSB 849:1 Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness Psalm 146 Creed (Back Cover) Lord’s Prayer (Back Cover)
The Service of the Word The Creed, Hymn, and Sermon
1. The Creed a. What does the word “creed” mean?
i. “I believe” (from Latin, credo)
Why do we need to confess what we believe?
To hear, briefly the whole of the Gospel
To publicly confess our acceptance of that Gospel
What are the three creeds we confess and when do we confess them?
The Apostles – non communion services
Nicene – communion services
Athanasian – Trinity Sunday
Where did these creeds come from?
The Apostles Creed is taken from the Apostle’s Doctrine as confessed in
the NT. It has been in its present form since roughly 750 A.D.
The Nicene Creed was drafted and adopted at the council of Nicaea in 325
The Athanasian Creed has been in use since the 500’s A.D. and was
attributed to Athanasius for centuries, but likely was composed after his
Why a hymn right before the sermon?
To focus hearts and minds on the texts of the day
To prepare us for the preaching of the word
How do we pick this hymn?
It is almost like another proper- there are hymns appointed that reflect and summarize the Gospel reading, if not all of the propers of the day