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We believe in Jesus Christ the Lord,

Who was promised to the people of Israel,
Who came in the flesh to dwell among us,
Who announced the coming of the rule of God,
Who gathered disciples and taught them,
Who died on the cross to free us from sin,
Who rose from the dead to give us life and hope,
Who reigns in heaven at the right hand of God,
Who comes to judge and bring justice to victory.

We believe in God His Father,

Who raised Him from the dead,
Who created and sustains the universe,
Who acts to deliver His people in times of need,
Who desires everyone everywhere to be saved,
Who rules over the destinies of people and nations,
Who continues to love people even when they reject him.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

Who is the form of God present in the church,
Who moves people to faith and obedience,
Who is the guarantee of our deliverance,
Who leads us to find God’s will in the Word,
Who assists those whom He renews in prayer,
Who guides us in discernment,
Who impels us to act together.

We believe God has made us His people,

To invite others to follow Christ,
To encourage one another to deeper commitment,
To proclaim forgiveness of sins and hope,
To reconcile people to God through word and deed,
To bear witness to the power of love over hate,
To proclaim Jesus the Lord over all,
To meet the daily tasks of life with purpose,
To suffer joyfully for the cause of right,

To the end of the earth,
To the end of the age,
To the praise of Christ’s glory.

Adapted from The Mennonite Hymnal, 723 and Hymnal: A Worship Book, 713.  The Mennonite Hymnal was published in 1969 as a joint project of representatives from the Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church. The Hymnal: A Worship Book was published in 1992 as a joint project of representatives from the Church of the Brethren, the General Conference Mennonite Church, and the Mennonite Church with the assistance of contributors from the Churches of God, General Conference and the Mennonite Brethren Church. The Mennonite Church and the General Conference Mennonite Church merged in 2002 to form the Mennonite Church USA.

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