Saturday, October 29, 2005

Apostolic liturgy

"Removal of the creeds from the regular liturgy not only suggests that the doctrine preserved in these creeds is not fully appreciated, it also shows that the present significance of Baptism in the believer’s life is lost. Along with the creed, all trinitarian references within the liturgy reflect the faith of the church as the community of the baptized. Such references to Baptism can be found throughout the New Testament, and their inclusion in our liturgy indicates the continuity between the apostolic times and ours... 'The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit' could hardly have any reference other than a baptismal one."

– Scaer, D.P. Baptism; The Luther Academy: St. Louis, Missouri, 1999, p. 49.