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The Apostles Creed
Which version of the Apostles Creed is used in the Evangelical Reformed and Congregational Churches?This is not a
really big question until you stumble on a church that has a version different from your own (like the Lord's Prayer). It's
important to remember that the Apostles Creed is not binding on the United Church of Christ and is viewed as a
historical creed of the Church but that it is still said in many of the churches and the forms of the creed vary. The two
variations of the creed usually occur in "descending" and "catholic" although some modern adaptations also remove
"His" from the text.

In the Louisiana churches you have a collection of usage of all the versions. Good Shepherd UCC (with the change
from "quick" to "living."), Salem and Little Farms still uses the Evangelical version. St. Matthews UCC was using the
Reformed or Congregational version with respect to "catholic" church. Central Congregational used: "Universal
Christian Church."  (and we'll not mention the tower of Babel when you get to the Lord's prayer - trespass, debtors, sins
although in Evangelical, Reformed and Congregational tradition it's "debts and debtors".)

The Evangelical Church version from it Book of Worship published by the German Evangelical Synod of North
America, 1916)

I believe in God the Father Almight, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ His only begotten Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit;
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and bured;
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the One Holy Universal Christian church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Amen.


The Reformed Version from Order of Worship (Partial Edition) for the Reformed Church in the United States
published 1865

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:

And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hades;
the third day He rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic Church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

Evangelical and Reformed Book of Worship
The Hymnal Containing Complete Orders of Worship Authorized by the General Synod of the Evangelical and
Reformed Church
, 1941 contains a mixed version with each church retaining one adaptation. The version of the
Apostles Creed with notations that say *Hades may be used. ** One Holy Universal Christian Church may be used.

The Congregational Version (from the Hymnal for Use in Congregational Churches, Pilgrim Press 1897)
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 Ghost;
born of the Virgin Mary;
suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell;*
the third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven;
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy Catholic Church;
The communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
the Resurrection of the body;
and the Life everlasting.
Amen.

*i. e. Continued in the state of the dead and under the power of death until the third day.

The Pilgrim Hymnal and Book of Worship (1912) drops the phrase "He descended into hell"

The United Church of Christ in its Book of Worship used the International consultation on English Texts:

I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary,
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He decended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.

The United Church of Christ on its web site uses the English Language Liturgical Commission, 1988.:
The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, (
Note the removed his and subsequent he)
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,                  
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
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