The Nicene Creed
This word-for-word setting of "The Nicene Creed" has been useful for solo, choir and congregational singing. Purchase of this lead sheet grants permission for unlimited reproduction for purposes of congregational singing or other uses for one church. Print music of other liturgical settings from Garden Rose music are available at no cost here on Score Exchange and may be accessed from my profile page or from the above list of related scores. A setting of the Apostles’ Creed suitable for congregational singing is also available here.
The piano accompaniment is included in the "Songs of Joy" D/A songbook. Listening and accompaniment CDs are available that include "The Nicene Creed" along with 20 other songs.
Note on the Nicene Creed (from the "Songs of Joy" songbook): What do I believe about God? Exactly who was the man Jesus? These were frequent topics of discussion in the year 325 when the Emperor Constantine called a council in the city of Nicaea. All the most prominent church leaders were invited to resolve the theological arguments of the time. The most important topic concerned the nature of Christ. A man named Arius put forth a doctrine that Jesus was not eternally God - that He was created by God and therefore not equal to God the Father. The church rejected the Arian heresy and put out a statement of belief (creed) based on scripture. This compilation of Biblical texts which states the essential elements of the Christian faith became known as the Nicene Creed. "The Nicene Creed" is included in this collection of songs for several reason. 1) It is useful in worship and personal devotions. 2) It is of great historical importance and something that should be known by anyone who seeks to understand the history of God’s church. 3) It is still useful, as it was in 325, for the fight against heresy and for the defense of the doctrine of the Trinity. 4) It connects us to the faithful believers of all lands and through the centuries who have held to the true faith. How wonderful to know our faith is not just our own imaginings, but rather a reliable truth which has comforted and guided many, many people. 5) The Nicene Creed, by stating the most important beliefs of orthodox (true) Christianity, can help to protect children (and adults) from the waves of false doctrine which are so prevalent in the world today.
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