“We Believe in God: A Sung Baptismal Setting of The Apostles’ Creed”
by Buz Wilcoxon
Buz Wilcoxon is senior pastor of Spring Hill Presbyterian Church in Mobile, Alabama.
This baptismal hymn reflects the ancient relationship between The Apostles’ Creed and the practice of baptism. The Apostles’ Creed grew out of the ancient baptismal practices of the early church and became a baptismal liturgy in the early centuries of the faith. Before each of three immersions in the water, adult baptizands were asked, “In whom do you believe?” and answered by reciting a portion of The Apostles’ Creed addressing each member of the Trinity. Still today, this creed holds a vital place in our baptismal liturgy.
With three stanzas, this hymn echoes the baptismal pattern. The text also includes references to the meanings of baptism including baptism as new birth, washing of sin, dying, and rising with Christ, and the sealing of God’s covenant love.