The third day he rose again,
he ascended into Heaven,
he is seated at the the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
Okay, not the easiest of statements to talk about in a brief thought.
When we reflected on last weeks focus on the Creed we focused on what was missing rather than what was there. We avoided conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Perhaps we ought to look at them specifically at one point. And you feel like doing the same thing this week, avoid what is there because when we really think about it these are statements some of us would want to say: yes, but...
Rose again: yes, okay. Of course. But the bible offers different ways of thinking about that: physical, spiritual, within community etc.
Ascended into heaven: what, really, do we mean by that? Did Jesus really float up into the air into a heaven that was above us? Perhaps the most difficult to speak of.
Sits on the right hand in order to judge... Well, once more, how you imagine that judgement and what you actually mean by judgement is a complex thing with no overall consistency of meaning in the Bible.
#Creed is on Tuesday this week in the Lounge at 7.30 where we will jump in and see what we might explore. It might be a long night...
But having said all that, what about hymns or music for Sunday. That must be the easiest question in the whole creed!