In slight contrast to the Apostles’ Creed (“I believe…”), the Nicene Creed begins with first person plural, “WE believe in one God…” The short refrain “We believe” highlights the communal nature of this creed by using “we” and “us” repeatedly in only four short musical bars.
The optional vamp offers open chords that connote the harmonies of chant. These chords can be sounded beneath the reading of the creed. Punctuating the three sections of the creed with the musical affirmation of the chorus can turn a perfunctory recitation of the creed into a simple musical tapestry.
Author and Composer Information
Gregg DeMey (b. 1972) was born in Grand Rapids, MI, studied at Calvin College (BA Music Theory and Composition), and graduated from Calvin Theological Seminary in 1998 (MTS) and 2006 (M.Div). He served as worship pastor at Granite Springs in Sacramento, CA; as a church planter at Lakeside Church in Ludington, MI; and is currently the Teaching Pastor at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church in Elmhurst, IL.
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