The Creed, with a bit of the Beatles…

Mike Koop’s latest foray into music for the liturgy

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arly last week I got this phone call from Mike Koop, with an idea for some new music for worship. “Jamie,” he said, “I think I’ve just turned the Apostles’ Creed into a Beatles song. Wanna hear it?” Who could resist something like that. “Sure,” I said, and he immediately put the phone down and started to play.

The Beatles-inflected version had its debut in worship this past Sunday night, and we did a basic live-off-the-floor recording, just so we could share it with you. The words are only slightly re-ordered from the conventional English translation… but I assure any of the more liturgically orthodox people out there who might stumble across this version, it really doesn’t alter the heart of the classic belief statement! If you don’t believe me, just keep reading and you’ll find the reworked text, just as we sang it…

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I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus his only Son,
our Lord, 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 descended to the dead.

But on the third day he rose again.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus his only Son,
our Lord, our Lord.

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 God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus his only Son,
our Lord, our Lord.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.

Amen. Amen.

(a setting of the Apostles’ Creed by Mike Koop)

One Response to The Creed, with a bit of the Beatles…

  1. Byron says:

    Well done Mike! This is something I have tackled with little success.

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