Resolution to Commemorate the 450th Anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism

The synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America remembers that 2013 is the 450th anniversary of the Heidelberg Catechism, and recommends that members, congregations, classes, agencies, publications, educational institutions, and staff renew their study of its insights and contributions to the Christian life, and explore creative and culturally appropriate ways of using and celebrating the role of the Heidelberg Catechism in the life of the church. Our “only comfort in life and in death” is that we are not our own, “but belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to [our] faithful Savior, Jesus Christ” (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. and A. 1).

As an expression of our unity in Christ and to commemorate our great appreciation for this gift to the Christian church, synod encourages all Christian Reformed congregations to recite in unison Heidelberg Catechism Q. and A. 1 during the primary worship service on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Acts of Synod 2013, p. 571

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