A Creed

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We Believe in God the Father, Almighty
Creator of Heaven and Earth – 

We jumped in feet first – followed quickly by heart and head  – 15 years ago now – and said yes to a church plant. We said yes to building community around a God who loves and blesses, a God who is present in struggle and success. A God whose grace we cannot buy, who gives it freely anyway.

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 

We said yes to helping with music, to helping with Sunday school, to making friends, and to planning – to building community – and in the midst of all of that yes and building, All those years ago, I couldn’t have imagined that there would come a point when the built community would begin to break apart.

He descended to Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended to Heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. 

I wonder at the disciples.
Did they stay in contact with the families they left behind? The friends from whom they walked away in order to walk toward Jesus? Did their hearts hurt as they chose that path and built their new community? Those saints who came before and the ones who will come after and those alongside us on these Jesus focused journeys, we stand together around a creed – holding on to the words passed down from generation to generation. And in the midst of it, other voices – the politics of religion, begin to bellow and build walls and break the community, all of us claiming the cornerstone, but there are too many scaffolds and the walls are crumbling. Too many interpretations, too many definitions, too many rules.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting


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