My Seen Creed


Today is the thirty-fifth day of Lent.


I believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only something of God,
I have no idea of the Father,
something from something,
I don’t know from I don’t know,
nothin from nothin leaves nothin,
bein got and not maid,
who knows what with the Father.

Through him all things were made. Okay. I guess.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from somewhere.
By the power of something kind of spooky
he became incarnate from…I can’t even say it. Just, no.
And was made man.

For some reason I don’t get he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day they say some crazy shit happened, and
the scriptures might have mentioned something about it, if that makes you feel better.
He went up to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father,
which is a nice gig if you can get it.
Rumor has it he’s coming back and there might be hell to pay or else maybe just a party.
And his kingdom – whatever that means – will never end.

I believe in some kind of Holy Spirit. At this point, why not?
I’d rather not say where it proceeds from
since the last time we said something about that it split the Church in two.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
Something something the prophets.
Seriously, I’ll pretty much say anything at this point just to get to the end.

Sure, I believe in some kind of Church. Holy? No. Apostolic? What does that even mean?
I acknowledge that I don’t have any idea what baptism is, or forgiveness, or sins.

I am not looking for the resurrection of the dead. I have no idea what happens when we die and am too busy living to worry about it.
So I’ll take whatever comes.

What can I say? It’s the best I can do at this point in my life.

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  • rebecca

    i love it. and i will love remembering it on sunday(s). thank you.

  • Hilary

    This is great! Love it!

  • Captainwow

    I love this. I must say I even get more hung up with the first paragraph, but that really freaks people out so we don’t talk about it.

  • Crimson Rambler

    oh this is glorious, and the very thing I needed to read, this afternoon. thank you, thank you.

  • Colette

    I once photocopied the creed out of the BCP and then proceeded to black out the parts I didn’t actually believe. It left about 3 sentences. Maybe it’s heresy, but at least it’s honest.

  • pastordt

    Thank you. Some days, I fill in a few more of the blanks. All days, I want to.

  • Wren

    This is a thing that happens. I love that you’ve wrapped it up so crazy beautiful in such crumpled and colorful paper. Might not make any sense to anyone but me, but I see these words wrapped in messy and patterened turquoise and yellow paper, in the hands of a sweet child. I love it.

  • Zanna

    Love it, Gordon.

  • ScottNellis

    I wish more people could be as honest, in church, as you are here. Thank you.

  • Wilfried84

    I so get it. I call saying this with fingers uncrossed, “How I stopped worrying and learned to love the Creed.” A reference to Dr. Strangelove, in case you missed it. I followed you (stalker fashion) back in your Real Live Preacher and early Terium Squid days. It’s good to make your acquaintance again.