The Anabaptist Comma

Walter Bruggemann once said, “The Apostles Creed leaps from the words, “born of the Virgin Mary”—to—“suffered under Pontius Pilate” with nothing but a comma between. “Only a comma, nothing more than a comma, but Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh what a comma!” We Anabaptists confess His life as well as His death and resurrection. We are saved by it all, or incarnation means nothing at all.

Our church Peace Mennonite Fellowship created this liturgy which adds what we call “the Anabaptist Comma” to the Apostles Creed.

I believe in God , The Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,

Welcomed by shepherds,
Greeted by Magi,
Pursued by Herod,
Sheltered in Egypt,
Nurtured by Mary,
Taught by Joseph,
Baptized by John
Called by the Father,
Anointed by His Spirit,
Tempted by Satan,
Rejected by Nazareth,
Followed by disciples,
Heard by multitudes,
Understood by simple,
Despised by clergy,
Praised by lepers,
Touched by the ill,
Seen by the blind,
Hosted by outcasts,
Rejected by siblings,
Obeyed by psychotics,
Rebuked by Martha,
Embraced by Mary,
Anointed by prostitute,
Cheered by crowds,
Loved by John,
Denied by Peter,
Abandoned by all,
Hated by the Powers,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
On the third day he rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated on the right hand of the Father,
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

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