Well, the inestimable Allan R. Bevere asked for it …
Methodists are quite happy to keep the first two articles of the Apostles’ Creed, and, indeed, as John Wesley (”Pope John”) was a “serial plagiarist” (Stephen Tomkins), to present them as their own work, with a few stylistic variations provided by John’s brother Chuck in the second article, viz:
I believe in Jesus, the name that charms our fears, and bids our sorrows cease,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, source of the old prophetic fire,
born – Hark! – offspring of a virgin’s womb,
(my Lord, my Love) was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
hath died for me, and hath been buried,
hath descended to the dead.
On the third day our Lord is risen from the dead – Allelulia! –
our Jesus is gone up on high,
high on his holy seat,
and – Lo! – he comes with clouds descending to judge the living and the dead.
Only in the third article do Methodists make a unique substantive credal contribution:
I believe in the exceedingly Holy Spirit,
the holy sacred circuit,
trembling hearts – but strangely warmed,
the communion of a thousand thousand saints attending,
washing your hands before meals,
brushing your teeth and flossing after meals,
but strictly no alcoholic beverages ,
yet more singing,
[give it a rest!]
saving (all you can),
OCDiscipleship, and consequent feelings of guilt and depression,
the life everlasting – or not: it’s your choice – and your own fault if you go to hell –
lost in wonder, love and praise – or, alternatively, writhing in considerable pain.
Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go!