Remember the old TV commercial with the boy waiting for the ketchup to come out of the bottle ... and then a choral group sings, "An-ti-ci-pa-tion ... an-ti-ci-pa-tion"?
I really can't get very excited about ketchup. But I do share the excitement of waiting for that something "special" to happen. And that is the way I feel about worship services at our church.
Since the Holy Spirit is always there, wouldn't it be great if all congregations everywhere could be literally "turned around," or "flipped over," or "on fire"?
What if we all felt the power of God so marvelously in our lives that every church task and every service of worship would begin to feel like a spiritual pilgrimage for the "Holy Grail"?
Hebrews 11:1 indicates that faith is a special kind of "anticipation."
It is "an assurance of things hoped for, and a conviction of things not seen."
In other words, we have every reason to believe that something marvelous is going to happen ... is bound to happen, because we are trusting in God to help make it happen. That is faith.
Francis Guither, a pastor for 46 years, is the author of seven books. Guither is retired and lives in Quincy at Good Samaritan Home with his wife, Katharine. His most recent church was Carthage United Methodist.