8AM Traditional Service
9:30AM Contemporary Service
One Summer, the 4th grade Sunday School class at Faith Church learned the Apostles’ Creed. They did such a good job that their teacher volunteered to have them recite it during a worship service. To reduce stage fright, the teacher assigned each child one phrase of the creed to say on the appointed day. When the day arrived, the students came forward, faced the congregation, and began. “I believe in God the Father Almighty,” the first child declared. “Maker of heaven and earth,” added the second. “I believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord,” the third child said. And on and on it went, until a boy said “from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.” At which time the recital of the creed stopped abruptly stopped. There was silence. Feet shuffled. More silence followed. Then coughing and fidgeting. Finally, a girl whispered to the teacher, “the boy who believes in the Holy Spirit isn’t here.”
Just as the recital of the Apostles’ Creed came to a halt because the boy who “believed in the Holy Spirit” was absent, our spiritual lives falter when the Holy Spirit is left out of the process.