The Expectant Congregation

On Sunday morning when the bells ring to call the congregation and minister to worship, there is in the air an expectancy that something great, crucial, and momentuous is to happen . . . "God is present!" God is present. The whole situation witnesses, cries, simply shouts of it, even when in minister or people there arises questioning, wretchedness, or despair . . . And [the people] want to find out and thoroughly understand the answer to this one question, Is it true?

- Karl Barth, The Word of God and the Word of Man (Peter Smith, 1958), pp. 104-108.