Church: What’s Wrong with Five Hours in One Day?

Posted by on 29 Oct 2007 | Tagged as: my life., thoughts on church

This weekend, Emily and I drove by a given church just after 1 p.m. in the afternoon. Cars were just then leaving from their 10:30 a.m. service. We drove back by the church at 5:50, and there were cars already in the parking lot again.

‘No thanks!’ I said aloud as we drove past. If I sat through a 2 1/2 hour service in the morning through the afternoon, you had best believe I wouldn’t be going back that night!

Would you?

Is this a classic example of church expecting people to live their lives revolved around church? Or is this Biblical church? What gives? Why would this turn me off so much? Would it you?

3 Responses to “Church: What’s Wrong with Five Hours in One Day?”

  1. on 29 Oct 2007 at 11:59 pm 1.Adam said …

    Maybe people think the same thing about New Hope when they see cars in the parking lot on Saturday night, and then again on Sunday morning! lol.

  2. on 30 Oct 2007 at 11:40 am 2.Penny said …

    yes! According to the cars, those new hope members go on saturday night, they roll back in on sunday morning at 9am, and don’t get out until noon!
    Maybe staggered services, maybe there was a wedding or gathering of some sort, maybe they’re just a bunch a thirsty people.

  3. on 08 May 2008 at 5:24 pm 3.Lora Chandler said …

    I am the secretary for a church and I think it would be wonderful to see people that enthused about gathering together to worship God. Most of the time, members just want to check off their attendance like on a “to do” list; and they want the minister to speak less than twenty minutes and they want the song service to be for them so they will get something out of it. Whatever happened to people who understood that church worship services are for God? I don’t know much I guess, but how can you build a relationship with God based on an hour a week on Sunday morning, one or two Sundays a month? You may say that church services are not the place to build that relationship with God, but how many people actually build it anywhere else? It’s important to worship together. The first century Christians met every single day in each other’s homes and shared everything they had. Yes, I would go to church five hours on a Sunday. But, there isn’t a church anywhere near my home that would meet that long.

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    Lora Chandler

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