Long Sundays

I went home for the Easter weekend. My home church have extended their service timings. It was 10am to 2pm earlier. Now, Sunday services start at 10 am to 4 pm. 6 hours in church on Sunday. Every Sunday.

The concept is simple. 6 days you get to do what you like. Most of us spend more than 8 hours in office. Sometimes, 12 – 15 hours! God says – spend one day for Him.

I attended the service and I did not get bored or tired or even hungry (lunch is served in between). But most of the people I put the idea across are shocked. They can’t imagine being in church for that long.

My pastor says, “Worship is something we are going to do for eternity. We better get used it to now.”

What is your opinion?

Comments: 5

  • A 6-hour service means nothing to me at all. I doubt it would make me a better Christian, because that has nothing to do with the length of a service. So, from my perspective, what is the point?

    I would rather spend 1.5 hours in a meaningful and interesting church service where I learn something and do something else (such as small group bible study) with the rest of my time. Listening to somebody speak on and on and on (that too week after week) is pretty boring to me.

    Also, I do not believe that we ‘spend’ a day for God just by being it church. It is typical of the delusional thinking that characterizes Pentecostals. What favors are we doing for God just by being present in church?

    I sometimes get the feeling that pastors do this to force the things of God down peoples’ throats. After all, nobody would have the gumption to get up and leave mid-way through a service. He would be branded unspiritual and a back-slider. I bet people will stick around even if the service is 8-hours long (or even 10-hours) week after week after week!

    April 28, 2008
  • Thanks Girish!

    What if we could spend time in church and enjoy it too? Not out of mere obligation or because we are scared of the pastors or what others would think of us. But to be part of a Spirit-filled worship and listen to God speaking to us. I think it is possible to become a better Christian because you spend more time with God – wherever it may be – at home alone or in a large crowd. What matters is that God is there too! What is delusional about that?

    And c’mon man, how many of us really go home and do “small group bible study” or any other kind of bible study after a sunday service? Who are we trying to kid?! I know I don’t. And I attend a 2 hour service right now in Chennai.

    And FYI, people are allowed (I don’t like to use that word) to leave any time during the service or after the first section. I feel sad for the people who think they will be “branded unspiritual and a back-slider” because they leave early! I really don’t see the point in them being there anyways!

    April 29, 2008
  • At the church that I go to, I attend a small group bible study after the service. I much prefer that format where things can be discussed and we hear points of view from various people. I am really tired to listening to somebody speak forever.

    I guess we are all different and have different preferences. I was merely expressing my own in my comment.

    April 29, 2008
  • Anonymous

    If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian. – Mark Twain

    May 6, 2008
  • Anonymous

    Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to the garage makes you a car. – laurence J. Peters

    May 6, 2008

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