Weekly church attendance is becoming less and less common. This should not be so among Christians. The Bible expressly warns against “not gathering together” (see Hebrews 10 and also the Third Commandment).
I did some math last night for this. I hope it helps our readers in their own attendance and in encouraging other Christians to go to church with them.
Some math to ponder about church attendance. If you came to church this year each Sunday (1.25 hours each week – 65 hours total) and then also for the midweek services (3 Advent, 6 Lent, 9 hours total) and special services (Epiphany, Ascension, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, etc. 8 hours) you would have spent 82 hours hearing God’s Word, receiving the Sacrament of the Altar and singing His praises. 82 hours. Add 52 more hours if you also wanted to attend a weekly Bible Study. Total for attending church and Bible study = 134 hours.
Here are some other numbers, on average in a year Americans spend (from the 2017 Bureau of Labor and Statistics Time Spent study):
3212 hours sleeping
1912 hours with leisure activities (including 1011 hours watching television)
430 hours eating
263 hours purchasing goods and services
237 hours communicating
201 hours cleaning the house
105 hours exercising
66 hours doing lawn work
55 hours talking on the phone
None of those things are bad in and of themselves, yet seeing the numbers compared to one another might help you understand just how weekly church and Bible study attendance is really not that hard and does not take a huge chunk out of your life when compared to other things we so gladly do. If only the devil, the world, and your sinful flesh hated television like they do church attendance right?
Remember you are baptized. Go to church. Every week.