How was your Sunday?

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.

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.

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How was your Sunday? — 4 Comments

  1. Pastor Scheer,

    “How was my Sunday?”, you ask. Let me respond by saying that “It was as good as it can get!”.

    As is our custom, my wife and I attended a wonderful LC-MS church. We sat in the second row from the front with our eldest daughter and her family.

    We were called to repentance. We confessed our sinful nature, sinfulness, and sins. Then we heard the most welcome words, that our sins are forgiven us for Christ’s sake.

    The lesson was that of the lost sheep. The lesson was taught in a form that our grandchildren could understand, and again for we older people. The lesson was supported by readings from Ezekiel, 1 Timothy, and Luke.

    We received the body and blood of our Lord, and were once again reminded of the forgiveness of sins that we have in Jesus Christ our Lord.

    We prayed prayers of praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession, and in the manner taught to us by our dear Lord.

    Throughout the service we participated aloud in word, song, and in the confession of our common faith in the words of the Nicene Creed.

    With all others we received the blessing of God. AND(!!) being that this month my wife and I celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary, the pastor and congregation pronounced a special blessing upon us.

    We cheerfully returned a portion of the material blessing which we have received from God, back to him.

    There were a whole lot of wondeful things going on. So much that I will quit enumerating them and summarize things by just saying: Law and Gospel, Word and Sacrament.

    I honor you and those of your office in your vocation, and thank you for your faithful service. Oh… and thanks for asking!

    May God bless you,
    Jeff

    P.S.

    The weather here in the Twin Cities is gorgeous. I have a turkey on the grill. Some dear friends will come over this afternoon to play 500. Men against women.

  2. living through the Liturgy with a headache and praying alike:

    [6.9] “But what is that I love?” I asked the earth, and the earth replied, “It is not me,” and all that lives upon the earth declared the same. I asked the sea and its depths, and all the reptiles living there, and they replied, “We are not your God. Seek Him above us.”30 I asked the blowing winds, and the air and all that lives within it replied, “Anaximenes was wrong – I am not God.” I asked the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars, and they replied, “Nor are we the God you are seeking.” And I said to all the things outside the gates of my flesh, “Tell me of that God you are not. Tell me something about Him.” And in a mighty voice they all cried out, “He made us.”31 My questions had arisen from looking at their forms, but their reply came from within their beauty. And I turned my thoughts to myself and asked, “Who are you?” And I replied, “I am Man.” A body and a mind have been granted me, one outer, the other inner. But by which of these should I have sought my God, Whom I had already sought through the body from earth to heaven as far as I could send the beams of my eyes as messengers? Seeking Him through the mind is the better way. To the mind, as to a presiding judge, all the messengers of the body have responded the answers of heaven and earth and all that is within them, all saying, “We are not God, but He made us.” The inner man knows this through the ministry of the outer man: I, the inner I, received these answers: I, I the mind through the senses of my body asked the entire mass of the world about my God, and it replied, “I am not He, but He made me.”

    [6.8] I love You, Lord, without doubting and with steadfast certainty. You pierced my heart with Your word, and I love You. […]

    30 Job 28:13-14. In Job’s discourse on Wisdom: Nor is it found in the land of the living.//The deep says, ‘It is not me’;//And the sea says, ‘It is not with me,’”(New King James Bible)
    31 Psalm 99:3(Vulgate), 100:3(New King James Bible)
    (Confessions: A New Translation, Augustine (author). P. Constantine (translator), Liveright Publ. Co., 2018. p.198-199, 239)

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