On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight. There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!” Then he went upstairs again and broke bread and ate. After talking until daylight, he left. The people took the young man home alive and were greatly comforted. (Acts 20:7–13, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The average time of an NFL football game is three hours and twelve minutes. The average movie run time is two hours and thirty-nine minutes. The average length of a headliner concert is one hour and fifteen to one hour and thirty minutes. Longer, of course, if there is a warm-up band. For a good football game, movie or concert, rarely is there a complaint that they ran too long. Sometimes quite the opposite a wish that they could have run longer. College classes usually run abut fifty minutes. We may not wish they could go longer, but we rarely expect they would go shorter.
So, what’s the deal with Sunday services? Worshipping God and a message from His Word (hopefully). It best be over by noon at the latest. Don’t even think about starting it earlier to fit more in, Sunday is our only day to sleep in. Sometimes I wonder if the lingering Covid-19 pandemic is really what is preventing people’s return to in-person services, or if it’s the convenience (and anonymity) of turning off the livestream when one’s had enough.
My Advice – How do you spend your Sunday mornings? Immersing yourself into the worship and learning experience, or grumbling about the chunk it takes out of your weekend? Considering how much God has given us, why not give Him some quality time on Sunday?