Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
– Hebrews 10:25, New International Version (as found on Bible Gateway)
I have had a love-hate relationship with the church for a long, long time.
One of the main reasons is the Sunday service.
Work late the night before. Get up early enough to rush through your shower and speed to church hopefully to make it on time.
Sit there, and hear what amounts to a scripted presentation, including a musical presentation and a speech. Some churches, like the one I go to, kick in communion every week (others do so, on a less frequent basis).
Sit in a room with a bunch of strangers. Every week seems to bring a new batch of them, too. Shake their hands when the speaker prompts you to, right before the speech.
Then, when the presentation is finished, most everyone gets up and leaves. The restaurants get crowded real quick on Sundays, you know.
And don’t forget to show up and do it all over again next Sunday. Because, you know, you are required to be in church.
I’ve seen it for years and it’s not going to change anytime soon.
Is that what the writer of Hebrews had in mind?