Every Sunday morning, 300 well-dressed people get out of their cars, file through a lobby and sit in a pew for an hour and a half to sing and listen. At the conclusion of that time, about 100 to 150 of them leave and the remainder move from their pews to some plastic chairs for another hour of sitting and listening. After an hour, a bell rings, the people stand up and some head immediately to the door while others stand around and talk, hug and laugh. After 30 minutes or so, the building is empty, the lights off, ready for next week.
Why do we do it? Why do we come together every week, doing the same thing, with the same people?
Is it because we’re supposed to – either through a direct or inferred command? Is it because that’s the way we’ve always done it? Is it because we like doing it?
I’d like to explore this question over the next couple of days, examining the implications of possible answers to this question. I know my track record of carrying through with blog series, but I’ll work to make this time different.