i do feel boring and sleepy sometimes, i can list many reasons why but I really feel it's not the right attitude God wants for His children. Sometimes, I attend other church service where nobody knows me and I think it's a good way to refresh my spirit, I'm not a church hopper though.
I have before, and when I have, I have simply moved on to where I felt the Spirit was alive and well, lol, :)
I actually went to one church to visit. The girls were dressed like in lingerie, young girls, and you could see the lust in the old men's eyes, and young, lol. I realized right away this was not the place for me. Then, in all honesty, the preacher was a hottie, real sexy, so I figured since I was not going to be able to look at him without lust myself, I need move on, lol, :) I can easily see how affairs and scandals start within the church. Note to self: Only go to churches with ugly preachers, lol, :)
During a 'church service' or 'worship service'??? Yes....PLENTY of times.
I would think that as a 'Christian' blogging site, you would realise though that 'church' is simply the body of Christ/believers....perhaps you need to read some of the NT again (or perhaps for the first time).
I never get bored in church because the lessons I learn are always so pertinent and interesting, and can usually be applied to my life right away. However, I do get sleepy sometimes for whatever reason, where my eyes start drooping and it gets harder to pay attention (though I really do try!).
I really like all that you can learn at church though, especially since I'm kind of going through a rough period of my life right now, so anything you can learn to make yourself a better person with a better outlook on life is definitely not boring.
@hubbaduh@xanga - I think the writer only used "church service or worship service" as that is where most people go to assembly for worship. I'm sure she knows that "church" is simply the body of Christ, :)
You could be right I suppose. I personally would like to see a post on here about "church" solely. Would be interesting to see the comments related to what exactly constitutes one and what people thinks constitutes a "church service."
Every Sunday...... Living the Church is more exciting than going to a church anyways, but I do realize the need for gathering together on Sunday. I have my questions, my disagreements with the structure of the institutional church but I've realized I can't abandon her, because many of my brothers and sisters reside in this institution. My struggle is striving to not let my boredom in going to church manifest itself outwardly in such a way that effects how I interact with others and with my Father. He knows its like pulling teeth to get me to go to a church building on Sunday, but He still commands my obedience. Sitting by my lonesome and "having a service by myself," without any fellowship with my brothers and sisters is dangerous beyond what we can even see. Seeking to live the Church is my passion and I hope to see others catch that vision.
Boredom strikes when I am not in the right place in my heart, soul and attention span. It doesn't matter if it is IN church, WITH the church or otherwise. Worship is not to be entertaining and when I think it should be, it is me that is not in the right place.
Make sure you tell everyone about it but don't talk to your pastor about it. Do not accept responsibility and never pray with your pastor. Remember that Church is only about you and what you get out of it. (1)
I think if you feel bored, that means you need to find a different church, one that will reach out to you. When I was younger, I was always bored with the sermon but I loved singing hymns. Now, I am not bored with the sermons. But that is just me and my personal growth. If traditional services bore you, then don't go to them. I feel sorry for people who think they have to go to a certain type of church because other types are considered not "church-y" enough. Do you know what I mean?
I sometimes am bored in church, but usually only when I let my mind wander...if I am actually listening along with the sermon, then it's not usually a problem. I DO have a problem with getting tired in church, then I have a really hard time staying awake! But that's only when I don't get enough sleep that week, or I've stayed up really late or something.
When i was young, I conveniently had to go to the bathroom in the middle of the service every Sunday. now, i get bored sometimes, but most of the time i get pretty engaged, I think it's a combination of personal attitude and the ability of the preacher to engage the people, I don't think it can just be one influence.
only when there's a sermonal disconnect... like a contention of points in the sermon.... like if the title is about Jesus, but the sermon is focused on money and trials that hint only at Jesus rather than painting a picture of Jesus clearer...
Not once. I love it so much. To be honest, I get depressed when everyone leaves after only a couple hours there. :( I'd spend all day there if I could, learning, sharing, praising, praying...*sigh of contentment at the thought*
I think boredom can set in when you're there only to see what you can get out of it. There's a certain danger when people say "if it doesn't move you, time to move on" ----- huh? Whatever happened to staying and working? Worship isn't about us - it's about God. And if the Word is being preached - ie Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected, then it shouldn't be boring. Now - getting sleepy is another matter. We're so used to moving and being busy that it's hard to sit still and just listen for 30 minutes. To combat that, I take notes, and find that it flies by and no boredom or sleepiness even enters at all.
If you find yourself bored/tired/sleepy -- imagine Satan's demons sitting in the rafters laughing at succeeding in drawing your attention from Christ and worship!
I usually feel bored when the pastor is making the same point over and over again for an hour. Once there was a guest speaker at my church who did that; he had one subject only and preached it the same way. I'm also bored when I've heard the subjects of the sermon sooooooo many times in past sermons.
If ever I find myself bored in Church, I remind myself of why I am there, of the gift it is from God that I am there in the first place, what is happening during the Mass, and I try to remain mindful of these things.
Feeling bored. Feeling. These are transitory, these are fleeting. But knowledge is knowledge, and sometimes we have to lean upon what we know when what we feel fails. Imagine how many good marriages would fail if people relied only on their feelings for their spouse when times got difficult or boring?
Fidelity is so important. Belonging to a church, professing a faith, is a committment. Committment cannot rely solely upon feeling, or no one will be able to commit to anything.
So if I am ever bored at Mass, I remind myself of what an honor it is to participate in the life of Christ, to witness the Last Supper, to partake in his Body and Blood, to pray prayers that were prayed by my Christian brothers and sisters as far back as 1800 years or more, to be present and united with the world-wide Church now and all the way back to the apostles, with all the angels and saints in heaven, with the Trinity.