The Lord’s Day has become the Lord’s morning for many believers. There are many reasons for this and not many of them are particularly good or healthy. Marva Dawn points to how technology has impacted our approach to the Lord’s Day in 1995—you know, in the dark ages before Facebook and Twitter. So what she said has only been exacerbated. While we might quibble with some of her terminology, don’t miss her larger point.
Above all, the technological society’s push for efficiency has robbed most congregations of the Sabbath rhythm, the setting apart of one day in every seven for ceasing, resting, embracing, and feasting, a whole day set apart for God and for each other, a day of delight and healing. Consequently, Christians mimic the frantic lifestyle of the world around them and have no understanding that God has designed a wonderful rhythm of rest and work, of refreshment and then response. In that rhythm, we don’t have to rush out of the worship service at precisely noon, since there is no work to do on Sunday. The day is set apart for worship, for relationships, for growing in our sense of who God is and who we are as individuals desiring to become like Jesus and as a community of his people displaying his character to the world (Marva Dawn, Reaching Out Without Dumbing Down, 43).