Dustin posted this earlier from a book he's been reading. Excellent thoughts- there are many good reasons to gather in intentional community for weekly rhythms of worship- this is among the more subversive and least understood:
“Sunday is the key that explains to the world and to the church why we are the church. In our Sunday worship Christians serve the world by showing the world that God has not left us alone and that we have good work to do. Our work is worship. Worship is the work God does with us to show the world a manner of life that could not be known had not God vindicated Jesus in the resurrection. Sabbath is a weekly reminder that we are created for no better purpose than to praise God and enjoy God forever.
In simply withdrawing from what the world considers its “important business,” in taking time to do nothing but worship in a world at war, in celebrating an “order of worship” in a world of chaos, Christians are making a most “political” statement. It takes courage to take time to worship God in a world where we are constantly told that it is up to us to do right, or right won’t be done. Sunday is that holy time when Christians perform one of our most radical, countercultural, peculiarly defining acts-we simply refuse to show up for work. Sabbath is how we put the world in it’s place. This is how we take over the world's time and help to make it God’s time. It’s how we get over our amnesia and recover our memory of how we got here, and who we are, and in whose service we are called.”
-Will Willimon, Calling and Character
I love this- I think we could even say in some of our more laid back cultural corners: "Sunday is that holy time when Christians perform one of our most radical, countercultural, peculiarly defining acts-we simply refuse to sleep in, go play, indulge ourselves, etc. at least on this morning and at least until we have done that which we are created to do: worship."
I think in many of our contexts, that's an even MORE radical statement than not working.