Grand Rapids Press reports that worship attendance is down at the Sunday evening service among the Christian Reformed – from 56% to 24% in the last 15 years. Not good news – but still, they’re getting more on Sunday evening than some get on Sunday morning. The Christian Reformed Sunday morning attendance? Only 91%. Up from 15 years ago when it was 90%.
Worship on Sunday evening (as well as the morning) was once a regular part of Christian piety. The history of my abbey reports that in the 19th century, the German parishioners in the area filled the church on Sunday afternoon for Vespers – chanted in Latin, women on one side, men on the other. Hats off to the CRC folks – that a quarter of them are still maintaining Sunday evening worship.