Claiming they could read all the announcements in the bulletin anyway, Sabbath-keepers worldwide said they didn’t want to feel too rushed on the Day of Rest.
“I’ve had to wake up before dawn every day of the week for work. The last thing I want to do is get up early on Sabbath as well,” said Lincoln, Nebraska-based Nome Gutsa. “Besides, the annoucements people always sound half-asleep.”
Even Adventists that are already at church for Sabbath School expressed no feeling of urgency to rush into the sanctuary to hear about bake sales, knitting circles and upcoming men’s conferences.
“If I hear the newsreel now, what will I have to read during the sermon?” said deacon Stayns Mazziv, of Binfield, England.
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