As things change, one victim is the “sacredness” of Sunday. Cultural change is causing some churches to consider abandoning church services on Sunday morning.
We have seen changes coming for a long time. Catholics have been holding mass Saturday evenings since I don’t know when. Protestant churches have been holding parking lot church services in the summer. Yet, Sunday remained not just another day of the week, it had religious importance.
Think, however, about how this changed when malls began to be open Sunday afternoons. An idea was planted that Sunday was there also for things not related to church.
From the perspective of separation of church and state, there is no reason for government to treat Sunday as different from the six other days of the week. We know people cannot work without a day off sometime, but there is no reason it must be Sunday.
With church attendence declining, some churches are acknowledging the loss of Sunday’s cache. They see new meaning of the Commandment, “Remember The Sabbeth and Keep it Holy.” Sunday could now be considered a metaphor for whatever day of the week each individual considers the “Sabbeth” in his/her head.
I think acknowledging this ancient idea that Sunday=holy was put there for reasons that no long apply would be a step forward in Christian thinking. It would put the faith in its actual position, as an activity that completes for attention with other interests people have.