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In the last two years, my church attendance has easily averaged less than once per month. I read scripture and listen to a podcast at least once per week and tithe regularly, though this is as much pagan superstition as a Christian discipline for me, I am sorry to say.
I regularly work Saturday and thus find Sundays my only day off. As such, I am fatigued. Meanwhile, I have semi-arrogant and selfish/semi-genuine reasons for not going back to any of the Orthodox churches I have previously attended. I thought about going to a conservative Anglican church close to where I live, but cannot even get off my duff to do that.
Along with prayers, please share any tangible advice you have, ideally, if you have struggled with this yourself.
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sprtslvr1973 said:
In the last two years, my church attendance has easily averaged less than once per month. ...


not going back to any of the Orthodox churches I have previously attended. I thought about going to a conservative Anglican church close to where I live, but cannot even get off my duff to do that.
Along with prayers, please share any
Which church do you attend?
 

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Hopefully others have helpful insight into this.

Out of curiosity, were you raised attending church regularly? I've got a plethora of excuses that I use to attend services irregularly, some very much legitimate, some not so much.
 

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Just do it! Attend a local Orthodox Church, starting this coming Sunday--Sunday of the Prodigal Son. If the Gospel does not touch your heart and put some resolve in you, perhaps the hymn "Open to me the doors of repentance" may do the job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqVECqe5V-g
 

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Haven't been to church in several years.
 

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I attempted to start attending regularly, but now that might not be possible. I also don't attend if I'm not praying often enough, there's no point otherwise.
 

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rakovsky said:
sprtslvr1973 said:
In the last two years, my church attendance has easily averaged less than once per month. ...


not going back to any of the Orthodox churches I have previously attended. I thought about going to a conservative Anglican church close to where I live, but cannot even get off my duff to do that.
Along with prayers, please share any
Which church do you attend?
Mainly an OCA church made up of converts, though also a GOC, an Antiochian and a ROCOR a couple of times.
 

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Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) said:
Just do it! Attend a local Orthodox Church, starting this coming Sunday--Sunday of the Prodigal Son. If the Gospel does not touch your heart and put some resolve in you, perhaps the hymn "Open to me the doors of repentance" may do the job.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqVECqe5V-g
With God, I will.
 

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Why change to the Anglicans?
Well, I live pretty far from my parish.
Since I have crashed my car, I have not attended (besides, I was travelling and I moved to a new apartment, so my life is pretty messy).
The mess has been consuming me for a while, and I'm in a pretty deplorable situation, but I'm putting myself together. It's always possible to do so, and it's always possible to confess yourself for being careless of for slipping.
I'm just puzzled to why you would join the Anglicans.
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
I attempted to start attending regularly, but now that might not be possible. I also don't attend if I'm not praying often enough, there's no point otherwise.
If you are not praying enough, perhaps the very thing you need most is to attend, so as to be inspired and encouaged to start praying more.
 

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eddybear said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I attempted to start attending regularly, but now that might not be possible. I also don't attend if I'm not praying often enough, there's no point otherwise.
If you are not praying enough, perhaps the very thing you need most is to attend, so as to be inspired and encouaged to start praying more.
I don't intend on taking the Eucharist without proper preparation, and leaving the Church without intending to finish the liturgy is forbidden by the canons and condemned by the Fathers.
 

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xOrthodox4Christx said:
eddybear said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I attempted to start attending regularly, but now that might not be possible. I also don't attend if I'm not praying often enough, there's no point otherwise.
If you are not praying enough, perhaps the very thing you need most is to attend, so as to be inspired and encouaged to start praying more.
I don't intend on taking the Eucharist without proper preparation...
Very good.

...and leaving the Church without intending to finish the liturgy is forbidden by the canons and condemned by the Fathers.
IIRC, staying after the dismissal of the catechumens without intending to commune is what is "forbidden by the canons and condemned by the Fathers", although that isn't enforced in even the strictest jurisdictions. 

You can come to church and leave early.
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
eddybear said:
xOrthodox4Christx said:
I attempted to start attending regularly, but now that might not be possible. I also don't attend if I'm not praying often enough, there's no point otherwise.
If you are not praying enough, perhaps the very thing you need most is to attend, so as to be inspired and encouaged to start praying more.
I don't intend on taking the Eucharist without proper preparation...
Very good.

...and leaving the Church without intending to finish the liturgy is forbidden by the canons and condemned by the Fathers.
IIRC, staying after the dismissal of the catechumens without intending to commune is what is "forbidden by the canons and condemned by the Fathers", although that isn't enforced in even the strictest jurisdictions. 

You can come to church and leave early.
Or, I could use my convenient excuse of being directionally challenged.  ;)
 

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Before this evening I hadn't been to church in about three years. I just attended Vespers and stayed afterward for confession. Confessing three years' worth practically felt like a life confession in all honesty. I'll be at the Liturgy tomorrow and, again, commune for the first time in three years.

Honestly I'm not sure what spurred me on to attempt to break from such long and habitual lethargy, but it's nice. Like the OP, I also work Saturdays so even when I started getting every Sunday off (I used to work most of them) it was easy to use it being my one day off as a perpetual excuse.
 

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Nephi said:
Before this evening I hadn't been to church in about three years. I just attended Vespers and stayed afterward for confession. Confessing three years' worth practically felt like a life confession in all honesty. I'll be at the Liturgy tomorrow and, again, commune for the first time in three years.
:)

Welcome back. 
 

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Mor Ephrem said:
Nephi said:
Before this evening I hadn't been to church in about three years. I just attended Vespers and stayed afterward for confession. Confessing three years' worth practically felt like a life confession in all honesty. I'll be at the Liturgy tomorrow and, again, commune for the first time in three years.
:)

Welcome back.
Thanks. :)

Really weird but nice to go back to Liturgy after such a long absence.
 

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Nephi said:
Mor Ephrem said:
Nephi said:
Before this evening I hadn't been to church in about three years. I just attended Vespers and stayed afterward for confession. Confessing three years' worth practically felt like a life confession in all honesty. I'll be at the Liturgy tomorrow and, again, commune for the first time in three years.
:)

Welcome back.
Thanks. :)

Really weird but nice to go back to Liturgy after such a long absence.
It hasn't changed in a few hundred years, so you're OK.  ;)
 
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