The Lord’s Day should not be seen as consisting of a dry list of dos and don’ts. It is about relationship to the Triune God. Putting aside other things is in order that one may call on God, read his Word, share fellowship with others, attend worship – these are all activities that ought to be driven by a hunger for enjoying God.
I am reading a book in which the great 19th century Anglican J. C. Ryle is quoted, writing on the value of public worship:
Never be absent from God’s house on Sundays, without good
reason,—never to miss the Lord’s Supper when administered
in our own congregation,—never to let our place be empty
when means of grace are going on, this is one way to be a
growing and prosperous Christian. The very sermon that we
needlessly miss, may contain a precious word in season for
our souls. The very assembly for prayer and praise from
which we stay away, may be the very gathering that would
have cheered, and stablished, and quickened our hearts.
-J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on John: Vol. 3 (Banner of
Truth, 1999), 454–455.
Note: Ryle was not merely urging attendance as some detached, abstract ‘good’. He was urging attendance so that people may enjoy God.
So, at SPC we pray for attendance, but also we pray for hunger for, for enjoyment of, and satisfaction in God on the Lord’s Day.