People have long slept in worship. It is nothing new (see Acts 20:7-12) and one so eloquent as Howard Thurman once remarked concerning a woman who fell asleep during his sermons that he was content for folk to do so for nourishment.
Despite the (perceived) lack of attention I think the interchange of a human voice in the presence of a voluntary quieted people is a transformational moment that few experience on a monthly never mind weekly basis.
Two articles in the NY Times this week point to this the need for the kind of reflection we need in this age of technology.
1. Time to Tune Out by Roger Cohen.
2. The Joy of Quiet by Pico Iyer.
I am curious of your reactions to these two articles and your experience of attentiveness on Sunday mornings.