I found this a few years ago, written by a guy named Rusty Entrekin. I think it catches some of the differences we experience in church life that the first century believer may be surprised by.
Our Modern Way Of Meeting
How is it then, brethren?
When ye come together, the pastor hath a doctrine, and the minister of music hath psalms.
Let all things be done unto worship.
If anyone besides the pastor hath a doctrine, let him not speak; let him hold his peace.
Let him sit in the pew, and face the back of the neck of the person which sitteth ahead of him.
Let the people keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith church tradition.
But if they will learn anything, let them ask their pastor after the service, for it is a shame for a layman to speak in the church.
For the pastor, he hath a seminary degree, and the layman, he hath not so lofty a degree.
If any man desire to remain a church member in good standing, let him acknowledge that what I write to you is the command of the denominational headquarters.
But if any man ignore this, he shall be promptly escorted out the door by the ushers.
Wherefore brothers, covet not to speak in the church.
Let all things be done decently and in the order in which it hath been written in the church bulletin.
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