At the restaurant after church, the redheaded waitress and the redheaded Susan Frank and being in upstate NY all combined to remind me of a Mark Twain joke: a lady with flaming red hair, tired of hearing old, lame jokes about it, said she heard a new one. A man said, 'That's nice Skaneateles hair'. At first, she said nothing, but finally curiosity won and she asked, 'What in the name of the Thirteen Apostles is Skaneateles hair?' He walked around the table to the other side and said, 'Oh, you know, Skaneateles is about forty miles past Auburn'. She turned the table over on him, so now he's in ICU and you have to get a note from the head nurse to visit him.
The evening service was in Endicott, and the first three-hour service I've been in for years, due to an extended prayer time, with great blessing.
The longest church service I EVER attended was in 1981, end of November, in Adur, Kerala, India, a college commencement program. The people sang for two hours, THEN they went to their program. The MC (also the principal) commented a lot between items on the program, which extended the length, as well as a long prayer session for graduates in particular and everyone in general, followed by a dinner for all. One graduating student warned other students to remove their laundry from lines because in a previous year, some member of the crowd attending commencement had stolen laundry--after warning others, he forgot to protect his own laundry, so he lost a shirt. One good reason for a long program is that the crowd has traveled a long time to be there, and will travel a long time to return home, so they want an event worth the trip.
The same attitude is given to weddings: On my Youtube channel a lady once viewed a wedding ceremony and remarked that the vows took too long. My reply was that a marriage is to be for life, so you take seriously the pre-marriage arrangements (the basis on which you decide whom to marry) and the vows themselves. I think that a society where 58% of the marriages end in divorce is not in a position to tell other nations how they should arrange marriages.