These people just love instiling guilt on these poor souls.
At a recent circuit assembly a circuit overseer gave an awesome talk during the portion, 'Giving Attention to the Needs of the Circuit.' He talked about meeting attendance.
He asked: 'How much would you pay for a seat at a world-class opera? How much would you pay for a seat at a popular music concert? How much money would you pay for a seat in one of the world's finest educational institute?' He went on to compare how much many people pay just for a chair so they can be in places they want to be.
Then, he asked: 'What about your chair at the kingdom hall? Can you put a pricetag on it? God's word says 'Yes'!' He went on to read Acts 20:28, which gives counsel to overseers about paying attention to yourselves and to all the flock...' Then, it mentions 'the congregation, which was bought with the blood of God's son, Christ Jesus. He lowered his Bible.
Then, he said forcefully: 'What's the price now? If there was a pricetag on your seat at the kingdom hall, it would say 'the blood of God's son, Christ Jesus'. He highlighted the fact that anywhere else, a seat with a high price would never be empty. But in the kingdom hall, why then, with such a high price, are so many seats without people in them?
He concluded by reminding us 'Your seat at the kingdom hall has been reserved especially for you. And the blood of Christ Jesus is responsible. And with such a high pricetag, please don't let it be empty.'
This talk got the most applause out of any talk that weekend. In fact, when he applied the scripture in Acts about the price of our seat at the kingdom hall, the audience actually gasped, sort of one of those hair-standing-on-the-back-of-your-neck moments.