I heard Um Ad-Darda’ saying, “Abu Ad-Darda’ entered the house in an angry mood. I said to him. ‘What makes you angry?’ He replied, ‘By Allah! I do not find the followers of Muhammad doing those good things (which they used to do before) except the offering of congregational prayer.” (This happened in the last days of Abu Ad-Darda’ during the rule of ‘Uthman) .
Something similar discussed here.
Narrated Abu Musa:
The Prophet said, “The people who get tremendous reward for the prayer are those who are farthest away (from the mosque) and then those who are next farthest and so on. Similarly one who waits to pray with the Imam has greater reward than one who prays and goes to bed. “
The people who get TREMENDOUS reward for the prayer are those who are farthest away from the mosque and they STILL come to pray int he mosque.
Having a mosque in your neighborhood is a blessing. But for those who are deprived of it, they must make a little effort to earn that TREMENDOUS reward. :)