What Is Worship?

On Sunday the adult formation group had a lively discussion about worship. We explored these questions: what is worship, what is most meaningful to you in a service of worship, what does it mean to worship God in spirit and in truth, is regular attendance in corporate worship important? We just scratched the surface!
 
Worship of God is expressed in many forms. St. Paul urged the Roman Christians to present their bodies to God as a living sacrifice as an act of worship. Worship is something we do in private or small groups or in a larger congregation. It includes adoration, thanksgiving, hearing and reflecting on Scripture, and celebrating the sacraments. The discipline of worship in community is regularly gathering to thank, praise and dwell with God. Regular participation in worship with the community is not just about what we receive from it, but also what we are able to share with the larger group. Just our physical presence can be an encouragement to others. We read and discussed the following passages from Scripture:
  • John 4:7–24
  • Acts 2:44–47
  • 1 Corinthians 14:23–25
Reflect on these and on the questions listed above. As part of your Lenten journey, participate in corporate worship as much as possible. There are plenty of opportunities!
 
On the Way,
—Fr. Steve+