Christianity: practices – WORSHIP

Worship – Acts of religious praise, love and devotion


Why worship?

Worship allows Christians to praise and thank God for His blessings, to ask for forgiveness for sin or to seek God’s help for themselves and others.

Forms of Worship

Liturgical worship – This form of worship follows a set pattern of worship. This is called liturgical worship. In this form of worship a priest leads the congregation in prayers that have a set response. Bible passa ges will be read out and the priest may perform symbolic actions, which have a specific meaning eg communion where the bread and wine is shared with the congregation. This type of worship is often referred to as formal in nature.


Non liturgical worship – This is worship that does not have a set order or ritual. There is much emphasis on the Bible and it may change each time.


Informal worship – This may take the form of individual prayers or sharing of thoughts. An example of this could be Quaker worship where a believer may sit silent until they feel God’s spirit encouraging them to speak. This form of worship is often likened to the worship carried out by the early Christians. It has a much more relaxed feel. Some informal worship is ‘charismatic’ led by the Holy Spirit. It may involve dancing, clapping and speaking in tongues.


Private worship – Allows individuals to spend time with God, either alone or with close friends and family. It may involve prayer, study or meditating on a Bible passage. Roman Catholics may use a set of Rosary beads to help them focus on prayer.


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