Where do Christians Worship?
We don’t need a special building, a special day or a special time to worship God. We don’t come into the presence of God when we enter a church building and we don’t leave his presence when the service is over. God is everywhere, all the time and we can Meet with God Every Day.
When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy. Psalm 122:1
Worship is often thought of only as services in which Christians gather together in a church building, however, worship can take place anywhere and individual Christians can, do and should also worship God on their own in a variety of places. One of the most profound inscriptions I have seen was a sign above a church door. It said... “You are now Entering a Place of Worship”. You might say there’s nothing strange in that, but it was an inscription on the inside of the doorway which could be read as you left the church!
You can worship God from your couch with your Bible, prayers and occasional songs of praise. You can also worship God in the woods by lifting up your voice to him as you gaze upon his beautiful, awe-struck creation. With the Holy Spirit inside of you, you can worship God anywhere, collectively or individually.
We can worship God anywhere, at any time.
However, if you want to go to church and your new to an area or have just decided you’d like to return to church I suggest you do some research. You may find you have several churches within a reasonable distance of your home. Try them out. Go a few times and get a feel for the church community and see whether that is the right place for you. You may have no experience of church and need to see what it’s all about. Alternatively you may have been used to worshiping within one specific denomination or following one specific worship style but when you go there it feels different or doesn’t offer what you are looking for. You may have previously been in the local choir or want children’s activities and the denomination you usually attend doesn’t offer that. Shop around. It’s important to feel comfortable with the form of worship and those you worship with.
Over the years I’ve worshiped within the Church of England, Methodist, United Reform, Baptist and Roman Catholic Churches. Now I haven’t been church hopping. It just happens that each of those has been the right place for me at that time in my life. However, for most of my life I’ve worshiped within the Church of England where I am now an ordained minister.
Shop around. It’s important to feel comfortable with the form of worship and those you worship with.
Through this website I will try to share my views and experiences of Meeting God in the Everyday.
I am a wife, sister, friend and in the past I have been a nurse in the NHS, an Acupuncturist and since 2014 I've been an ordained minister in the Church of England. At the moment I am the vicar of four rural parishes in South Warwickshire.
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Some people may say it’s wrong to try out churches but different churches, even within the same denomination, will use very different styles of worship. Even within the Church of England I have found a very wide range of forms of worship from the very formal to the informal, high Anglo-Catholic to Charismatic. Some will be elaborate, with a choir singing difficult music, others will hand the music over to the congregation, who sing simpler hymns or worship songs.
Of course all churches encourage the full participation of the congregation in praising God with heart, mind, and soul, but some churches give the congregation more physical participation. Christian worship involves praising God in music and speech, readings from scripture, prayers of various sorts, a sermon, and various holy ceremonies such as the Eucharist and as I’ve said the way this is done can be vary varied.
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