are worshipping all around us. Whether it be the latest piece of
technology, a fashion accessory, desire for celebrity or a local
football team, we are surrounded by people who dedicate their lives
to following, and praising people, and desiring products.
Worship - the showing of reverence and regard to an object, person
or deity - is everywhere we look.
The challenge we face is to be equipped to worship God "in
spirit and in truth" (John 4:24) rather than being distracted by
all the other temptations around and about us. But this is nothing
The apostle Paul describes worship like this:
"So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your
everyday, ordinary life - your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and
walking-around life - and place it before God as an offering.
Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for
God. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit
into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God.
You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what God
wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture
around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in
you." (Romans 12:1-2) (The Message)
Worship involves our whole being. Worship comes from the
realisation that "God is good". God's grace, mercy and love, are
shown through everything God has given to us. God freely gives
abundant gifts to us: joy, faith to make us whole, healing,
comfort, strength, wisdom, hope, patience, kindness, forgiveness,
reconciliation, freedom, intercession and much more. When we
consider the signs and gifts of God's love we want to offer our
praise and thanksgiving - in other words, our worship!
Offering our "everyday, ordinary life … as an offering" means
exactly that - giving to God all of our selves, all of our
humanness - our hearts, minds, hands, thoughts, attitudes.
Everything is to be presented to God in worship.
- Worship is something more than our personal devotionsor public
acts of worship. It is a way of living and a way of life.
- Worship includes our hymnody, and is more than this.
- Worship is about our prayers, and is more than this.
- Worship is about setting time aside to be with God and to hear
God's voice, and know God's blessing. It is also more than
- Worship is about the places we go, and the space we find to put
God first in our lives; and it is more than this.
- Worship is what we do on our own - and it is magnified when we
worship with others.
- Worship can happen in crowded rooms with loud music, and in
quiet spaces with a small number of people. We can worship God with
others and on our own; in the garden, the shower, inside, outside,
in church, in the kitchen …
Where do you worship God?
In this section of the website, a range of areas will help you
to develop your thoughts and practices of worship.
the Resources section,
there is material to help think through the question: What is
worship? This includes resources for different elements of worship,
different seasons of the liturgical year, and ideas for special
services and specific contexts.
Links and more ideas offers links
and suggestions for external agencies, places and organisations who
provide training for preaching and worship leading. There are also
plenty of links to downloadable resources to help you construct
your own acts of worship for yourself, for groups and for
the Stories section is your
opportunity to share with other people the ways and places where
you have worshipped God: Creator, Saviour and Sustainer.
- ResourcesSuggestions and ResourcesRead more
- Links and more ideasResources to help you further explore worshipRead more
- StoriesA lively and interactive worship experience for all ages in the Leeds DistrictRead more