Worship

DD Worship iconPeople 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 new!

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 this.
  • 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.

DD Explore iconIn 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.

DD Further Resources iconLinks 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 congregations.

DD Stories iconFinally the Stories section is your opportunity to share with other people the ways and places where you have worshipped God: Creator, Saviour and Sustainer.

  • ResourcesExploreSuggestions and ResourcesRead more  
  • Links and more ideasFurther ResourcesResources to help you further explore worshipRead more  
  • StoriesStoriesA lively and interactive worship experience for all ages in the Leeds DistrictRead more  
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