W is for Worship

The word worship derives from the Saxon term ‘worthship’, used to indicate an attitude of homage.

The New Testament doesn’t give a full description of early Christian worship but we’re able to snatch glimpses of what it included: prayer, singing, teaching, reading of scripture and observance of the Lord’s Supper. By the second century, we know that Christians met on Sundays and read the writings of the prophets and apostles, following which there was a sermon. The congregation prayed and shared in the Lord’s Supper, and money was collected for the needy.

Worship isn’t so very different today, even though we’re currently having to resort to online and other forms of remote sharing, and that’s because worship isn’t about us; it’s about paying homage to our wonderful, awesome, triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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