Thank you for submitting your answers for Worship, Class 1. As this is mainly a survey of you and your church’s worship habits, there are no right or wrong answers. However, I have included some of my thoughts on some of the questions below.
According to responses by students, most say that their church has some sort of prayer service sometime throughout the week that specifically prays for the worship service. A high percentage, probably 75%, also claim to personally spend time preparing for the service. Despite these responses, I have a hard time believing these numbers as they do not reflect my own experience.
Churches that have a mid week service with time set aside for Bible study and prayer see a fairly low attendance. Some churches are built strongly on small groups, but I’ve witnessed an average of about 25% attend a mid week service. So, even though many churches have a time for prayer, a small number of people actually take advantage of it.
As for personal preparation, more is apparently needed. There must be some confusion about worship because far too often I have heard people complain that they do not get enough out of worship. If preparation is preparing oneself for what they can get out of worship, this would explain the problem. Worship is to be about God and not about us. This will be looked at more deeply in future lessons.
How do you define worship?
Worship is literally recognizing something as worthy of our praise and admiration. Worship is not listening to a sermon or fellowshipping with other Christians. These things often take place during what we consider a “worship” service and there is nothing wrong with that. However, during our worship service, our focus should be on glorifying God, not other things. This will be discussed in more depth in the next class.
Many consider their service to be a blended one today. This incorporates parts of different types of services while inheriting both the strengths and weaknesses of each type of service. Ideally the church will maximize the strengths while minimizing the weaknesses.
Beyond blended, the next highest occurrence of styles is between praise and worship and revivalist. At the bottom is traditional and liturgical services.