Passionate Worship – Day 8

passionate-worshipBishop Robert Schnase’s definition:

‘Passionate Worship, whether traditional or contemporary, means an extraordinary eagerness to offer the best in worship, honouring God with excellence and with an unusual clarity about the purpose of connecting people to God. It is worship that is not dry, routine, or boring, keeping the form while lacking the spirit. It is not performance; it is devotion and celebration expressing our love of God.’

Reading:
‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me’ (Exodus 8 v. 1)

Reflection:
‘God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. We don’t attend worship to squeeze God into our lives; we seek to meld our lives into God’s….
Worship forms communities, shapes souls, corrects self-interest, and binds people to each other and to God….
God’s Spirit changes us through worship.’

What is your earliest positive memory of worship?
What made it memorable and positive?
Who was with you, and where were you?
What did you learn?

Prayer:
Holy Father,
help me to look beyond myself
and see the world through Your eyes.
May I continually be changed
through my worship of You.
AMEN.

Challenge:
Think about all the places where you have worshiped – buildings, chapels, outdoors, weddings, funerals, retreats, at home. What do you think is God’s intention for calling us to worship?

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