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Explain the different forms of worship used in this religion and how these forms may be helpful to different people.

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Christian Worship Rachel Stevens Religious Studies Coursework b.) Explain the different forms of worship used in this religion and how these forms may be helpful to different people. For Christians, worship is a way of expressing what they believe about Jesus Christ. It is important for them to meet regularly with other believers to worship together. At other times they may worship on their own or with their families. Sunday is the holy day for Christians. They usually gather for worship in a church building. In most Christian groups, members of the congregation take part in the worship. Worship can involve all sorts of activities. Reading the bible, singing hymns, songs and psalms, praying and listening to sermons are all aspects of worship. Church services may vary widely in tone and mood but most contain several of these key elements. For committed Christians, however, worship does not begin and end in church because they dedicate their whole life to God. ...read more.

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Informal worship is non-liturgical worship and is the style of worship that takes place in many Protestant churches. Informal worship does not have set rituals and symbolic actions. These Christians give more importance to Bible reading, prayers, hymns and sermons. There is much more freedom to speak, read from the bible and pray (extempore prayer). This type of worship is much more spontaneous. People might clap their hands or wave their arms in worship. The individual worships in the way he or she wants which might include kneeling quietly or dancing. The worship is often lively with a band playing music including electric guitars and drums. It is often unplanned which allows for spontaneity. In this way people are free to express themselves. They are not embarrassed by their emotions and are not afraid to show their feelings. The people want to hear God speak. Certain people may prefer informal worship because it is not restricted and there is the freedom to worship as they wish. ...read more.

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Each set of beads is called a decade. Each decade is separated by a bead which is more spaced out than the others. As they count the beads while they pray, Roman Catholics are able to think about some of the main events in the lives of Jesus and Mary. At each bead the person praying repeats the Hail Mary. Others might have a quiet time when they are alone to read the bible, pray and listen to God speak to them. They often use daily Bible notes as a guide. Personal worship inspires and strengthens people in their daily lives. When people are alone praying and listening to God they grow close to him and it helps them to live their lives showing Gods love and peace. If they are feeling depressed or lonely, they can know God is there as a friend and he helps them through their lives. Daily worship helps people to be at peace with themselves and others, and to reach out and help and share with other people. Worship enables Christians to give praise and thanks to God and show their love, wonder, commitment and repentance. ...read more.

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