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                                                                  The Church and its worship
The word worship comes from an old English word weorthschipe meaning ‘to give worth or value to someone or something’. To worship as a Christian means to give God the glory, worth and honour that is his by right. People have always worshipped. It’s as though, deep within all human beings is the instinct to worship something or someone.
The Bible shows us that, as people became more aware of God, so their worship developed. By the time of King David, worship was highly organised, and involved music. You can read about this in 1 Chronicles 15. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the first Christians began to develop their own patterns of worship. They chose Sunday as the main day of celebration, because that was the day on which Jesus rose from the dead.
Christian worship is something God’s people do together. Our own personal Christian faith is really important, but we are also part of something much bigger – the Christian Church. In the Bible, St Paul reminds us that the Church is rather like a body, with lots of different parts, each with their own jobs to do (1 Corinthians 12:12–31). None of us can work properly without the other parts of the body. It’s important to worship God and serve him together.

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