Worship #MoreThanSunday

Why Worship? – Our Diocese’s interesting #MoreThanSunday  initiative – encourages exploration and growth in faith. The Diocesan website comments “We hope that #MoreThanSunday will not only deepen our faith and increase our engagement with our communities, but also connect us with other people who share our faith and our discipleship journey.”

Each month a specific theme for thought, discussion and prayer is chosen. Here on our church blog we’re joining in and posting a blog post from a church member about the month’s theme. Here’s a reflection from Amar on the theme of WORSHIP

Amar recently finished a course to become an Authorised Lay Minister (ALM) at church with a particular focus on worship, he comments:

Worship is about connecting with God. Nature gives praise to God, and we have good lives through the gift of Life. As we connect with God in worship – prayer – we become positive in our attitude to life. It enables us to see others in a positive light, and to value one’s self.

The ALM course enabled me to experiment and experience different ways to approach and think about worship – especially the use of music, and to use and embrace silence. Silence especially allows me to connect with God, to enter more fully into God’s presence, and to receive from God.

At our church we can connect with God in the intimacy of Vespers, and also we can value the diversity and larger Christian community at Sunday Mass. The Forty Hours Devotion at Corpus Christi tide gave me and others, the opportunity to experience the special aspect of Worship and the Blessed Sacrament. The Anglican church is very broad and I value St C’s special inclusive Catholic stance.

During the ALM course I helped about create a Liturgy for Advent, which I hopes to share in Advent this year. I experienced diversity in preaching – and came to realise that there are many ways to approach and interpret the Gospel. I also came to see the importance of personal reflection and application of the words and stories. The prayerful and contemplative characteristic of the Psalms in both old and more modern translations, became special to me.

I have come more and more to value the structure of worship. This structure helps us to pray and connect as a community. I really enjoy serving at the Altar, and helping others journey in faith.

The ALM course was very good and I recommend it to others at Church.

Thank you to Amar for this month’s #MoreThanSunday contribution.

About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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