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    The Spiritual Discipline of Worship

    April 25, 2020
    Having celebrated Easter Sunday, we are moving through the church calendar’s marking of the Easter season. Consistent with this season’s celebration of new life and a new way of life together, we continue our consideration of habits, practices or disciplines to incorporate into the upcoming week (based on “Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us” by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun). The practice suggested for this third Sunday of Easter is simply “Worship.” The worship that is communal and an in-person gathering of God’s people is one of the things that many of us are missing these days. However, it is a discipline that consists of far more than just showing up on a Sunday. Calhoun says: “Worship happens whenever we intentionally cherish God and value him above all else in life. Worship reveals what is important to us.” She says that worship involves keeping company with Jesus no matter what happens (including Cov-19 conditions) and it allows us to fulfill our deep-seated and God-given longing to adore and praise our Creator. Worship is closely associated with the word ‘serve’ and impacts daily living. The Old Testament prophets frequently spoke out against the inconsistencies between people’s acts of worship and their lack of daily practicing of love toward neighbour and care of the poor and disadvantaged. People following the Risen Christ in this season of Easter take up worship of God with extra vigour every day of the week and align that worship with faithful practice of neighbour love.   EGN