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EXPEBIENCE OF WOR'SHIP rr!' i!

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"The ultimate task of f he reilewal of worship will lie ,rct irt rhe developnrc,,t oJ'newforms but ln f he ciealion (formation, growth, and niaturity) of God's 'new people'."

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'fhree (3) Primary Patterns of Worship Program Design (Moods): A service designed to start vigorously arrd triurnphantly, progress to a rrpre meditative and reflective rnood, and then rise to a triumphal conclusion.

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Creation Gen. 1,2 Cll'ist-event: Joyful Nerv Year

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The service r,vhich starts in a more reverent, quiet nrcod arrd build to an e.xhilarated, victorious declaration

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The model lhat reflects the direction torvard a quiet, nreditixive cleparture lronr a tirne aggressive and conlldent celebration, Slight reverse of niodcl#2.

Bases: Ecclessiastic mood. Search for nreaning. purpose, rvisdour arrd lrighcst good.

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Inregrating a Scientific Theory: People Perceii,e Messages ('fruth) in lbur (4) Ways: 1. Visuaily - rvhat one sees: Aesthetic beauty (art). order, colors, syurbols, sizes. arrangements. 2. Audibly - rvhat one hears: Quality music, pleasant sound, silent ancl quietness, urgent ald intensity, comlbrt, restful, triumphant and nrerry.

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Kinesthetica[y - what one feels (do anll srnells): moving, feeling, touching, u'armth, joy, hope, fragrarrce, zea\ etc. Digitically - v-/haf orp thinks (calculate/reasons out): truth (facts and values), depth and breadth of tnrth (confent)

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io that it rvill be: Exciting, Healing, Nurturing, and Transforming! (Leaders and facilitators need to contend for a spirit of praise an<l worship, such that it is pleasing to God and His bles.sings florv freely and abundantly to FIis rvorshippers.) Reference: Westerbrook, Vernoon, 'oEvaluating Worship in Your Church," Church .4dnitistration (Oct. 1987), pp. l 5-1 6.

Reflcct orr tlrc Qucstion: "l{}ral tvoukl txsr.rhip be tike if God ptlattrrcd it?" \\brship rvill tre Cod-centered. Goil is the sole auclience and the congregation performs. 2. Worship',vi11be inspired/energized by the Floly Spirit. Grieve not, resist not, the Floly Spirit but allorved to do Flis rvork in us and through us (Spirittral gifts) anrong and betr,vecn us (Be filled, be led, walk in the Spirit). 3. \\'orship rvill Lre done according to the Scriptures (2 Tirn. 3:16-17). 4. Wt'rrsliip rvill be participatory. lt \4,ill involve actively all the worshippers (no spectatorisrlT rlo morropoly or superstar complex, whatsoever!). Leaders / Facilitators are huildcrs of parricipatory environrnent, prompters and enablers of the congregation to

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perl icipate. \diorship r.vill be evaluated: t1leologicall.1,, historically, pastoralll,, culturally, including artisticaliy! Who evaluates? Scope arrd aspects, lvhat to do rvith tlie results of evaluation grorvth, i'el1e\r./, changes lor the better:!
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C'onsider tirc N4otivations {br Worship (Paul Pruystr, l)1tv1ct177ic I'syc1v61ot, r1f'Religion, iclentifics four [4] motivational reasons behind the r.vorh that goes on in v,,orship):

We rvorship to conlonn / to imitate God (Cornmonism) a) N4an is created in thc In-rage of God. We har,e decp needs, desires, Iongings, aspirations (Psalm 40). lv{an as Cod's child * Ilph. 5: t - ."r'e \\'ant to irnitate on a snrall scale (ritualistically, b) syrrtrclically) rvhat Cocl does on a large scale realistically. We foliou, after Jesus Cliui:;t (Baplism, Lord's Suppcr, p{rrticipation in FIis lile and mission). 2. \\/r. u.'orship to placatc / restituLion i appease (PEACE) a) h4:rrr a sinner / tlansgressclr - tlrcre are acts by u'hich \\re rlra)' rcstore ourselves: con {bssion o{- rnisrleeils rcpr-rtalion / posturc i.c. knceling. proslration be{bre the altar / gifts of mottey, unclertaking menial or cliflrcult tasks to obtain restitution of guilt, estrangelnent, alicnation (one .r'onclers irorv rnany'of church tn'.:nrbcrs unconsciousll' Iook upon acts of u,orship as a tneans of placating arl angry Go<lor biirgain to obtain {it,or {iom A stem, stingv, strict, Irather-Cod!) 3. \,\/e q'orshill 1i) conllrlemorate (rernerntrcr) a) lRounrl o{'lcstivals and seasons coinmer.norates the great evertts of the {hith lncl recrcirtcs anil rr--nclcrs contcnrporilry tliese events. It seeks to recapture the origirral si{rration tlrat is tcl be celebraterl and emphitsizes also lirture exper:tations. b) lixpect a resistarrce to liturgical innovations rvhen commernorative aspect in
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+ express t}re rnture oftributc ttnt tend$ tCI nhance spontaneity of action and freedom of form in rvorship. + Tinte for ecstatb rnornents ard unplanned intrusion when compulsiveness gives way to impulsiveness, decorumgives way to warmth and fervor, inhibition - release of physical and psychic energy yet re-invigorates. ) (Predictability of structure and liturgical sameness enable the rvorshippers to participate without having to think about it, without having to worry about rvhat is going to happen next. Worshippers are liberated to wander into the untrodden paths of praise and prayer!)
Note: Worship is a huuran activity tied up with thc complexitics of lurnran ncctl and motivation. 'flre activity we observe in worship is a basic, natural lrurnarr activity; observc irt all cultures and society. [n worship. "basic" filndarnental hurn:rn nccds aro l]rct. Alusejulyo{sbip: a hindrance to grorvth. It rnay rc-inlorcc dcstructive processes that are operative in a person's lilb: F judgmental / legalistic F foster inrages of tire Pastor (er,cryone's liattrer/Mother) on divirrcly ordained
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Variou-s Pattenm of Worship: 1. Tatrernacle Worship

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