This GCSE RE quiz takes a look at where and how Christians worship. Christianity covers such a length and breadth of traditions, that there are almost infinite variations and gradations in where and how different denominations set about their worship.
It seems naturally reasonable that a group of believers who share their faith will wish, at least sometimes and probably regularly, to meet and celebrate it, and to evolve forms of words &/or gestures &/or music through which to do this in an agreedly effective and atmospheric fashion. From the early disciples and apostles in the Upper Room, to the vast open-air services held (for instance) when the Pope goes on tour, to the sharing of thoughts and prayers through broadcast media and the Web, worship has developed in many forms and guises.
But what characterises true Christian worship, in these or other arenas, will probably be a deep pattern moving from confession (to God, of one’s shortcomings) to study of the Scriptures through reading and exposition, to prayer for the wider Christian community and world at large, along with specific needs (the ill or troubled; world or local issues for which God’s guidance is sought). The core observance, as instituted by Jesus Himself at the Last Supper, is the Holy Communion (it goes by a variety of other names) in which His supreme sacrifice was foreshadowed and is since commemorated.
Worship may be formal, with a codified liturgy (traditionally in a service-book) and led by some form of priest or president, and maybe including stages where all present express and explore their beliefs through music; or it may just be a small number of believers coming together to pray ‘as the Spirit moves’, with or through music or indeed using none at all. Contemplative worship may indeed even be offered in sincere silence.
Please note that we have separate quizzes covering Rites of Passage (from birth/naming to death, via marriage) and Festivals (e.g. Christmas and Easter), but that still leaves quite a range as you'll shortly see!
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