by Tony Nester

The Right Way to Worship
Tony R. Nester
John 4:24

What's the right way to worship God? Christians differ in their answers.

Many of these differences are denominationally based.

Roman Catholics say "mass" and re-enact the sacrifice of Christ's death on the Cross. They uses crucifixes that show Christ on the Cross. Protestants emphasize the finality of the Cross of Christ and use the empty cross to signify the once and complete sacrifice of Christ for all time.

Seventh Day Adventists worship on Saturday because the Bible commanded the people to keep the Sabbath holy, and Saturday is the Sabbath day according to the calendar. We worship on Sunday to because Jesus rose from the dead on a Sunday morning.

The Baptists baptize using only immersion whereas we United Methodists may use sprinkling, or pouring, or immersion.

Missouri Synod Lutherans believe that in Holy Communion the bread and wine are transubstantiated into the very Body and Blood of Christ, where we regard the communion elements as sacred signs.

The Disciples of Christ administer Holy Communion every Sunday, where as we celebrate the Lord's Supper once a month.

Quakers practice silence and have no physical sacraments at all.

Episcopalians follow a prayer book and often use incense and lots of vestments, while we make occasional use of our Book of Worship and don't burn incense on our altar.

Pentecostals speak in tongues, raise their hands, speak words of prophecy, while others find that kind of worship distracting and disturbing. They prefer that all things be done decently and in order.

Whose worship is right and whose wrong?

Let's leave denominational differences aside and just think about the difference preferences about worship we have right here in our own Congregation.

Some of us like liturgical worship while others like a more spontaneous atmosphere.

Some of us only want to sing songs we've sung before, while others want to sing a new song to t ...

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