Worship & spirituality
Moving into a new home, or the break-up of a marriage, or the termination of a pregnancy might not be the kinds of occasions where you’d think of calling on a church minister to hold a service. But they are among the services which the Uniting Church in Australia wants its ministers to be able to offer.
Worship is one way in which people respond to the God who gives them life. When they worship they come together to be reminded of God's faithfulness and goodness, to hear God's word and to respond in praise, thanksgiving, confession of sins, acceptance of forgiveness, prayer for themselves and for the world and in rededicating themselves in God's service.
Worship has a central place in the Christian life. In worship believers renew their awareness of God, affirm the fellowship they have with each other and are equipped to live their daily lives as Christians.
Good liturgy is liturgy that’s not only understandable but connects with life as a whole, rather than encourages people to hide away from life in a secure church box. It has a dimension that’s evocative and connects with the meaning that people are seeking deeper inside. It uses words that people use during the week, but it also has a sense of poetry. It uses imagery that enables an emotional connection; that connects head and heart.