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Worship At UCM
Evelyn Underhill (2001) defines worship thus: "The absolute acknowledgment of all that lies beyond us—the glory that fills heaven and earth. It is the response that conscious beings make to their Creator, to the Eternal Reality from which they came forth; to God, however they may think of Him or recognize Him, and whether He be realized through religion, through nature, through history, through science, art, or human life and character." Worship asserts the reality of its object and defines its meaning by reference to it.
An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.
In the Christian religion, a church is a building or structure to facilitate the meeting of its members. Originally, Jewish Christians met in synagogues,such as the Cenacle, and in one another's homes, known as house churches. As Christianity grew and became more accepted by governments, notably with the Edict of Milan, rooms and, eventually, entire buildings were set aside for the explicit purpose of Christian worship, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. But, this is a description of a church building. The “church” itself is actually the members. At UCM we have a varied group with interests that spam many levels of faith. From atheists to the very devout we try to provide for each individual. Our programs are designed to provide a comfortable, inclusive environment for those who just need the comfort of social interaction to hard core Bible study.
While most of our worship services are during retreats, we do try to have regular formal worship services, not just as praise to God, but also as another learning experience. Many of our students have limited experience with church, or have experience with only one denomination.
While UCM is a non-
“Preach the Gospel where ever you go, use words if necessary”.
St. Francis of Assisi said,
“In Chapter XV II of his Rule of 1221, Francis told the friars not to preach unless they had received the proper permission to do so. Then he added, “Let all the brothers, however, preach by their deeds.”
While this is one of my favorite quotes attributed to St. Francis, and follows the axiom “actions speak louder than words”, there is nothing in actions to separate a Christian, or for that matter a member of any other faith, from an equally moral atheist. It is necessary to proclaim the Word of God, but equally important to live the Word of God.
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