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Gathering with the community of the baptized for worship is one way that we encounter God. When do you encounter God in worship?
Three versons of music: regular hymns, instrumentally and by an unfamiliar vocal solo
I feel closest to God during Holy Communion, and every time a baby is baptized in our church. Both sacraments bring me to tears on most occassions, especially when I serve communion. I love it....not the tears....but truly experiencing the meaning of the sacraments.
I worship monthly at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women. It is in that place and with those women that I most often encounter God.
I encounter God at the close of communion. We come to the altar, receive communion and join hands with one another for prayer before we return to our seats. This moment is so moving to me. I am so touched standing beneath the cross with my fellow christians each Sunday. I know that God is at work at that very moment -- We leave there changed!
I encounter God at different points in worship on different days. One Sunday it may be a hymn or other song of praise that grabs me and causes my heart to swell. On another day it may be a prayer. There are some sermons that touch me, leaving me shaken by the Spirit. Baptism. Confirmation. Confession. Group worship during mission trips. And sometimes I'll open a hymnal and see my mother-in-law's name and feel the presence of God, knowing she's with him.
I encounter God most often during communion, sitting quietly, watching others take communion and sensing the Holy Spirit entering their lives.
I encounter God everywhere in worship: the liturgy, hymns, faces of people, the Word, Sacrament, the parking lot upon entering church. Martin Luther claimed he found God at worship in his cabbage soup!
I encounter God in the people, the music, and in the little quiet moments during the service.
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