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1 - 1/2 hrs (depending on group size)
In our day-to-day lives even the most ordinary events, objects or moments can take on spiritual significance, reminding us of a truth about God and inspiring us to worship him.
This worship activity is a way of celebrating what inspires us to worship and a simple yet creative way of expressing 1 Corinthians 14:26:
‘When you gather for worship, each one of you be prepared with something that will be useful for all: Sing a hymn, teach a lesson, tell a story, lead a prayer, provide an insight.’
Before you meet, ask each member of your group to bring something that inspires them to worship God and to be prepared to explain why.
This could be anything; a picture or a photograph; a song or a piece of music; a book or a poem; a story from their life or the life of someone else. Give them suggestions if they are stuck for ideas but allow them be creative in what they bring.
When you meet, invite each member one-by-one to share what they have brought and to explain why it inspires them to worship. Remember this could be a really intimidating activity for some people; as you lead be encouraging and thank each individual after their contribution.
You could do this activity after you’ve eaten (if you're eating together) or intersperse people’s contributions throughout the evening, if you prefer.
Use the above idea but change the theme from inspired to worship to a particular attribute of God.
You could create a new psalm together using the alphabet. Put all the letters of the alphabet into a bowl and ask each member of the group to take one (or more depending on group size). Ask the group to write a line about God beginning with the letter they have. Read them out in order.
Ask each person to write a sentence of praise or a reason why we should worship God on a piece of paper and fold it up. Collect the pieces of paper in a bowl and then ask each member to take one. Read them aloud one by one and loudly respond with the word ‘Hallelujah’ together. (Hallelujah is a Hebrew word meaning ‘praise the Lord’.)
Read Psalm 105:1-5 as a blessing before you leave.
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