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"Best.Worship.Ever." (What is The Best Worship You Ever Experienced?)
1800Gospel.com ^ | 16 Apr 08

Posted on 08/05/2011 4:15:49 PM PDT by xzins

The following is notes taken by a member of Joel Osteen's church on a day a substitute was preaching. That's not really the point.

What is the best worship experience you ever had?

For me, I can think of a few:

1. The Cincinnati Billy Graham Crusade in Jul 2002. Third Day and Gaithers sang. Third Day was clearly led by the Spirit. Graham gave a simple sermon about the prodigal son that touched thousands of hearts. The simplicity of the message and appeal stunned me. An amazing event.

2. The year I was ordained Deacon in our denomination, the preacher was Bishop Kenneth Goodson from Mississippi(?) I believe. His sermon was "Is there any Hope?" and I was rapt by the question and the simple answer. (Yes. Jesus)

3. A Todd Agnew concert a few years back. A contemporary Christian musician who'd speak between songs. The music thrilled, but the message was basically, "If you're bee-bopping to the beat, then you're missing the point. This is about worshipping Almighty God." The message was direct and extremely convicting.

What was/were your best worship experience(s) ever? What made it so?

Whether or not you like Joel Osteen isn't the point, but the writer below shared a worship experience that meant something to him.


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: piety; worship
Notes From Lakewood Church-Best.Worship.Ever. April 16, 2008 Notes From My Church

PLACE: Lakewood Church-Houston, Tx, Joel Osteen, Pastor

DATE: Saturday, March 12, 2008

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

THE MUSIC: Worship Team: Steve Crawford, Da’dra Crawford Greathouse, Israel Houghton, Choir & Band Songs: Here I Am To Worship, We Win, Great in Power, Forever, Friend of God, Free To Worship Ok, the title is a bit misleading because I think that every worship service is great. The atmosphere is always charged with excitement to enter into God’s presence. Everywhere you look you see faces of joy and anticipation.

Missed Cindy, but Steve, Da’dra, & Israel did a great job. One of my favorite worship songs to hear is “Forever.” I love the melody of the song and the words are simple and right on target. God is all around and it will always be that way. This song gently reminds me to stop stressing out and remember that God’s love and grace is enduring.

Forever God is faithful, Forever God is strong, Forever God is with us, Forever and ever. The Kids team is doing a great job with the kids choir. They were every bit of cute in their red and black and full of energy! They sung “My Number One” from the Hillsong Kids CD, which struck me as a great song for kids to learn. Great way to deposit that Jesus should always be number one in our lives. Loved the little rap part with the three little boys! Be sure to catch what Pastor Marcos said one of the little boys asked him after the song.

THE MESSAGE:

Scripture References:Mark 16, Psalm 63, Romans 10:14 Subject: Being A Messenger of the Best News

Quick Notes From The Sermon: The message was given by Spanish Pastor Marcos Witt, who’s unique and comical style never fails to get the message across clearly. He said that because we are always surrounded by bad news, good news is always fun to share. In true Marcos style he had a Houston Chronicle newspaper that he thumbed through reading off the news. He had the audience laughing when he said, “there’s an article that says that Marcos Witt will stop losing hair and stop gaining weight.”

Pastor Witt said that we should be excited about being good stewards of the message of Jesus Christ, the best message that humanity has ever had the priviledge to hear. Gospel is a Greek word that means “good news or good tidings”. He said that because of the blood of Jesus Christ our sin debt has been paid. Because our debt has been paid we should not let the enemy bring up past sins. The past has not only been forgiven, but forgotten.

God has a plan and a purpose for everything, and the good news of Jesus Christ assures us of hope for eternal life and assurance of salvation. Jesus gives us the confidence to know that we’ve been saved. Pastor Witt said that it’s exciting to him and other leaders to see Jesus Christ change lives. He said the message changes lives permanently and despair is replaced with hope. Pastor Witt said that we should give thought to how we’ll feel when we get to heaven and see all those we shared the gospel with. He ended with “Thank You For Giving to the Lord” by Ray Boltz.

**These are my quick notes from the sermon. To get the full effect you can watch this service and other archived services at Lakewood’s website or Pastor Joel’swebsite. You can also sign up for the free podcasts or call 1-800-487-0565 for copies of the sermons.

THE ATMOSPHERE: Being able to share the good news with others is an important part of being a believer. Pastor Marcos shared four tips for doing so:

1. Very simply share your story. 2. Be excited when you share. 3. Don’t cram it down their throat. 4. Don’t beat them over the head. The grace of the Gospel is that we sow the seed and the Holy Spirit does the work.

**************************************************************************** My vision for Notes From My Church is for others to share what is going on in their church services. I would love to hear what is going on in other places of worship. Let’s all share and encourage each other. It doesn’t have to be long, fancy, or perfect. Just place it in the following format: The Music, The Message, The Atmosphere and e-mail it to me at dominique@1800gospel.com. I’m looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks!

1 posted on 08/05/2011 4:15:58 PM PDT by xzins
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To: xzins

The best ever, the Latin Mass of my youih, in a Church guided by its traditions rather than a quest for modernity.


2 posted on 08/05/2011 4:21:37 PM PDT by steve8714 (Did anyone else note the "Howlin' Commandos" in the Captain America Movie?)
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To: steve8714

The best for me: last year, my first Latin Mass in 42 years, with my oldest daughter at my side.


3 posted on 08/05/2011 4:29:40 PM PDT by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: xzins

The Latin Mass, every Sunday at 9 am.


4 posted on 08/05/2011 4:30:00 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: xzins

***2. The year I was ordained Deacon in our denomination, the preacher was Bishop Kenneth Goodson from Mississippi(?) I believe. His sermon was “Is there any Hope?” and I was rapt by the question and the simple answer. (Yes. Jesus) ***

I’m sorry, X, that was just too funny. You - being ordained as Deacon. The Preacher - “Is there any hope?”


5 posted on 08/05/2011 4:33:51 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: xzins

Walking alone about the grounds of New Skete Monastery on a peaceful winter day just before Christmas in 2008.


6 posted on 08/05/2011 4:35:08 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: xzins

So many different types/styles of worship I have loved.

My church normally has quite up-beat music. Sometimes we host folks that are not used to that style. It is fun to see them get out of their chairs and move a bit. I tell my kids that it is biblical to dance until your family is embarrassed (see King David).

Other times we have a very quiet time, and I love to see folks get uncomfortable. When the music/singing stop, and everything gets quiet.

Other times I enjoy listening to folks like Keith Green or Misty Edwards at work. When work is going well and I am able to get lost in what I am hearing and doing, amazing times.

Probably my 2 favorite times were the first time my newborn daughters came to church. Something about worshipping God while holding a newborn...my newborn.

We need to learn to worship where we are - where ever that may be. A storm-tossed ship, sitting in prison, or even under the weight of a great injustice. (Hoping my heart checks this post later...)


7 posted on 08/05/2011 4:45:54 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: xzins

Latin Mass at 1215 every Sunday with my DH.


8 posted on 08/05/2011 4:51:55 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: xzins

Joel Osteen is a charlatan.

Best worship? Friday morning devotional at hymn-writing school.


9 posted on 08/05/2011 4:59:38 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: xzins

Men’s rally at Promise Keepers

70,000 men singing from their hearts and souls unafraid to show their true spiritual self

Extremely moving and powerful The Holy Spirit was abounding


10 posted on 08/05/2011 5:03:43 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: xzins

The place - St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Mint Hill, NC.

Date - Saturday night before Pentecost, 2011

Music - by Geovanny Marroquin (keyboard and vocals) and the congregation
Backup lightning, thunder, and deafening downpours by God.

The Message - The love of God is poured out for us through the Holy Spirit whom He sends us.

Preaching by Deacon Rafael, Brother Cristiano, Brother Vicente, Brother Roberto, and Sister Marliney. Salvadoran cuisine by Sister Andrea and Sister Maybelline. (I don’t like their tamales as much as the Mexican style, but I didn’t say so ;-).

A marvelous experience - from 7:00 to midnight - with our Spanish Charismatic group. Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Rosary. Singing and dancing. Wonderful lessons based on Scripture and real life, and I even understood most of the jokes. Verified healings, including one I experienced personally.

I have a wonderful worship experience every Sunday in my church - even when I’m leading the choir and wrangling all the byos - but when I can attend the Grupo Carismatico, it’s a special time of refreshment for me. My family doesn’t speak Spanish, and our schedule doesn’t often permit me to take that time away. I’m sort of a mascot for them: a non-hispanic charismatic who appreciates their music, prayer and culture, and has even more children than they do!

Only the complete “Grupo Kerygma,” Geovanny’s band, with their knockout lead guitarist Francisco, would have made the Pentecost Vigil even more terrific.


11 posted on 08/05/2011 5:03:57 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: xzins

My answer is not meant to be sanctimonious or self-righteous.

My best worship is privately between me and God. Not at some “Worship-Fest.”


12 posted on 08/05/2011 5:13:18 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Popman
Men’s rally at Promise Keepers

Ditto that, we had 50K at the Oakland Colosseum and hooked up via live video with 50K at Soldier Field in Chicago one year. That was awesome.

13 posted on 08/05/2011 5:27:29 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: xzins

Every Easter Vigil Mass (starts around 11:00 pm) with 25 new Catholics came into the church in my parish.

Now xx that xx all the Catholic Churches around.

The Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation are administered to these new Catholics and Catholics coming into full communion with the Catholic Church/those who needed Confirmation only.


14 posted on 08/05/2011 5:28:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: xzins

Westminster Abbey. We went in to tour on a Sunday morning and the usher told us the tombs were closed, but we were welcome to sit for the service. They sat us in the knights 900 year old carved wood choir stalls. Then the Westminster Boys Choir came in and sat in the stalls on the other side of the aisle. The music was so moving both my husband and I had tears in our eyes. I’ll never forget it. Incredible.


15 posted on 08/05/2011 5:40:06 PM PDT by Lynne
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To: xzins

Odd. I have never been worshipped, so I am unable to answer. It isn’t about the worshipper, it is about the Worshipped. Ask Him.


16 posted on 08/05/2011 5:47:02 PM PDT by Tzfat
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To: irishtenor
Smart aleck. LOL!
17 posted on 08/05/2011 5:48:07 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Tzfat

Well said.


18 posted on 08/05/2011 6:09:31 PM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears
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To: Tzfat; Alamo-Girl

You have a good point....to a point.

Since glorifying and worshipping God is the fulfillment of our purpose, then there is great satisfaction in that.

“To Him be the glory and the power, forever and ever.” 1 Peter 4:11


19 posted on 08/05/2011 6:11:46 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Lynne

We would have a wonderful time of reflection and worship when we would attend vespers at the Abbey of St Hildegard near Rudesheim, Germany. The sisters would enter unseen and one would hear their clogs as they took their places. The sanctuary would be filled with their chant. Beautiful, magical, on a hillside overlooking acres of grapes alongside the Rhine.


20 posted on 08/05/2011 6:15:25 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: xzins

The Corpus Christi procession 2007-present. Every year as Mass ends, we visit the three shrines and do various litanies and then head back into a dimmed church with gold candelabra in the sanctuary for Benediction. It’s just beautiful.


21 posted on 08/05/2011 6:21:15 PM PDT by Desdemona ( If trusting the men in the clergy was a requirement for Faith, there would be no one in the pews.)
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To: Popman

We weren’t 70,000 strong, but chapel at Asbury Seminary with hundreds of male voices harmonizing on Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be” was always powerful and moving.

And can it be that I should gain and interest in the Savior’s blood. Died He for me who caused His pain; for me who Him to death pursued.

Amazing Love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me! Amazing Love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me!


22 posted on 08/05/2011 6:26:49 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: Popman

We weren’t 70,000 strong, but chapel at Asbury Seminary with hundreds of male voices harmonizing on Charles Wesley’s “And Can It Be” was always powerful and moving.

And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior’s blood. Died He for me who caused His pain; for me who Him to death pursued.

Amazing Love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me! Amazing Love! How can it be, that Thou my God, shouldst die for me!


23 posted on 08/05/2011 6:27:06 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: xzins

in downtown denver, near the rescue mission...sidewalks were littered with people passed out from varying addictions - it was a place of despair.

i was approached by a middle-aged homeless black man that stood out like light in darkness, like salt on a flavor-less meal. he received the very small relief that i offered him, he thanked me then told me that he liked to sing in return for the blessings he received. He proceeded to sing “The Heart of Worship” by matt redman...

“i’m coming into the heart of worship and it’s all about, all about you, Jesus”

i was stunned at the beauty and the contrast in this setting.

after finishing the song, he preached...

“David, my Master tells me that ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive’. David, God has blessed you, now you go and bless others.”

with that, he turned and jogged away...

my greatest encounters with God have come when i’ve been among the poor...(matthew 25.31-46)


24 posted on 08/05/2011 6:30:03 PM PDT by bexardave
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To: bexardave

Wow! Thanks, Bexardave.


25 posted on 08/05/2011 6:31:42 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: xzins

Jason Upton.

Close second was at The Call Jerusalem - 12+ hours of straight worship, by numerous musicians, including Robert Stearns.


26 posted on 08/05/2011 6:31:58 PM PDT by ph12321 (We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: pbear8
Latin Mass at 1215 every Sunday

You beat me to it.

27 posted on 08/05/2011 6:33:33 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: xzins

Best worship? Prolly the Swinging Blue Jeans!


28 posted on 08/05/2011 6:33:37 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: ph12321

I don’t know Jason Upton. What kind of ministry does he have?


29 posted on 08/05/2011 6:41:33 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: xzins

Residence Inn room 133 Costa Mesa California -
November ‘07. Me and the Holy Spirit - groanings which can’t be uttered. Totally immersed in the love of God. I haven’t been the same since.


30 posted on 08/05/2011 6:51:30 PM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Tzfat

l Cor. 10:31. “Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”


31 posted on 08/05/2011 6:54:27 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: tx_eggman

I know the same. Sep 72, 2 am bunk, Barton Barracks, Ansbach, West Germany. I was brought to my knees by the Spirit knocking on my door.


32 posted on 08/05/2011 6:56:37 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: xzins

http://www.jasonupton.net

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6jRPpHzwCE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWpQ67J130g
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pex7OgpNrOI


33 posted on 08/05/2011 6:59:45 PM PDT by ph12321 (We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: xzins

For me, the Billy Graham Crusade at Nickerson Field in Boston, in the very early 80’s. I was in the 3000 voice choir, and it was amazing! All very traditional and old-fashioned hymns, and beautiful!


34 posted on 08/05/2011 7:09:28 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: xzins

For me, the Billy Graham Crusade at Nickerson Field in Boston, in the very early 80’s. I was in the 3000 voice choir, and it was amazing! All very traditional and old-fashioned hymns, and beautiful!

Oh but THEN there was that time in the Upper Room, Feast of Tabenacles, 1984, on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem! Oh MY!!!!


35 posted on 08/05/2011 7:10:52 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: xzins

St. Peter’s in Rome, St. Mark’s in Venice, The Duomo in Florence, Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem...all just breathtaking.


36 posted on 08/05/2011 8:53:37 PM PDT by ragmop
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To: bexardave

Your beautiful story reminded me of this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta-uxOT9uXA&feature=related

The story behind it...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus%27_Blood_Never_Failed_Me_Yet


37 posted on 08/05/2011 10:12:43 PM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: xzins

Your story... and stick to it, that’s funny :>)


38 posted on 08/05/2011 10:19:46 PM PDT by irishtenor (Everything in moderation, however, too much whiskey is just enough... Mark Twain)
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To: xzins

My husband and I went to a First Vows mass for a friend who was on the way to becoming a Franciscan priest. The seminarians were an international crew, so there were parts of the service in different languages, including a beautiful duet in Vietnamese, and an explanation of who each man was and how he came to be there. When they did the litany of saints I really had the feeling of being a part of the Kingdom of God, in the whole world— past, present and future. There was a real, joyful, warm, vibe.

Thanks for reminding me of this.


39 posted on 08/05/2011 11:16:44 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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Holy Eucharist, Easter VIgil, confirmation, age 45.

There is hope for anyone.

:)


40 posted on 08/06/2011 12:39:56 AM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: xzins
"Is there any Hope?"

Sadly, not any more...

I'd have to say during the short time I spent in Sioux Falls, SD. I was apart from my family and went to the Cathdral for Sunday Mass. The local Knights of Columbus Council had a small display area set up in the entrance hall, and I started talking to the attendents.

I was asked to serve as usher and was volunteered to take up the collection during Mass. These two ushers stayed at the front and knelt on the stone steps during the Eucharistic prayers. This was less than a week before a scheduled operation to remove cartilage from my knee. Needless to say, the pain was intense. But somehow I got past that and got into the prayers more than I ever had before as the bishop was saying them. It was more intense than I had ever experienced before.

This is a church built to the Glory of God.

There is no doubt where the Tabernacle is...

41 posted on 08/06/2011 9:46:08 AM PDT by MarkBsnr (I would not believe in the Gospel, if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: xzins
Any really well-sung Byzantine Catholic Divine Liturgy in a beautiful church. There's actually a certain sadness I feel when it gets to be communion time, because I know it will be over soon and I don't want to leave ... sort of like Peter not wanting to come down from the mountain.

When Prince Vladimir's emissaries returned to Kiev in 998, they said of Divine Liturgy in Hagia Sophia, "We no longer knew whether we were in heaven or on earth for upon earth there is no such sight or beauty; we only know that there. God is present among men." I know what they were talking about.

42 posted on 08/06/2011 11:20:57 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: xzins

Best worship experience I’ve ever had?

You mean, worship is about ME ME ME?

If I feel uplifted and happy, it’s a good worship experience? Is that what you mean?

Silly me. I thought worship was about praising God. Actually, for Catholics, “worship” implies a communion service, where we offer ourselves to God and he offers himself to us in the Eucharist.

Good singing etc. that uplifts you is nice, but not the center of worship...

And sometimes the “best” worship experience is when we sit in the back of church with empty hands and say “God be merciful to me a sinner” and feel his comfort...


43 posted on 08/07/2011 4:21:57 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc

Wow, man, it was like, wow, the time I smoked a big bong and sat in like wow, this really big church.

You’re right. The question is BS. It’s not how you feel in some prettified moment that counts. Its your life long relationship with God that counts.

This question smacks of petty narcissism.


44 posted on 08/07/2011 4:31:41 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: LadyDoc

Yes, I of course meant that it was all about you.

There’s no way I would have been using the American English understanding of “worship” as meaning “worship service” or “worship event.”

As when people say, “How as worship today?”, and they obviously mean, “Did you have a good time as people worshipped you today?”

That is, of course, what I meant.


45 posted on 08/07/2011 5:20:08 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: LadyDoc

Yes, I of course meant that it was all about you.

There’s no way I would have been using the American English understanding of “worship” as meaning “worship service” or “worship event.”

As when people say, “How was worship today?”, and they obviously mean, “Did you have a good time as people worshipped you today?”

That is, of course, what I meant.


46 posted on 08/07/2011 5:20:13 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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