Worship...it's easier to explain what it is not than to nail down a specific definition. Simply put; "Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration" (Webster). Christian worship therefore can be explained as "The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration towards God."
At Kelloggsville, corporate worship is foundational. It is home-base. Worship is formative of our commercial ministries and individual lives. We believe it is by grace that our corporate worship is oriented towards God...making it corporate Christian worship, we hold to these 8 "constants" in Christian Worship.
Christian worship should be biblical. The Bible is the source of our knowledge of God and of the world's redemption in Christ. Scripture is the map of our worship, church, and lives.
Christian worship should be dialogic. God speaks, jostens, challenges, comforts, and wakens us. By the prompting of the Spirit, we listen and respond with praise, confession, petition, testimony, and dedication. Words matter in worship: they are used by God to speak to us, and they carry our praise and prayer to God.
Christian worship should be covenantal. In worship, God's gracious and new covenant with us in Christ is renewed, affirmed, and sealed. Worship rehearses God's promises to us and allows for us to recommit ourselves to this covenantal relationship.
Christian worship should be Trinitarian. In worship we address the Triune God. This God-centered focus keeps us from the temptation to worship the worship itself.
Christian worship should be communal. the gospel of Christ draws us into communal life we other people. Worship is one setting in which we see the church in action and we attempt to demonstrate and deepen the unity, holiness, and witness of the church.
Christian worship should be hospitable; caring and welcoming. Christian worship must never be self-centered. In worship we pray for the world and offer hospitably to all who live in fear, despair, and loneliness.
Christian worship should be "in but not of" the world. Christian worship reflects the culture our of which it is offered, but is not enslaved to culture. Worship remains prophetic, challenging, and contextualized.
Christian worship should be a generous and excellent outpouring of ourselves before God. Like the perfume that anointed Jesus' feet, our worship should be a lavish outpouring of our love and praise to the God who has created and redeemed us. Worship is our response to God's claim on our lives.
(these 8 constants are adapted from The Worship Sourcebook)