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Whole-body Experience.  Posture alone greatly alters the worship experience.  Body language speaks volumes.  Do you look up when singing or do you glue your eyes to the hymnal? Do you find yourself folding your arms (that seems to be my default posture when I’m not fully engaged) or are you so comfortable and open to God that you dare to open your palms, raise your arms, or even dance? Does the Spirit move you—internally or externally or both?  When open and responsive to God during worship, one might find him or herself standing, sitting and bowed down, kneeling, lifting his or her arms, clapping, dancing, and so on.  Worship is far more than a cerebral experience, although mentally engagement is a component to worship.  Worship extends beyond a mere emotional experience, though emotions will undoubtedly surface.  Worship is a body, mind, and soul experience.

Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.
~Psalm 149:1,3, NRSV
 

 

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