FY 100: Exploring Worship Experience

Our class was excellent yesterday, as we discussed our original posts on personal worship experience and highlighted many ideas and threads that seemed to rise through them all.

Elements such as distraction, man-centeredness, meta-story, aging and familiarity, language, honesty and self-disclosure, the power of music and memory, new and old, the Divine Hours of prayer, liturgy and many other ideas surfaced that guided our discussion.

For the class, and for others to interact with:

What particular stories or ideas shared during our class time impacted you the most as you re-think the topic of worship? Add in a little research (ex. if the idea of “dark matter” interested you the most (here’s another link), do a Google search on it, and season your comments with a little research).


Sheltering Mercy and Endless Grace help us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation. Sheltering Mercy helps the reader pray Psalms 1-75; Endless Grace leads in prayer through Psalms 76-150.

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