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1. NT and Early Church

1.1. Term and Usage

The term “worship” (from “worth-ship”) has established itself as a general word for the service that is rendered to God in praise, prayer, proclamation and hearing of the Word, and administration of the sacraments. An older term is “divine service” (cf. the German Gottesdienst, which M. Luther used as a technical term for gatherings for worship), though along with its…

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Schmidt-Lauber, Hans-Christoph, Mitchell, Nathan D., Senn, Frank C., Galadza, Peter, White, James F., Asamoah-Gyadu, J. Kwabena, Huh, Paul Junggap, Adam, Júlio Cézar and Tucker, Karen Westerfield, “Worship”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_W.36>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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