"Worship is the strategy by which we interrupt our preoccupation with ourselves and attend to the presence of God." Eugene Peterson.
The journey of spirituality is a reorientation from being centered on ourselves to orientating ourselves around Jesus (who shows us what God is like). Worship and prayer are therefore two key spiritual practices that help us with this reorientation.
Worship is attending to the presence of God, and is therefore something that can happen at any point during the week, alone or with others. In CCE, we love to do this together, and therefore create space for us to worship together when we gather.
Worship on Sundays
If you come on a Sunday, our informal style may seem very new, but in fact it is very old and middle eastern! It is rooted in our understanding of the practices of the first church 2000 years ago and before that, in the poetry of ancient Israel. There are hundreds of thousands of similar Christian groups like ours meeting in churches, community halls and homes all over the world today.
In our church people can feel free to express creatively the way they feel. You may see people raising their hands in worship – an expression of openness to God (like opening your hands to receive a gift). People might even dance, sometimes with banners.
“Prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.”
–Teresa of Avila
We seek to facilitate all kinds of prayer within CCE, nurturing our friendship with God, from evenings of worship & prayer, prayer retreats, spiritual direction, days or weeks of prayer, and intercessory prayer in groups. See our calendar for latest events.