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A Taste Test: Assessing Your Worship Taste

On a scale of 1-5, (with 1 being least true and 5 being most true) respond to the following questions regarding your tastes when it comes to worship.  Total each section to see your favorite and least favorite tastes.

Do you have a taste for nature in your worship?

  1. I get a sense of God’s presence whenever I am surrounded by nature—forests, mountains, oceans, starry nights.
  2. I sometimes find it difficult to sense God’s presence if I spend too much time indoors.
  3. It’s more appealing to me to think about a worship experience that takes place in the outdoors rather than indoors.
  4. I would be able to experience God’s presence by praying in a garden or while walking a trail in the woods.
  5. A book called Nature’s Sanctuaries sounds appealing to me.
  6. I often understand new concepts or sense guidance for life problems by spending time sitting or walking in nature.

Do you have a taste for beauty in your worship?

  1. I get a of sense God’s presence when there are opportunities in worship that touch my senses of sight, hearing, smell or taste.
  2. The sights, sounds, smells and tastes associated with a communion service give me more of a sense of God’s presence than spoken words alone.
  3. Beauty is a very important part of my worship experience. I find it challenging to sense God’s presence in a setting that is plain or lacks a sense of majesty or awe.
  4. I can easily relate the words sensuous, colorful and aromatic to worship.
  5. I often feel the presence of God when I visit an art gallery, listen to beautiful music, sing or dance.
  6. Adding elements in which I see beauty, such as candles, music or art, or having objects to hold, such as a cross, prayer beads or prayer shawl, would be a way to better experience the presence of God when I pray.

Do you have a taste for ritual in your worship?

  1. I get a sense of God’s presence through liturgy and tradition in worship.
  2. Traditions and memories of worship from childhood offer me a sense of God’s presence.
  3. Having a set routine for daily or weekly worship practices helps me to better focus on God’s presence.
  4. Memorizing and praying traditional prayers, like The Lord’s Prayer, or reciting Statements of Faith or creeds are meaningful practices of worship for me.
  5. I find it challenging to sense God’s presence in a worship service that is informal or unstructured.
  6. Adding symbols, rituals or traditions of faith would be ways to better experience the presence of God when I pray.

Do you have a taste for solitude in your worship?

  1. I find it easier to sense of God’s presence when I am alone and away from all distractions.
  2. My faith seems to be more of an internal than an external experience.
  3. The words silence and solitude are appealing to me in regard to worship.
  4. I would enjoy participating in a spiritual retreat that included a time of silence, individual prayer or fasting.
  5. I find Monastic practices and discipline to be appealing ways to experience God’s presence.
  6. I often sense God’s presence or find guidance for my life through extended times of solitude.

Do you have a taste for justice in your worship?

  1. I get a sense of God’s presence when engaging in activities that advocate for justice, like writing letters to elected officials or participating in protests for causes of justice.
  2. I appreciate opportunities that the church offers me to engage in social advocacy.
  3. I can easily associate terms like courageous confrontation and social justice with my spiritual life and worship experience.
  4. I find the cry for social justice in the prophets and in the teaching of Jesus to be inspirational in my faith experience.
  5. An important aspect of my spiritual experience is participating in ways that speak and act on behalf of those marginalized in society.
  6. Names like Mahatma Gandhi, Oscar Schindler, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., or Caesar Chavez have been important in my faith development.

Do you have a taste for service in your worship?

  1. I get a sense of God’s presence when engaging in helping others in their time of need.
  2. I feel it is important, as the Book James teaches, to “put my faith to work”.
  3. The words compassion and service are important in my spiritual life.
  4. I find spiritual nurture in opportunities to serve in the church in places that are often “behind the scenes”.
  5. I see the face of Christ in the needs of others and I see my hands as the hands of Christ as I help others.
  6. I find acts of compassion and service to be good ways to express my love for God and grow in fellowship with others.

Do you have a taste for celebration in your worship?

  1. I get a better sense of God’s presence when participating in worship that has an element of emotional excitement.
  2. I closely associate the word praise with worship.
  3. I can’t help feeling excited whenever I think about God.
  4. I enjoy worship experiences that offer upbeat music, like “praise songs” or choruses.
  5. I enjoy including contemporary praise music in my personal spiritual practices.
  6. I might agree with Simon Peter, who wanted to build a monument on the Mountain of Transfiguration, and just stay in the place where I have had an emotional encounter in worship.

Do you have a taste for quietness in your worship?

  1. My experience of God’s presence focuses on what might be thought of as an intimate spiritual connection.
  2. I find my personal spiritual experience reflected in scriptures like the 23rd Psalm that talk about God’s abiding and sustaining presence in my life.
  3. Words that I associate with experiencing God’s presence in my life are friendship, consolation and companionship.
  4. I am comfortable when worship has an element of reflective silence.
  5. An important element of my personal prayers is when I sit in silence, listening with my heart to what the Spirit of God speaks to me.
  6. I experience the presence of God and find guidance for my life by spending time in quiet reflection.

Do you have a taste for thinking in your worship?

  1. When it comes to my faith, I want to understand things in order to believe them.
  2. I associate the words concepts and truth with my personal experience of faith.
  3. I get the most out of scripture when I have the opportunity to study the historical context of the setting and language of the text.
  4. I find exploring church doctrine or theology a good way to experience God’s presence in my life.
  5. I find a worship experience that offers me the opportunity to learn lessons to be inspirational.
  6. I need to have my mind stimulated in order to grow spiritually.