At my church we believe in ‘whole-body’ worship. That means that every member of the church body (see Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12) is equally involved in corporate worship. There’s not one leader and many followers, there’s one facilitator enabling every individual to engage.
But worship is way bigger than we perceive it. I follow The Resurgence, who recently posted about the importance of the human body in worship. We worship with our body through daily living, baptism, and the Lord’s Supper, but when we join in corporate worship it’s important we worship with our whole body too:
Scripture, however, presents an active, physical involvement in worship: the raising of hands, indicative of both blessing God (Psa. 134:1) and pleading for his help and mercy (Psa. 28:1-2; 88:8-10); kneeling, bowing, and falling down, exhibiting humility and abject shame before the Lord (Rev. 4:9-11; 5:8-14; Ezra 9:5-6; 2 Chron. 6:12-14; Psa. 35:13-14; Neh. 8:5-6); dancing or leaping, manifesting intense joy (Psa. 149:3-4; Ex. 15:20-21; 2 Sam. 6:14-17); and clapping and shouting praise to God (Psa. 47:1-2; 66:1). Certainly, many cultural—including generational, ethnic, geographical, socio-economic, and denominational—realities must be considered in this discussion, but embodied human beings qualified to worship God “in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24) are to engage in this activity with the entirety of their being—and that includes their body.