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what is worship?

Someone recently asked in a community I'm on "What is worship"

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When it comes to definitions, I always personally think the etymology, or the origins/history of a word to it's modern-day vernacular use is telling. Here's the etymological entry for the word worship:

worship (n.)
O.E. worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (W.Saxon) "condition of being worthy, honor, renown," from weorð "worthy" (see worth) + -scipe (see -ship). Sense of "reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being" is first recorded c.1300. The original sense is preserved in the title worshipful (c.1300). The verb is recorded from c.1200.

Worship & worth very much go hand-in-hand. it is because we find Them worthy, that we worship Them, we honor Them with offerings, because we find Them worthy, we beseech Them with our prayers, and in doing so, we find that we have become 'worthy' people. (Because if we're thinking about offerings, prayers, the religious concepts that are so communal in our religion, then we are putting ourselves into positions, building ourselves up, not necessarily for egotistical pursuits of pride, but rather improving upon ourselves.)

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