“How can anyone worship if he does not go to church?" I was asked.
True worship is heartfelt adoration of God because of Who He is, what He is, and what He does. It is never dependent upon place or ritual. It needs no established forms or ceremonies. Just a believers spontaneous response to those hundreds of daily revelations of His awesome glory!
Whenever because of revealed truth a heart responds with adoration and gratitude because of what God is or what He has done, that is worship.
The woman at the well spoken of in John chapter 4 was seeking information from Jesus about this topic of worship. She wanted to know was it better worship in one place rather than another and Jesus made an amazing reply:
He spoke of a time coming when true worshippers would not ot be limited by place or ritual: They would worship the Father "in spirit and in truth" because that's what the Father desired.
Today even the meaning of Worship is being lost. In many minds it is reduced to choir or group singing in a building on a certain day: This directly contradicts what Jesus said: If it's to be in spirit then it cant be hemmed in by place or man made rituals.
This heartfelt adoration of God can consume the heart as you sit on a train, walk the mountains and valleys, taste the fragrance of a rose or watch the newborn in her mothers arms. It can find expression in reading of scripture out loud, speaking the glories of God or singing and music. It can also find expression in sitting quietly in His presence.
True worship is always a personal and individual matter even when done with a company. Indeed when a few who worship as individuals come to worship together it can be glorious.
But as the 4th c Irish monk wrote of his fellow monks whom he probably envied as they had the money to travel to Rome:
"Who to Rome goes ..
Much labour, little profit knows:
For God at home, unless you've sought Him
You'll miss at Rome, unless you brought Him"