The English word “worship” derives from the Old English “weordhscipe” and means “worthship,” i.e. worthiness, dignity, or merit, the recognition accorded or due to these, the paying of homage or respect. In the religious world the term is used for the reverent devotion, service, or honor paid to [[God]], whether public or individual. The church building is a place of worship and the forms of divine service followed by various Christian groups or [[congregation|congregations]] are forms of worship. The verb “to worship” may be used both transitively, to worship God, and intransitively, to worship, to attend or to participate in worship.