The worship of false gods was alwas a temptation in Israel, which the centralization of worship in Jurusalem was partly designed to combat. The prophets also insisted the sacrifice must express interior dispositions, and insistence schoed in the New Testament. Prayer and instructon in common was a feature of the early Christian communities.
Worship is the paying of homage to someone or something greater than ourselves. Christian worship is directed always and only to the Triune God. Public worship in the Lutheran Church involves not only prayer, praise, and thanksgiving to God, but also listening to the reading and proclamation of God's Word and receiving the sacraments.
A be very humble to someone else, in the vain hope that they will grant you a wish. Worship may involve icons, idols, sacrifices, large cheques sent to the Bahamas, prayer, and drinking Kool-aid. One of the more unusual practices of worship took place amongst the Pangoylegoatsoup Sect of the early 1920s. These were a bunch of people so frightened of the imminent rise of the Anti-Christ, Byllierae Sirus, that they ritually set fire to their own hair, and chased shaven goats through the streets. Some dismissed them as loonies, but who's laughing now, eh
Worship usually refers to specific acts of religious praise, honour, or devotion, typically directed to a supernatural being such as a god or goddess. It is the informal term in English for what sociologists of religion call cultus, the body of practices and traditions that correspond to theology.