Worship is more than singing and preaching. It is ascribing the correct worth to God that is subsequently expressed in ALL ASPECTS of our life. In simple terms, it could be called obedience. Abraham, when ready to offer Isaac in obedience to what he thought was the will of God, said he and the lad would go yonder and WORSHIP. [Genesis 22:5] You know what he meant by that. He was just going to obey God in his actions of sacrifice. [Not knowing, of course, God had other things in mind, including a ram in the thicket.]
In the same way, there is no such thing as a differentiation between the secular and the spiritual in the life of a believer. ALL THINGS are sacred and we worship God in the process of ALL of life's activities by seeing them as gifts from our Father, whatever their particular nature. Yes, even football games qualify. [See 1 Corinthians 3:21-23]
That is not to say that in the biblical narrative, God's people didn't come together and worship God corporately. They did. And they used music and speaking the Word of God in the process. So worship isn't an either/or at all. It is intended to be both individual and corporate as well.
I would like to share a simple concept concerning the flow of corporate [congregational] worship that I've taught through the years which I gleaned from Psalm 95. It has an emphasis on three things that I believe will assist in making corporate worship result in our experiencing the presence of the Father, which is the point of it as I'm sure you know. The sequence is VERY important as you will see.
One is CELEBRATION____[See Psalm 95:1-2] These are songs and choruses where we sing to one another in joy about coming together. It is testimonial in nature. "I'm standing on the promises of God" illustrates this. "I will enter His courts with praise" does as well. These are usually very robust, even loud, and exciting in nature. Hands clapping, hands raised, and shaking hands all around, if not hugging. It is just part of the experience. When this is at the beginning of a service, it makes for a joyous atmosphere indeed. You get the idea.
Please don't say, "Oh we should enter His presence in reverence," meaning quietness is reverence. If that were true, a cemetery would be the most reverent place on earth. I don't think so! Reverence is simply recognizing and esteeming the worthiness of God and is almost a synonym for worship. it is to be experienced in everything in life as already pointed out, but in every kind of emotional moment corporately as well. That means in celebration [noise] as well as adoration. [Quietness]
Two is CONTEMPLATION___[See Psalm 95:3-5] These are songs and choruses where we sing about God, His nature, work, character, and such. "How Great Thou Art" is one that does this. "Majesty" is another. "The Old Rugged Cross." Hundreds of hymns and choruses I can think about. These are thoughtful and reflective in nature and would probably see a diminishing of things loud into things profound. Again, you see where I'm going.
Three is ADORATION___songs and choruses sung to God. I love you Lord, Open My Eyes, I want to see Jesus, is another. Holy Spirit breath On Me another. Here, it is quiet, broken, open, eyes focused on Him alone. Just you and Papa. It's like crawling up into His lap and speaking of hurts, fears, joys, whatever the case may be.
The flow is for the purpose of bringing you ultimately to have eyes only and ears only for the Father as He speaks His Word through His messenger.You're never more ready to hear His Word, as Psalm 95 suggests, than at the end of that kind of experience. What's been described is a good and helpful tool for corporate/congregational worship where God's presence is desired to be experienced.
There is nothing magic or settled about this flow at all. It can come and go in moments without violating anything commanded or desired. But it does assist in those times when the corporate body is together ready to encounter, through the Holy Spirit, the living God, who is our heavenly Papa. I call it THE FLOW OF WORSHIP.