I’ve visited non-Catholic Christian denominations before where a great deal of emotional expression in worship and during sermons is the norm. Pentecostal and some Non-denominational congregations come to mind as an example. It almost seemed like your depth of faith or relationship with Christ was somehow tied to how worked up emotionally you were in church and how many loud shouts of “amen” you gave. Others lift and raise the hands in praise, either in tears or with looks of great joy on their faces and seemed very sincere about it.
On the other hand, I’ve been in some traditional services where you would need to take the congregation’s pulse to ensure they were still alive/awake during the service or otherwise acted like they were at the dentist getting their teeth pulled or something.
I sometimes feel overcome with strong emotion at church but usually don’t express it much due to my religious background where emotions are viewed more as a personal thing and not to be a source of distraction to others.
Just curious how your faith tradition views the expression of emotion during congregational worship. Does it view it as a positive or negative and if it helps to be emotional to feel closer to God in your life.