Worship Planning for the Every Service

Worship planning for every service throughout the year.

Key moments in every service. Make every service a creation-care service. Incorporate brief elements to four key moments in worship: invocation, confession, petition, commission. These steps will raise the consciousness of the congregation about our relationship to God in and through all creation. 

Comprehensive Theology of Creation. For a full proposal about making every service into care for creation worship, read A Theology of Liturgy in a New Key: Worshiping with Creation by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire, an excerpt from The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary (Fortress Press, 2011)

List of Earth-Friendly Worship Practices. Make sure that such things as the wine, flowers, and cleaning of utensils are all done in a green way that cares for creation. Attend to the details of Earth-care and you will make a witness.
 
Comprehensive Worship Checklist. As you prepare for worship this year, go over this checklist for ways you can make your worship expressions of celebration and care for creation.
 
Personal Covenant with Creation. Here are resources for members of the congregation to make a "covenant with creation"--their sacred pledge to take actions in caring for Earth in their personal lives: There is a short version, a long version, and a brief ritual for use in any worship service.