Why is it important to articulate a “theology” of worship?

“There has always been a close relationship between theology and worship, as indeed there should be. Worship expresses what we believe. It manifests in the gathered community the most significant view we embrace about God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as we change our theology, so we must change our worship in order to reflect what we most ardently believe.” ~David Rhoads

Read more! Download this chapter from The Season of Creation: A Preaching Commentary, edited by Norman Habel, David Rhoads, and Paul Santmire (Fortress, 2011) on “Theology of Worship.”

Introductory essays
helpful introductions that will not only help answer “why” but also begin to help you in addressing HOW?

Dig deeper in learning about Christian liturgy as it relates to God’s creation through a variety of resources

Green Congregations Training

Worship is one of the key components for helping to “green” the entire life of your congregation.

Other Great Background Materials

David Rhoads delivered a sermon at Luther Seminary that helps if you’re wondering what to say, or how this might work in your own preaching.

A strong essay on “Sacramental Imagination” by Larry Rasmussen is available at the online Journal of Lutheran Ethics, www.elca.org/jle.  Here are two of the final paragraphs:

[98] Do something with this. Write a creed that makes the First Article of the Apostles’ Creed more than a breezy reference to God as “maker of heaven and earth.” Does the universe and its Creator not merit more than five words? [99] Or try a confession of sins that articulates our systemic maltreatment of the community of life and its generative elements of soil, air, fire, and water? What about the extinction of species as human-induced? Reformation insights on human sinfulness have great power to work good, if they are re-formed to address our Anthropocene hubris as a species.  Sacramental imagination brings that into liturgy and ritual so what we are formed anew in worship.
– See more at: http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/42#sthash.9fD0EYfX.dpuf