From Carla Swank Fox, Editor:
So, here we are, firmly planted in the final quarter of 2020, and maybe the only clear thing on the horizon right now is the fact that Advent is coming.
The theme of this issue is "Seeing is Horizon-Gazing," and it goes without saying that when we planned this theme in August 2019, our editorial committee thought we were going to be in a completely different place when this issue was published. Our year-long narrative arc would be complete. After seeing and believing, then discerning, and making space, we thought that maybe our horizon would be a bit clearer. That maybe we would feel a stronger sense of direction and calling as to where God was leading us as a denomination, as the faithful, as worship leaders.
And yet, here we are, arguably with an even foggier horizon than when we began this year. (Insert giant sigh here.) Where is the hope? Will this ever end? How long, oh Lord?
In this issue, we hope to offer glimpses that may help you find hope and maybe even moments of pure joy in your spiritual life and ministries during this season. Fellowship President Leigh Anne Taylor offers her template for a Prayer and Sabbath Retreat, while Fellowship members share where they have seen God at work in their communities.
Then we turn toward the practical as Justin Addington offers a horizon-gazing moment for choral directors, and our team of reviewers offer more than 50 anthem ideas and suggestions to help inspire your worship planning.
So no, we don't have any clear answers as to what is on the horizon. Only God knows those things. But what we do offer here are our glimpses of God at work. And my prayer is that at least one of these glimpses will offer you the "tidings of comfort and joy" you need during this season.
WorshipArts is a professional journal (published in both print and digital formats) by The Fellowship for its members. It is received by approximately 1,400 members, including United Methodist clergy and laity involved in worship planning and leadership. It is a valuable resource filled with practical articles, philosophical debate and theological insight. Interested advertisers should contact our advertising coordinator, Rick Wiltse, at email@example.com.
The WorshipArts Editorial Committee primarily consists of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in worship planning, liturgy, and communications. The team is led by our editor, Carla Swank Fox.
Do you love to write? Have an idea for an article that would interest readers of WorshipArts? The WorshipArts Editorial Committee actively seeks a variety of articles and reviews in music areas (choral for all ages, piano/organ, instrumental, handbells), arts areas (dance, drama, visuals), and worship areas (preaching, contemporary worship, spiritual formation, worship planning, liturgy). WorshipArts publishes four to six times each year and deadlines are the 1st of the month, two months prior to publication date.