From Dave Wiltse, Editor:
“Finish, then, thy new creation” is the fourth and final echo of Charles Wesley’s hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” that we have taken as our 2019 themes. It’s not the only thing that’s final.
As noted elsewhere in this edition, this is my last issue as editor. After 34 years of responsibility for the look and/or content of WorshipArts (and its predecessor News Notes), it’s time to pass the mantle to another generation. Carla Swank Fox assumes the position on January 1.
It’s altogether fitting, on a personal level, that the theme of my last issue involves new creation. I was charged in 1985 with the responsibility for recreating the look and feel of News Notes; since then it has undergone several additional facelifts. From cut-and-paste (literally, with scissors and adhesive) to digital composition, the physical act of putting the magazine together has evolved. The editorial board/committee that determines its content and direction has likewise assumed different configurations, and today more closely resembles the Fellowship’s membership in disciplines, age, racial diversity, and geography. It has progressed, in stages, from a monochromatic publication to one in full color. Its clip art illustrations have been replaced with photographs, many of which are internally generated by Fellowship member Daniel Craig.
The whole time I have changed as well. To you, the members of this great organization, and readers of our publication, I say thank you for the privilege of serving these many years. Thank you for allowing me to grow and to experience the joy of working with so many talented people.
Wesley was undoubtedly citing 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Revelation 22 in his hymn. For me, serving as editor has been a continual process of pursuing a new creation – not like the “finished” product that we seek to be as followers of Christ, but one that is always evolving. Will WorshipArts ever be finished? Probably not, but in Carla’s capable hands it will move closer as we “go on to perfection.”