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Arranging the Pieces

For worship leaders, Sunday seems to come every three days. Trying to bring freshness and newness to worship constantly challenges us.
— Howard Stevenson

When I was on the faculty at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, I frequently drove to the campus on my Honda Gold Wing touring motorcycle along a beautiful, seven-mile stretch of the California coast. Dramatic cliffs and rocks lined the beaches; palm trees arched their spindly trunks in the sand; sailboats bobbed in the gentle blue-and-green swells.

I frequently reminded myself not to take this magnificent part of the world for granted. Each day I tried to see things I had not noticed before or to see things in a new way. For seventeen years I continued to marvel at the patterns and nuances of God's handiwork.

Leading corporate worship is like that beautiful commute: the challenge is to discover continual enjoyment in an oft-repeated exercise. "Worship is the adoration and praise of that which delights us," writes John Piper. "We praise ...

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