MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Sept. 20, 2013) — Nashville-based artist Matthew Smith and his band will bring their concert of centuries-old Christian hymn lyrics with new melodies to Milligan College on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Mary B. Martin Auditorium of Seeger Memorial Chapel.
Admission is $7 in advance ($20 for family pass), and $10 at the door ($25 for family pass). Advance tickets are now available in the Milligan Bookstore, open Monday through Friday, or by calling 423.461.8733.
In addition to the concert, Smith will present a seminar on hymns and the worship life of the church on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Hyder Auditorium, located in the Science Building. The seminar is free and open to the public.
During the concert, Smith and his band will play hymns from his new album, “Watch the Rising Day,” and from the artist collective Indelible Grace, to which he belongs.
Smith and the Indelible Grace community have drawn acclaim across denominational lines and their music is used in churches around the world. Born out of a college ministry, the reimagined hymns such as “Lord Jesus, Comfort Me,” have found wide acceptance both among college students and the church at large.
“The music of Indelible Grace enables the body of Christ to come together in worship across the generational lines that frequently divide us,” said Brad Wallace, campus minister at Milligan. “In pairing these beautiful old hymn texts with fresh music with a modern sensibility, Matthew and his group have blessed the worshipping community with a great gift.”
Smith’s latest album, “Watch the Rising Day,” explores the tension of living in a broken world while awaiting Christ’s return and the restoration of all things. This album includes several of the reimagined hymns Smith has become known for through his work.
“I love seeing how the beauty and truth of these hymns connect with people, and I hope everyone who comes to the concert will leave with a bigger view of God and his grace,” Smith said.
In addition to the music, Smith will speak on behalf of Compassion International, giving concert-goers an opportunity to sponsor a child. Compassion International has revolutionized the fight against global poverty by equipping the church to develop children out of poverty to become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults. Today, Compassion partners with more than 6,000 Christian churches in 26 countries to assist more than 1.4 million babies, children and students.