Area churches to present Indelible Grace performance

Matthew Smith, a founding member of Indelible Grace, who will be singing in Marietta. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — Five churches are working together to bring a concert featuring Matthew Smith and Indelible Grace to the Marietta High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. April 27.

The churches — Williams Creek Baptist in Williamstown, The Journey Church in Marietta, Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg, Redeemer in Parkersburg and Veto Presbyterian Church in Washington County — are hosting the concert and worked together on another project.

These five churches sponsored the Reformation Night that was held in October 2017 at Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg.

The concert and worship seminar on April 27 in Marietta will be free and open to the public.

The worship seminar begins at 5:30 p.m., before the concert, in the Marietta High School cafeteria. The worship seminar is designed for worship leaders, but anyone can attend, event officials said.

CDs will be available for sale before and after the concert and during intermission at Marietta High School.

The stated hope of Indelible Grace music is to “help the church recover the tradition of putting old hymns to new music for each generation, and to enrich our worship with a huge view of God and His indelible grace.” The band, which includes Smith, wants “to be a voice calling our generation back to something rich and solid and beyond the fluff and the trendy.”

Indelible Grace plays contemporary Christian music, and takes old hymns and sets them to contemporary music.

Matthew Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes new melodies to centuries-old hymn texts, helping guide people into emotionally honest worship, according to his website. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world.

Born out of a college ministry, the reimagined hymns have found wide acceptance among college students and the church at large, joining people who desire to honor tradition with those who want a modern musical approach, Smith’s website states. Smith’s latest album is “Quiet Hymns.”

Indelible Grace Music grew out of ministering to college students, primarily through Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). As these students began to taste more of the depth of the gospel and the richness of the hymn tradition, many began to join the music of their culture with the words of our forefathers, and a movement was born, according to a press release.

“Our hope is to be a voice calling our generation back to something rich and solid and beyond the fluff and the trendy. We want to remind God’s people that thinking and worship are not mutually exclusive, and we want to invite the Church to appreciate her heritage without idolizing it,” according to Indelible Grace’s website.

The five local church pastors developed a friendship while working on the Reformation Night held last October at Grace Baptist Church in Parkersburg, said spokeswoman Stacy Howell of Veto Presbyterian Church.

People enjoyed the Reformation Night and this year’s concert follows the pastors’ discussions.