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New music for old hymns

Matthew Smith, a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, which seeks to write new music for old hymns, performs live in concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 25 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4303 Wheeler Road, Martinez.
Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who specializes in writing new words for centuries-old hymns. His latest album is Watch the Rising Day.
Indelible Grace Music grew out of worship ministries for college students, primarily the Reformed University Fellowship. It seeks 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," according to the group's hymnbook.
It's proven popular not only in the denomination, but across many churches, said Larry Gilpin, senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
The cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door; Call (706) 863-8978 for tickets or see
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