Experiencing the Spirit of Christmas with Michael W. Smith and the GR Symphony

Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 6                                      Have you heard of Michael W. Smith? Michael_W._Smith_in_June_2014 To me, he is to contemporary Christian music what Louis Armstrong was to jazz or DJ Kool Herc is to rap. In 2014, the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) honored Michael W. Smith as “the cornerstone of Christian music.” His accomplishments are legion: 3 Grammy Awards, 45 Dove Awards, 31 #1 hits, 13 books, 3 movies, and on and on! Michael_W._Smith Although his music is distinctly Christian, he’s also been recognized by American culture at large, including being named as one of People magazine’s “Most Beautiful People” in 1992. His worship songs have been sung in churches everywhere for the past 25+ years, and I love both the lyrics and ethereal orchestrations he composes.debbiemichael One of the things I most admire about Michael W. Smith is that he’s remained married to his one and only wife, Debbie, and he lets everybody know that being with his wife and kids is what makes for his happiest Christmas memories. He’ll be home for Christmas. Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 4However, last night Alan and I had the opportunity to see him in person…a first for us! In concert with our own beloved Grand Rapids Symphony and Resurrection Life’s glorious choir, Michael W. Smith led a congregation of some 4,000 worshipers in experiencing The Spirit of Christmas.Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 1 As we were leaving, Alan said he couldn’t remember ever being more moved by musical program…and that’s saying a lot, considering we’ve enjoyed venues like the Sydney Opera House, London, Boston, Hillsong in both the U.S. and Australia, etc. Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 2I was bubbling over about our experience while talking with my “Little Sister” Lizzie this morning, and she said she and her husband have tickets to see Michael W. Smith with Amy Grant on December 20 in Washington D.C. I see he’s got about 9 more stops on his tour scheduled between now and then, and I have no clue if you live anywhere near one of the cities, or if the tickets are already sold out, but if you’re looking for a memorable Christmas program, The Spirit of Christmas definitely warmed the cockles of our hearts.Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 3 On the other hand, my son Joel and a bunch of his friends went to hear the Boston Symphony’s “Holiday Pops” last night, and they had a great time together too. Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 5Maybe what I’m really trying to say is this: I hope you get out and have a magical, musical experience sometime this Christmas…whether it’s hearing someone famous in person for the first time or gathering with a group of friends to go caroling door to door. The spirit of Christmas is really the Spirit of Christ, who is Love, Light, and Life, so you know it will be awesome no matter how you celebrate! Joy to the world, the Lord has come!Michael W. Smith The Spirit of Christmas 7

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

(Pictures of Michael W. Smith from Wikipedia
Picture of Michael with his wife from Christianity Malaysia, http://christianitymalaysia.com/wp/michael-w-smith-songwriter-singer-times/
I took the pictures of Michael W. Smith at The Spirit of Christmas, Resurrection Life Church, 12.08.15)

4 responses to “Experiencing the Spirit of Christmas with Michael W. Smith and the GR Symphony

  1. I was able to attend a Michael W. Smith Christmas concert right here in Maine a couple of years ago. He teamed up with Steven Curtis Chapman. It was a night I’ll never forget. We didn’t want to leave – and you would have loved the historical, small, intimate concert hall that we were in. It was an amazing way to celebrate Christmas… we didn’t want to leave that night. So glad you were able to experience it. Susan

  2. Tom and I are going to a Christmas concert tomorrow night with the Avon Park Community Symphonic Band. I’m looking forward to a blessing too.

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