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Happy Birthday to Bill Gaither

Written by Staff on March 28, 2019 – 2:49 pm -

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band

Bill Gaither needs no introduction to thousands of people. In case you need a recap, here are some of his accomplishments:

William James Gaither was born on March 28, 1936, in Alexandria, Indiana.

Gloria Gaither

Gloria Gaither

He formed the Bill Gaither Trio in 1956, with his brother Danny and sister Mary Ann.

Bill Gaither

Bill Gaither

He married Gloria Sickal in 1962. She later joined the Bill Gaither Trio, replacing Mary Ann.

He recorded “He Touched Me” in 1964. He has since written over 700 songs, most of the time with his wife Gloria.

Bill Gaither graduated in 1959 with a major in English and a minor in Music. He worked as an English teacher until 1967, when he began to work full time in Christian music.

Gaither Vocal Band

Gaither Vocal Band

In 1981, he formed the New Gaither Vocal Band. (Later became just the Gaither Vocal Band.) So many great voices, so many great instrumentalists, were brought to many fans of Southern Gospel Music, Contemporary Christian Music, Christian Country, Bluegrass Gospel…so many careers were born or revived through his leadership.

In 1991, the Gaither Vocal Band recorded “Homecoming” with some of gospel music’s older stars. Thus, the phenomenon that is the “Gaither Homecoming” videos, concerts and books, was born. Many great gospel icons were immortalized on tape before they left on their heavenly journey.

Grammy Awards: 6 – not sure if this number is current.

GMA Dove Awards: 35+

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1983.

We could go on. But you can google him as well as well can. Do. Gaither.com

So many accolades…

November 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

November 2017 SGNScoops Magazine

In an article by Craig Harris, featured in the SGNScoops Magazine in November, 2017, Bill said :

“I’m having the most fun I’ve ever had in my whole life, not only on stage but coming home and eating with the sweet lady (his wife Gloria) I’ve lived with for more than 54 years,” Gaither shares. “I’m singing with some of the greatest guys I’ve ever sung with. I love life.

“I encourage young artists all the time … I say, ‘if the lights shine brighter on stage than they do at home, you’re in bad trouble’ … but these are great days.”

Happy birthday Bill Gaither. We hope you have many more great days!!

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Happy Birthday Gloria Gaither!

Written by scoopsnews on March 4, 2017 – 1:26 pm -

Happy Birthday to Gloria Gaither.

Hope you have a special day!

 

 


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Gaither Music Group’s All-new Docu-musical Rides to Top of Three Music Sales Charts

Written by Staff on November 10, 2016 – 4:20 pm -

Gaither Gospel Series: Circuit Rider

Gaither Gospel Series: Circuit Rider

Suzanne Jennings and Woody Wright’s Unique Circuit Rider Creation Strikes a Chord with Listeners
Award-winning Gaither HOMECOMING Artists Creatively Document
a Chapter of Our Nation’s History
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—November 7th, 2016—Gaither Music Group’s all-new Circuit Rider DVD rode straight to the top of this past week’s Billboard Music Video chart in addition to the Christian Music Video chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan, garnering the #1 position on both. The audio version of the docu-musical also claimed the #1 position on the Southern Gospel Album Sales chart and a Top 20 spot on the Contemporary Christian Music chart.
“This project has been a labor of love and a long time in the making,” stated Circuit Rider’s co-creator Suzanne Jennings. “We feel excited and privileged to be releasing this docu-musical honoring the great men and women who laid the foundations of our faith here in America.”

 Guy Penrod (center) and church choir on the set of the Circuit Rider DVD recording in Lebanon, TN Photo by: Daniel Meigs


Guy Penrod (center) and church choir on the set of the Circuit Rider DVD recording in Lebanon, TN
Photo by: Daniel Meigs

The recording features vocal performances from some of the most celebrated talents on the Gaither HOMECOMING stage, including Guy Penrod, Russ Taff, William Lee Golden, Gloria Gaither, Lynda Randle, Tanya Goodman Sykes, Mark Lowry, Benjy Gaither, Woody Wright, Buddy Greene, Judy Martin Hess, The Isaacs, Joy Gardner, Reggie Smith, Charlotte Ritchie, Angie Primm, Michael Sykes and more. The DVD is hosted by former governor of Arkansas, talk show host and presidential nominee Mike Huckabee.
Created by Jennings and Woody Wright, Circuit Rider is the real-life account of the spiritual formation of a nation and the church we have today shaped in part by the dedication and vision of these circuit riders. These musical performances and readings, sung and read by some of the most well-loved gospel artists, tell the story of these preachers who blazed the trail to share the gospel of Jesus with people of every race and nationality living in little towns and settlements across the nation. These brave men and women, from every denomination and creed, understood the meaning of perseverance and sacrifice. Their stories are not often told, but they are as much a part of the American landscape as Mt. Rushmore and the Grand Canyon.
That story of hardships, revivals, baptism, sanctification and suffering is captured through this release, which is currently airing as a TV special on a large number of networks including PBS, DirecTV, Dish TV, AT&T U-verse, TBN, RFD, GaitherTV, FamilyNet, CTN, GMC, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, TCT and TLN. In Canada it is airing on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, CTS and Hope TV.
Gaither Music Group brought in the esteemed Michael Merriman to direct the filmmaking, and he and Stephanie Reeves produced the LIVE performances taped at Fiddler’s Grove Historic Village in Lebanon, Tennessee. Jennings and Michael Nolen teamed up for the screenwriting.
Circuit Rider is exclusively distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution and is available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.
To enjoy a promotional video of the DVD, visit YouTube clip here:

CD and DVD SONG LISTING:
01. Burnin’ (featuring Guy Penrod)
02. Circuit Rider (featuring William Lee Golden & Russ Taff)
03. The Raven (featuring The Isaacs)
04. Bluegrass Moon (featuring Buddy Greene)
05. I’m the Clay (featuring Judy Martin Hess/Charlotte Ritchie/Tanya Goodman Sykes)
06. Mine All Mine (featuring Lynda Randle)
07. We Go Alone (featuring Joy Gardner & Woody Wright)
08. So Many Miles (featuring Reggie Smith)
09. The Old Man (featuring Benjy Gaither)
10. Refining Fire (featuring Michael Sykes)
11. Against the Grain (featuring Mark Lowry)

(Top to Bottom) Oak Ridge Boy William Lee Golden and Russ Taff, Buddy Greene and cast film the new Circuit Rider DVD.
Photos by: Daniel Meigs

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Gloria Gaither’s sister, Evelyn Baylor, passes away

Written by Staff on December 20, 2015 – 11:57 pm -

Evelyn Baylor sister of Gloria Gaither

Evelyn Baylor sister of Gloria Gaither

SGN Scoops was saddened to hear of the passing of Evelyn Baylor on Friday, December 18th, 2015. Evelyn was the sister of Gloria Gaither.

Evelyn, aged 83, was survived by her husband David, two children and five grandchildren, as well as her sister

Bill and Gloria Gaither

The Gaithers

Gloria.

Funeral services were being held today, Monday, December 21st.

For further information,  see her obituary here.

SGN Scoops extends their sympathy and prayers to the family and friends of Evelyn Baylor.

 


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Award-winning Tenor DAVID PHELPS Takes His All-NEW Recording FREEDOM to the Stage for a LIVE DVD

Written by Staff on September 23, 2015 – 4:07 pm -

unnamedNew Performance DVD Features Guest Appearances from the Gaither Vocal Band and Charlotte Ritchie

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—September 14th, 2015–GRAMMY®-nominated, classically-trained tenor David Phelps has just released an all-new DVD entitled Freedom (Gaither Music Group) featuring the songs from his latest recording, Freedom.

Recorded in The Phelps’ barn just south of Nashville, Tennessee, and produced by Phelps, the LIVE concert DVD captures the powerhouse vocals one might expect from this three-octave, “who’s who of vocalists,” who was backed by a nine-piece band in addition to background vocals from acclaimed recording artist Charlotte Ritchie and his daughters, Callie and Maggie Beth.

Phelps also brought to the stage reverent, acoustic moments portraying some of the down-home musical styles found on the companion Freedom audio recording. Whether sitting at the piano singing a vulnerable lyric such as “What I Need Is You,” penned by him, or energizing the crowd with the driving, country-flavored “Little White Church” or performing his own rendition of the gospel music classic “We Shall Behold Him,” he poured himself into the evening, invigorated by an enthusiastic crowd of friends and longtime fans.

Those audience members were delighted to hear “Water,” a new song penned by Gloria Gaither and Phelps, sung as a duet of David and daughter Maggie Beth; and the room cheered as the rest of the Gaither Vocal Band–Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles–took the stage to join Phelps for the toe-tapper “When We All Get Together with the Lord.”

Phelps’ vibrato rang out on the title cut of the new video, Freedom, as well as the stirring ballad written by Phelps for his daughter’s graduation ceremony, “Your Time Will Come,” which featured the Bethel University Drum Corps from McKenzie, Tennessee. Vocal Authority, also from Bethel University, was on hand to join Phelps throughout the evening, lending their poignant sound to the project’s arrangements.

The evening ended in celebration as the entire audience followed Phelps, his band, choir and drum corps down the aisle and out the front door, singing and clapping to his soulful, Cajun-based adaptation of the gospel music standard “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Phelps, one of the most recognized artists on the Gaither HOMECOMING Series, sat down with longtime friend and mentor Bill Gaither for a behind-the-scenes interview for the video which will be positioned heavily at retail, via catalog placements and through a direct TV campaign, beginning this month on networks including Dish TV, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, PBS, GaitherTV, TBN, FamilyNet, CTN, GMTN, Guardian, Liberty, RFD, TCT and TLN. The campaign will also air in Canada on Vision TV, The Miracle Channel, Grace TV and CTS.

Freedom is distributed through Capitol Christian Distribution and is now available throughout general market stores and the Christian marketplace in addition to online retailers including iTunes, Amazon and www.gaither.com.

For a preview of the new DVD visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9bE-FEiVEA.

For further information regarding David Phelps, please visit www.davidphelps.com, www.facebook.com/davidphelps or @DPhelpsMusic.

Freedom DVD Song List:
01. I’m Coming Home
02. Who Do You Say That I Am
03. Rain
04. Ghost Town (Freedom)
05. Little White Church
06. Ain’t No Grave
07. Heaven’s Shore
08. Doxology (Featuring the Phelps’ children)
09. The Lily
10. Holy (Sanctus)
11. Revelation Song (Featuring Charlotte Ritchie)
12. If You See My Savior (Featuring Charlotte Ritchie w/ Maggie Beth and Callie Phelps)
13. Water (Duet with Maggie Beth Phelps)
14. When We All Get Together With The Lord (Featuring the Gaither Vocal Band)
15. Your Time Will Come
16. What I Need Is You
17. We Shall Behold Him
18. When The Saints Go Marching In

ABOUT DAVID PHELPS
David Phelps is blessed with a vocal instrument unlike any other. The multi-platinum artist first entered the national spotlight when he joined the Gaither Vocal Band and has since performed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and many other halls and churches around the world. Phelps has won two GRAMMY® Awards and four GMA DOVE Awards. His latest work, Freedom, showcases his talents as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. Phelps lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Lori, and four children: Callie, Maggie Beth, David Grant and Coby.


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New Music From Collingsworth Family

Written by SGN Scoops on July 29, 2013 – 10:30 am -

P&KC MUSIC – NEW RICHMOND, OH Now into their third year with StowTown Records, The Collingsworth Family release their second full-scale The Lord is Good-cmykmainline gospel recording on this label.  THE LORD IS GOOD contains all of the elements that have become mainstream “Collingsworth” in their 14 yr career in the Gospel Music Industry. Great material, outstanding writers, superb vocal arrangements, pristine orchestrations, and world class Nashville/New York recording technology.  One again collaborating with their award winning producer of 8 years, Michael Wayne Haun, with vocal arrangements by Kim Collingsworth, this project brings material to the table from great writers such as Rachel McCutcheon, Darryl Williams, Kirk Talley, Joel Lindsey, Wayne Haun, Jeff Bumgardner, Diane Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck, John W Peterson, Linda Allred, and what has become an expected Collingsworth standard: a renewed classic from their favorite writer: Gloria Gaither.  THE LORD IS GOOD contains it all: big Broadway style orchestrated productions, power ballads, fast upbeat tunes, lilting melodies, warm toned family harmonies, and their unmistakably clear message of the Gospel. 
 SONGLIST
I’ve Come Here To Tell You That The Lord is Good             Williams/Talley
It’s Not Too Late To Pray                                                          Wilkinson/Peck
Show A Little Bit of Love and Kindness                                  Peterson
If He Hung The Moon                                                                Talley
We Will Serve The Lord                                                             Haun/Lindsey/Bumgardner
There Is Healing in His Hands                                                   Allred
My Debt Was Paid                                                                      McCutcheon/Gillespie
God Is Moving                                                                             Talley
Living In Love With the Lord                                                     McCutcheon
It Matters to the Master                                                           McCutcheon
How Great His Love/Love Found A Pardon                           Lindsey/Bumgardner   Sumner/Brown
I Could Never Outlove the Lord                                              Gaither                                                
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 10      FORMAT: CD
Distribution and marketing:  Provident/Sony, Nashville/New York
Also, releasing on the StowTown/Provident/Sony label ……… two more brand new products that portray the respect and intrinsic value that The Collingsworth Family has for the treasures handed down to us from previous generations in the form of Hymns.  Filmed and recorded on location at The Collingsworth Family HomePlace in New Richmond, OH, …………….. right in their own great room, with Kim’s grand piano and 33 of their personal family and friends …….. HYMNS FROM HOME will quickly become a classic in the library of products available in the Gospel Field.  Again, with superb vocal arrangements from the pen of Kim Collingsworth and accompanied by her own piano artistry as well as several selections being orchestrated by Wayne Haun, these products draw you into the warmth of the moment, circled by friends and family in front of the fireplace, around the piano.  With all the quality of a seasoned studio production, enjoy sitting with them in this very personal setting of their own home, and let these timeless lyrics lift your spirit.   
On-location production in High Def digital quality by ViewFinders, Kodak, TN and Oak Tree Studios, Nashville
SONGLIST
Brethren We Have Met To Worship
Holy, Holy, Holy
Come Thou Fount
The Lord’s Prayer
Take Time To Be Holy
My Wonderful Lord
And Can It Be
When We All Get To Heaven
Covered By The Blood
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart
Burdens Are Lifted At Calvary
The Love of God
In The Garden
I Need Thee Every Hour
Unclouded Day
At Calvary
My Jesus I Love Thee
Amazing Grace
STREET DATE: SEPTEMBER 10 – CD      OCTOBER 1 – DVD

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AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN DAVID TEEMS FEATURED AT EXCLUSIVE GLORIA GAITHER EVENT

Written by SGN Scoops on April 10, 2013 – 11:02 am -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 10, 2013) – Author and musician David Teems recently was featured at Gloria Gaither’s Sacred Saturday gloria and davidBrunch, an annual event hosted by the Gospel music icon in the Common Place room at Gaither Family Resources in Indiana. This year’s brunch was titled “The Bible Speaks English.” Teems spoke to the audience, who gathered for a meal and the presentation, about his latest Thomas Nelson book, Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice.

 

“What an experience we had with David Teems and his insights into the real man behind the name William Tyndale! Everyone who filled the Common Place gained a new and genuine appreciation for the wordsmith that gave us the Bible in English—and such beautiful and memorable English that it is rivaled only by William Shakespeare,” says Gaither. “Not only is David Teems a deep well of scholarship and careful research, he is also an articulate inspirer who can make his historical subjects come alive for today’s Bible readers. A shared banquet of typical English foods—King James would have been proud—gave all who attended time to discuss and ask questions, and to share favorite passages from the King James translation that borrowed so much from the work of William Tyndale. We all left thinking of several friends and family members with whom we would have loved to have shared this amazing experience.” Read more »


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Bill and Gloria Gaither’s “A Homecoming Christmas”

Written by SGN Scoops on December 13, 2012 – 5:15 am -

“The Christmas Story: Tell It and Tell It Again!”

Bill and Gloria Gaither’s “A Homecoming Christmas”

By Rhonda Frye, Published December 2011 SGNScoops Magazine

For many years, people all over the world have joyously and reverently celebrated the birth of Christ. Celebrations including decorating with special symbols, the giving and receiving gifts and other festive traditions have been carried out for many years. Unfortunately for some people, the wonder of the true meaning of Christmas has been buried under customs that have grown meaningless. The First Family of Gospel Music, Bill and Gloria Gaither, have certainly held tightly to their love for the Christmas Story in spite of changing times, busyness and repetition.

 FINALGaithercoverFor decades, Bill and Gloria Gaither have been a source of inspiration with their music, their lyrics, books, poems and other writings.  Gloria has stirred hearts with her unique style of communicating truth with conviction, by using words of grace and eloquence. The Gaithers have now turned their attention to the wonder of the Christmas Season and are encouraging others to make Christmas a holiday that is deeply meaningful. With the help of Homecoming Artists, Bill and Gloria have collected a treasure chest of ideas, stories, traditions, recipes, photos and songs to capture the wonder of Christmas. “Wonder” is defined in the book as the holy hush we feel when we contemplate the season of Christ’s birth.

With much anticipation, A Homecoming Christmas-Sensing the Wonders of The Season, was released in September 2011. The book is divided into sections so that readers experience Christmas through the five senses- smell, touch, see, hear and taste. The Gaithers point out that the Christmas story can be told through the senses and each time it’s told and re-told, God is glorified.

In a interview with Scoops Magazine, Gloria shared the idea behind the book.  “I don’t think there is any theological concept that is huger or more difficult to wrap our minds around or more awesome (and I mean that in the true sense of that word) than the incarnation. The God that created, as we are discovering more and more- the unlimited cosmoses beyond cosmoses created first of all this little dot of earth of which life could survive and then brought to it human beings.  He then cared enough about His creation to come Himself and become one of us with our huge limitations so that we could understand that He was a loving, gracious, forgiving, healing God.” Gloria continues, “We have a lot of mistaken concepts of God. We know He’s out there and we know He’s huge, but we tend to think He’s angry or He’s judgmental.  The wonder is that Jesus said, ‘If you want to understand what God is like, look at me, I am here to show you what my Father is like.’

“Every year for centuries we have been trying to wrap our minds around it{the incarnation} first of all, and then we’ve tried to tell it to another generation of children, Gloria explains.  “We try to keep that alive so that the things we do in order to communicate the story don’t become meaningless traditions. If they become meaningless, it’s our fault or if they are erroneous, they should die,” she said with much conviction.

Gloria has a great understanding of how people learn and remember. She explains the concept of dividing the book into sections of the senses: “We have just five avenues to our conscious minds to work with and that is our five senses to sense what God is like. Maybe…just maybe… if we use all of those five we can then help our children and help ourselves every time the story is retold to transcend what we can see and feel and touch and hear and smell to something beyond what the senses can comprehend.”

Summing up the book concept, Gloria adds,” The idea of the book was to show or to tell how we have used those senses to try to explain this amazingly transcendent and awesome concept. I thought it would be great to divide the sections into the senses and have people tell their experience of Christmas through their senses.”

Gloria used beautiful pictures of her grandchild throughout the book.  “I wanted a child in the book that is just in the edge of understanding, she explained. “We wanted the same little face in each section to show his ears, his nose, his taste, to show how this child and all of our children are introduced to the wonder and the immensity of Christmas through things they can actually understand.”

The book is filled with heart-warming stories and traditions from many Homecoming friends. To pull an effort such as this off, Gloria is the first to say, she had a lot of help from many people. “First of all, this is a collaboration because the Homecoming artists were just fabulous to give us input and respond to questions giving us secrets of their family’s backgrounds, recipes and memories and things that had to do with the five senses,” Gloria explains.

Just as everything started coming together, Gloria had to have surgery. Emily Sutherland, a writer that works with Bill and Gloria on their website and in the office, lent a special helping hand during the project. “When the pieces started coming in a couple of weeks away from putting together and getting everything organized as we had envisioned,” Gloria shared, “I was going into the hospital to have a knee replacement. So- Emily stepped in and put the pieces together in the right places and made all the phone calls at the end to make sure all the corrections were correct. I wrote this book with a lot of help from my friends.”

It is vitally important to not get carried away into the hustle and bustle of the season so much so that the real meaning of Christmas is lost. Also, many people set out decorations without truly understanding the meaning of symbols and even the Christmas colors.  “It can almost get lost in the doing of stuff and if the stuff doesn’t mean anything-the stuff that we have got accustomed to… and I mean the stuff in the sense of objects and baked goods and foil and trees…If those things don’t mean  anything we should either discontinue it or find out what it means. For Christian homes, it is almost unforgivable for us to not take the time to hold each ornament or something with our children or even with just ourselves and reflect on the meaning.”

The Gaither children are grown and have children of their own, therefore this year, Gloria found herself decorating her Christmas tree by herself- but she found it to be a sacred thing. As she decorated with Nativities, she was reminded of how the little hands that used to help her are now helping their children do the same.

Gloria shared how she intentionally jogs the memory of other grandchildren so that they still connect with Christmas memories. “I have one grandson in George Washington University for the first time this year,” she said. “I find myself texting him saying ‘I just put up the nativity that you used to help me with.’ I don’t want him to forget, in his context, all the years of holding the baby Jesus, handling Mary, putting Joseph in place, telling the story of that trip to Bethlehem and how the angel guarded them and how the wise men brought the provision so that when Herod decided to kill all the babies, they had the funds to go to another country for 2 years even thought they were impoverished. I want him to remember how God’s provision is for us too.” Gloria explained, “He’s been told that story, so when I text him in the middle of a secular university in Washington, DC he can still connect. I wanted him to make him home-sick not to just leave his campus, I wanted to make him homesick for Jesus always in his heart,” she added.

Gloria’s book includes song stories, Christmas memories, recipes and traditions, but it doesn’t stop there. The icing on the Christmas Cake is the beautiful writings of noted, best-selling author and theologian, Dr. Calvin Miller. Miller who has nearly four million books in print, who served as a pastor for more than 30 years, who penned The Singer Trilogy added a poignant and eloquent touch.

Gloria shares her thoughts about Dr. Miller: “He is one of my favorite writers in the Christian Community. I fell in love with his writing when I was a 60’s college student myself. He had first written the “Singer Trilogy” which I think is one of the all-time great pieces of Christian literature. I think it will go down with Milton’s Paradise Lost and Paradise Re-Gained, but I called Calvin and asked him from his point of view not only as a male, but as theologian (a theologian who can put things in our words because he’s very understandable) if he would from his point of view tell the Christmas story through the senses.”

“His pieces are all shaded so you can read them chronologically if you want to go through the book and read them one after the other,” Gloria explained. “They are wonderful and I would like to encourage pastors, worship leaders and people that plan Christmas programs to use some of his pieces because they are so beautiful to read and share with people, with a Christmas carol or whatever. He did just a beautiful job.”

Dr. Miller addresses the dilemma some face regarding secular celebrations. On page 6, Miller says, “There is the general feeling that we need to keep Santa and Jesus in separate pockets all through Christmas.”  He reminds us in his continuation on page 11 of James 1:17, “Every good and every perfect gift is from the Father above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.”  Miller says, “We have but to ask ourselves, not ‘is this gift sacred or secular?’ but ‘Is this a good gift?’ And if it holds goodness, it is worthy of our Christmas celebration. Christ will not be embarrassed if we mention snow and peppermint as we celebrate His coming into human flesh.”

When asked, Gloria offered her perspective of celebrating Christmas in regards to Santa Claus. “There really was a person… a very wonderful priest by the name of Saint Nicholas. His name wasn’t famous at that point, nobody knew he was going to be such a good man. In his spirit of generosity, he was celebrating the birth of Christ by giving to people that would not have had any kind of special Christmas. I think by that we can also say is one of the things Santa Claus teaches us the importance of giving. The story about the elves and the North Pole and all that, that came from a poem- Twas the Night Before Christmas, but that is a fantasy story that’s fun to talk about, there is nothing wrong with that as long as we know that is a beautiful story that someone wrote, but there really was a man that went around in his village in Europe and made sure that kids weren’t without on Christmas. We can learn from that and do what the Wise-men did too and give our most precious things.” said Gloria.

There is no doubt about it, to celebrate the birth of Christ in a meaningful way requires effort, intentional planning and at times can be exhausting. Emily Sutherland offers encouragement on page 160. “It is worth every ounce of energy we have to bring honor to this holy story with our very best offerings. As we attempt to communicate the greatest story ever told, it takes all five of our human senses to begin to grasp even a piece of it. Yet even then, we need the touch of our Savior, who gave His last ounce of life for us. He longs to celebrate with us-to hear us sing and tell His Story. He delights in seeing the beauty that we create for His birthday. He takes joy in our personal incense offerings, whatever they may be, and sits at our feast as we share His abundance. And perhaps best of all, He delights to embrace us with His holy presence!”  Well said!

Thank you to Bill and Gloria Gaither for sharing your insights and memories along with gathering insights and memories from the Homecoming Family. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. On behalf of SGNScoops, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

Bill & Gloria Gaither’s “A Homecoming Christmas- Sensing the Wonders of the Season” can be ordered online at http://gaither.com/ and can be found in many bookstores nationwide.

If you enjoyed this story, we invite you to read the current issue of SGNScoops Magazine: Here


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October 2012 Edition Of SGNScoops Magazine

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 9, 2012 – 8:56 pm -

We are pleased to celebrate 75 years in Gospel Music with Ms. Lou Wills Hildreth in this edition of SGNScoops Magazine. Sandi Duncan Clark captured many of this living legend’s memories in this month’s cover story. Also in this edition enjoy ministry updates from Larnelle Harris, Voices Won, Freedom, Wilburn & Wilburn, the Hinshaws and Jim Mahalick. Get a peek inside the SGNScoops booth at the 2012 NQC as well as follow Charlie Sexton around as he talks to fans who attended this year’s event. Laura speaks with Gospel Music Historian, Dean Adkins, Sandi shares a conversation with Greg Bentley regarding “talent competitions” and Rhonda Frye speaks with Gloria Gaither about the new Gaither Homecoming Bible. See who released new music and find out who is topping charts! Enjoy several inspirational articles including one from guest writer, Janene Dubbeld and keep up with Jeff Hawes as he travels the world with Karen Peck and New River! Don’t miss the latest update on the Creekside Gospel Music Convention too! We excited to share about this year’s outreach project! This month is packed with the latest news in the world of gospel music delivered by a dedicated staff with many years experience in the Industry. Please share with friends and remember- Always digital, always free…… always good!

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Thomas Nelson Bible Division Prepares for Major Release with Bill and Gloria Gaither

Written by SGN Scoops on June 1, 2012 – 5:43 am -

Nashville, Tenn) May 30, 2012 – Two of the most beloved and influential artists in the Christian music industry, Bill and Gloria Gaither, have joined with leading Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, Inc., for the release of The Gaither Homecoming Bible($44.99, ISBN 9781418549923). Highly Anticipated Gaither Homecoming Bible to release October 9, 2012

 

As general editors, the Gaithers drew from their years of Bible study, gospel songwriting and strong faith to create this legacy project that is sure to be treasured by believers and all who love to sing their faith for generations to come. With the trusted and beloved New King James text as their guide, the Gaithers worked closely with 60 friends and Homecoming artists to select the 75 hymns and gospel songs that will be interspersed throughout the text. These hymns and songs are given new life and meaning through articles and stories that fully describe their connection to Scripture. In total, 230 exclusive devotionals were penned by Homecoming artists along with 20 original poems by Gloria Gaither. A custom Gaither Homecoming Bible reading plan has also been crafted which will guide readers on a Homecoming journey through the scriptures. Read more »


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