The Sacred Winds Ensemble comes to The First Federal Center in Hazard, KY for their 2012 tour on Sunday, June 10 at 2:30 pm. This summer’s concert, Psalms, Hymns, and Spirituals Songs: The Gospel in Appalachian Music explores Christian worship music from Appalachia including such well-known hymns as “Amazing Grace” and “Come Ye Sinners”. Dr. Will Peebles, Director of Western Carolina University’s School of Music, will speak on Appalachian and Shape-Note music and will lead the ensemble and audience members in a Sacred Harp singing. The ensemble will also present the concert at The Paramount Theatre Ashland, KY on June 11 at 7:00 pm and in Charleston, SC on June 15 at the Berkeley Center for the Arts at 7:00 pm. The ensemble will also send outreach musical groups to area churches in Hazard, KY on June 10 and Charleston, SC on June 13 as well as present a Summer Music Symposium to Charleston-based middle school and high school instrumental music students their directors on June 15. Hazard native Dr. Scott Bersaglia founded the Sacred Winds Ensemble in 1997. Recent performances of note by the ensemble include The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2011, the 2010 Kentucky Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, and the 2008 Church Music Conference in New Orleans, LA.
All performances are sponsored by the Sacred Winds Foundation and come complimentary to the public. For more information, please visit www.sacredwinds.org or facebook.com/sacredwinds. -- Nell ChaudoinEditorial Administrative AssistantSacred Winds Ensemblewww.sacredwinds.org
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,...
— Galatians 5:22 nlt
Even in life's darkest hours, the Holy Spirit, our Comforter, can bring the light of God's joy to the darkest corners of disappointment. Because the Holy Spirit is alive within us, joy will sooner or later bubble to the surface. The Spirit's very presence is our reminder of two truths: that Jesus was raised from the dead and poured out the Spirit on us when we became his followers (Titus 3:3-7) and that God has assured us of sharing his glorious future with us (2 Cor. 1:22). Where the Holy Spirit finds a home, there we will find joy. Thank God we are that home! (John 14:1-23)
O Father, I welcome you into my home. Until I can come home and be with you, I thank you for making your home within me through the Holy Spirit. I thank you for the joy that is mine knowing that you live in me until I can come and live with you. In Jesus' name I thank you and praise you. Amen.
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
— Romans 15:13 tniv
Rather than much commentary on this beautiful blessing, let's share the joy of this blessing and the confidence of our hope with those we love! And may this blessing be yours during this time of Thanksgiving. May hope be yours because of the precious gift of the Holy Spirit within you!
O Father, I thank you for living hope — my living Savior who conquered death and the Holy Spirit's living presence within me assuring me that I will share in glory with you. I thank you that my hope is not just a wish for something in the future, but it comes with the deep assurance that what I hope in will happen. Thank you in Jesus' name. Amen.