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
Then he said, "Son of man, get all these words that I'm giving you inside you. Listen to them obediently. Make them your own. And now go. Go to the exiles, your people, and speak. Tell them, 'This is the Message of GOD, the Master.' Speak your piece, whether they listen or not." Then the Spirit picked me up. Behind me I heard a great commotion — "Blessed be the Glory of GOD in his Sanctuary!"
— Ezekiel 3:10-12 msg
God is inspiring his messenger through the work of the Holy Spirit. The message his messenger gives is not of his own mind, but comes from God. However, he is to take this message in and make the words his own words. He is to obey those words. And he is to speak those words to the people no matter how they react. God has given him the words to say and he must speak his piece of God's truth! And to make sure he does, the Spirit makes sure he gets to the place he needs to be!
O Father, may your Holy Spirit convict me of what I need to do and say and place me in the places I need to be today, and for each day that follows. In Jesus' name I ask this. Amen.
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"Stand up, son of man," said the voice. "I want to speak with you." The Spirit came into me as he spoke, and he set me on my feet. I listened carefully to his words. "Son of man," he said, "I am sending you to the nation of Israel, a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me. They and their ancestors have been rebelling against me to this very day.”
— Ezekiel 2:1-3 nlt
Ezekiel had seen an amazing vision during a horrible time in the life of God's people. Ezekiel was a prisoner in a foreign land and God's glory, God's messenger, and God's Spirit come to Ezekiel and communicate several important things. First, God is not confined to a place, but God lives in and with and for his people. Second, God knows what his people do, and their conduct matters to him — no matter where they are and what their circumstances are. Third, God uses his Spirit to call people to serve his people and communicate his will whether they are willing to listen or not. These same messages need to be heard in our day! Which message is most important for you to hear today?
O Father, God of all nations and Lord of every circumstance, please use your Spirit to raise up leaders in our day who will communicate your truth with us and call us to serve you and bring you the honor that is due you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.