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
While they were praying, the place where they were meeting trembled and shook. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak God's Word with fearless confidence.
— Acts 4:31 msg
I love the phrase "fearless confidence"! In the face of threatened persecution from the very same people who put Jesus to death and made them cower in fear just weeks earlier, this rag tag band of Jesus followers is filled with fearless confidence. How is this possible? Three new realities and all are available to us: The resurrection of Jesus; The power of faithful prayer shared in genuine community; and the work of the Holy Spirit filling and empowering each follower of Jesus. So let's encourage each other to stay focused on these three incredible realities that are ours in Jesus. With them comes fearless confidence!
Almighty God, thank you for the power you have unleashed in my life and in the life of your people through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the gift of prayer, and the presence and power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.
Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2014. All rights reserved.
[Jesus said,] "I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. ... When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say."
— Luke 12:8-12 tniv
Jesus gives us two incredible promises. First, he assures us that if we publicly confess our allegiance to Him, then he will claim us as his own before the Father and the angels in heaven. Then, he goes one step beyond the first promise: he tells us that we aren't to even worry about what to say in difficult situations because the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say! No wonder the Holy Spirit is described as God's seal of ownership and our guarantee of salvation (Eph. 1:13-14).
O Father, fill me and guide me through your Holy Spirit to say the things I need to say to honor Jesus with courage, conviction, and effectiveness. Holy Spirit, I thank you for your presence and help, in Jesus' name I offer my thanks. Amen.