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 the Spirit of the LORD came upon me, and he told me to say, "This is what the LORD says to the people of Israel: I know what you are saying, for I know every thought that comes into your minds."
— Ezekiel 11:5 nlt
We can scheme and plan and plot quietly, telling no one, yet the Spirit of God knows. The Spirit knows what we are thinking and what we are saying behind closed doors. So while part of the power of the Spirit's work in bringing God's message is found in the origin of the message — it comes from God — there is a second source of power of the Holy Spirit inspired message. The Spirit of God knows our own thoughts. He speaks to what we will not say out loud, but think inside. No wonder the words from the Spirit convict, inform, and inspire us: they are spoken to the struggle of each heart. This is true when the word is spoken, heard, and read. The message comes from the Holy Spirit, is empowered by the Holy Spirit, is understood because of the Holy Spirit, and brings conviction through the power of the Holy Spirit. So let's ask the Spirit to speak to our hearts and our needs and our longings and our weaknesses and our duplicity and help us know God's truth!
O Father, please make your will clear to me through the work of your Holy Spirit in my heart. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.
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The Spirit said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are planning evil and giving wicked counsel in this city. They say to the people, 'Is it not a good time to build houses? This city is like an iron pot. We are safe inside it like meat in a pot.' Therefore, son of man, prophesy against them loudly and clearly."
— Ezekiel 11:2-3 nlt
We are family with Op-Ed pieces in the editorials. We often need them to counter-balance the leaning of culture which tends to put its own slant on things. Ezekiel is given the job of being the Op-Ed spokesman for God. All the others claiming to speak for God are speaking a nice, light, easy, and affirming message. Ezekiel, however, is empowered and inspired and directed by God's Holy Spirit. He must speak God's truth. Let's ask the Spirit to convict us of the lies we are told in our culture and to empower us to speak God's truth, especially to God's people who are being sucked down the drain by the many voices who do not speak the will of God.
Father in heaven, give me courage to live and to speak your truth with kindness and conviction. Holy Spirit, I ask that you convict me of the lies that I have come to believe because I have heard them so frequently from those who do not know the will of the Father. I ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.