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
We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit.
— 1 Corinthians 15:45 msg
Adam needed God to breathe into him the breath of life. Jesus, the second Adam, triumphed over death and poured out the Spirit both at Pentecost (Acts 2) and also at our own conversion (Titus 3:3-7). Jesus breathed into us this new life! Jesus became our source of life, our freedom to find life, and our goal in life when he filled us with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).
Loving Father, thank you. Thank you for becoming present in our world in Jesus of Nazareth. Thank you for becoming present in my life through the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, please conform me to be more like Jesus each day, to the praise of God the Father. In the name of the Son of God I pray. Amen.
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[God said through Ezekiel,] "I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD."
— Ezekiel 37:14 tniv
The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2) and in our own conversion (Acts 2:38-39; Titus 3:3-7), is a reminder that God promised to fill us with himself, his Holy Presence, the Spirit. He keeps his word. And the gift of the Spirit is an ongoing reminder that the LORD has spoken and done it, for our good out of his grace.
Almighty LORD, Father of mercy and God of all grace, thank you for filling me with your Spirit to remind me that you have spoken and kept your word to us. Give me a deeper appreciation of your promises and a more passionate anticipation of their fulfillment. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.