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
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To those who are victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give each of them a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
— Revelation 2:17 tniv
The Spirit speaks to Jesus' churches and to Jesus' Kingdom people. The Spirit reminds us that no matter how difficult our challenges may be, we will be sustained, shown as innocent, proven victorious, and given a new name. In a world of disease, destruction, decay, and death, the Holy Spirit assures us of lasting life and eternal victory and new beginnings. This is especially important when we face trials, temptations, and persecutions. And living in a broken world, we know those will come to all of us at one time or another. So isn't it powerful that the Spirit promises us a better future and lives in us to guarantee that better future!
Almighty God, my Abba Father, thank you for your promises! Thank you even more for the Living Promise, the Holy Spirit who dwells within me. I want to hear the Spirit's voice of hope and respond with faithfulness as I await the unfolding glory that is guaranteed by the Spirit's presence. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.
— Romans 8:22-23 nlt
As beautiful and diverse as our world is, deep within us, we know something is broken here. Disease, disasters, decay, and death haunt us, even mock us. Our bodies remind us. Disasters make us aware to this reality. Every fund drive to fight some unwanted and horrible disease awakens us to this truth. But the Holy Spirit's work within us and for us and the promise of the Spirit's presence within us is our guarantee that something better, less fractured and less vulnerable to decay, is coming. We long for it. We wait in eager hope for it. God has promised it. And we will celebrate it in the Father's presence with new bodies, fully released from sin and suffering. The Spirit is not just our guarantee of this, but also our taste of our future glory.
O Father, thank you for all that you have made. Yet I know, dear Father, that something is broken in my world and that this brokenness invades my daily life. So I thank you for the Holy Spirit who is my assurance of release from what is broken and release for something that is truly more glorious than I can imagine. In Jesus' name I thank and praise you. Amen.