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
The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the exiles in Babylonia in the vision given by the Spirit of God.
— Ezekiel 11:24 tniv
Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will get his messengers to the places they need to be. He will do this with them both physically and spiritually. He will give them the words to say. He will empower them and make them bold. So what is our part in this mysterious work of God's grace? First, we need to trust that God will provide the leaders we need and give them sound words to say. Second, we need to respond to their message with obedience and reverence for God's scriptures. Third, we need to seek the Spirit's help in using our gifts to serve the work of the Kingdom. God has always provided what his people needed, so let's open our hearts to God's work through the Holy Spirit.
God of all grace, I know that you supply every gift that your church family has. Help me to find my gifts, use them, bless others through them, and may my use of these gifts bring you glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,...
— Ephesians 5:18 tniv
We will all live "under the influence" of something or someone. Shortcuts to living a full life nearly always involve living "under the influence" of some addictive substance or behavior. God's antidote is far more than a call to stop addictive behavior: it is a call to live "under the influence" of God's holy presence alive within us, the Spirit of the Living God. This Spirit-filled life is the only alternative to an addiction driven life because we all hunger and thirst at our core being for God. Anything less than experiencing this water of life within us (John 7:37-39) will leave us vulnerable to the many false substitutes that place us in bondage. "Be filled with the Spirit!" is more than a command, it is the only way to live life abundantly (John 10:10).
O Father, fill me and transform me by the power of the Holy Spirit at work within me. Mold me and conform me to the character and compassion of your Son Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.