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
And the Holy Spirit descended on him [Jesus] in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased."
— Luke 3:22 tniv
In Luke, Jesus has been promised by the Spirit, conceived by the Spirit, recognized by the Spirit, and announced by the Spirit. We know Jesus and the Holy Spirit are inextricably linked together as God. Yet to inaugurate Jesus' ministry, the Holy Spirit will accompany the voice of God in affirming Jesus at his baptism. Even though Jesus comes to John the Baptizer like all the rest of the people do (Luke 3:21), Jesus is unique. He does not need to repent — his heart and life are already in line with the will of God. He does not need his sins forgiven — he is sinless. He does not need to prepare himself for the coming of God's Kingdom — he will proclaim, demonstrate, and bring God's Kingdom. For Jesus, this is a moment where God reveals who Jesus is to those who do not know him: Jesus is God's beloved Son who pleases God in all he does. The Spirit's presence in the bodily form of a dove is another sign of this truth. What Jesus' does in his ministry, his death, his resurrection, and his pouring out the Spirit on his followers is put in perspective. Jesus is doing God's work in God's way with God's approval as God's Son. So, just as we have welcomed Jesus at his birth, let's have our lives shaped by Jesus' life and teachings. Let's get to know our Savior so the Spirit can conform us to be like him (2 Corinthians 3:18).
O Father God, please transform me to be more like Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit as I seek to know the story of Jesus and have it shape my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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Moved by the Spirit, he [Simeon] went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: "... my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel."
— Luke 2:27-32 tniv
I love Simeon's words of joy. They are deeply moving and they sound like a song. As our hearts are full today of so many good things, let's remember the greatest gift we have ever received: Jesus! Let's hear the words of the songs that joyously announce this gift as they fill our hearts and remember the joy of Simeon's words as he first saw Jesus. Let's also remember that the same Holy Spirit who filled Simeon also fills us when we sing, speaking to one another through the words of spiritual songs and praising God from our hearts in song (Ephesians 5:17-20). Let's be moved by the Spirit to proclaim God's gracious and greatest gift!
Almighty God, I thank you and receive the gift of your Son with joy, appreciation, and humility. Thank you for loving me so completely and sacrificially. May my life display your character and compassion and may my words proclaim the goodness of your love and the graciousness of your gift in Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.