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 hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
— Romans 5:5 tniv
When our son was small and we were new parents, we couldn't imagine loving anyone like we loved him. In our limited experience, it was intimidating thinking about having another child because we wondered if we could love anyone the same way. The amazing thing about love, however, is that the more you love the more you have the capability to be loving — at least that is true in Jesus. Crammed into a short few months this year, our lives have been forever impacted by foster grandchildren, a young international student from Madagascar, several university students from China, a young businessman from Thailand, and some very special little girls from an orphanage in Peru. I don't believe there is a human explanation on how you can love so deeply and so quickly, but when Jesus' Spirit fills your heart there is a supernatural capacity to love that is beyond your own ability and that defies your own expectations. I rejoice in that capacity and challenge you to tap into this promise and claim it in the lives of others and join us as we fervently pray that each of these beloved people will become part of our forever family, tied together by the Holy Spirit!
O Father, thank you for adopting me into your family and giving me the Holy Spirit so that my capacity to love is more like yours than like my own natural inclination or ability. Please, please, dear Father, help each of these precious to me find their way into your forever family. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
— Romans 8:2 msg
Life as a follower of Jesus — as a person "in Christ" — is enabled by the new power that is in operation within us. That power is the Holy Spirit, the strong wind of heaven that clears the air and frees us from bondage to sin and death. Romans 8 is the great Emancipation Proclamation for the children of God in every age. It is a declaration that this "new power" is the Holy Spirit who lives in us and is at work through us and shares his power with us. Sin doesn't have to control us. Death doesn't have to defeat us. Our weakness doesn't have to derail us. Limited words do not silence us. The Spirit is at work for us, and everything is changed... for the better... forever... for God's glory and our grace!
Father, thank you for your indescribable gifts: the gift of your Son for my sin and my assurance of victory and the gift of the Holy Spirit who brings me to life in Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.