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
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12 tniv
The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture and uses Scripture to teach, rebuke, correct, and train us so we can be useful to God and equipped to do good things in the world (2 Tim. 3:16-17). This means that the Spirit penetrates into the areas of our being using Scripture to remake us and make us more like Jesus (2 Cor. 3:18). The real question for me, and I think for you, is whether we are intentionally asking the Spirit to do this as we open the Word of God. Are we hungering and thirsting for the righteousness that only Spirit-led people can live?
O God, you are my God, and I hunger to be more like you in righteous character and gracious compassion. May the Holy Spirit have your way in my heart and remodel my life to be a living echo of the life of your Son, Jesus, my Savior. In his name I pray. Amen.
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So, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness..."
— Hebrews 3:7-8 tniv
God has spoken to the hearts of his human children over the centuries inviting them back into relationship. These Spirit-inspired messages came in many and various forms, but the clearest came through Jesus (Hebrews 1:1-3). Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus speaks to us and to those around us, inviting us to come home to the Father. Yet we must respond, or our hearts harden and we end up never responding to the message of grace. The message of the Holy Spirit, uttered over and over through the centuries, now comes to you and me today: "Hear his voice! Don't harden your hearts!" How will we respond today?
O Father, I want to be a tender heart that responds to the Holy Spirit's invitation to hear your voice and respond to your grace. I ask that the Holy Spirit convict me of my sins, help me take notice of my vulnerabilities, strengthen my weaknesses, and empower me to be more like Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.