Sacred Winds Ministries

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2023 Summer Program: The Pilgrim’s Progress

The Sacred Winds Ensemble’s presentation of The Pilgrim’s Progress is now available for viewing.

This summer, the Sacred Winds Ensemble begins a five-year series featuring great Christian books. The goal is to create a needed and renewed interest in reading texts that give greater understanding to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the implications for how we are to live in light of the Christian faith. On June 11 and 12, 2023, the ensemble will present the first book in the series, John Bunyan’s classic allegory, The Pilgrim’s Progress. The work has never been out of print since its publication in 1678, and, to this day, it stands as a hallmark of the Christian faith and is still heralded by leading literary scholars around the globe as the single-most influential text written other than the Bible.

The summer concert will highlight ten stations that occur in Part One of the book accompanied by music that will give aural imagery to the story. Additionally, we will premiere the visual art work of Jason Sturgill who has been commissioned by the ministry to create a series of vignettes for each stage of the story. The concert will be presented on June 11 at 6:00 PM EST at Grace Baptist Church in Somerset, KY and on June 12 at 6:00PM CST at Scottsville Baptist Church in Scottsville, KY.

The concert will be presented as follows:

Stages 1, 2, and 3: The city of Destruction, the Book, and Christian’s conversion

  • Fischer Tull: Sketches on a Tudor Psalm | John Newton: Amazing Grace

Stage 4: Christian fights Apollyon in the Valley of Humiliation.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Vergiß Mein Nicht (Forget Me Not, Dearest Lord), BWV 505 

Stages 5 and 6: Christian meets Faithful. They enter  the city of  Vanity.

  • David Maslanka: Morning Star

Stage 7: Christian meets Hopeful. They become prisoners of Giant Despair’s in the Doubting Castle.

  • Keith and Kristyn Getty: Every Promise of Your Word

Stage 8: The shepherds minister to Christian and Hopeful

  • Ralph Vaughn Williams: Prelude: 49th Parallel

Stage 9: Hopeful’s testimony

  • Mary E. Bryne: Be Thou My Vision

Stage 10: Christian and Hopeful arrive at the Celestial City.

  • Matt Boswell and Matt Papa: Almost Home

Stage 10b: Christian and Hopeful enter the Celestial City.

  • William Walton: Crown Imperial

 

 

Testimonials

Your performances of the Symphony No.7 movement [IV] are very touching and beautiful.

David Maslanka
Composer

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