Category Archives: Prayer

Columbia Seminary Faculty Contribute to “American Values, Religious Voices”

Decatur, GA—Three faculty from Columbia Theological Seminary will participate in a new initiative called “American Values, Religious Voices.” The project has been described as: a national nonpartisan campaign that brings together 100 scholars from a diverse range of religious traditions to articulate core American values that have grounded our nation in the past and should guide us forward at this time of transition. For the first 100 days of the new administration, the organizers will send a one-page letter, each written by one of the 100 scholars, to President Trump, Vice-President Pence, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of the House and the Senate. The letters offer insight and inspiration drawn from the collective wisdom of our faith communities and their sacred texts.

Columbia Seminary scholars include Dr. William Brown, the William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament; Dr. Raj Nadella, Assistant Professor of New Testament; and Dr. Ryan Bonfiglio, Lecturer in Old Testament. The full group of 100 scholars come from a range of religious backgrounds: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh. The Christian scholars are Catholic, Evangelical, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Orthodox, Mormon, and Quaker. The Jewish authors come from the Reform, Reconstructionist, Conservative, and Orthodox Jewish communities. The contributors are rabbis, ministers, a Buddhist nun and a Catholic Sister, ordained clergy and active laypeople in houses of worship nationwide.

When asked what questions will be addressed in the letters, Dr. Bonfiglio responded, “Each one will address a different question. Generally, all of the scholars were asked, ‘What issues animate you at this particular moment in our nation’s history? What passages from your religious tradition have you been thinking about in the wake of the election? How does your religious heritage speak to the matters that concern you most? What message–rooted in the texts you study and teach–would you most like to deliver to our national leaders and to a wider interfaith audience?’ My letter will reflect on ‘Who exactly is our neighbor?’”

“The intersection of politics and faith can be a challenging place,” stated Dr. Bonfiglio reflecting on the importance of the discussion, “but this initiative is thoughtfully designed and may provide an enriching resource for those in our country looking for a higher level of dialogue about such things.”

“This political season has been bruising and vicious, and has uncovered deep cultural divisions,” said Dr. Leanne Van Dyk, President of Columbia Theological Seminary. “I am proud of the many constructive ways our faculty, and even our students, are engaging the culture around them in an effort to transform our communities for God’s purposes.”

Immediately following the Inauguration, a new letter is being posted each day at All of the previous letters will be archived there as well.

Columbia Theological Seminary is “Cultivating faithful leaders for God’s changing world.” As an educational institution of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Seminary is a community of theological inquiry and formation for ministry in the service of the Church of Jesus Christ. Columbia offers six graduate degree programs and dozens of courses and events as a resource for church professionals and lay people through The Center for Lifelong Learning. For more information, please visit

New Daily Prayer app from PC(USA)

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launches first smart phone application

Presbyterian Mission Agency

Associate, Mission Communications

On this Reformation Day, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) launches its first smart phone application—an iPhone/iPad app for daily prayer.

Screen shot of P:C(USA) daily prayer app on iPhoneDaily Prayer PC(USA) provides brief services for daily prayer based on the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship, including psalms for the day, readings from the daily lectionary, and prayers of thanksgiving and intercession.

At this time, the app provides liturgies for morning and evening prayer, automatically selecting the appropriate service and lectionary readings based on the time and date settings of your iPhone or iPad. Future versions will include midday prayer and prayer at the close of day.

Features include

•     a calendar tool, allowing you to find psalms, readings, and prayers for other dates;

•     the clock icon, which enables you to select morning or evening prayer, overriding the current time of day;

•     an “advanced features” menu that lets you toggle on/off various options and select between two versions of the Lord’s Prayer; and

•     a brief tutorial, providing information about the practice of daily prayer and instruction on using the app.

The price for the app is $2.99. Proceeds will be used for the development of additional electronic resources for prayer and study. You can find the app here or by searching the iTunes App Store for “PC(USA) daily prayer.”

For more information, you may also visit the daily prayer website or sign up for the newsletter. Stay tuned for updates, including an Android version of the app.

“Our hope is that God will bless, preserve, and keep us in the practice of daily prayer through this app,” says David Gambrell, associate for Worship for Presbyterian Mission Agency. “How appropriate on Reformation Day that we offer the church a new way to engage an ancient practice of faith.”

Community Presbyterian Rededication in Henryville

Dear Friends,

The Presbytery of Ohio Valley and the Session of the Henryville Community Presbyterian Church invite you to attend a special service of rededication for the Henryville Community Presbyterian Church building on Sunday, September 23, at 4:00 pm (eastern time). A reception will follow in the church hall.

Join us for this celebration of the hard work, strong faith, and resounding hope of so many in our preabytery and beyond.

Even as I write these words, however, our sisters and brothers on the Gulf Coast are reeling from yet another disaster, as Hurricane Isaac makes landfall on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Please visit
for a call for prayer by leaders in our denomination, and for more information on ways you can respond, visit the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance website at

And so we continue to affirm that in life and in death, and in all the circumstances of life, we belong to God. And we belong to each other. Thanks be to God for these blessed connections.

Peace and all good,
The Rev’d. Susan C. McGhee
Executive Presbyter
The Presbytery of Ohio Valley

May Prayer Service for Tornado Survivors

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Community Prayer Service for Tornado Survivors

The First Presbyterian Church of Scottsburg, IN continues its prayer services for survivors of the March 2 tornado on Friday, May 18th at 3:00 PM.

The prayer service will be held in downtown Scottsburg at the church: 396 McClain Ave.

Please mark your calendars as well for the following month’s prayer service on Friday, June 1 at 3 PM.

Areas Affected by the Tornado

UPDATE: Please go to the POV Newsletter & Updates page for current links and information.

The information in this article was current as of 3/6/2012. 

Regarding monetary donations, the Presbytery has set up an account to receive them. All checks need to be clearly labeled (either in the memo line or in accompanying documentation) for Tornado Relief and mailed to:

Presbytery of Ohio Valley
P.O. Box 1864
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1864

For those wishing to volunteer time and cleanup aid: We are still in the beginning stages of this recovery effort – so much yet to do – so many needs yet to assess. If you have not already, please send the Presbytery Office an email message detailing what assistance you are offering (supplies, timeframe, etc.) and your contact information. I am forwarding the offers of assistance I receive on to our Disaster Relief Coordinators. Because of the Herculean task before them, I cannot promise when they will be able to respond – but they will have this information.

The best contact for anyone with immediate plans to travel to the Clark County (Henryville) area is the local Red Cross – they are already set up to organize and direct volunteers. Below is contact information for the volunteer effort, as well as the most current list of supplies needed.

VOLUNTEER RECEPTION CENTER, JEFFERSONVILLE, 9 a.m.  to 4:00 p.m., 7 days a week
CAUTION – The Indiana State Police and Clark County Sheriff’s Dept do not allow anyone without credentials into the Henryville area.

Do NOT self-deploy to the area.

Official Volunteer Reception Center is operated by Metro United Way and is located at 723 Spring Street, Jeffersonville, IN. 47130. Hours: 9am-4pmET, 7 days a week. Location is just off exit 1 of I-65 in the former Bales Car Sales. To volunteer, come to center or call 812-287-0519 or 812-287-0523.

Volunteers must register, sign release and obtain safety training at the United Way Volunteer Reception Center. Because of current safety hazards, volunteers must be 18 years. May accept volunteers ages 16-17 with signed parental consent. Younger volunteers may be accepted after hazards are cleared. Work boots, heavy duty gloves & warm clothes are recommended. Homeowners asking for help from Volunteers should call 812-287-0521 or call 211.

SPECIFIC NEEDS – as of 3/5/12
Bottled water
Non-perishable food items
Paper products
Household cleaning items
Gloves – heavy duty, Nitrile, work
Heavy Duty trash bags
Personal hygiene items (toilet paper, feminine hygiene items, toothbrushes & toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc.)
Cat food/dog food/kitty litter
SO IN DONATIONS WAREHOUSE is operated by Adventist Community Services, the disaster
warehousing expert. 700 Patrol Road, Charlestown, IN, which is in the old US Census Bureau warehouse. Follow the receiving signs to Gate 2. Official ACS signage is expected Monday.

Donations Management Phones – 812-287-0090 and 812-287-0026. Please note that voice mail is not activated or checked regularly yet. Be patient with warehouse phones.

Thank you all so very much!

Time to Order Mission Yearbooks

The POV office will be taking orders for Mission Yearbooks through October 15th. If you would like to submit an order for your congregation, send an email to by the end of that day with the number of books to order and the name of the church. This year, if you order through POV, the cost is $11.50 per book.

The books will be available for pickup at the December Assembly meeting, or they can be picked up from the POV office in Bloomington. If necessary, shipping can be arranged, but the shipping charge will be added to your final cost.