Thursday, July 19, 2018

A New Devotion on Cove's Prayer Line - Godly Humility

Below is a new devotion I just left on the Cove Presbyterian Church prayer line. You can find a recording of this devotion at the end of the devotion, on the prayer line (1-304-748-7900) or on the Cove Presbyterian Podbean page. 

If you find this meaningful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Romans 12:1-8

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Godly Humility

Image result for godly humilityThe world seems to recognize those who boast and brag, even when their boasts are empty and their bragging reflects a detachment from the real world. Still, we seem both to notice and to reward the proud and the arrogant, those who think highly of themselves, men and women who may not be nearly as smart or as funny or as charming as they think the are. And when we read about pastors who talk about “needing” private jets, it’s pretty obvious this attitude has crept into the faith. Certain gifts and talents are viewed as more spiritual than others. And certain people are seen as closer to God than those whom they lead. I guess, adapting a line from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, in both our communities and our congregations, all people are equal. It’s just that some are more equal than others.

But that’s not the kind of community Paul envisioned, not when he wrote “...by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” You see, we’re all equal in the sight of God. And we all possess gifts and talents that can reveal his glory. And so, for those of us who look down on the rest, maybe it’s time for them to dismount their high horse. And for those of us who believe they’re giftless, maybe it’s time for us to help them discover what makes them special in God’s sight and to offer them the chance to use those unique talents. And when we do that, not only will we be following the teachings of Paul, we’ll be practicing some Godly humility ourselves.


The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 19, 2018: Today our passages are  1 Chronicles 28:1–29:30; Romans 5:6-21; Psalm 15:1-5; and Proverbs 19:18-19 .  The readings are from The Message by...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, July 22, 2018 (Ninth Sunday after Pentecost)

Bible Talk: The Lectionary Passages for Sunday, July 22, 2018 ...: Below are NRSV translations of the lessons from the Psalms (Psalm 89:20-37), the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7:1-14a) the Letters (Ephesians 2:1...

The Happenings Around the Presbytery - July 18, 2018



Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery

907 National Road
Wheeling, WV  26003
304-232-3490

Office Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
In an emergency after office hours: Call 740-359-1813




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"The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good [people] to do nothing." -Edmund Burke
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PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS:
Bill Betteridge
Karen Edwards
Frank Lewis
Homer Harden
Bob Offerdahl
Ann Varner
Nancy Mountz
David Brocklehurst
Wayne Devore
Howard Monroe
R. H. “Mac” McCuen
Karen Byrne
Jack Visser
Juanita Gillison
Sharon Willits
Debbie Hale
Carl Conaway
Mike Lenno
Steve McCollam
John Lewis
Alice Lucarelli
Glen Baker, Jr.
Alex Ford
All service men & women
Wally Jancura
Dakota Partnership
William Heminger
Domasi Partnership
Vickie Whinnery
Pray for striking Tecnocap employees and their families.
Pray for peace and an end to violence and hatred.
Please keep us informed of any prayer concerns you may have.
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PRAYER FOR UOVP PASTORS: Select one of these pastors and remember him/her in your prayers this week: Bill Webster, Bob Willits, Tim Wilt, Andy Woods, Ginny Zoric.
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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH USA has rolled out a new website compiling your congregation's statistics from recent years, and also offering you a chance to look at your presbytery's or synod's statistics of membership and leadership. You are invited to navigate to https://church-trends.pcusa.org/ and view the assorted statistical searches.
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HOST CHURCHES are needed for the April 23, 2019, and September 24, 2019, stated meetings of presbytery. (For the September meeting air conditioning is needed.) If your session would like to invite presbytery to meet at your church, please send an email to our Stated Clerk scuovp@gmail.com stating the date you will be available to host. Thank you!
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THE PRESBYTERIAN FOUNDATION sends their thank you for your donations to the Theological Education Fund to support future ministers.
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IT’S A BOY! Congratulations to Jaimie and Spencer Allemond in the birth of their second son, Oliver Sidney, on July 5, 2018, at 8 lb. 12.7 oz. and 21¾ inches. Mother and baby are doing well. Proud big brother is Carter. Proud great grandparents are Bill and Donna Brown of Wellsburg (Bill is the commissioned pastor of Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, Steubenville). Grandparents are Cathy and Bill Cipriani.
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice Close Up Newsletter July, 2018, control+click here.
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WE NEED A PHOTO taken at your VBS for our website. Landscape works best. E-mail to uovp@uovpresby.org.
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Mike Bongart, mbongart2@brdband.com
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PRESBYTERIAN COMMUNICATORS NETWORK, Presbyterian Mission Agency.
How to Know Your Audience. Are you talking to me? This is often a question we ask when we don’t know if our colleagues are speaking to us. Do you know who you’re speaking to when you produce your e-newsletter, web content and other printed and digital materials? Knowing your audience is extremely important to the success of your materials. You’ve been told you need to know your audience, but how do you do that? It’s simple. Knowing your audience means knowing who’s in your pews on Sunday morning, who’s visiting your church’s website and who’s following your church or pastor on social media. Read more.
Bright Ideas for Christmas Newsletters. In a national poll of 1,000 Protestant pastors by LifeWay Research, it was determined that behind Easter, Christmas was the second highest attendance Sunday for churches throughout the year. Why not make your Christmas e-newsletter one that your readers will be excited to receive? Here are some ideas for creating a Christmas newsletter that will… Read more »
Stated Clerk of the General Assembly issues statement on executive order regarding family separation at U.S. border. Stated Clerk calls on Presbyterians to 'harvest tears' into action. Read full story. Read full story.
Creative ways congregations are doing more to feed the hungry.Read more about Presbyterian churches around the country working to creatively nourish and sustain those who struggle with food insecurity, malnourishment and poverty.
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Control+click: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to fires in Colorado, Utah and southern CaliforniaRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Residents evacuated, hundreds of homes damaged or destroyed. Those interested in making contributions to assist those impacted by the wildfires can click here. If you prefer to mail a check, please write DR000165 on the memo line, and send it to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700; or you may send it to the Presbytery Office with memo DR000165 and we will send it on.
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PCUSA NEWS:
General Assembly mourns, advocates for Palestinians in GazaDouglas Dicks | Special to the Presbyterian News Service. GA223 resolution deplores the violence and loss of life.
Key to successful ministry: connect, not attractRichard Hong | Presbyterians Today. Understanding ‘why’ before ‘what.’
Regarding ruling elders: a monthly series for spiritual leadersJoan Gray | Office of the General Assembly. “It’s Not All About Us.”
Columbia Theological Seminary students spend week with the Presbyterian Ministry at the United NationsRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Group focuses on the church in a world of displaced persons.
‘Learning God’s Love, Living God’s Love’ around the worldPat Cole | Presbyterian News Service. Wisconsin congregation celebrates global mission work during July.
Killed by police as he ran away, Pittsburgh teen Antwon Rose would’ve been 18 todayPaul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. Minister and 1001 apprentice who presided at funeral worked with Rose on community service projects.
Freedom should be freeEric Mount | The Advocate Messenger. #endcashbail.
New parent loan program now available for PC(USA) membersPaul Seebeck | Presbyterian News Service. Program assists parents with student loans and pastors with loan repayments.
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PCUSA STORE: Save 40% on Select Commentaries now through July 31, 2018. Are you a preacher, Christian educator, or studying the Bible individually? If any of these are true, then you won't want to miss this sale. For two weeks, you can save 40% on select Bible commentary sets and products! These include the 12-volume paperback set of Feasting on the Word, the WORDsearch edition of Interpretation, the complete 3-volume set of Preaching God's Transforming Justice, the latest edition of the Women's Bible Commentary, and much more. Click below to browse the books and find the savings to help prepare your sermons, work on worship planning, or create a study series. Browse All Fifteen Sale Items! 40% Off through July 31, 2018.
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PRESBYTERIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Newsletter July, 2018, control+click here.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PREVIOUSLY RUN:
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PRESBYTERIAN PEACE and Justice Newsletter, July, 2018, “Hope Renewed for Farmworkers,” control+click here.
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PRESBYTERIAN OLDER ADULT Ministries Network Newsletter Summer, 2018, control+click here.
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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN Church, 52 Liberty St., Dillonvale, OH 43917, invites you to their 68th Annual Peach Social on Friday, August 10, 2018, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Food, fellowship, and fantastic music are featured. Doc Roe will headline the entertainment. Dinner items: Haluski, sandwiches, and salads can be purchased at an additional cost. The traditional Peach Social ticket cost is $5.00 per adult and $3.00 per child and includes cake, ice cream, peaches, and lemonade or coffee. Please join us for dinner, dessert, and music at this annual community event. 
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PRAYER PARTNERS: You will find the most up to date, July 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, prayer partner list on our Presbytery’s website www.uovpresby.org. Click on “Prayer Partners” in the top blue box. Your prayer partner is the church on the same line across from your church in this file. The purpose is to get to know each other better and to pray for one another by sharing joys and concerns in a more personal way. You should contact that congregation throughout this six month period to get acquainted and find out about their prayer concerns and share those with your congregation in your bulletin and/or newsletter. We know the power of prayer, and we know that many times God shows His will for us through others, so let’s pray together.
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UOVP PEACEMAKING SUBCOMMITTEE website: www.peacemakingthroughthearts.org.
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POGO XXII (Presbyterian Open Golf Outing #22) will be held Monday, August 6, 2018, with a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start at Spring Hills Golf Course, East Springfield, OH. Fee: $45.00 per golfer. (Includes green fees, cart, prizes, and dinner.) RSVP by Tuesday, July 31stto thePresbytery Office 304-232-3490; or by Wednesday, August 1stto First Westminster Presbyterian Church 740-282-4591 or e-mail firstwest@sbcglobal.net. “Foursomes, please.” For more info, call Jason Elliott or Mike Bongart.
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PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CHURCHWIDE: Arise, Shine Your Light Has Come! The 2018 Church-wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held at the Galt House in Louisville, on August 2-5, 2018. Full registration is $425.00. Rooms start at $144.00 per night (you can put up to four people per room). Remember, we only get together like this every third year, and there is a lot being offered.
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HEARTS ON FIRE 2018 Student Conference will be held August 10–11at the Charleston Civic Center Municipal Audi­torium, Charleston, WV. The purpose of Hearts on Fire is to share the gospel with middle school, high school, and college age young people and fan the flame within their hearts, challenging them to a dynamic walk and commitment in Christ. Speaker: Algernon Tennyson. Register at www.heartsonfireministries.org$45 per person includes event registration for both days. Shirts sold separately. Registration is for the conference only. Lodging, travel, event t-shirt, and meals are the responsibility of each individual church or those attending.
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ANTIRACISM TRAINING THIS AUGUST. Last year, Montreat Conference Center staff engaged in a day-long training session with a team from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, and found it to be useful for inspiring long-term and site-specific conversations about the journey to overcome the dehumanizing effects of racism. We are making a similar, more in depth opportunity available to congregations, pastors, Christian educators, session leaders, church staff, and volunteers August 17 - 19, 2018. Check out the workshops!
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YOU ARE INVITED to attend continuing ed workshops on Saturday, September 22, 2018, at Maplewood Presbyterian Church, 108 Woodland Rd., Greensburg, PA 15601. Registration begins at 9:00 am. We plan to have everyone heading home by 4:15 pm. Lunch will be catered. The workshops are open to the current IPLF cohort at no cost. Open to those from other presbyteries for a cost of $20. Workshops: Morning – Outreach and Evangelism – Rev. Ed Gray. Afternoon (required for cohort) – Proclaiming the Word – Rev. Donna HavriskoPlease RSVP to Bobbie Martin at the Redstone Presbytery Office: 724-837-6737 or e-mail secretary@redstonepresbytery.org. Let her know if you’ll be staying for lunch and if you have dietary restrictions.
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PCUSA NEWS. Control+click:
Texas kids to get a front row seat to persons living on fixed incomesRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth hosts a camp on the experiences of hunger.
Won’t you be an ‘honest patriot’ this Fourth of July? Christian Iosso | Special to Presbyterian News Service. PC(USA) General Assembly adopts guide on civic responsibility.
Highlights of actions of the 223rd General Assembly (2018) in 1,500 words or lessJerry Van Marter | Office of the General Assembly Communications. Loosely based on the pre-assembly, top ten General Assembly issues story.
Presbyterian churches reach out to Texas residents affected by recent floodingRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Some areas are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
Stated Clerk issues statement on executive order regarding family separation at U.S. borderOffice of the General Assembly. Nelson calls on Presbyterians to 'harvest tears' into action.
Houghton, Michigan residents show resilience in recent floodingRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides grant support.
Faith leaders speak out against Supreme Court decision on travel banRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) joins other faith groups in opposition.
Creative ways congregations are doing more to feed the hungrySherry Blackman | Presbyterians Today. Beyond a bag of groceries.
Violence escalates in Nicaragua, PC(USA) mission co-worker leaves temporarilyKathy Melvin | Presbyterian News Service. Nearly 300 people have been killed since violence began in April.
International peacemaker to share the latest on the Syrian refugee crisisRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Dr. Mary Mikhael to visit U.S. churches this fall.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance calls on volunteers to help in disaster recoveryRick Jones | Presbyterian News Service. Volunteers stretched thin after years of hurricanes, wildfires and flooding.
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FROM URBAN MISSION: Save the date of Sunday, September 30th, for the Longest Table 2018, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 301 N. 5th St., Steubenville. Join us as a table sponsor, guests, or vendor to help end hunger in the Ohio Valley. There’s always room at the table!
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The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 18, 2018

The Bible in a Year: Bible Readings for July 18, 2018: Today our passages are  1 Chronicles 26:12–27:34; Romans 4:13–5:5; Psalm 14:1-7; and Proverbs 19:17 .  The readings are from The Message by...

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Cove's Celebration Service - Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cove's Celebration Service - Sunday, July 15, 2018

The members and friends of Cove gathered to worship on Sunday, July 15. This morning, we continued our series entitled Kingdom Living: The Sermon on the Mount. During these 20 services, we’ll look at what Jesus taught his disciples about Christian living, according to Matthew 5–7. And we’ll take those lessons and apply them to our own lives.  During this service, we looked at Matthew 5:27-30 and focused on how we might maintain our integrity.

After the announcements, the service began with the entry of the Word. Below is the video that opened our service:


We sang the hymn "This Is My Father’s World.”  When we’d finished the song, we shared prayer concerns, prayed together and closed with the Lord’s Prayer and the Gloria Patri. As we collected the offering, Josh Elias sang about the victory we have in Jesus.

During the message, we considered Matthew 5:27-30 and focused on how we might maintain our integrity. The passage is below.
“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.’ But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let your word be ‘Yes, Yes’ or ‘No, No’; anything more than this comes from the evil one." [Matthew 5:31-37, NRSV]
A podcast of the sermon is below.


The service ended when we sang the song “If We're Honest," by Francesca Battistelli, a song you can hear below.


You can hear the entire service below.