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Call to prayer following the tragedy at the Boston Marathon

In response to an invitation from the Presbytery of Boston, the Synod of Northeast and ecumenical partners, PDA has deployed four members of the PDA National Response Team (NRT) to support the Presbytery's response to the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Copley Square. 

Members of the team will be available to provide consultation and support to leaders of the faith community as they gather and assess next steps in building capacity and connecting with local recovery organizations.

PDA recognizes that as the Church, our first and best response is prayer, and we ask that you join us:

God of our life, whose presence sustains us in every circumstance, in the aftermath of terror and loss, we seek the grounding power of your love and compassion. We open our hearts in anger, sorrow and hope: that those who have been spared as well as those whose lives are changed forever may find solace, sustenance, and strength in the days of recovery and reflection that come.

Once again, Holy One, we cry, how long, O Lord?  we wonder, when will it be enough?  We grieve the continued erosion of the fabric of our common life, the reality of fear that warps the common good. We pray in grief, remembering the lives that have been lost and maimed, in body or spirit.

We ask for sustaining courage for those who are suffering; wisdom and diligence among agencies and individuals assessing threat and directing relief efforts; and for our anger and sorrow to unite in service to the establishment of a reign of peace, where the lion and the lamb may dwell together, and terror will not hold sway over our common life.

In these days of shock and sorrow, open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands to the movements of your Spirit, who flows in us like the river whose streams makes glad the city of God, and the hearts of all who dwell in it, and in You.

In the name of Christ, our healer and our Light, we pray,  Amen.

Prayer by the Rev. Dr. Laurie A. Kraus


Prayers — including A prayer of confession for a people, and a people of God, from the poet T.S. Eliot; prayer by PC(USA) Moderator the Rev. Neal D. Presa; and Call to prayer after the terror attack at the Boston Marathon, by PDA Coordinator Laurie Kraus

Through the Cloud and Out of Chaos: A Hymn for a Hard Season – hymn by Laurie Kraus

God We Have Heard It – hymn by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette

Two members of the PDA National Response Team have developed Strategies for Pastors Concerning Children’s Messages for the Sunday after a Shooting (or other violence.)

Faithful Caring for Children: Responding to Affects of Trauma in Children


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PHP Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee meets March 30 - April 1, 2014, in New Orleans, LA, in conjunction with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee and Self-Development of People Steering Committee.

PDA Advisory Committee

March 30 - April 1, 2014

In a One Great Hour of Sharing Joint Meeting, The PDA Advisory Committee will meet in conjunction with PHP Advisory Committee and the SDOP Steering Committee March 30 – April 1 at the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana. Discussions will include the work and vision of each department, long term Presbyterian involvement, issues and generative thinking.  A mission site tour will be made, followed individual committee meetings, and PHP will visit grant partner, Latino Farmer’s Cooperative of Louisiana.

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PDA Advisory Committee meets October 8–10 in Louisville.

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