For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
This week we pray for…
- students as they prepare for and take final exams, and faculty who will work to grade those exams and complete the process of evaluating students’ learning over the course of the semester. May wisdom and perseverance be supplied by God’s Spirit to all members of the Whitworth community.
- safety for all as they travel throughout the holidays.
- hope, in this season of Advent, which comes to our world through Christ the Messiah.
- Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Todd Friends (School of Business) presents “Turning Businesses into Learning Organizations.”
- our Candlelight Nativity Service on Monday evening, as the nativity story is told with scriptures, music led by the Whitworth Men’s Chorus, and our final celebration of communion for this semester.
- the Annual Christmas Festival Concerts this Saturday and Sunday in Spokane, featuring the choir, the women’s choir, the men’s chorus, the chamber singers and our fine student instrumentalists.
- Initiative 5.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads Whitworth 2010-21 vision and strategic plan as we seek to expand experiential learning opportunities for students to serve the community, participate in off-campus initiatives, and apply educational skills in workplace settings.
Lord, we thank you for the Anointed One, the Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world. May we have a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. And through your Son, Jesus, may we experience once again the hope of deliverance, for which we are so grateful.
God will wipe away the tears from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. And the one seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”
This week we pray for…
- our students, in their final week of classes. Pray for their ability to focus well and use time wisely as they complete the last round of assignments and begin the process of preparing for final exams.
- President Beck Taylor and his wife, Julie, as they host students, faculty, staff and the Spokane community on Monday afternoon and early evening for the annual Christmas reception and feast. The university has the opportunity to support the Spokane community through the donation of non-perishable food items at the event.
- our talented students who perform in the chamber ensembles in concert on Monday.
- Tuesday’s Community Worship as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal speaks on the last clause of the Apostle’s Creed, The Resurrection of the Body & Life Everlasting. Please pray also for Hosanna, on Tuesday night, Awake, on Wednesday night, and Thursday’s community worship and communion. All of these worship services invite the Whitworth community into Advent as together we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- The Whitworth Foundation’s board of directors as they hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
- Faculty Scholarship Forum, on Thursday, as Brent Edstrom (Music) presents “Arduino for Musicians: An interdisciplinary approach to music-making in the digital age.”
- Whitworth Life, on Friday, as people from across the spectrum at our institution – the student body, alumni, faculty, facilities services, Sodexo, residence life, admissions, the administration, the board of trustees – share stories of their experience as part of the university community.
- the Whitworth Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday. This is the auxiliary’s annual fund-raising event to benefit Whitworth students, providing scholarship support and residence-hall-lounge refurbishment as well as Northwest travel experiences for international students.
- Saturday’s and Sunday’s Annual Christmas Festival Concerts featuring the choir, the women’s choir, the men’s chorus, the chamber singers and student instrumentalists as they present their home concert here in Spokane. May these students know the joy and presence of God as they lead the community in worship.
- Initiative 5.1 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth commits itself to providing an education, grounded in the liberal arts, that empowers individuals for lifelong learning, professional development, and meaningful citizenship and service to society. This initiative seeks to supporting and strengthen the liberal arts and to foster their integration across the curriculum.
Lord, we are so thankful as we enter this Advent season that the promise of the Resurrection awaits all of us. We know that through the great sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, we now have everlasting life. We are humbled to know that you are faithful and true as you transform death into life through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. And it is great hope and trust in Jesus that we make this prayer. Amen!
Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
This week we pray for…
- our community. The last few days before Thanksgiving break are a hectic time for everyone, as staff members finish up first-semester projects and work to prepare the facilities for the coming winter; students finish midterm exams and submit papers; and faculty press on with the tasks of teaching, grading and mentoring. May the members of our community extend grace to one other during this week, and may we all know the strength to persevere and serve with energy and enthusiasm.
- safety for all Whitworthians as our students, faculty and staff travel during the Thanksgiving holidays to spending time with family and friends.
- Michael Sardinia (Biology) at Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum as he presents “Dihexa –a possible drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.”
- Associate Chaplain Mindy Smith as she shares with us Tuesday in Community Chapel from the Apostles’ Creed, on The Forgiveness of Sins.
- all who worship together. Ask that they be filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the amazing grace of God’s remission of our sins through the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Goal 6.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth develops additional online-education possibilities integrated with face-to-face instruction in order to reach broader, underserved markets in the region.
Lord, we are so thankful for the forgiveness of our sins. Thank you for your mercy and your constant love. We recognize our faults, and we are conscious of our sins. But because of your loving kindness and your great mercy, you are in the process of making us whole again. May we be filled with an “attitude of gratitude” for your endless grace during this Thanksgiving week and always. In Jesus’ name, amen.
To all God’s beloved who are called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ
This week we pray for…
- our students’ perseverance as they continue to be faithful not only to their studies, but in their relationships with others.
- all community members who are ill; we ask that they will recover quickly and that they will allow themselves the rest that they need.
- students in the concert band and jazz ensemble II as they present their fall concert on Tuesday.
- Tuesday morning’s chapel, as we reflect on God’s word, The Communion of Saints, led by Beck Taylor. Please pray too for Hosanna, on Tuesday night, for Awake, on Wednesday night, and for Thursday’s community worship and communion.
- social-justice advocate, filmmaker, author and playwright Jen Marlowe, who will speak on Tuesday about her work in Darfur, Israel and Palestine, as well as her attempts to prevent the execution of Troy Davis. Marlowe will share stories of the heroes she has worked with to show the courage of those marginalized and oppressed. Her new book, An Hour of Sunlight, about Death Row in U.S. prisons, was just released.
- Kathy Storm (Academic Affairs) as she speaks Wednesday at the first President’s Colloquy on Theological Identities. Kathy will address the Reformed Tradition, and Mike Ingram (Faculty), Jeremiah Sataraka (Staff) and Rachel Toone (Student) will join in conversation in response to her keynote presentation. During spring semester 2014, the President’s Colloquy will continue with consideration of Whitworth’s evangelical and ecumenical identities.
- Claudia Dumitrescu (School of Business) as she speaks Thursday at Faculty Scholarship Forum on the topic “How Do Consumers Respond to Government-vs.-Corporate Initiatives to Combat Childhood Obesity?”
- Saturday’s third annual International Festival, where students from around the world will share their culture, food and fashions.
- Initiative 6.1 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as we seek to enhance graduate continuing studies through ongoing assessment of all programs, based on mission, academic quality and sustainability.
Lord, we are so thankful that we walk in love, as your Son, Jesus, not only walked in love but gave himself for us. May we walk in his footsteps and follow his example of sacrificial love as we seek the peace, purity and unity of your church, which is the body of Christ. Amen.
Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
This week we pray for…
- students who are feeling stress, especially about academics and/ or finances, and please keep in your prayers those who are preparing to present crucial end-of-semester projects, recitals, and research. During these dark days of late fall, as daylight hours wane and we get our first taste of the long winter to come, ask that their needs be met through the assurance that the Lord is the source of all their sustenance.
- Teaching Roundtable, on Monday, as faculty members present, discuss and focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning for our students.
- Bryan Dik, as he lectures Monday on “Finding Your Way: Myths, Misconceptions and Strategies for Cultivating Your Calling.” Bryan specializes in vocational psychology, with an emphasis on a sense of calling and purpose in one’s work. May this presentation guide the discernment of vocational calling for our students.
- Community Chapel on Tuesday as Jerry Sittser (Theology) preaches on the clause from the Apostle’s Creed that emphasizes the unity of God’s church. Other ministry events for which we ask you to pray this week include Hosanna (Tuesday night) and Awake (Wednesday night), as well as communion in Community Chapel (Thursday).
- novelist Melanie Rae Thon, who will present the English Endowed Reading lecture on Thursday evening. This lecture is part of a regular series that challenges the community intellectually and spiritually in our quest for faith-learning integration.
- Initiative 7.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan as the university strives to enhance employee training in order to equip our employees to pursue excellence in their vocations as they integrate Christian faith into all facets of their life and work.
- President Emeritus Bill Robinson as he assumes the interim leadership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Please pray that Bill’s experience, wisdom and faith in God’s unending grace will help the CCCU to chart a meaningful and successful future.
Lord we are so thankful for your church, founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ and sustained by your grace. We are grateful that we have been included in the worldwide community of faith. Please help us, through our words, deeds, and relationships, to pursue the unity of your people locally, regionally, and globally as Jesus prayed in John 17. May we be one even as you, Father, are one with the Son and the Spirit. Amen.
I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
This week we pray for…
- student relationships that require careful cultivation and attention, on campus with their fellow students as well as with staff and faculty. Students are also navigating relationships with family and friends back home – changes that are normal and yet so often difficult during this time of transition.
- alum Gerry Gemmill, ’85, as he begins leading Whitworth as the university’s new vice president for finance & administration. Gerry comes to us with an enthusiastic passion for our Christian mission. May his vast array of talents, skills and experience be used by God to bless the Whitworth community.
- Janet Hauck, university archivist, speaks Monday at Faculty Scholarship Forum. Janet will discuss the relationship between geographical regions and religious expression, a topic of increasing importance here in the Pacific Northwest, the region with the smallest percentage of Christian membership in the entire nation.
- Beck Taylor hosts the President’s Coffee on Tuesday morning with staff. This gathering provides a time for connection across the university workforce, as well as for providing updates and spiritual encouragement.
- Tuesday Community Chapel, where we continue our series “I Believe: Living the Apostles’ Creed.” Kathy Storm will preach on the beginning of the third section, “I Believe in the Holy Spirit. ” Hosanna Tuesday night, Awake Wednesday night, and Thursday’s Community Chapel with Holy Communion continue the weekly gathering points for the Whitworth community.
- Thursday Seminary Fair, which is a great opportunity for students to explore options for post-graduate plans. Representatives from many seminaries and theological schools across the country will be available to provide information and answer questions about their programs.
- alum Stanley Borg, ’82, a recognized expert in healthcare innovation, will speak Thursday night on how to thrive in our current healthcare system. This topic is one of the most contentious in our society, and the university seeks to address controversial issues by sponsoring these courageous conversations.
- Friday’s Why Whitworth admissions event, when prospective students and parents visit our campus. Pray for our admissions staff members, who work so diligently as they interact with thousands of prospects to provide wisdom concerning the decision-making process regarding college selection.
- Initiative 7.2 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth seeks to develop leadership among staff and faculty to advance the university’s vision and effectiveness.
Lord, we thank you for the Holy Spirit, the one who comes to bring us comfort and wisdom, guidance and courage. May our hearts be encouraged when we feel that there is no one else present to make us feel secure and safe. May the Holy Spirit’s ever-present care reassure us of your ongoing faithfulness always.
Oct. 28-Nov. 3
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then will He sit on the throne of his glory (NRSV).
This week we pray for…
- our students as they return from Fall Break. Ask that they will be refreshed and energized. November can be one of the most challenging times of the entire academic year, as daylight diminishes and the pace of academic life quickens in the second half of the fall semester.
- our student-athletes, who are entering the final weeks of this semester’s contests with weary bodies and the undiminished desire to perform well in the Northwest Conference.
- Tuesday Community Chapel, as Kathy Storm preaches on the subject of Jesus’ historical ascension and the assurance of his return. Please pray, too, for Hosanna (Tuesday), Awake (Wednesday), and Community Chapel/ Communion (Thursday). All are important opportunities for members of the Whitworth community to strengthen our spiritual focus.
- Tuesday’s Whitworth Speakers & Artists Series, as Cynthia Hetherington presents “Professional Futures and the Pitfalls of Social Media: Maintaining Your Image.” Social media present our society with both great opportunities and potential pitfalls. Pray that this discussion will help the community to be discerning in its use of technology to affirm and enhance life.
- the Majors Fair, on Wednesday, which promises to be a great opportunity for students to talk with departmental advisors about academic opportunities in a variety of majors. This time is especially important for freshmen who are in the process of discerning vocational calling and deciding on the trajectory of their academic careers.
- Daniel Taylor (Friday), as he speaks about the relationship between faith development and doubt. Taylor is co-founder of The Legacy Center, an organization devoted to helping individuals and organizations identify and preserve the values and stories that have shaped their lives.
- acclaimed jazz saxophonist and Grammy winner Chris Potter and the award-winning Whitworth Jazz Ensemble as they perform together on Saturday night at Spokane’s Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
- Initiative 7 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan: To invest in Whitworth’s employees and support a culture of continuous improvement as we recruit and retain highly qualified faculty and staff who reflect the university’s commitments to its mission, to excellence, and to diversity.
Lord, we thank you that your Son, Jesus, was born among us poor, humble and dependent. Open our eyes, our hearts and our hands to honor him now as our ascended Lord and King. Let us welcome him in those who are hungry and thirsty, in all who are abandoned and lonely, and in the lives of the poor and the sick. Let our love become free and spontaneous, like the tenderness you have shown us in your Son. Welcome us into the everlasting Kingdom prepared for us through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
Oct. 21-27, 2013
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” … Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and My God.”
This week we pray for…
- students who face the challenges of academic pressures. This week, at the midpoint of fall semester, major papers are due, exams are scheduled, presentations are to be given. This is a time when students’ academic efforts come to fruition. May each one feel a strong sense of discipline and focus as they steward their opportunity to pursue a Whitworth education.
- Tuesday’s community chapel, as Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser focuses on the reality of Jesus’ resurrection as set forth in the next clause of the Apostles’ Creed (see above). May all who worship be reminded of the great hope we have in the reality of Jesus being raised bodily from the dead as the “first fruits” of all who trust in Him.
- Thursday evening’s Pirate Night, when the Spokane community has the opportunity to support our student-athletes who compete in varsity intercollegiate athletics. May all who attend be reminded of God’s gift of healthy bodies, sound minds, and vibrant spirits.
- students on Fall Break, beginning on Friday, when many will travel off campus for a few days of rest. May all travel safely, wherever they may go, and may they also receive the gift of spiritual, physical and emotional renewal.
- faculty and staff as they participate in Faculty Development Day and numerous staff training events on Friday. May every Whitworth employee be renewed in his or her commitment to serve our students through the training and fellowship available on this day.
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Our gracious God, we are so very thankful for the rhythm of hard work and rest, intense effort and renewal. This week holds both for every member of the Whitworth community. May your Spirit be present in the fulfillment of assignments and in the grading of exams, and we ask that you provide the respite we all need at this midpoint in the semester. You have promised to be with us, and we are peaceful in your presence. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.
I handed to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4
This week we pray for….
- Costa Rica Director Lindy Scott and the students with whom he will gather Monday, each of whom has spent a semester at the CRC, as they reflect on the importance of intercultural education as a significant component of Whitworth’s Christian education.
- Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor as he hosts the Fall President’s Leadership Forum with renowned author Doris Kearns’ Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, a primary source for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln. Please pray too for Goodwin, as she speaks on “The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln” before more than 1,000 members of the Spokane community. May all present reflect on the courageous leadership exhibited by Lincoln in times of great turmoil as an example of how we can lead with courage, strength and humility in these troubled times.
- Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Storm as she speaks in community chapel on the next clause of the Apostles’ Creed (see above), which addresses the central importance of Jesus’ suffering and death for Christians.
- Professor of Political Studies and Lindaman Chair Julia Stronks as she delivers the annual Lindaman Chair Lecture. This year she will address the constitutional tension between religious freedom and civil rights for the gay community. May there be a humble spirit of listening and learning among all who attend.
- our director, actors, crew members and audience as Whitworth Theatre presents The Wakefield Mysteries on Friday and Saturday nights. The play, which comprises a series of medieval mystery plays based on stories from The Bible, highlights the sweep of scripture’s “Big Story”: Creation, Fall and Redemption.
- the participants in Fall Family Weekend, as families join their students for activities that include taking part in a class led by a member of Whitworth’s great faculty, hearing from President Taylor, and enjoying various campus events. Pray for President Taylor as he preaches at the Family Weekend worship service, the last event of this two-day gathering.
Prayer of Thanksgiving:
We are grateful, our God, for this week’s reminders of the importance of learning from those who have gone before us. We are part of The Big Story that God is developing throughout the ages. Our family stories are a part of that process. Our society feels the pressing tension of competing and conflicting values, just as it did in the days of Lincoln. May we look to Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, whose life and teaching so deeply affected Lincoln’s approach to conflict. During his life on Earth, Jesus always found a way to reach out to everyone willing to be drawn into his grace and truth. May we humbly and gratefully walk in his footsteps. Amen!
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld God’s glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
This week we pray for…
- students who may find it difficult to balance employment and class attendance, that they will be strengthened both physically and spiritually.
- our student-athletes, who must deal with the tremendous pressure that they face from the physical and mental grind of fall athletics. May all of our athletes on the cross-country, volleyball, soccer, golf and football teams know the presence of God as they seek to excel in the classroom and on the field of competition.
- Monday Teaching Roundtable as it gathers again, that presenters and attendees may inspire their colleagues to become more effective teachers both in and out of the classroom.
- Tuesday Community Chapel, as Jerry Sittser (Theology) preaches on the mysterious gift of the incarnation: God coming to Earth in the human form of Jesus. Please pray also for Tuesday night’s Hosanna, Wednesday Night’s Awake, and Thursday’s Community Communion Chapel.
- our trustees as they come together for their fall board meeting. As those ultimately responsible for the university’s Christian educational mission, may our board be equipped to be faithful stewards of this sacred trust, which we all hold as a precious gift of God.
- Katherin Rogers, professor in medieval philosophy and philosophy of religion at the University of Delaware, as she presents “Bedazzled, the Devil, and Freedom” as part of the Faith, Film and Philosophy Conference presented each year by Gonzaga and Whitworth. Rogers’ lecture will take place on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Robinson Teaching Theatre.
- The Whitworth Orchestra as it performs on Friday with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony at the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene. May our students know the joy of God’s artistic gifts, bestowed on each of them as they play.
- Initiative 8.5 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan, as we work to develop and maintain facilities and grounds consistent with the campus master plan and the university’s accessibility and sustainability goals.
We give thanks for the Whitworth University Board of Trustees and their work throughout Whitworth’s long history. These faithful women and men have guarded our Christian mission as a treasure given by God, and the strength of the university continues to grow through their wise and insightful spiritual, academic and fiscal leadership. May those of us who currently live and work here – each student, every member of the staff, all of the faculty – be filled with gratitude for the gifts we have been given to pursue God’s calling in our lives, enabled by our gracious board members.