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October 27, 2014 / Whitworth University

Learning to Forgive as Christ Forgave Us

Oct. 26-Nov. 2

Scripture:
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32

This week we pray for…

  • members of the Whitworth community as they return after a few days of rest and renewal during Fall Break. November can be one of the most challenging times of the entire academic year, as daylight fades, colder weather arrives, and the pace of academic life quickens in the second part of the fall semester. May God provide strength and hope for all of us during this month prior to Thanksgiving Break.
  • Staff Fall Break Training Day, on Monday. The personal, professional and spiritual development of Whitworth’s employees is a very important priority for the university. May this be a day of insights and new skills that assist our staff in serving the Christian mission of the university.
  • Administrative Leadership Group, which meets Thursday morning. This group provides essential administrative guidance for the entire university, and, through its leaders, oversees every part of the university’s operations. May God give the members of this crucial group the wisdom to lead with vision and purpose.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service, where Kent McDonald (Theology) will explore Paul’s charge to us to recognize our identity in Christ and to follow Christ faithfully. Kent will also discuss Paul’s challenge to us, from Ephesians 4:17-32, to engage our culture.
  • the majors fair, on Wednesday, as current freshmen and transfer students continue planning their academic careers through the selection of majors, minors, internships and certification programs. May God use our students’ conversations with faculty to inspire their passion and vision for the possibilities they can pursue through a Whitworth education.
  • Dr. Jim Shaw, whom the university will honor Wednesday evening. Jim has led his colleagues in the medical community in the integration of faith with the practice of medicine. He will speak on the ways in which his vision of how to trust in God can actually enhance the healing process for those who are ill or injured. Please ask that the university community will appreciate Jim’s work in Spokane and will gain from the wisdom he has developed over his career as a physician.
  • Friday’s “Why Whitworth” event, as prospective students and their parents visit our campus. May God inspire them as they attend an admissions presentation, sit in on classes, visit residence halls, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the college experience at Whitworth.
  • the musicians of the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra as they present the group’s fall concert on Saturday. This is the first of many recitals and concerts to take place through the music department over the next few weeks. May God give a spirit of joy to the students as they perform the music that they have rehearsed so diligently over the past two months.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful for your endless supply of forgiveness, made available to us through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. May the Whitworth community continue to develop as a community that is known as a place of reconciliation with you, even as we learn to forgive one another. Your forgiveness has made us whole again. We are grateful for your compassion toward us. Please grant us that same compassion to allow us forgive one another. Amen!

October 20, 2014 / Whitworth University

Unity in the Body of Christ

Oct. 19-26

Scripture:
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love; make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4: 3-4

This week we pray for…

the entire Whitworth community, as we complete the first half of fall semester. During this week, please pray for these needs, among others:

  • students facing the pressures of midterm papers and exams. May they have the strength to work long and hard to complete their assignments, and the wisdom to grow from their studies.
  • faculty who face the task of grading those papers and exams, encouraging those who do well and strengthening others who will struggle with academic performance.
  • student life staff who help prepare students to go home, some for the first time since the dorms opened in September. For freshmen students, this first visit can be an unsettling time, as they and their families are aware of the changes taking place in their family system.
  • parents and families who will welcome students into their home during Fall Break, Oct. 24-27. May they extend a spirit of welcome hospitality, engaging in significant conversations during this few days together
  • safety for all who travel during Fall Break, including our many athletics teams travelling to the West Side for competition
  • institutional advancement staff, who have led our 125th-year celebrations in Spokane and Seattle the past two weekends. May they find rest during Fall Break, returning to work next week ready to lead the university in our campaign to raise $100 million in the next few years to support students and programs.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck A. Taylor shares with us from the Book of Ephesians 4:1-16. Paul calls Christ’s followers to move into action in our communities, our relationships, and our own lives.
  • those participating in Wednesday’s Wisdom Talk, as instructors share with students their own vocational journey.
  • Faculty Development Day, on Friday, as regular faculty come together to develop programs for Whitworth students. James K.A. Smith, philosophy professor at Calvin College (Ill.) and author of Desiring the Kingdom and Inheriting the Kingdom, will speak on the intersection of academics and culture. May our faculty be inspired to apply the good news of Jesus Christ in their teaching and mentoring of students.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for showing us your humility and gentleness, for being patient with each and every one of us. You have showered us with your amazing love, so that we may love one another. Guide us by your Spirit to live in Christ’s unity as a witness to the gospel of Jesus’ grace. Amen!

October 13, 2014 / Whitworth University

Prayer Draws Us Closer to Jesus

Oct. 12-19

Scripture:
“…[S]o that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…may know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge.”
Ephesians 3:17-19

This week we pray for…

  • our students. In these next two weeks, before Fall Break, exams, major papers and project assignments all come due, increasing the pressure on students to study diligently while balancing multiple priorities. May our students know God’s pace as they work.
  • our faculty and staff who have direct contact with students. They also feel increased pressure during this time. May they be able to prioritize the multiple tasks before them with a keen sense of discernment, and may they be attuned to the intellectual, relational and spiritual needs of students.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service, as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith shares with us from the Book of Ephesians 3:1-20. Paul calls Christ-followers to move into action in our communities, our relationships, and in our own lives. Please pray also for Hosanna, as students gather for praise, fellowship, and authentic worship.
  • Tuesday’s General Education Forum, as professors Nathan King and Tony Clark discuss the benefits of our current general-education curriculum, as well as ways in which curriculum can be changed to address students’ education needs in the 21st century.
  • Wednesday’s Wisdom Talk, as instructors share with students their own vocational journeys.
  • Thursday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum as Fulbright Scholar Florin Mihoc, from our School of Business, presents research on the importance of strategic account management and relational marketing. May this gathering remind the faculty once again of the gifted teachers who serve our students with such wisdom, insight, and passion.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that your love dwells within us through Christ. Help us to love one another as Christ loves us. As your love blossoms within us, deepen our resolve to be your faithful witnesses to the gospel on this campus and in the world. Amen!

October 6, 2014 / Whitworth University

Welcome Home

Oct. 5-12

Scripture:
“For through Christ we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So, then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.”
Ephesians 2:19-20

This week we pray for…

  • our beloved Whitworth, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. This historic marker reminds us of God’s constant faithfulness to this institution. May we be faithful in the future to honor all those who have contributed their time, energy, resources and commitment to Whitworth University.
  • our students, as many are introduced to Whitworth’s inspiring history. We ask that they would be grateful for Whitworth, which is as it is today because of the incredible sacrifices of past Whitworthians,
  • Tuesday’s Community Chapel, as Stephaine Beans preaches from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus (2:10-22). May the Whitworth community reflect the reality that the “dividing wall of hostility” has been eliminated in Christ, calling us to be the welcoming community Christ intended.
  • the members of our board of trustees as they arrive to meet Wednesday through Friday in conjunction with the 125th year celebration. May our board members have a clear sense of the responsibilities they carry as they lead this institution, and may God’s Spirit guide them in their deliberations.
  • Thursday’s Community Chapel, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, to learn and grow in our various gifts, and to offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles. Services will be led by Whitworth University choirs, sacred dancers, and many other members of the Whitworth community.
  • the President’s Leadership Forum, to be held at the Spokane Convention Center. We welcome former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice., our featured speaker for the Forum. May the Spokane community listen well to Dr. Rice as she engages in courageous conversations about her perspectives on the United States’ role in the world.
  • the flurry of activity on campus between Friday and Sunday, which will include theatre productions, multiple athletics events, Homecoming Weekend, and the 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Spokane Convention Center on Saturday evening, with President Beck A. Taylor. This weekend provides an opportunity to look into our past, present, and future as Whitworthians. May God prompt the kind of “holy remembrance” that draws our hearts and minds closer to God and to each other.
  • Celebration Weekend concludes with a worship service on Sunday morning at which the entire Whitworth community is invited to worship together during one of the weekend’s signature events. This service will include a performance by the Choral Reunion Choir, and a sermon delivered by Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser. May God fill our hearts with profound gratitude as we conclude this historic weekend.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we are so thankful that we are no longer foreigners and aliens. Now we are members of Your household; we are family. We are grateful that, as citizens of the kingdom, we have been drawn into the Whitworth family, as well. Thank you for the grace we know in Christ and for the ways in which that grace comes to us through this university. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Amen.

September 29, 2014 / Whitworth University

Alive In Christ

Sept. 28-Oct. 5

Scripture:
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”
Ephesians 2:4-5

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they realize that the Whitworth experience is a journey that will stretch them in so many different ways, intellectually, spiritually, and relationally. As they encounter difference in thought and culture, attitudes and perceptions, may they be filled with wonder at the rich array of God’s creation, each person made uniquely and purposefully in God’s image.
  • the institutional advancement team, as they go through final preparations for the 125th-anniversary celebration, which will take place Oct. 9-12. They have worked tirelessly to serve the entire Whitworth community in celebrating our unique Christian mission of mind and heart, and may God’s grace, wisdom and endurance be with them as they make their final preparations.
  • those involved in this week of significant lectures on campus. Please pray for these lecturers, that their wise perspectives will be received with open minds and hearts.
    • Monday, Sept. 29, Randy Balmer will offer “His Own Received Him Not,” a lecture regarding the mixing of Christian faith and presidential politics.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 30, Brenda Allen, associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado, will speak on the topic “Community Difference Matters,” about the importance of welcoming, relating to, and learning from the varieties of difference in our community.
    • Friday, Oct. 2, Whitworth Lindaman Chair Julia Stronks speaks on “Christians, Public Policy, and Sexual Identity,” addressing the tensions present in church and public policy concerning the ongoing discussions about human sexuality.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service, as Kent McDonald shares with us from the book of Ephesians, Chapter 2:1-10; please pray, too, for other opportunities for community worship: Hosanna, on Tuesday night; Awake, on Wednesday night; and for the Community Chapel Lord’s Supper on Thursday morning.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, it is good to know that you are here with us; we are aware of your limitless love and your quick forgiveness, and we are thankful for your mercy, which forgives us our sins and offers us salvation.

September 22, 2014 / Whitworth University

Praying For You

Sept. 21-28

Scripture:
“I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know God better.”
Ephesians 1:17-18

This week we pray for…

  • students who are encountering life’s struggles as they try to focus on their studies. Some students are stressed by health issues, some by the lack of finances to sustain their Whitworth education, and still others by relational strains with family and friends.
  • our athletics coaches, who have prepared for this season of competition through recruiting and planning, strategizing and developing relationships with their athletes. May they know the presence of God’s Spirit as they lead, especially during competition and while they are travelling with their athletes.
  • Tuesday morning’s President’s Coffee, as Beck Taylor gathers with the staff and faculty for a time of reflection, information, support and encouragement. May these meetings deepen our sense of common purpose to the Christian mission of the university as each employee seeks to serve our students.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaches on Paul’s charge to recognize our identity in Christ and to follow Christ faithfully (from Ephesians 1:15-23).
  • small-group coordinators as they guide the development of their groups with various student populations. May each student in a small group have the freedom to be honest in discussions across a wide spectrum of faith perspectives while being supported by other students in the group.
  • Friday’s first Why Whitworth Day, as we welcome prospective students and parents to visit our campus and to consider Whitworth as their college choice. In the weeks and months of decision-making ahead, may God give every student a clear sense of direction.
  • YouthWorship, a seminar led by Associate Professor of Music Ben Brody and student leaders. This seminar, hosted by the newly established Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, is designed to provide reflection on the theology of worship as well as development of practical skills. May God give inspiration and a profound sense of responsibility to every worship leader who attends.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are grateful that, as a community, we pray for one another. We are thankful for your spirit of wisdom and revelation as we continue to build a relationship with you and have a deep desire to know you more deeply.

September 15, 2014 / Whitworth University

A Prayer For You

Sept. 14-21

Scripture:
“I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are rooted and grounded in love.”
Ephesians 3:16-17

This week we pray for…

  • student ambassadors who help in sharing the Whitworth story with prospective students/parents – tour guides, dorm hosts, callers, admissions office assistants, and students who help with our visitation programs. May God guide every prospective student for the fall 2015 incoming class.
  • students to have wisdom, understanding and knowledge in making life-giving decisions in their use of time and resources, in their studies and recreation, and in their relationships on campus and with the Spokane community.
  • the department assistants in each academic office, who facilitate the instructional process through their support of the faculty. May each of them be assured of the essential role they play in Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission as they go about their work.
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning’s prayer services as Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody will lead morning prayer from 7:30-7:50 a.m. in the chapel. Morning prayer is an opportunity all faculty, staff, and students to begin the day with scripture, silence, prayer and song. The simple service, based on the Book of Common Prayer, invites us to join Christians around the world as we lift up our hearts to the Lord.
  • the fall service-learning fair, on Monday, as it provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with local service agencies that assist a variety of populations within Spokane and surrounding areas. These connections can lead to academic service-learning opportunities, as well as to general ongoing group and individual service relationships.
  • Community Building Day, Tuesday morning, as Whitworth faculty, staff and students engage in meaningful service activities throughout Spokane County. May this effort extend Whitworth’s emphasis on community into Spokane as we establish and strengthen relationships through our service.
  • Hosanna, Tuesday night; Awake, Wednesday night, and our Thursday morning Community Chapel Communion Service, which serve to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that the love of Christ dwells within us. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to share that love in tangible ways on our campus and in the community. As we experience your love for us, may we learn to share that love on campus and in the community. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

September 8, 2014 / Whitworth University

Grace and Peace

Sept. 7-14

Scripture:
“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 1:2

This week we pray for…

  • our students, faculty and staff in their first full week of classes. We are now adjusting to the rhythm of fall semester, and these next few weeks will be both exhilarating and exhausting, filled with relationships and opportunities in the classrooms, dorms, dining hall and athletics facilities. May God guide each of us to participate in the development of the Whitworth community.
  • families and friends who have left students here on campus, and who now return to different rhythms in their homes and communities. May God give them peace and comfort as the adjustment process continues at home.
  • students, who will develop patterns in these first few weeks that will carry them through the year. May they build healthy relationships as they grow in their understanding of their personal worldviews and faith perspectives.
  • the faculty, and their commitment to academic excellence and helping students engage fully in the process of discovering new knowledge and gaining wisdom through Whitworth’s education of their minds and their hearts.
  • the beginning of all of our worship gatherings: 1) Community Chapel meets Tuesday at 11 a.m. and includes campus ministry staff and Whitworth President Beck Taylor preaching through the book of Ephesians. This Tuesday, Kent McDonald will preach on Ephesians 1:1-14. 2) Tuesday night at 9:45 p.m. Hosanna, a student-led ministry, seeks to create a space that allows students to engage in authentic worship in a variety of different styles. 3) Wednesday night’s Awake, at 9:45 p.m., creates a welcoming, conversational environment with a primary and inclusive focus on student athletes as well as a variety of other student groups. 4) Thursday Community Chapel at 11 a.m. invites the entire community to gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All these services are led by student leaders and other members of the Whitworth community.
  • the Chris Jordan Art Exhibit, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31, in the Lied Art Center. The opening reception takes place Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5-6 p.m. in Lied, with a lecture by the artist following, at 6 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre.
  • the Fall Jobs and Internships Fair, on Thursday. Representatives from organizations that are hiring for jobs and internships will be available to talk about their opportunities with students. Ask that God will guide our students to find the right employment opportunities to meet their financial needs.

Thanksgiving:
You are the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And you bestow upon us, your people, the lavish love that binds us to you and to each other in community. May your grace summon us into relationships that will honor you and reflect your love. Please enable the Whitworth community to fulfill its mission commitment to honor and follow You while we engage our world with the grace and truth of Jesus, our Redeemer and Friend, in whose name we pray. Amen.

September 1, 2014 / Whitworth University

Spiritual Blessings

Sept. 1-7

Scripture:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3

We pray for…

  • new freshmen and transfer, graduate and returning adult students as they adjust to the first full week of university life. May they have a sense of peace as they navigate new relationships and academic requirements.
  • our student leaders in residence halls and student government who will set the tone for the development of community on campus. Ask that they will lead with wisdom and integrity so that all students feel welcomed as contributors to the Whitworth community.
  • our student-athletes as they prepare to play in fall sports. Pray for their protection and ask that they represent the university well in the way they compete.
  • the entire community on Wednesday, when day and evening classes begin in all programs. May our faculty be guided by God’s Spirit to teach with insight and wisdom, inspiring our students to aspire to an education of mind and heart.
  • Opening Convocation, on Thursday, which marks the beginning of Whitworth’s 125th year. President Beck Taylor will speak from Joshua 1, The Next Chapter, as we begin Whitworth’s 125th academic year.
  • the Church Ministry Fair, on Friday, as we welcome our many partner churches onto our campus to provide students with opportunities to be involved with our local churches and community.
  • for all of the student ambassadors who help in sharing the Whitworth story with prospective students/parents – tour guides, dorm hosts, callers, admissions office assistants, and students who help with our visit programs.

Throughout this academic year we will highlight praise and prayer from members of the president’s cabinet, who have been entrusted with the operations of the university. In this first week of the academic year, we feature Greg Orwig, our vice president for admissions and financial aid, who is particularly thankful to be welcoming a freshman class that is right on our target goal of 625 students: We are particularly fortunate to welcome our ideal number when so many schools are facing enrollment challenges.

Thanksgiving:
As we begin this academic year, we are mindful, our God, of your amazing grace, which has brought each of us to Whitworth for this academic year. Gathered among us are people whose lives tell myriad stories of your faithfulness on our campus, and among our employees and all of our beginning and returning students. Our hearts are filled with joy as we sense Your leading us into our 125th year, even as we look back and celebrate your providential guidance of this university over many generations. For all that has been, thank you. For all that will be, we trust you in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

August 25, 2014 / Whitworth University

A Life Worthy of the Calling

Aug. 24-31

Scripture:
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord….”
Ephesians 6:7

This week we begin another cycle of praying for the Whitworth community. The summer has brought times of renewal and refreshment, along with challenges, for the employees of the university. We are now making final preparations to welcome the incoming class on Saturday, Aug. 30. Student-athletes and residence-life leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year. Now we turn our hearts to prayer for our community’s faculty, staff and students.

We pray for…

  • our athletes to be protected from injury, both physical and emotional. May they continue to be people of integrity in both victory and in defeat, to be good examples to others, and to display the Whitworth spirit.
  • our student leaders, who set the tone for our community in residential and spiritual life and student government. May each moment of their lives be a living expression of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
  • our Wednesday worship celebration of the beginning the academic year, with Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching and those gathered taking part in communion. After Stephy’s sermon, President Beck Taylor will deliver the State of the University address, to be followed by a staff luncheon. May these activities provide a common vision for how Whitworth’s staff and faculty can be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout the coming year.
  • Thursday evening’s faculty dinner, followed by the installation worship service for new faculty members. Provost Carol Simon will preach, and we will celebrate communion. On Friday, the faculty will gather for a retreat at Camp Spalding. All of these activities and worship services on Wednesday and Thursday are intended to provide a rich sense of welcome for faculty members who have recently joined the university. May each one feel empowered in his/her calling by God’s Spirit to Whitworth.
  • Residence-Hall Moving Day, on Saturday morning, as we welcome our incoming freshmen. Please pray, too, for our returning students, who will arrive the following Monday. The halls become students’ homes for the next nine months; may each student feel a sense of belonging as all become members of the residence life community.
  • Saturday’s Plug-In Picnic and Sunday’s worship service with Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaching. We also ask your prayers for special meetings throughout the weekend, each designed to aid students, parents, family and friends in this very important moment of life transition. May God’s Spirit of peace calm our collective anxiety as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, which has brought us this far and which will lead us all the way through this academic year.

Thanksgiving:
Our gracious and loving God, Lord, as we begin this new academic school year, we call out to you with thankful hearts for all your mercies, which are new every morning. We thank you for the gifts of renewal and preparation as the summer passes into autumn, marking another new beginning to another academic year. We thank you for the time you give us to enjoy our families and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives. Please let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith. May our lives be worthy of the calling you have for us. Please enable us to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the lofty vision of providing our students a mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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