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September 9, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in God

Sept. 8-15

Academic year 2013-14 has begun. New and returning students have arrived, and classes are under way. We turn now to the rhythms of the semester, among the most important being our desire to pray for Whitworth’s Christian mission as we seek to serve our students in their intellectual, relational, physical, and spiritual development. On Bended Knee will be posted weekly, so look for an e-mail prompt early each Monday morning with the link to this week’s OBK. To receive e-mail notifications, click the Sign me up! button on the right-hand side of this page.

The format is straightforward. We begin with the title and scripture used each week in Tuesday Chapel as we preach through a theme or book of the Bible. Our theme this fall is This We Believe: Living the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed both forms and reflects the Christian community by describing our shared story and common belief. For 1,600 years, this text has voiced the church’s beliefs about the triune God, humanity, the church and the world.

Then we provide a set of specific prayer requests linked to each particular week, highlighting important events in the life of the Whitworth community.

The last item in the prayer list will always be an inclusion from our strategic plan, Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads. We believe the success of this plan is directly dependent upon God’s intervention to bring these aspirations to fruition.

Then we finish with thanksgiving, always being mindful that all we are and all we have are gifts of God’s grace.

We are so thankful for your willingness to pray regularly for the university. So “on bended knee” we now enter into prayer during this year for our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and board of trustees.

Scripture:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This week we pray for…

  • students in their first full week of classes. We ask that they will enter into a rhythm that sustains them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits.
  • faculty and staff in their commitment to academic excellence as they seek to help students engage fully in the process of discovering new knowledge and understanding through Whitworth’s education of mind and heart.
  • Tuesday and Thursday chapel services. On Tuesday, Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal will preach on the first clause of the Apostle’s Creed: “I Believe in God.” Each Thursday, the community gathers around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • Hosanna, our weekly student-led praise and worship service, which meets Tuesdays and encourages the entire community to grow in faith and in the knowledge of Christ. Pray for the faculty, staff, and students who will lead these worship services with their musical talents and servants’ hearts.
  • Awake, our weekly ministry with student-athletes. This program begins in the chapel Wednesday night. Pray for the staff and student leaders who serve our nearly 400 student-athletes as they compete at the intercollegiate level.
  • Thursday’s job/internship fair as students pursue internships, Washington state work-study, and other part-time employment positions for the fall. Many students depend on these positions to supplement their income so that they can attend Whitworth. Please pray for provision for each need.
  • Goal 8 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads Strategic Plan: “Exercise diligent stewardship in growing Whitworth’s financial and capital resources.” Objective 1: “Engage and expand Whitworth’s constituency base, fostering relationships and a culture of philanthropy that significantly increase alumni giving to 25 percent, grow our endowment to $180 million, and help us establish a strategic initiative fund of $600,000.”

Thanksgiving:
Gracious God, we are so grateful for the provision of your love through all circumstances, and we are thankful for the faith to believe that you will give us strength for whatever we may endure. We give thanks for the privilege of praying for the Whitworth community throughout this year as we rest in the assurance of your faithfulness to us all!

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