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September 30, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in Jesus Christ, God’s Only Son, Our LORD

Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Scripture
John 20:24-29, Thomas’ Confession to Jesus, “My Lord and My God”

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they continue to face the first round of major papers and exams during this fall semester. May they have the discipline to prepare well, and may their learning expand both their minds and their hearts in their pursuit of education here at Whitworth.
  • the president’s cabinet, as its members prepare for the board of trustees meeting next week. May they be inspired by God’s spirit to lead with wisdom and courage.
  • our two Faculty Scholarship Forums this week. On Monday, Keith Beebe (Theology) will present on the role of George Whitfield in the Scottish Presbyterian revivals, and on Thursday, John Yoder (Political Science) will speak on “Men and Women of Valor: Politics in the Book of Judges.”
  • the first Faculty Assembly to be led by new Faculty President Forrest Baird (Philosophy). Please pray that our faculty may also experience the presence of God’s spirit as they teach and mentor our students, and that Forrest will lead with his customary discernment and insight.
  • Terry McGonigal, who will preach in community chapel on the first clause of the Apostle’s Creed, which deals with Jesus as the second person of the Trinity: as God’s Son, as the Messiah, and as the LORD. Please pray, too, for Tuesday-night Hosanna, the student-led ministry that helps students engage in authentic worship in both familiar and new ways.
  • Wednesday night’s Awake, our new student-led ministry that focuses on three primary components of the Christian faith: gospel, worship, and fellowship.
  • Thursday’s community chapel and our weekly celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Please pray that the university community will be untied around the centrality of Jesus and his life, ministry, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension.
  • Nabeel Jabbour as he speaks Thursday on Islamic worldviews, addressing the various types of Muslim faith, the skeleton of Islamic history, and influential leaders of Islamic fundamentalism. Jabbour is the author of The Crescent through the Eyes of the Cross: Insights from an Arab Christian.
  • Homecoming Weekend 2013, as alumni enjoy opportunities for reconnection with friends, faculty and staff. We will celebrate the following: reunion groups from the classes of 1993, 2003, and 2008, the forensics program, and the classes of 1986-89.
  • the dedication of the University Recreation Center (U-Rec), a new facility that provides the opportunity for all members of the Whitworth community to pursue health through exercise.
  • our volleyball team, which will host UPS and PLU, and the football team, which will take on Pacific, during Homecoming Weekend.
  • Initiative 8.4 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth pursues new sources of revenue from grants, collaborations, corporate sponsorships and alternate uses of campus property.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, during this Homecoming Week we are so thankful that your faithfulness has sustained this university’s graduates in so many ways: through the still, small voice in our times of prayer and through the unexpected yet perfectly timed provision of trusted friends, colleagues, faculty and staff. May the reminder of your faithfulness encourage us in our desire to honor you, to follow Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and to serve in the places where we live. We are so thankful that there is no limit to what you can do through us and through others.

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