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October 21, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in Jesus Christ…. He Descended to the Dead and on the Third Day He Rose Again

Oct. 21-27, 2013

Scripture:
Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” … Thomas said to Jesus, “My Lord and My God.”
John 20:26-28

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.

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