For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die…a time for war and a time for peace.
This week we pray for…
- students, staff and faculty who have been under pressure the last few weeks. Each member of the community has felt the demands of work or difficult decisions or personal crisis and challenge. This next week is the time for reflection, renewal and refreshment. May God grant to each member of the community the specific grace needed to return to Whitworth next week ready for the second half of the semester, filled with Your joy and grace and love.
- student-athletes who are competing this week. May God grant them courage, strength and safety as they travel and compete.
- members and leaders of the Whitworth Wind Symphony as they tour California during Spring Break. May their music provide a sense of spiritual encouragement and aesthetic pleasure for all who attend their concerts, as well as a sense of worship for the student musicians as they perform.
- Initiative 2.1 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan I, as we seek to “Strengthen student-faculty interaction and the rich learning that occur within the community and relationships, by achieving and maintaining a 13-to-1 student-faculty ratio.”
Lord, there are times in our lives when even the most simple of means of grace and spiritual renewal are beyond us. At times we may be confused or distressed. Sometimes we are exhausted, and we know that we need rest. We are so thankful that in the trials of life, being in your presence brings peace. This is the time for the prayer of rest, in which you say, “Come to me, all who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give us rest.” We are thankful, Lord, for the Sabbath rest that you give to your people. May You come to us now during this week of Spring Break. Amen!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me, and I in them, bear much fruit: because apart from me you can do nothing.”
This week we pray for…
- our students during this week before Spring Break, as they complete all the midterm requirements for their courses. May they experience a deep sense of God’s peace and presence during this pressure-packed week.
- student-life directors who are in the midst of selecting all of next year’s student leaders, the 120 students who set the tone for a welcoming, Christ-centered culture on campus. May God give each director the ability to make wise decisions in selecting leaders who will meet the many crucial needs of our students.
- Tuesday’s Community Worship, as Karin Heller (Theology) shares with us from the Gospel of John, in which Jesus tells us that He is the vine, and we are the branches.
- Tuesday night’s Hosanna, as students gather in praise, worship and reflection. Please pray also for the Awake Service, on Wednesday, as Whitworth’s student-athletes and others gather to share the gospel, worship and fellowship. All are invited. And don’t forget our Thursday Community Worship Service, as the Whitworth on-campus community gathers around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
- the continuing college-selection process of all prospective students, many of whom have already visited our campus; others will be coming soon. Ask that God’s leading will be clear and that each student will have a sense of divine direction as final decisions loom.
- Goal 2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Ask that we will be successful in our efforts to strengthen Whitworth’s intellectual vitality across all contexts of teaching and learning, equipping our students to be discerning thinkers who address effectively the complex issues they face in the world.
Gracious God, revealed in Jesus, we thank you for being the constant source of our physical, relational and spiritual lives. As the branches must abide in the vine in order to live, may we remain related to Jesus, without whom our lives would wither and die, by your Holy Spirit. May we be inspired by your Spirit to embody the kind of maturity that will draw people closer to Jesus, in whose name we pray. Amen.
“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
This week we pray for…
- the Whitworth community during the Lenten season, as we have the opportunity to enter into morning prayer during Lent each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel. May God speak to our hearts and draw us near to the heart of Christ.
- students who feel stress and pressure during these last two weeks before spring break, as midterm papers and exams are on their schedules. Pray for a renewed sense of discipline as students pursue the opportunity to learn and develop while they pursue their vocational callings.
- Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck Taylor shares with us from the Gospel of John, where Jesus promises the presence of the Holy Spirit to deal with human fear. Please pray also for Hosanna on Tuesday night and Awake on Wednesday night as they continue to be a refuge as students who gather in praise, worship, reflection and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
- the President’s Colloquy on Wednesday evening, as Ron Pyle (Communication Studies) leads the community in a discussion of Whitworth’s evangelical heritage. May this be an opportunity to expand and deepen the university’s commitment to our threefold theological foundation of the Reformed heritage, evangelical tradition and ecumenical spirit.
- PC(USA)’s Unity with Difference conversation, which will take place Wednesday through Friday, with plenary speakers on various subjects related to race, gender,, and ethnicity. Sponsored by PC(USA) Moderator Neal Presa, this discussion will address the question, “How do we offer the witness of the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ in a 21st-century world that experiences deep division in both the church and society-at-large? This is an opportunity to bring together a live and online community to consider critical perspectives on the issues of race, gender, and religious identities, and to explore how we might, as disciples of Jesus Christ, constructively engage these realities that exhibit the love and justice of God. For direct access to the live video stream from this conversation, please click here.
- Initiative 3.3 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan Pray that we will be successful in establishing an ongoing assessment of study-abroad programs to ensure consistent quality and clear connections to Whitworth’s educational goals.
We thank you, Lord, for your promise never to leave us or forsake us. You give us comfort, and that gives us hope. Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit, who leads and guides us when we are lost. Your promise revives us; it comforts us in all our troubles, and we are so grateful.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me…. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
This week we pray for…
- students who will be applying and interviewing for leadership positions in student government, residence halls, on- and off-campus ministry, service-learning, and a host of other opportunities. May God guide each one through the process of discerning which of these positions will aid in the clarification of his or her vocational calling. Because this can be a very stress-filled time, please ask God to grant courage and peace to each student applicant.
- the Teaching Roundtable on Monday at noon, as the faculty gathers to engage in presentations and discussions that focus on innovative and effective teaching methods.
- Tuesday’s Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith shares with us from the Gospel of John, where Jesus comforts his disciples and assures them of his presence. Please pray, too, for Hosanna, as students gather for praise, worship, reflection and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
- our Ash Wednesday service, as the community receives the imposition of ashes at the beginning of Lent. May the Lenten season be a time when the entire university community draws closer to Christ through scripture, prayer, worship, and personal reflection.
- Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Missions Fair, as organizations come from around the country to talk to Whitworth students about opportunities in the mission field.
- Community Worship on Thursday, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and as we seek to grow in our various gifts and to offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles.
- Robert Hamilton, Governor Jay Inslee’s advisor for trade policy, who will speak to us Thursday about his work in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with such countries as Vietnam, Japan, and Malaysia. Hamilton holds a master’s degree in international policy from Monterey Institute of National Studies. As we hear from Hamilton and others with expertise in this field, may the entire Whitworth community develop a deeper understanding of the value of international perspectives in our educational mission.
- Friday’s “Why Whitworth?” event, as prospective students and their parents visit Whitworth to help them decide on the most appropriate home-away-from-home for their/their children’s college years. Please pray, too, for our Saturday-Sunday Honors Colloquium, as high-achieving prospective freshmen compete for a four-year scholarship through various activities with faculty, staff and students. May they experience the richness of Whitworth’s Sunday-morning Christian spirituality and receive the gift of God’s clarity as they go through this process.
- Initiative 3.2 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, which enjoins us to increase opportunities on the Whitworth campus for students, faculty, and staff to gain international perspectives by interacting with and learning from people from all corners of the world.
Lord, we thank you for being our greatest comfort. When we are weary, mentally and physically, we can look to you and you bring us strength. When our hearts are broken and/or confused, your healing love gives us hope. When we seek the way ahead in life, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We thank you, Lord, for these great assurances that bring us peace. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Feb. 24-March 2
“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
This week we pray for…
- our students to be vigorous in their studies, renewed in their spirits, refreshed in their bodies, and connected with others in this community.
- the Whitworth Foundation Board of Directors as they meet Tuesday and continue to pursue development opportunities on behalf of Whitworth’s Christian mission.
- Tuesday Community Chapel, as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal shares with us from John 13:31-38 and explores Jesus’ unfailing love, mercy, and compassion for Peter even in the midst of the disciple’s failures.
- Hosanna, on Tuesday evening, as students gather in song, praise, worship, and sharing the Word of God with others. Please pray also for Awake, as it meets Wednesday night to provide spiritual input and inspiration for Whitworth’s student-athletes, who give so much through their commitment to represent the university in competition.
- Simpson Duvall Lecturer Julia Kasdorf, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, as she shares her gift with the community on Wednesday night.
- our Thursday Community Chapel as the campus gathers to worship in song and in sharing Holy Communion.
- Faculty Development Day on Friday, as faculty members consider the university’s commitment to sustainability. Students will not have classes on Friday, so this day represents a brief break for them at the one-month mark of the spring semester. May they return on Monday eager to devote themselves to their studies.
- Initiative 3.1 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan as Whitworth seeks to expand opportunities for students to experience and explore cultures throughout the world. We are working to increasing the percentage of students who study abroad from 43 percent to 70 percent by 2021.
Gracious God, incarnate in Jesus, how incredibly grateful we are that, just as you did with Peter, you have poured out upon us the gift of gracious forgiveness and restoration. May we experience your mercy in a manner that transforms us into people who live and extend your mercy to others. Help us to love each other just as we learn to love ourselves in spite of all our failings. May the Holy Spirit, who has poured Your love into our hearts, give us Your selfless love, for our love falls far short of the mark. May we submit ourselves to one another – considering others more important than ourselves, putting others’ interests ahead of our own. Help us, in every circumstance, to treat each other as we would want to be treated.
After saying this, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
This week we pray for…
- our students. We ask that as they study, take exams, and balance life during Spring Term they will hold to their faith and stay strong.
- the healing of students, faculty and staff who have been battling with sickness, including colds and the flu, here at Whitworth.
- our student-athletes as they participate in their sports and always show their Pirate spirit and the spirit of Whitworth.
- Community Chapel on Tuesday, as Kent McDonald (Theology) shares with us from the book of John 13:18-30, Jesus Predicts His Betrayal. We also pray for our evening service, Hosanna, as students come together to praise, worship and share scriptures.
- faculty assembly on Monday afternoon and the President’s Coffee on Tuesday, as Beck Taylor meets with staff and new employees, gives updates on campus events, and shares in a devotional.
- the Service-Learning Fair, on Wednesday, where students and faculty connect with local service agencies that assist a variety of populations within Spokane and surrounding areas.
- Awake, on Wednesday, as students gather for fellowship, worship, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Thursday Community Chapel, as the campus comes together in singing, worship and celebrating the Lord’s Supper.
- Why Whitworth?, on Friday, as prospective students and parents visit our campus to tour, have lunch, visit classes, observe a student panel, and have a parent seminar.
- Initiative 3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-2021 Vision and Strategic Plan. Being able to navigate effectively across political, cultural, religious, linguistic and national boundaries is vitally important for engaged citizenship in a global community. To be a fully educated person requires facility and understanding that extend beyond the borders of one’s own experience. An education of mind and heart also embraces cross-cultural competency and a commitment to justice on a global scale. Whitworth will equip students with the knowledge, skills and values needed to communicate, work and serve in a global environment.
Lord, we are so grateful that we can come to you and confess our faulty memory. Too often we forget that we are yours. Sometimes we carry on our lives as if there were no God, and we fall short of being credible witnesses to You. Give us clear minds and open hearts so that we may witness to You in our world. Remind us to be who You would have us to be regardless of what we are doing or who we are with. Hold us to You and build our relationship with You and with those You have given us on earth.
Having his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
“If I, your LORD and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
This week we pray for…
- our first- and second-year students as they begin spring semester; pray for clarity as they make decisions regarding their majors and minors, and ask that juniors and seniors will have the perseverance they need to pursue upper-division courses in their majors and to fulfill internship and practicum requirements. May God’s guidance lead each of our students in the pursuit of Whitworth’s education of mind and heart.
- Campus Chaplain Mindy Smith as she preaches Tuesday in Community Chape. Mindy will preach from John 13, “The Foot-Washing.”
- Hosanna, Tuesday evening’s student-led ministry that helps students engage in authentic worship in both new and familiar ways. Please pray also for Wednesday night’s Awake service, at which our student leaders focus their ministry on three primary components of the Christian faith: gospel, worship, and fellowship.
- Thursday Community Chapel, as we begin our semester rhythm of song, prayer, and sharing of the Lord’s Supper.
- the Study-Abroad Fair on Thursday, which will feature information regarding all study-abroad opportunities – including those for Jan Term and May Term, individual student-exchange programs, and faculty-led, semester-long programs – for the 2014-15 academic year. May God guide each student and provide the resources necessary to develop intercultural competencies as an integral component of the Whitworth education.
- Thursday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Amy Rice presents “The Body(ies) and the Blood: Religion in Teen Paranormal Romance Novels.” This forum provides opportunities for faculty to share the results of their research with their peers in a way that promotes faith-learning integration.
- the BELIEF Conference Thursday through Saturday. This gathering brings 75 students from three local Spokane high schools to our campus for an intensive three-day leadership and higher-education-awareness program. May God give wisdom to our student leaders, and may every high school student who attends BELIEF be given a vision for the importance of pursuing a college education.
- Friday’s Why Whitworth? program, as prospective students and their parents visit the Whitworth campus. May God give each student in attendance a clear sense of direction in deciding which college to attend.
- our Saturday- Sunday Honors Colloquium, which hosts more than 100 prospective freshmen who have been admitted with honors to Whitworth for fall semester 2014. Several students will be selected from each colloquium event to receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship valued at approximately $140,000. May God give each attendee the clear ability to demonstrate their gifts, talents, and passions, and may all who labor in the decision-making process be given clarity in the awarding of these prestigious scholarships.
- Initiative 4.5 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Pray that Whitworth will be successful in its commitment to support intercultural competency, inclusiveness and diversity by recruiting and retaining a diverse student body.
Lord, we thank you for the model of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who took the form of servant as an expression of his genuine desire to do your will, no matter how menial the task or how humbling the call. We are called to be servants one to another, so enable us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as he serves as our example of service to others. Let us remember that as we look to You, we never lose sight of what it means to serve in the way of Jesus. In Christ’s name. Amen!
Feb. 3-9, 2014
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This week we pray for…
- new students, both first-time incoming freshmen and transfer students, who are starting at Whitworth this spring term. We ask that they will experience the full support of the university community, especially on Monday as they participate in spring orientation for new students.
- students who are participating in full-semester faculty-led programs in Costa Rica, Tanzania and Nicaragua with the Central America Service Program. Whitworth students will also participate in exchange programs in the U.K., Sweden, Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Uruguay, the Czech Republic, France, Spain, New Zealand, Italy, Argentina, and the United Arab Emirates.
- our student athletes, for their safety as they travel and compete in the true Whitworth Pirate spirit.
- Tuesday’s community worship service as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal begins our series on John’s Gospel with reflections from John 1 about Jesus as the One who is ever eternal, universal, and personal.
- Thursday’s Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day Celebration, featuring music, worship, faculty in academic regalia, and an opportunity for Whitworth to honor students. We will install Carol Simon, Ph.D., as provost, the chief academic officer of the university.
- the sixth annual Leonard Oakland Film Festival, which will feature an American independent film, a documentary and an international film, all exploring themes of our humanity and our responsibility for each other.
- Peggy MacIntosh, Ph.D., founder of the national Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity Project on Inclusive Curriculum. On Thursday, she will address “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: Privilege, Education, and the Vision of Achieving Inclusion.”
- Initiative 4.4 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan. Ask that we will be successful in increasing recruitment and retention of faculty and staff to enhance diversity and to expand leadership opportunities for women and for individuals from under-represented racial and ethnic populations.
We thank you, Lord, for new beginnings. As we face the future, not knowing what the days and months will bring us or how we will respond, of this we are certain: You are present with us as we begin this semester, and you will be with us every step of the way. Thank you for loving us as we journey with You and with each other. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Jan. 27-Feb. 2
May God grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans…. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
This week we pray for…
- on-campus students as they complete assignments and take final exams on Monday and Tuesday for Jan Term courses.
- students and faculty in off-campus programs as they return to the U.S. and to Spokane throughout the next week. Cultural reentry can be difficult, as can re-acclimation to the winter environment. May God provide all that is necessary for good transitions in anticipation of spring semester.
- students’ finances, health, and spiritual wellness. Ask that in the midst of all the “busyness,” some burdens will be lifted from their shoulders.
- the president’s cabinet, as its members work diligently as stewards of Whitworth’s programs and future. May they have wisdom from God to make decisions that will protect and strengthen Whitworth’s Christian mission.
- the Whitworth Center for Gifted Education Institute, Jan. 27, as participants develop their abilities to be faithful teachers and guides for students in Spokane schools.
- Initiative 4.4 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, as we work to “strengthen recruitment and retention of faculty and staff to enhance diversity and to expand leadership opportunities for women and for individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations.”
Lord, we are so grateful for this Jan Term. Thank you for fulfilling the many plans that you have laid out for our lives as our students have studied and travelled. As the season changes once again and we turn toward spring semester, may we trust totally in you.
Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders us and the sin that so easily entangles. Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.
This week we pray for…
- our students who are nearing the end of Jan Term. Let them complete their assignments and be well-prepared for exams.
- our students who are preparing to return to campus from Jan Term travels along with the new students who will arrive for spring semester.
- students who are ill; we ask that they will have a full recovery.
- the Spokane community’s Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration and those who visit campus for a special dinner at which we will remember the man who gave his life to help this country live out the ideal that “all people are created equal.”
- Whitworth Facilities Services staff. We ask that they will have strength and protection as they keep our campus beautiful and safe during this winter season.
- Off-campus Jan Term programs, including…
- Christian Spirituality with Jerry Sittser (Theology) at Tall Timber Ranch
- Science in Hawaii, with Tom Hillmann (Physics & Geology)
- British Culture through the Arts, with Casey Andrews (English)
- Technology and Culture Abroad, with Kent Jones and Ed Walker (both Mathematics & Computer Science)
- International Education Internships in Tanzania, with Ann Teberg (School of Education), and Thailand, with Lori Wright (Continuing Studies)
- Initiative 4.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Ask that we may effectively equip all members of the Whitworth community to live, work and learn in relationships that reflect the call to love God and to love one’s neighbor through appropriate curricular and co-curricular programs, professional development and training opportunities.
Lord, we give thanks for those faithful saints, women and men, who have tried to live out your gospel in the face of the tremendous opposition that the world throws at those who follow Jesus. As followers in their footsteps, may we be found faithful in the face of all the challenges that lie before us.