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February 3, 2014 / Whitworth University

In the Beginning…

Feb. 3-9, 2014

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

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.

January 27, 2014 / Whitworth University

God Gives Us Hope in the Future

Jan. 27-Feb. 2

May God grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans…. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.
Psalm 20:4-5

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.

January 20, 2014 / Whitworth University

Honoring Those Who Have Led Us

Jan. 20-26

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.
Hebrews 12:1-2

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.

January 13, 2014 / Whitworth University

God’s Purposes Produce Hope

Jan. 13-19

“Surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD: “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they continue to develop personal and spiritual relationships that are trustworthy and life-giving.
  • our students, faculty and staff as they grow in their sense of confidence in God’s vocational calling during this new year
  • faculty and students on Jan Term study trips. This week we ask for special prayers for the following groups:
    • Ben Brody (Music): Music, Worship and the Arts, Europe
    • Lori Johnson (Education): Thailand
    • Gordon Jackson (Communication Studies) and Amy Rice (English): Interdisciplinary Studies, South Africa
    • Katherine Carr-Conejo (Education): Chile
    • John Yoder and Megan Hershey (both Political Studies): History and Peace Studies, Tanzania (semester-long program, through May)
  • The Whitworth Student Symposium, on Jan. 15, which seeks to enhance the quality of intellectual discourse among students on campus.
  • Initiative 4.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan. Pray for Whitworth as the university assesses its current efforts to assist students, faculty and staff in developing intercultural competencies and in measuring their effects on the relational quality of the campus environment regarding the living, learning and working experiences of all members of the Whitworth community.

Lord, we thank you that you love us so much you accept as we are, and you also love us so much you don’t leave us as we are. We thank you that though we don’t know the plan for our lives, you do. Give us the courage to accept and live out your will for us as a community. We are so thankful, Lord, that you have plans for us. All we have to do is follow in your ways.

January 2, 2014 / Whitworth University

Everything New

Jan. 6-12

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
Isaiah 43:18-19

This week we pray for…

  • students who have returned to campus after Christmas Break, some of whom are once again far away from home and feeling lonely. Please ask that the hope that Christ gives them brings light and strength to their lives.
  • students and faculty on our Jan Term study trips. As they scatter across our world, please ask that they will know God’s presence and feel the support of the Whitworth community even though they are far from Spokane. Each week during Jan Term we will pray for specific study groups, and this week we pray for…
    • Raja Tanas (Sociology): Core 350 in Hawaii
    • Forrest Baird (Philosophy): Core 250 in Europe
    • Todd Friends (Business): Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
    • Patricia Bruninks (Psychology): Tanzania
    • Jim Edwards and Jonathan Moo (Theology): Turkey
  • faculty and staff who continue their work here in Spokane. Please pray that the refreshment and rest gained during the break will sustain them through the intense workload of January, with each day of class representing one week of study during fall/spring semesters.
  • safe travels and God’s inspiration for President Beck Taylor as he preaches at First Presbyterian Church of Littleton, Colo., on Jan. 12.
  • Strategic Plan Initiative 4.1 from our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan. Please pray for Whitworth’s capacity to assess, monitor, support and lead efforts to achieve institutional goals for diversity, inclusiveness and intercultural competency.

Lord, we thank you for the new things that you are doing in our lives. As we begin this new year, may your Spirit inspire us with renewed passion for your gospel, your kingdom, your calling and your people. Thank you for the abundance of your wisdom and for your compassion overflowing in our lives. We are so grateful that we don’t have to remember the former things in our lives because we can see that you make all things new.

December 9, 2013 / Whitworth University

Light Shines in the Darkness, Despair Dispelled by Hope

Dec. 9-15

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

This week we pray for…

  • students as they prepare for and take final exams, and faculty who will work to grade those exams and complete the process of evaluating students’ learning over the course of the semester. May wisdom and perseverance be supplied by God’s Spirit to all members of the Whitworth community.
  • safety for all as they travel throughout the holidays.
  • hope, in this season of Advent, which comes to our world through Christ the Messiah.
  • Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Todd Friends (School of Business) presents “Turning Businesses into Learning Organizations.”
  • our Candlelight Nativity Service on Monday evening, as the nativity story is told with scriptures, music led by the Whitworth Men’s Chorus, and our final celebration of communion for this semester.
  • the Annual Christmas Festival Concerts this Saturday and Sunday in Spokane, featuring the choir, the women’s choir, the men’s chorus, the chamber singers and our fine student instrumentalists.
  • Initiative 5.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads Whitworth 2010-21 vision and strategic plan as we seek to expand experiential learning opportunities for students to serve the community, participate in off-campus initiatives, and apply educational skills in workplace settings.

Lord, we thank you for the Anointed One, the Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world. May we have a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. And through your Son, Jesus, may we experience once again the hope of deliverance, for which we are so grateful.

December 2, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe … in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting

Dec. 2-7

God will wipe away the tears from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. And the one seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:4-5

This week we pray for…

  • our students, in their final week of classes. Pray for their ability to focus well and use time wisely as they complete the last round of assignments and begin the process of preparing for final exams.
  • President Beck Taylor and his wife, Julie, as they host students, faculty, staff and the Spokane community on Monday afternoon and early evening for the annual Christmas reception and feast. The university has the opportunity to support the Spokane community through the donation of non-perishable food items at the event.
  • our talented students who perform in the chamber ensembles in concert on Monday.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal speaks on the last clause of the Apostle’s Creed, The Resurrection of the Body & Life Everlasting. Please pray also for Hosanna, on Tuesday night, Awake, on Wednesday night, and Thursday’s community worship and communion. All of these worship services invite the Whitworth community into Advent as together we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • The Whitworth Foundation’s board of directors as they hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum, on Thursday, as Brent Edstrom (Music) presents “Arduino for Musicians: An interdisciplinary approach to music-making in the digital age.”
  • Whitworth Life, on Friday, as people from across the spectrum at our institution – the student body, alumni, faculty, facilities services, Sodexo, residence life, admissions, the administration, the board of trustees – share stories of their experience as part of the university community.
  • the Whitworth Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday. This is the auxiliary’s annual fund-raising event to benefit Whitworth students, providing scholarship support and residence-hall-lounge refurbishment as well as Northwest travel experiences for international students.
  • Saturday’s and Sunday’s Annual Christmas Festival Concerts featuring the choir, the women’s choir, the men’s chorus, the chamber singers and student instrumentalists as they present their home concert here in Spokane. May these students know the joy and presence of God as they lead the community in worship.
  • Initiative 5.1 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth commits itself to providing an education, grounded in the liberal arts, that empowers individuals for lifelong learning, professional development, and meaningful citizenship and service to society. This initiative seeks to supporting and strengthen the liberal arts and to foster their integration across the curriculum.

Lord, we are so thankful as we enter this Advent season that the promise of the Resurrection awaits all of us. We know that through the great sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, we now have everlasting life. We are humbled to know that you are faithful and true as you transform death into life through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. And it is great hope and trust in Jesus that we make this prayer. Amen!

November 25, 2013 / Whitworth University

We Believe in ….the Forgiveness of Sins

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Luke 23:34

This week we pray for…

  • our community. The last few days before Thanksgiving break are a hectic time for everyone, as staff members finish up first-semester projects and work to prepare the facilities for the coming winter; students finish midterm exams and submit papers; and faculty press on with the tasks of teaching, grading and mentoring. May the members of our community extend grace to one other during this week, and may we all know the strength to persevere and serve with energy and enthusiasm.
  • safety for all Whitworthians as our students, faculty and staff travel during the Thanksgiving holidays to spending time with family and friends.
  • Michael Sardinia (Biology) at Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum as he presents “Dihexa –a possible drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.”
  • Associate Chaplain Mindy Smith as she shares with us Tuesday in Community Chapel from the Apostles’ Creed, on The Forgiveness of Sins.
  • all who worship together. Ask that they be filled with a profound sense of gratitude for the amazing grace of God’s remission of our sins through the sacrifice of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
  • Goal 6.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth develops additional online-education possibilities integrated with face-to-face instruction in order to reach broader, underserved markets in the region.

Lord, we are so thankful for the forgiveness of our sins. Thank you for your mercy and your constant love. We recognize our faults, and we are conscious of our sins. But because of your loving kindness and your great mercy, you are in the process of making us whole again. May we be filled with an “attitude of gratitude” for your endless grace during this Thanksgiving week and always. In Jesus’ name, amen.

November 18, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in the Communion of Saints

Nov. 18-24

To all God’s beloved who are called to be saints, grace to you and peace from God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ
Romans 1:7

This week we pray for…

  • our students’ perseverance as they continue to be faithful not only to their studies, but in their relationships with others.
  • all community members who are ill; we ask that they will recover quickly and that they will allow themselves the rest that they need.
  • students in the concert band and jazz ensemble II as they present their fall concert on Tuesday.
  • Tuesday morning’s chapel, as we reflect on God’s word, The Communion of Saints, led by Beck Taylor. Please pray too for Hosanna, on Tuesday night, for Awake, on Wednesday night, and for Thursday’s community worship and communion.
  • social-justice advocate, filmmaker, author and playwright Jen Marlowe, who will speak on Tuesday about her work in Darfur, Israel and Palestine, as well as her attempts to prevent the execution of Troy Davis. Marlowe will share stories of the heroes she has worked with to show the courage of those marginalized and oppressed. Her new book, An Hour of Sunlight, about Death Row in U.S. prisons, was just released.
  • Kathy Storm (Academic Affairs) as she speaks Wednesday at the first President’s Colloquy on Theological Identities. Kathy will address the Reformed Tradition, and Mike Ingram (Faculty), Jeremiah Sataraka (Staff) and Rachel Toone (Student) will join in conversation in response to her keynote presentation. During spring semester 2014, the President’s Colloquy will continue with consideration of Whitworth’s evangelical and ecumenical identities.
  • Claudia Dumitrescu (School of Business) as she speaks Thursday at Faculty Scholarship Forum on the topic “How Do Consumers Respond to Government-vs.-Corporate Initiatives to Combat Childhood Obesity?”
  • Saturday’s third annual International Festival, where students from around the world will share their culture, food and fashions.
  • Initiative 6.1 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as we seek to enhance graduate continuing studies through ongoing assessment of all programs, based on mission, academic quality and sustainability.

Lord, we are so thankful that we walk in love, as your Son, Jesus, not only walked in love but gave himself for us. May we walk in his footsteps and follow his example of sacrificial love as we seek the peace, purity and unity of your church, which is the body of Christ. Amen.

November 11, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in the Holy Catholic Church,…

Nov. 11-17

Make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one LORD, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4:3-6

This week we pray for…

  • students who are feeling stress, especially about academics and/ or finances, and please keep in your prayers those who are preparing to present crucial end-of-semester projects, recitals, and research. During these dark days of late fall, as daylight hours wane and we get our first taste of the long winter to come, ask that their needs be met through the assurance that the Lord is the source of all their sustenance.
  • Teaching Roundtable, on Monday, as faculty members present, discuss and focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning for our students.
  • Bryan Dik, as he lectures Monday on “Finding Your Way: Myths, Misconceptions and Strategies for Cultivating Your Calling.” Bryan specializes in vocational psychology, with an emphasis on a sense of calling and purpose in one’s work. May this presentation guide the discernment of vocational calling for our students.
  • Community Chapel on Tuesday as Jerry Sittser (Theology) preaches on the clause from the Apostle’s Creed that emphasizes the unity of God’s church. Other ministry events for which we ask you to pray this week include Hosanna (Tuesday night) and Awake (Wednesday night), as well as communion in Community Chapel (Thursday).
  • novelist Melanie Rae Thon, who will present the English Endowed Reading lecture on Thursday evening. This lecture is part of a regular series that challenges the community intellectually and spiritually in our quest for faith-learning integration.
  • Initiative 7.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan as the university strives to enhance employee training in order to equip our employees to pursue excellence in their vocations as they integrate Christian faith into all facets of their life and work.
  • President Emeritus Bill Robinson as he assumes the interim leadership of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Please pray that Bill’s experience, wisdom and faith in God’s unending grace will help the CCCU to chart a meaningful and successful future.

Lord we are so thankful for your church, founded on the gospel of Jesus Christ and sustained by your grace. We are grateful that we have been included in the worldwide community of faith. Please help us, through our words, deeds, and relationships, to pursue the unity of your people locally, regionally, and globally as Jesus prayed in John 17. May we be one even as you, Father, are one with the Son and the Spirit. Amen.


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