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September 15, 2014 / Whitworth University

A Prayer For You

Sept. 14-21

“I pray that, according to the riches of God’s glory, you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through the Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are rooted and grounded in love.”
Ephesians 3:16-17

This week we pray for…

  • student ambassadors who help in sharing the Whitworth story with prospective students/parents – tour guides, dorm hosts, callers, admissions office assistants, and students who help with our visitation programs. May God guide every prospective student for the fall 2015 incoming class.
  • students to have wisdom, understanding and knowledge in making life-giving decisions in their use of time and resources, in their studies and recreation, and in their relationships on campus and with the Spokane community.
  • the department assistants in each academic office, who facilitate the instructional process through their support of the faculty. May each of them be assured of the essential role they play in Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission as they go about their work.
  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning’s prayer services as Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody will lead morning prayer from 7:30-7:50 a.m. in the chapel. Morning prayer is an opportunity all faculty, staff, and students to begin the day with scripture, silence, prayer and song. The simple service, based on the Book of Common Prayer, invites us to join Christians around the world as we lift up our hearts to the Lord.
  • the fall service-learning fair, on Monday, as it provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with local service agencies that assist a variety of populations within Spokane and surrounding areas. These connections can lead to academic service-learning opportunities, as well as to general ongoing group and individual service relationships.
  • Community Building Day, Tuesday morning, as Whitworth faculty, staff and students engage in meaningful service activities throughout Spokane County. May this effort extend Whitworth’s emphasis on community into Spokane as we establish and strengthen relationships through our service.
  • Hosanna, Tuesday night; Awake, Wednesday night, and our Thursday morning Community Chapel Communion Service, which serve to provide opportunities for spiritual renewal.

Lord, we thank you that the love of Christ dwells within us. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to share that love in tangible ways on our campus and in the community. As we experience your love for us, may we learn to share that love on campus and in the community. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

September 8, 2014 / Whitworth University

Grace and Peace

Sept. 7-14

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 1:2

This week we pray for…

  • our students, faculty and staff in their first full week of classes. We are now adjusting to the rhythm of fall semester, and these next few weeks will be both exhilarating and exhausting, filled with relationships and opportunities in the classrooms, dorms, dining hall and athletics facilities. May God guide each of us to participate in the development of the Whitworth community.
  • families and friends who have left students here on campus, and who now return to different rhythms in their homes and communities. May God give them peace and comfort as the adjustment process continues at home.
  • students, who will develop patterns in these first few weeks that will carry them through the year. May they build healthy relationships as they grow in their understanding of their personal worldviews and faith perspectives.
  • the faculty, and their commitment to academic excellence and helping students engage fully in the process of discovering new knowledge and gaining wisdom through Whitworth’s education of their minds and their hearts.
  • the beginning of all of our worship gatherings: 1) Community Chapel meets Tuesday at 11 a.m. and includes campus ministry staff and Whitworth President Beck Taylor preaching through the book of Ephesians. This Tuesday, Kent McDonald will preach on Ephesians 1:1-14. 2) Tuesday night at 9:45 p.m. Hosanna, a student-led ministry, seeks to create a space that allows students to engage in authentic worship in a variety of different styles. 3) Wednesday night’s Awake, at 9:45 p.m., creates a welcoming, conversational environment with a primary and inclusive focus on student athletes as well as a variety of other student groups. 4) Thursday Community Chapel at 11 a.m. invites the entire community to gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All these services are led by student leaders and other members of the Whitworth community.
  • the Chris Jordan Art Exhibit, from Sept. 9 to Oct. 31, in the Lied Art Center. The opening reception takes place Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5-6 p.m. in Lied, with a lecture by the artist following, at 6 p.m., in Weyerhaeuser Hall, Robinson Teaching Theatre.
  • the Fall Jobs and Internships Fair, on Thursday. Representatives from organizations that are hiring for jobs and internships will be available to talk about their opportunities with students. Ask that God will guide our students to find the right employment opportunities to meet their financial needs.

You are the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And you bestow upon us, your people, the lavish love that binds us to you and to each other in community. May your grace summon us into relationships that will honor you and reflect your love. Please enable the Whitworth community to fulfill its mission commitment to honor and follow You while we engage our world with the grace and truth of Jesus, our Redeemer and Friend, in whose name we pray. Amen.

September 1, 2014 / Whitworth University

Spiritual Blessings

Sept. 1-7

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3

We pray for…

  • new freshmen and transfer, graduate and returning adult students as they adjust to the first full week of university life. May they have a sense of peace as they navigate new relationships and academic requirements.
  • our student leaders in residence halls and student government who will set the tone for the development of community on campus. Ask that they will lead with wisdom and integrity so that all students feel welcomed as contributors to the Whitworth community.
  • our student-athletes as they prepare to play in fall sports. Pray for their protection and ask that they represent the university well in the way they compete.
  • the entire community on Wednesday, when day and evening classes begin in all programs. May our faculty be guided by God’s Spirit to teach with insight and wisdom, inspiring our students to aspire to an education of mind and heart.
  • Opening Convocation, on Thursday, which marks the beginning of Whitworth’s 125th year. President Beck Taylor will speak from Joshua 1, The Next Chapter, as we begin Whitworth’s 125th academic year.
  • the Church Ministry Fair, on Friday, as we welcome our many partner churches onto our campus to provide students with opportunities to be involved with our local churches and community.
  • for all of the student ambassadors who help in sharing the Whitworth story with prospective students/parents – tour guides, dorm hosts, callers, admissions office assistants, and students who help with our visit programs.

Throughout this academic year we will highlight praise and prayer from members of the president’s cabinet, who have been entrusted with the operations of the university. In this first week of the academic year, we feature Greg Orwig, our vice president for admissions and financial aid, who is particularly thankful to be welcoming a freshman class that is right on our target goal of 625 students: We are particularly fortunate to welcome our ideal number when so many schools are facing enrollment challenges.

As we begin this academic year, we are mindful, our God, of your amazing grace, which has brought each of us to Whitworth for this academic year. Gathered among us are people whose lives tell myriad stories of your faithfulness on our campus, and among our employees and all of our beginning and returning students. Our hearts are filled with joy as we sense Your leading us into our 125th year, even as we look back and celebrate your providential guidance of this university over many generations. For all that has been, thank you. For all that will be, we trust you in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

August 25, 2014 / Whitworth University

A Life Worthy of the Calling

Aug. 24-31

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord….”
Ephesians 6:7

This week we begin another cycle of praying for the Whitworth community. The summer has brought times of renewal and refreshment, along with challenges, for the employees of the university. We are now making final preparations to welcome the incoming class on Saturday, Aug. 30. Student-athletes and residence-life leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year. Now we turn our hearts to prayer for our community’s faculty, staff and students.

We pray for…

  • our athletes to be protected from injury, both physical and emotional. May they continue to be people of integrity in both victory and in defeat, to be good examples to others, and to display the Whitworth spirit.
  • our student leaders, who set the tone for our community in residential and spiritual life and student government. May each moment of their lives be a living expression of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
  • our Wednesday worship celebration of the beginning the academic year, with Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching and those gathered taking part in communion. After Stephy’s sermon, President Beck Taylor will deliver the State of the University address, to be followed by a staff luncheon. May these activities provide a common vision for how Whitworth’s staff and faculty can be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout the coming year.
  • Thursday evening’s faculty dinner, followed by the installation worship service for new faculty members. Provost Carol Simon will preach, and we will celebrate communion. On Friday, the faculty will gather for a retreat at Camp Spalding. All of these activities and worship services on Wednesday and Thursday are intended to provide a rich sense of welcome for faculty members who have recently joined the university. May each one feel empowered in his/her calling by God’s Spirit to Whitworth.
  • Residence-Hall Moving Day, on Saturday morning, as we welcome our incoming freshmen. Please pray, too, for our returning students, who will arrive the following Monday. The halls become students’ homes for the next nine months; may each student feel a sense of belonging as all become members of the residence life community.
  • Saturday’s Plug-In Picnic and Sunday’s worship service with Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaching. We also ask your prayers for special meetings throughout the weekend, each designed to aid students, parents, family and friends in this very important moment of life transition. May God’s Spirit of peace calm our collective anxiety as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, which has brought us this far and which will lead us all the way through this academic year.

Our gracious and loving God, Lord, as we begin this new academic school year, we call out to you with thankful hearts for all your mercies, which are new every morning. We thank you for the gifts of renewal and preparation as the summer passes into autumn, marking another new beginning to another academic year. We thank you for the time you give us to enjoy our families and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives. Please let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith. May our lives be worthy of the calling you have for us. Please enable us to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the lofty vision of providing our students a mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

May 19, 2014 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 19-25

Give thanks to the LORD, for God is good.
God’s covenant love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods
God’s covenant love endures forever
Give thanks to the LORD of lords
God’s covenant love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1-3

This week we pray for…

  • all students who graduated this weekend, that they will know God’s presence in this time of enormous transition. Pray especially for provision for housing, employment and community to nurture them in Christian faith.
  • Monday evening when we celebrate our employees, especially those who mark incremental five years of service to the university, as well as those who are leaving Whitworth to pursue other employment, and those who are retiring. The university’s Christian mission is only as strong as those who serve here, and we are so grateful for the way God has provided wonderful, faithful employees who serve Whitworth as an expression of their Christian vocation.
  • faculty who now bear the responsibility of finishing the academic year with a heavy load of grading papers and final exams in the next few days. May they have strength to endure, and wisdom to grade, students’ work in a manner which will continue to enhance the learning process.
  • every summer brings many transitions to the university, as we say goodbye to some colleagues and begin to welcome others. Please pray for every search committee across the staff and faculty who continue to pursue candidates to come and serve at Whitworth. May these committees have insightful discernment and the patience to “wait upon the Lord” for God’s guidance and timing.
  • our facilities services staff members, who begin the process of major projects across the campus to upgrade our buildings and grounds. Pray for the “Big Dig” as new electrical and heating lines are run across the campus. We are especially mindful of our employees’ safety, and we ask for prayer for their protection as they labor throughout the summer.

At Whitworth we are most grateful for your prayer support throughout this year. Thanks for praying with us and for us. Look for the beginning of next academic year’s “On Bended Knee” postings in late August. Have a great, safe, and blessed summer. May the Peace of Christ rule in your lives and hearts.

Lord we thank you so much for being our strength and our shield during this school year. We know we can trust you, and we are assured that you will be there always in our time of need. We are thankful, and our hearts rejoice in you, because You are our Rock, our Fortress, our Salvation. Amen!

May 12, 2014 / Whitworth University

Commencement Week

May 12-18

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord; “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

This is graduation week, marking the end of the academic year. We pray for…

  • all of our students, that the Lord’s presence will generate confidence as they prepare for and take their final exams Tuesday-Friday. Pray for calm hearts and focused minds free from distractions.
  • Friday night’s Senior Communion & Commissioning Service and Sunday morning’s Baccalaureate Service, that graduates will experience a powerful sense of God’s presence as they leave Whitworth and enter into the world in Christ’s service.
  • graduate students completing their master’s degrees on Saturday. Pray that doors of opportunity will open in this competitive job market, and that the Lord will grant them favor.
  • undergraduate students completing their degrees on Sunday. Ask that they will find hope to override fear, knowing that they can trust in the Lord, the Author and Finisher of their faith, to watch over their future.
  • students as the residence halls close on May 19, for traveling mercies as they move home or to other parts of the world to begin new journeys.
  • student leaders who have carried well the responsibility of developing and sustaining the “Whitworth culture” throughout the year; ask that this summer might provide for them an opportunity to experience rest and renewal.
  • the Whitworth community as we seek to carry out Initiative 1 of the Whitworth 2021 Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan: “Advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning.” May this foundational commitment to a Christian education rooted in the Reformed, evangelical, and ecumenical traditions bear fruit throughout the lives of our graduates.

Lord we pray for all those who have met the challenge and kept the faith to the finish their studies. We thank you for the success of their journey. We thank you for granting them focus and direction and strength and endurance. You created the knowledge and understanding they have mastered. You have created the curiosity and capacity for them to learn with passion and insight. All these good things came from you. We are most thankful for our graduating students, as we are for the incoming Class of 2018 and for our current juniors, sophomores and freshmen, who will return in the fall. We are grateful to you Lord, for You know the plans that You have for us.

May 5, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus Prays for All Believers

May 5-11

“I ask …that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.”
John 17:20-21

This week we pray for…

  • all of our students, during this last week of regular classes; we ask that they will have diligence to pursue their responsibilities with enthusiasm and discipline to finish this academic year well.
  • Whitworth students and faculty who have been involved in study-abroad programs and will soon return to Spokane. We ask God to bless each one as they re-enter familiar cultural and relational spaces after experiencing life in very different cultural contexts.
  • those students who face uncertainty about summer jobs and internships. We ask that they may find opportunities to use their talents and earn money to enable them to continue to pursue education here at Whitworth.
  • members of the Class of 2014, now in the last two weeks of their time here. We pray that they will have opportunities to reflect upon all that God has done in them and through them during their Whitworth careers. May their hearts be filled with gratitude for God’s faithfulness.
  • God’s provenance and guidance as the university seeks replacements for key faculty, staff, and administration positions.
  • faculty and staff members who have lost family members in the past few weeks; may they be filled with a deep sense of God’s presence and peace in the midst of their grief.
  • faculty members, who, through their teaching, grading, and mentoring responsibilities, serve our students so diligently.
  • us to be mindful of God’s faithfulness to Whitworth throughout this year as we gather for…
    • Tuesday’s Community Worship, where Terry McGonigal will share the final message from John 13-17, in which Jesus prays for the unity of all God’s people as a witness to the truth of the gospel.
    • Tuesday’s Hosanna and Wednesday’s Awake, student-led ministries coordinated for the past two years by Graduate Assistants Aly Quartier and Austin Rovazzini, as they create a space for students to experience their last authentic, casual worship service of the 2013-14 academic year.
    • Thursday’s Community Worship, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • the entire community as we seek to implement Initiative 1:2 of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan: “Advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning to deepen the capacity of students and faculty to integrate faith and learning, ensuring that 100 percent of Whitworth’s academic departments assess student-learning outcomes in faith-learning integration.”

Gracious God, in Jesus Christ you poured out your extravagant love upon our broken world, and you have redeemed in and through that love. Now you ask us to do the same for each other, loving our sisters and brothers in Christ as a sign to to the world that you did, indeed, send Jesus for the reconciliation of the world. May we live into your love, and may your gospel of love in Jesus’ name go forth to all the world through us. Amen.

April 28, 2014 / Whitworth University

Sanctified for Mission, Just as Jesus Was

April 28-May 4

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
John 17:17-18

This week we pray for…

  • Why Whitworth? events throughout this week , as prospective students and parents visit campus. Thursday, May 1, is the deposit deadline for the incoming Class of 2018. May God grant wisdom to each student making his or her final decision about where to go to college and may God give each one a deep sense of peace as s/he seeks direction in that search.
  • students who are wrapping up spring semester. Ask that they continue to pursue excellence in their studies while making their plans for summer, which include decisions about housing and employment. Please pray especially for seniors as they prepare to make the transition from the Whitworth community into “the real world.”
  • Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Assistant Professor of Theology Jonathan Moo presents his scholarship on the integration of biblical studies with the theological imperative for creation care. Please pray that Whitworth’s faculty members will be inspired to integrate their knowledge of scripture with the passion to act in obedience to God’s stewardship ordinances.
  • The people of Haiti, whose trials are documented in the film Water Everlasting?, produced by alumna Julienne Marie Gage. Gage, who will screen the movie on Monday, works at the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington, D.C. Her film focuses on decades of humanitarian efforts and the aftermath of the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as that country pursues the perpetual search for clean water. May our hearts be stirred to action on behalf of those who are in great need.
  • Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor as he hosts the final President’s Coffee of the 2013-14 academic year. Please pray also for the Whitworth community as Beck welcomes new employees, offers updates on the university, and leads a devotional. May we all be inspired to work diligently as we complete the academic year firm in our convictions to honor God, follow Christ, and serve our students.
  • our community to be sustained by our worship rhythms this week: Ben Brody will lead morning prayers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7;30; at Tuesday morning’s Community Chapel, Mindy Smith will preach on John 17:5-19, Jesus’ prayer for his disciples; Hosanna, on Tuesday night, and Awake, on Wednesday night, will minister to students; Wednesday, Whitworth hosts the 30th anniversary dinner for The Fig Tree, a Spokane nonprofit newspaper dedicated to interfaith dialogue and cooperation; Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Visiting Professor of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Michael Kinnamon will speak. May all who attend be reminded that the gospel of Jesus calls all people, having been created in Christ’s image, to a spirit of oneness in honor of our common humanity.
  • the Whitworth community – and those whom it seeks to serve – as students, faculty, staff and friends of the university attempt to pack 1,000,000 meals in 24 hours in order to address food insecurity in our region. In the Spokane area, 20 percent of the populace does not know where the next day’s meals will come from. This year’s annual end-of-the-year celebration for Whitworth and the community will team up with Generation Alive. May God give all who participate a great joy in the process as we obey Jesus’ command to care for the least of these.
  • Initiative 1.1 of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan Initiative 1.1, as we work to advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning by positioning Whitworth as a valued resource to the church and society (especially as the university launches the new Lilly Endowment-funded Office of Church Engagement in the next few months).

Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Lord, in this season after celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, we thank you for letting us know that we are not alone on life’s journey. You are there with us, and we are assured by Your Word that you will never leave us or forsake us; it is left to us only to be transformed by Jesus’ Resurrection life. Thank you for drawing us into the community of God’s people, where we are sustained on the way as together we seek to live out the way of Jesus.

April 21, 2014 / Whitworth University

The Gift of Eternal Life

April 21-27

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

This week we pray for…

  • after celebrating the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday, we ask that the experiential reality of the hope which comes from Jesus’ resurrection will be known throughout the Whitworth community and the world, especially for those for whom the flame of hope has long ago been extinguished by overwhelming circumstances.
  • students who do not yet know the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection on their behalf, that during this last month of spring semester they will come to experience the joy of relationship with Jesus through the influence of other students, faculty and staff on campus.
  • students as they decide on roommates and room locations during this very hectic week of the housing lottery, that they may have wisdom and peace throughout this multi-night process.
  • Tuesday’s Community Chapel, as theology professor Karin Heller preaches on John 17:1-5, the first portion of Jesus’ final prayer, that we would all be encouraged to live in ways which bring glory to God through his Son Jesus.
  • throughout the next few weeks many students in our distinguished music programs will be performing in recitals, ensembles, concerts and final senior performances. May God give each of them a deep sense of joy as they use their gifts in order to bless our community with the gift of music.
  • Wednesday’s President’s Colloquy on Whitworth’s Ecumenical Theological Identity, as psychology professor Adrian Teo provides the main address from his perspective as a devout Catholic.
  • Thursday’s Spring Leadership Retreat, as student life directors welcome next year’s student leaders and begin the training process for on-campus positions.
  • Saturday many of our students, along with students from the other area universities and colleges, will give major research presentations in the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Competition. This event culminates a long process of research in their fields. May their presentations be an expression of Whitworth’s commitment to provide an “education of mind and heart.”
  • Saturday also provides opportunity for African-American students in each area university and college to gather for the African-American graduation ceremony. This event highlights the achievements of all these students in one venue so that the entire Spokane community can celebrate with them. May there be a deep sense of gratitude among all who attend for God’s grace in each of these students’ lives in bringing them to this milestone achievement.

During this week after Easter, we give You our deepest thanks for the priceless gift of Your Son, who died and rose again on our behalf to secure our eternal salvation. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands our soul, our life, our all.” And so we give to you our very selves as the ultimate expression of our desire to live as Your faithful disciples. Praise be to You, O God, for your great love in Jesus.

April 14, 2014 / Whitworth University

From Grief to Joy!

April 14-20

“I tell you the truth: You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy…In me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
John 16:20, 33

This is Holy Week, and as we remember all the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, we pray for…

  • every member of the Whitworth community to be drawn to the life-giving grace of Jesus that he extends to all through his death and resurrection.
  • the Class of 2014. As they make plans for the future — including finding employment, housing, and financial resources for the summer and beyond – we ask that they will know God’s provision for all their needs.
  • students who’ll return this fall. We ask that as they register for classes, make housing decisions for next year, and pursue summer employment, they will know the leading of God’s Spirit in their lives and will be at peace.
  • faculty and staff who support our students. May God bless our work and strengthen us as we near the end of the academic year.
  • Tuesday morning’s President’s Leadership Forum, as Whitworth welcomes Mark J. Sullivan, director of the U.S. Secret Service from 2006-13. Sullivan, who served in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will speak on issues related to global and national security. May we listen carefully to God’s word about how divine peace can settle the troubles we impose upon each other across the globe.
  • people from Whitworth and the Spokane community as they gather Wednesday to share their stories of hunger as part of the Million Meals campaign. The campaign will culminate with the packing of 1,000,000 meals the first weekend in May. Hunger is a huge issue in Spokane, with 20 percent of the population living without food security. May we listen to these personal stories so that our hearts will be prompted to take specific action to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in our region.
  • our Community Worship Service on Maundy Thursday, as we remember the last night of Jesus’ life and gather at the his table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • Whitworth’s efforts to expand support for faculty scholarship and engagement with academic disciplines in order to enrich teaching, to model intellectual engagement for students, and to elevate further Whitworth’s academic profile. Each of these goals is an element of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, Initiative 2.4.

Lord, help us to seek the values that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise, make us one in mind and heart. We know there will be times of mourning, and we ask that you help us to remove the things that hinder us from receiving the true joy that you have promised. Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.


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