Sept. 30-Oct. 6
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.
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.
Luke 15:1-32, Prodigal Son and Gracious Father
This week we pray for…
- our students, as the academic year enters its fourth week and as they adjust to a new regimen and to the rigors of their coursework. We pray especially for those who are struggling with the adjustments of being away from their families and home communities for the first time.
- relationships among students, staff and faculty to develop in ways that encourage the members of the Whitworth community to be faithful in living out God’s calling upon our lives.
- Monday’s guest lecturer Rafia Zakaria, the first woman to head up Amnesty International. She will speak about ongoing international conflicts related to terrorism.
- the faculty’s Teaching Roundtable, Monday, as an integral part of Whitworth’s ongoing faculty development. Presentations and discussions focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
- Tuesday’s community chapel service, as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal preaches on the second clause of the Apostle’s Creed (see above). Please pray as well for Hosanna, a time of reflection, prayer and worship, and Thursday’s service of Holy Communion, with our student-led praise and worship team.
- the first President’s Coffee of the 2013-14 academic year (Sept. 24). Beck hosts these coffees four times during each academic year. They provide a time for staff to meet with our president, for all of us to meet new employees, for attendees to listen to updates on the university, and for the Whitworth community to share in a devotional.
- The Whitworth Student Symposium (Sept. 25), an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of intellectual discourse among students on campus. This student lecture is an extension of the stated goal that gives one selected student an opportunity to deliver a 20- to 30-minute lecture on a research topic of his/her choosing. Samuel Director will be the inaugural lecturer, speaking on the topic “A Lockean Objection to Stand-Your-Ground Laws.”
- the first Why Whitworth Day of academic 2013-14, as prospective students and their parents visit the campus for an admissions presentation, lunch, a tour, a class visit and a parent seminar. Ask that they will enjoy their visit and find it informative as they make their decision about which college to attend.
- Objective 8.3 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. We pray that we may be good stewards of all the resources entrusted to the university to advance the Whitworth 2021 plan.
We give thanks as we put our trust in the One who not only created each of us but who also sustains and cares for us each day as parents care for their children. We are grateful for God’s grace, which draws us deeper into our relationships with God in Christ, and we ask that we may serve with all our hearts, minds, souls, spirit and strength.
For the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
This week we pray for…
- Whitworth’s ongoing commitment to develop and deepen relationships with Presbyterian entities in support of the ministry of the church. President Beck A. Taylor this week will sign functional partnership agreements with the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (Monday), the Northwest Puget Sound Presbytery (Wednesday), and Presbytery of the Inland Northwest (Thursday). The university will host the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest meeting on campus Thursday, culminating with a worship service in the chapel at 2 p.m.
- Faculty Scholarship Forum, which meets Monday at lunchtime. Now in its 19th year, the forum exists to provide grassroots support for faculty scholarship, to serve as a forum for the presentation of research, to grant faculty members an opportunity to educate colleagues and receive feedback regarding research, and to be a place for friendships to begin and flourish. May this be a year of gatherings that strengthen Whitworth’s commitment to faith-learning integration.
- Community Building Day, Tuesday, when more than 1,000 of our faculty, staff, and students engage in meaningful community service activities throughout the Spokane region. May God bless Spokane through the faithful hearts and hands of the Whitworth community not only this day, but every day throughout this academic year as the university serves our neighbors for the common good.
- the service-learning fair, Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for students and faculty to connect with local service agencies that assist a variety of populations within Spokane and the surrounding areas. These connections can lead to academic service-learning opportunities, as well as to ongoing group and individual service relationships.
- Picnic on the Green, the annual luncheon hosted by Beck and Julie Taylor, in conjunction with institutional advancement, to thank faculty and staff donors for their contributions to Whitworth in FY2013.
- the Search Committee for the position of vice president for finance & administration. The committee is diligently working through the process of selecting the best person to oversee the university’s finances.
- Initiative 8.2 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan. Please ask that those responsible for “executing an enrollment and financial aid plan that supports Whitworth’s accessibility and economic sustainability while stabilizing undergraduate enrollment at 2,300 students” would be successful in their efforts.
We thank you, Lord, for your call to service modeled through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. You call us to follow Jesus, and you equip us for the challenges we face here in Spokane, in the region, and in the world. We go forth in confidence that you are present with us through your abiding Holy Spirit, whose presence guides us. May we follow Jesus in service, no matter how difficult or costly the task. Amen.
Academic year 2013-14 has begun. New and returning students have arrived, and classes are under way. We turn now to the rhythms of the semester, among the most important being our desire to pray for Whitworth’s Christian mission as we seek to serve our students in their intellectual, relational, physical, and spiritual development. On Bended Knee will be posted weekly, so look for an e-mail prompt early each Monday morning with the link to this week’s OBK. To receive e-mail notifications, click the Sign me up! button on the right-hand side of this page.
The format is straightforward. We begin with the title and scripture used each week in Tuesday Chapel as we preach through a theme or book of the Bible. Our theme this fall is This We Believe: Living the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed both forms and reflects the Christian community by describing our shared story and common belief. For 1,600 years, this text has voiced the church’s beliefs about the triune God, humanity, the church and the world.
Then we provide a set of specific prayer requests linked to each particular week, highlighting important events in the life of the Whitworth community.
The last item in the prayer list will always be an inclusion from our strategic plan, Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads. We believe the success of this plan is directly dependent upon God’s intervention to bring these aspirations to fruition.
Then we finish with thanksgiving, always being mindful that all we are and all we have are gifts of God’s grace.
We are so thankful for your willingness to pray regularly for the university. So “on bended knee” we now enter into prayer during this year for our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and board of trustees.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
This week we pray for…
- students in their first full week of classes. We ask that they will enter into a rhythm that sustains them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits.
- faculty and staff in their commitment to academic excellence as they seek to help students engage fully in the process of discovering new knowledge and understanding through Whitworth’s education of mind and heart.
- Tuesday and Thursday chapel services. On Tuesday, Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal will preach on the first clause of the Apostle’s Creed: “I Believe in God.” Each Thursday, the community gathers around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
- Hosanna, our weekly student-led praise and worship service, which meets Tuesdays and encourages the entire community to grow in faith and in the knowledge of Christ. Pray for the faculty, staff, and students who will lead these worship services with their musical talents and servants’ hearts.
- Awake, our weekly ministry with student-athletes. This program begins in the chapel Wednesday night. Pray for the staff and student leaders who serve our nearly 400 student-athletes as they compete at the intercollegiate level.
- Thursday’s job/internship fair as students pursue internships, Washington state work-study, and other part-time employment positions for the fall. Many students depend on these positions to supplement their income so that they can attend Whitworth. Please pray for provision for each need.
- Goal 8 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads Strategic Plan: “Exercise diligent stewardship in growing Whitworth’s financial and capital resources.” Objective 1: “Engage and expand Whitworth’s constituency base, fostering relationships and a culture of philanthropy that significantly increase alumni giving to 25 percent, grow our endowment to $180 million, and help us establish a strategic initiative fund of $600,000.”
Gracious God, we are so grateful for the provision of your love through all circumstances, and we are thankful for the faith to believe that you will give us strength for whatever we may endure. We give thanks for the privilege of praying for the Whitworth community throughout this year as we rest in the assurance of your faithfulness to us all!
O, give thanks unto the Lord, for God is good: God’s mercy endures forever.
This week we pray for…
- our annual Years-of-Service and Retirement Celebration and the Provost’s Breakfast, at which we recognize the faithful service of our employees, especially our retirees. We also recognize several faculty members selected for their distinguished service in teaching and scholarship.
- the president’s cabinet as its members gather for a day of reviewing this academic year and planning for the next one. May God lead these administrators as they seek to provide leadership for the entire university.
- The training workshop on Thursday for faculty members contracted as advisors for fall 2013’s first-year students.
- student-athletes who are still in competition in the NCCA Div. III track-and-field championships.
- our staff members in admissions, financial aid, student accounts and the registrar’s office as they work diligently on behalf of our incoming students for fall 2013, both freshmen and transfers; pray also for our continuing studies staff as they continue to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in the region.
- every employee of Whitworth University, that each will have the time and freedom to experience physical, relational and spiritual renewal during this summer.
- all of our student who travel for summer employment. Ask that each one will know travelling protection and meaningful work as they continue the process of vocational discernment.
- our Campus Conference folks, whose activity begins immediately after graduation and continues all summer. Student life personnel, Sodexo Food Service staff and our student conference assistants serve the multitudes of visitors who will visit Whitworth this summer. May our staff be gracious servants, and may all who come sense the deep love of God in Christ.
- the Whitworth Institute of Ministry, July 8-12, as we consider the theme, “For Such a Time as This: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Postmodern Times.” James A.K. Smith, Calvin College professor and author of Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, will speak each morning, and Carolyn Gordon, from Fuller Seminary, will preach in the evenings. Our own theology faculty members Jerry Sittser, Karen Petersen Finch and Jim Edwards, ’67, will be leading our daily Bible studies. Please pray for all who speak, that God will use their wisdom to encourage all those who are charged with leading the church. And if you can, think about joining us for what will be a great week of spiritual renewal.
- all incoming students for fall. Pray that this summer will be a time of spiritual preparation for their arrival at Whitworth in September.
- Initiative 7.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Pray that we are doing the best job possible of equipping supervisors and academic leaders to thrive in their roles in advancing Whitworth’s mission, strategic plan and institutional effectiveness.
Lord, we thank you so much for the time we have spent with students who have graduated and are graduating, as well as with students who are taking the next step at Whitworth. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for the teachers and mentors, for the staff members who have eased the way for students, for families and loved ones. We thank you for them and give them all to you in prayer.
This is the last edition of On Bended Knee for this academic year. We are so thankful for your faithful prayer support throughout this year, and we have seen many prayers answered in amazing ways. God has been faithful as you have persisted in your prayers for Whitworth.
Watch for notification in mid-August as we restart On Bended Knee for the 2013-14 academic year.
May 6 -12
While they were still speaking, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be unto you.’
This week we pray for…
- our students, who are in the final week of regular classes. They are weary of the academic grind as they write final papers, complete projects, and prepare for final exams next week. May they truly experience the presence of Jesus with them and receive Jesus’ comforting words, “Peace be with you.”
- our faculty, who have taught well, mentored seniors through their time at Whitworth, and shared their efforts and expertise with freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. May they stay strong as they guide the process of the 2012-13 academic year to its conclusion for each of their students.
- our staff members, who have provided incredible support for our entire community through this academic year. May they know God’s peace and experience God’s strength as they serve during these hectic last few weeks.
- Jubilation dance ministry’s spring performance on May 5. Ask that the audience will enjoy this time of student-led worship through dance.
- our chapel services on Tuesday, as Terry McGonigal preaches the final sermon in the Luke on Relationships series, emphasizing God’s desire, from Acts 2, to pour out the Holy Spirit upon all people. Please pray too for Hosanna, our student-led worship service, which offers our community a time of singing, reflection and prayer.
- Thursday’s communion service, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and share in music and prayer. This will be the last worship service of the academic year and the last time seniors will celebrate communion in the chapel during their undergraduate careers. May we each feel a deep sense of gratitude as we worship together and remember God’s faithfulness in bringing us this far.
- Initiative 7 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Pray for Whitworth as the university invests in its employees and supports a culture of continuous improvement.
Lord, we are so grateful that in the midst of all that’s going on around us, we know that you are source of all true peace. Thank you that we are in harmony with you through the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Prince of Peace to the world.
April 29-May 5
We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.
This week we pray…
- that members of the Class of ’13 will experience God’s presence as they approach graduation and anticipate future transitions while saying goodbye to their classmates.
- for students performing in musical recitals and performances in the next few weeks. Concerts and events include the wind symphony’s spring concert on Sunday; an evening of music and entertainment with jazz ensembles I & II on Wednesday; the men’s chorus spring concert; and the choir’s bon voyage concert on Saturday. Many of our student musicians will be a part of the spring tour of Norway that departs on May 20.
- for the Westside President’s Club Dinner in Seattle on Sunday, as President’s Club members and lifetime donors celebrate Whitworth’s enduring mission. May the spirit of gratitude fill that event with an awareness of God’s faithfulness through the years.
- for Matt Silvers as he speaks Monday at Faculty Scholarship Forum about research in athletic conditioning.
- for our chapel service on Tuesday, as President Beck Taylor helps us to see through the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15) how Jesus develops relationships. Please pray too for Tuesday night’s Hosanna, a student-led worship service that offers time for students to gather for singing, reflection and prayer.
- for the President’s Coffee on Tuesday morning, as President Taylor leads us in greeting colleagues and new employees, updates us on events and news from the university community and offers a morning devotional.
- for Tuesday evening’s English Endowed Reading, as poet, novelist, and editor Katherine Coles shares her work.
- for ASWU’s Spokane Block Party, where we’ll celebrate the end of the academic year and recognize all the ways in which the Unite movement has addressed the issue of human trafficking in the Pacific Northwest.
- Initiative 6.4 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-2021 Vision and Strategic Plan as we work to develop Whitworth’s capability in online education as part of a strategic mix of delivery methods to complement face-to-face instruction and to reach broader, underserved markets in the region.
Lord, we are so grateful for the relationship that you have with us. There are times when we have wandered off into the wilderness and have become lost, but you draw us into your loving arms as you welcome us back home. We are so very thankful for your grace.
The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows today you will deny me three times.’ And he went out and wept bitterly.
This week we pray for…
- our students, as they continue to move toward the end of the school term; we ask that they will find time for the things that matter most, including connecting with friends, faculty, and staff as they anticipate the end of spring semester. May they have a sense of God’s presence and peace.
- the Whitworth Women’s Choir as they perform their spring concert at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
- Monday’s teaching roundtable for ongoing faculty development. Presentations and discussions will focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
- our Tuesday chapel service as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith shares from the Gospel of Luke about how Jesus continues to seek relationships even when he is denied by his closest friends. We also pray for Hosanna, a time of fellowship in worship, reflection, prayer and praise.
- the Whitworth Concert Band, as they present their spring concert on Tuesday in Cowles Auditorium. May they feel deep joy in the culmination of their efforts.
- the President’s Leadership Forum on Wednesday, as Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a prolific writer in early childhood education, speaks on the topic of “Investing in Education Reforms that Work.”
- our final Great Decisions lecture of 2013, on Thursday, as Eugene Bempong Nyantakyi and Ryan Knight present “China in Africa.” Nyantakyi, a visiting professor of economics at Whitworth, is an expert in development and international trade and finance. Knight, a Whitworth student, has studied in both China and Tanzania.
- our Thursday worship service, as we gather for Holy Communion and celebration through music and prayer.
- Initiative 6.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, which covers the implementation of a strategic enrollment/integrated marketing plan for graduate and continuing studies programs.
Lord, thank you for not rejecting us even when we deny you. Your boundless grace toward us transforms us from fearful to courageous. Thank you for that grace. In the name of Jesus, the great forgiver, Amen.
Today, salvation has come to this house, because this one also is a child of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.
This week we pray for…
- students to continue to pursue healthy relationships that will glorify God and display the love of Christ throughout the Whitworth community.
- safe travels for student who participate in varsity sports; we ask that they will display the best Whitworth Pirate spirit.
- prospective students and families as they visit make final decisions about selecting a university before the May 1 national deposit deadline. We also pray for our admissions staff as Whitworth hosts admissions events on campus throughout the next two weeks.
- our Tuesday chapel service, as Alan Mikkelson (Communication Studies) shares with us about relationships in Luke’s Gospel, Chapter 19:1-10. We pray, too, for Hosanna, as students gather Tuesday evenings for a time of prayer, praise and worship.
- Professor Emeritus of History Jim Hunt as he speaks on Wednesday about his recently released book Restless Fires: Young John Muir’s Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Hunt taught at Whitworth for many years, has studied Muir for decades, and was involved in Whitworth’s Central America Study Program a number of times during his tenure as a Whitworth professor. He is also the cofounder and board president of the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship.
- our worship service on Thursday as we share in Holy Communion, music and prayer.
- Great Decisions Lecturer Regina Yan, ’82, on who will speak Thursday on “Humanitarian Intervention.” Yan is the chief operating officer of the Washington, D.C.-based Peterson Institute for International Economics, the world’s most influential think tank in international economics.
- the Exceptional Praise Gospel Choir as they present their fourth annual spring concert on Saturday.
- Initiative 6.1 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic plan, which includes establishing ongoing assessment of graduate and continuing studies programs based on identified goals for mission fit, academic quality and market sustainability.
Lord, thank you for redeeming us when we were lost. We are grateful that through the cross and resurrection of Jesus we have freedom to live with joy the life he intends for each of us.
Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
This week we pray for:
- our students to develop strong and healthy relationships that display the love of Christ and help them to witness to the reality of Jesus’ resurrection.
- faculty and staff as they continue to serve our wonderful students with a spirit of grace and truth
- chapel service on Tuesday, as Roberta Wilburn (School of Education) shares with us from the Gospel of Luke to help us see whom Jesus pursues, how he develops relationships, and what kind of community he creates.
- Hosanna, a midweek evening service during which students gather for a time of prayer, worship and praise.
- the Whitworth Business Advisory Board as it gathers for its spring meeting on April 9 to make important decisions that will be beneficial to the School of Global Commerce & Management.
- our board of trustees as they gather for their meeting April 10-12, that the Lord will impart wisdom and discernment regarding the Christian mission of the university.
- Thursday’s chapel, April 11, as the community comes together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and to hear the beautiful voices of the Whitworth Women’s Choir.
- our student-athlete ministry, Awake, as they present “More Than a One-Night Stand” outreach ministry on Friday night, April 12.
- the students, families, faculty and staff associated with the Hawaiian Club as they lead the community in our annual lu’au on Saturday night, April 13. Ask that they will be filled with joy as they prepare, serve, and lead.
- Initiative 6 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-2021 Vision and Strategic Plan. Pray for us as we seek to enhance Whitworth’s strengths in graduate and continuing studies education as we aspire to be the university of choice for selected graduate and nontraditional undergraduate degree programs in the Inland Northwest.
Lord we thank you that you are the “Good Master,” leading and guiding us on this wonderful journey of loving you and loving others. We are so grateful to know that we have eternal life, and we rejoice in knowing that your resurrection life has been imparted to us.