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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.

April 7, 2014 / Whitworth University

The Promise of the Holy Spirit

April 7-13

“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.”
John 15: 26-27

This week we pray for…

  • the Whitworth community to be attentive to the work of God’s Holy Spirit among us during this latter part of Lent. Pray that we’ll be willing to speak of what we’ve experienced of Christ’s gracious and truth-filled salvation. And may we do this in a way that reflects the love of Christ, which gives us hope in times of pressure, tension, and distress.
  • the Whitworth Choir, as, on Sunday, the group presents its annual spring concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.
  • Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody, who will be leading a simple Lenten prayer service that includes song, silence and scripture, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Professor of French Jennifer Brown, who will lecture Monday on “Medieval Visions, and Modern Myth. The making of the Medieval in WWII Literature.”
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service on “The Work of the Holy Spirit,” (John. 15:26-16:15); Tuesday evening’s Hosanna, as students gather in song, praise, worship and sharing the Word of God with others; and Awake, on Wednesday, as students come together sharing the gospel and fellowship.
  • the Whitworth University Board of Trustees as they gather on campus Wednesday-Friday for their bi-annual meeting. May the trustees sense God’s leading as they deliberate about the university’s mission to provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, grounded in our Christian commitments to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.
  • Thursday’s Summer Job & Internship Fair, as students look for internships, work-study, and ministry positions for the summer. May God guide every student who needs to find any type of employment for the warmer months. Ask that each opportunity available will match students’ sense of vocational calling.
  • the members of the Hawaiian Club as they present their annual lu’au. May the Whitworth community experience the joy of God’s good creation as we celebrate the beauty and richness of the Hawaiian culture.
  • those who seek to promote compelling opportunities for advanced collaborative learning, creative expression, research, cross-cultural engagement, leadership development and other enriching learning activities to attract and retain high-achieving students, per Initiative 2.3 our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan.

We are grateful for the Holy Spirit, who is here with us in every circumstance of life. We take comfort and find assurance in Jesus’ promise “I am with you always.” God, Your Spirit assures us of Your ongoing commitment to be in covenant with us through Jesus, our Savior. We are so thankful for this reassurance. Amen!

March 31, 2014 / Whitworth University

Following in the Way of Jesus

March 31-April 6

“Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘Servants are not greater than their masters.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.”
John 15:18

This week we pray for…

  • the search committee that is entering the final phase of the selection process for the new dean of spiritual life. As a result of a gracious grant from the Lilly Endowment, current Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal will become the director of church engagement. The search committee needs great wisdom to match the current spiritual needs of the community with the right candidate to address those needs in the name of Christ’s gospel. Please ask that God will give the committee members and the candidates great sensitivity to the direction of God’s Spirit.
  • the spiritual renewal of the Whitworth community during this Lenten season through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with us in unity of the Holy Spirit.
  • our students of faith. Ask that they will draw near to our Lord in prayer and witness.
  • President Beck Taylor as he shares John 15:18-25, “The World Hates Disciples,” with us in Tuesday’s Community Worship. Please pray, too, for Hosanna, as students gather in song, praise, worship, and sharing the Word of God with others.
  • Thursday Community Worship, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and as we offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles.
  • Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody, who will lead a service of morning prayer each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Lent at 7:30 a.m. May God meet everyone who attends through scripture, prayer, hymns, and silence.
  • those who present lectures this week that challenge and stimulate the community intellectually: Author and poet Kevin Goodan will join us Tuesday, and on Thursday we’ll hear an address on the U.S.’s foreign policy with China. May God use all our public presentations to stimulate the life of the mind in the service of Christ in the world.
  • Head Women’s Basketball Coach Helen Higgs as the community gathers Wednesday to honor her for an incredible accomplishment: her 300th victory here at Whitworth. May God grant Helen a deep sense of gratitude for all that has happened here at Whitworth during her long, productive career, and may the community be deeply grateful for faithful leaders like Helen who work so enthusiastically to bless the lives of our students in every possible way.
  • Initiative 2.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan as we seek to develop and implement a vision for 21st-century teaching and learning that enhances academic rigor and educational outcomes.

Lord, our world is so full of evil and resistance to your will and your ways; we are so grateful that your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for the whole world, proved that love can overcome hate. Help us to love those who hate us, help us to truly let the love of your Son be displayed in our lives each and every day. We know that through your Son’s crucifixion and resurrection, hate has been destroyed. In you we find the power and the hope to overcome evil in your way, through love. Amen.

March 24, 2014 / Whitworth University

Spring Break

March 24-30

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.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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!

March 17, 2014 / Whitworth University

“I Am the Vine”

March 17-23

“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.”
John 15:5

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.

March 10, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus’ Promise of Peace Guides our Hearts from Fear to Trust

March 10-16

“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.”
John 14:27

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.

March 3, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus Comforts His Disciples with the Assurance of His Identity

March 3-9

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me…. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
John 14:6

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!

February 24, 2014 / Whitworth University

‘Love One Another’

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.”
John 13:34

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.

February 17, 2014 / Whitworth University

‘Jesus Loves Even His Enemies.’

Feb. 17-23

After saying this, Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”
John 13:21

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.

February 10, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus Washes the Disciples’ Feet

Feb. 10-16

Having his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
John 13:1
“If I, your LORD and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.”
John 13:14

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!


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