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May 20, 2019 / Whitworth University

“In the name of the Lord Jesus”

May 20-August 25
Scripture: Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.”

Note – This will be our last On Bended Knee entry of the 2018-19 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support of Whitworth! The prayers of God’s people all over the world for Whitworth are a priceless gift.

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they go various directions for the summer. We pray for safety, refreshment, wise choices, growth in Christ, enriching relationships and fun.
  • Monday’s Provost Breakfast for faculty to celebrate the completed academic year, recognize faculty and hear final words from our retiring faculty.
  • Monday’s end of year celebration and worship service as we celebrate God’s faithfulness at the end of the academic year and honor those who are retiring from Whitworth.
  • May Term off-campus study classes. We pray for rich times of learning for students, wonderful community, sustenance for professors and growth in God’s heart for the world.
  • All Whitworth employees as we enter into the different rhythms of summer work, for wisdom, diligence, sustenance, contentment and productivity in all.
  • Grounds, trades and facilities staff as they enter into one of their busiest seasons of the year—summer. We pray for safety, community, work that is worship and strength through the summer.
  • Various summer faculty and staff educational opportunities, including the Vocations of the Christian Professor faith-learning integration workshop for faculty and the 3-day intergroup dialogue workshop for staff and faculty.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we are thankful that you have given us hands to do good work.  Help us look to you to lead and guide us in all that you have entrusted to us. We are grateful and humbled that you would invite us to participate in your good work in the world and surrender ourselves afresh to do your bidding in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

May 13, 2019 / Whitworth University

Commencement 2019

May 13-20
Psalms 136:1 – O Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his love endures forever.

This week we pray for:

  • Students who are taking final exams to have wisdom, encouragement and understanding through the week.
  • Safe travels for students who are exiting campus at the end of the week for the summer.
  • Faculty to be strengthened and encouraged as they proctor and grade final exams and projects while caring for the students in their classes. We also pray for Monday’s faculty assembly as faculty gather for important governance work.
  • All staff as they provide support in countless ways in their various roles here on campus, from support staff to custodians, student life to grounds, human resources to the business office, and more.
  • Our final Morning Prayer for this spring semester on Monday.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s continued wisdom and guidance as he leads Whitworth University.
  • Commencement 2019:
    • All graduates and their families – traditional undergraduate students, continuing studies students and graduate students – that they would travel safely, be filled with gratitude at this significant milestone, and be encouraged in trust toward God with whatever lies ahead.
    • The Senior Service of Communion and Commissioning on May 17 that includes faculty and student reflections on shared experiences of Christian faith, and as students recommit their lives to God’s service and are set apart as Christ’s servants in the world.
    • Graduate Commencement services on May 18 as graduate students receive their well-earned degrees.
    • Baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 19, as we gather to worship God together. We pray for all the students who will be leading in the service and for theology professor Josh Leim as he preaches.
    • Undergraduate Commencement on May 19 with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading, including speaker and Whitworth professor Mike Sardinia.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we thank you for the students who have spent this year at Whitworth, both the graduates and those who will be returning next fall. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for the teachers and mentors, for the family and loved ones. We thank you for all of our Whitworth students and graduates and entrust them to your loving care. Amen.

 

May 6, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Human Rulers and God the Creator”

May 6-13
Genesis 1-2

This week we pray for:

  • Strength and focus for students in this final week of classes this semester.
  • God’s provision and peace for graduating students who are lamenting the end of their time at Whitworth and searching for employment or discerning other opportunities.
  • The seeds of the gospel that have been sown this semester to find fertile soil in the lives of all Whitworth community members, and that those seeds would bear fruit 30, 60 and even 100 times what was sown.
  • Dolores Humiston, Whitworth’s associate vice president for human resources, as we celebrate her retirement after 16 years of service to Whitworth. We give great thanks for the ways that God has used Dolores to support the mission of Whitworth through her thoughtful, faithful, excellent and loving work here.
  • Jim O’Brien, general manager of Sodexo’s operations here at Whitworth for the past 35 years, as he heads toward retirement in August. We give thanks for the generous, joyful and gracious service of our campus’s daily bread that has occurred under Jim’s leadership over these 35 years.
  • Tuesday’s Summer Fellowship Program Commissioning Service as 72 Whitworth students are commissioned to be sent out to serve in various churches and ministries all over the world by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. We give thanks for each student and pray that God would use them and transform them as they live and serve with God’s people this summer.
  • The incoming class of students who have made their decision to attend Whitworth in the fall of 2019. We pray with great thanksgiving for God’s provision for all involved, including meeting Whitworth’s enrollment goal for the second year in a row.
  • Tuesday’s school of business lecture by Abbot Tryphon, leader of the Brotherhood of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, as he discusses “The Business of Monasticism.”
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner finishes our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together outside in the Loop to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s final Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s final student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

God of Creation, we are grateful that in the beginning you created all things, including us, and you saw that it was very good. Thank you that you have called us as your image bearers to steward and rule over your good creation. Thank you for the extravagance of this created world. Lead us in your ways that we might participate in your gracious work that promotes the flourishing of all that you have made, that all people and all creation might worship and glorify you in increasing measure. Amen.

April 29, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Balaam and the God who is worthy of Our Submission”

April 29-May 6
Numbers 22-25

This week we pray for:

  • Students, staff and faculty to stand firm in their faith and beliefs and live as witnesses for Christ.
  • Students’ strength, that they will not become weary in doing good!
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and President Beck A. Taylor continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday night’s Vida en Cristo worship service in Spanish hosted by our Spanish for Ministry students on campus, which includes music, student testimonies and fun fellowship! 
  • Whitworth’s participation in the Take Back the Night program that raises awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. We pray for insight for the Whitworth community and protection for our community members.
  • The launch of the book Challenged and Changed: Living and Learning in Central America, published by professors Lindy Scott and Kim Hernandez, that chronicles the four decades of Whitworth experiences in Central America. We give thanks for the Central America Study Program and its founders, Ron and Marianne Frase, who will also be present at the book launch. We pray for continued fruitful ministry and transformation through the CASP program.
  • Saturday’s Springfest celebration hosted by ASWU that invites Whitworth and the local community to a joyous day filled with fun, inflatables, food trucks and more.
  • The many music concerts and recitals occurring over these last few weekends of the year. We pray that God would give students strength and peace in their preparations and that he would continue to equip them to use their gifts for his glory and good work in the world. 
  • Prospective traditional undergraduate students and their families who are making their decisions for the May 1 deposit deadline. We pray for wisdom for those students and families as well as provision for Whitworth, that God would send to Whitworth the students whom he wants to be transformed here in the years ahead. 

Thanksgiving:

Lord forgive us for the times that we have been rebellious. Teach us to obey you no matter what other voices and authorities call for our obedience. Make us your light in a dark world through Jesus. Give us eyes to see and ears to hear those around us who need your Gospel truth. We are thankful and grateful for your great love and tender mercy toward us as you lead us forward in Christ by the power of your Spirit. Amen.

April 22, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Crossing the Red Sea, Miriam and the Deliverer God”

April 22-29
Exodus 15:11-12 

This week we pray for:

  • Students who are returning form Easter celebrations this weekend. We pray for safety and ongoing awareness of the resurrected Christ as they return to campus Monday.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are entering the final four weeks of the semester. We pray for strength, perseverance and great learning in both curricular and extracurricular endeavors.
  • Students who will be graduating in May, for vocational clarity, provision for employment, and a desire to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We also pray for the Career Services staff as they walk with students in this job search and vocational discernment process.
  • Prospective Whitworth students and their families as they make decisions leading up to the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline about where they will attend the next four years. Our prayer is that students will have clarity about Whitworth’s distinctive mission and in discerning whether we are a good fit for them.
  • Wednesday’s diversity, equity and inclusion staff and faculty professional development training led by Chief Diversity Officer Lorna Hernandez Jarvis. We pray that God would use these professional development opportunities throughout this year to equip staff and faculty to reflect more clearly God’s intention for the flourishing of every Whitworth community member.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and Associate Chaplain Stephaine Nobles Beans continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper in a special Maundy Thursday service.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Wednesday’s and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Friday’s second annual Asian Pacific Islander graduation ceremony at Whitworth as our community gathers to celebrate the accomplishments and culture of our wonderful Asian and/or Pacific Islander graduates. We also pray for Saturday’s African American graduation ceremony (hosted at Gonzaga this year) that celebrates the African American graduates from all Spokane colleges and universities. We give thanks for these students and ask for God’s rich blessing and guidance on all of these students moving forward from Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, just as you delivered Israel through the Red Sea, we are thankful for your care and deliverance in our trials and tribulations. We know that we can call on your name, and you promise to be near. Thank you that you love us, that you are a present help in the time of trouble, and that you have delivered us from the power of evil and death through the resurrection of Jesus!

April 15, 2019 / Whitworth University

“The Suffering Servant and the Loving Redeemer God”

April 15-22
Isaiah 53:1-12

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for this Holy Week in which we remember Jesus’ suffering in our place and on our behalf. We pray for a renewed awe at the gift of God’s grace revealed in Christ and at the miracle of the resurrection. We pray for the entire Whitworth University community to know the power of the resurrection of Jesus and be transformed by his Spirit to serve God in word and deed.
  • For Tuesday’s President’s Coffee as staff gather to reconnect, celebrate years of service milestones and hear President Taylor’s updates on important campus news.
  • For campus worship this Holy Week:
    • Students in the Whitworth community who have not traditionally celebrated Holy Week and Easter, that they would have opportunities to learn about this special week and to engage with it in a new way.
    • Monday’s Unveiled, a night of praise and worship that incorporates new ways to worship with different music styles, languages and experiences.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at Isaiah’s suffering servant on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper in a special Maundy Thursday service.
    • Tuesday night’s Holy Week Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Holy Week AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday’s and Wednesday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • For Wednesday’s Young Life Capernaum’s annual talent show featuring singing, dancing and art work. We give thanks for the many Whitworth students who serve young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through Capernaum.
  • For the Bruner-Welch Chair in Theology, Whitworth Professor Adam Neder. We pray for his lecture on”Søren and Simone: What Two Eccentric Geniuses Can Teach Us About Living Well Today” to inspire the community to learn about God and love God more faithfully.
  • For Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC, as he lectures on “Out of Many, One: A Defining Moment for American Immigration.” We pray that we as a community could discuss difficult issues well, learn from others and be led by God’s Spirit in our thinking about topics like immigration.
  • Safety and joy in Good Friday observances and Easter celebrations with family and friends over the long weekend for students.

Thanksgiving:

We praise you Lord, that you have taken evil and turned it to everlasting goodness through the redemptive suffering of Jesus. Thank you for being wounded for our transgressions and healing us. Lead us to live into our redemption as beloved children of God in and through Jesus. And use us to help others know the redemptive power and love of Jesus through our words and deeds. Thank you for our resurrection hope and victory in Jesus. Amen.

April 8, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Elijah and the God of Our Doubts”

April 8-April 15
1 Kings 19:1-18

This week we pray:

  • For students to be compassionate in heart and full of energy and zeal as they seek to learn the ways of God’s word and come to understand how their gifts may serve God’s purposes in the world.
  • With deep appreciation for our committed and generous board of trustees as they participate in their spring meetings on the Whitworth campus this week. We pray for an awareness of God’s presence and leading as they engage with the campus community and participate in the governing activities of the university.
  • For Monday’s Faculty Assembly as our faculty gather for a time of community, important discussion and governance decisions.
  • For Monday’s lecture by author and leader Dominique Gilliard on America’s incarceration policies and the call on the church to pursue justice that restores and reforms. We pray that God would use the lecture to raise awareness and stir up Whitworth community members to participate in God’s work of justice in new ways.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Graduate Assistant Ministry Intern Jake Chipka continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With gratitude as we gather for Thursday’s ceremony to officially begin the construction for the Athletics Leadership Center that will be built over the next 16 months. We pray that God would use the new building in magnificent ways for our coaches and student athletes, and we pray for this new space and all that will happen there to further equip more and more students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity with their whole lives.
  • The admissions process for the incoming class of 2019, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide the families who are discerning their college options.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you that even in times of doubt and fear you do not forsake us. Give us the ears to hear your still, small voice that will drown out the lies of the enemy. We trust that we are secure in you, and we pray for those we love who are facing doubts today. Thank you that you are our rock and our salvation no matter what storm may come. Please give us courage today by your Spirit to walk forward with you in the midst of our doubts.

April 1, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Lady Wisdom and the God of Wisdom”

April 1-April 8
Proverbs 8 and 31

This week we pray for:

  • God to be at work drawing every Whitworth community member to Him wherever they are on their journey of faith.
  • Students as they return from Spring Break, that they will be refreshed, renewed and ready to engage in the good work that God has prepared for them in both curricular and extracurricular activities in the second half of this semester.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship, and as Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor continues our series “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, as he visits campus on Tuesday, April 7. We particularly pray for Father Brian’s evening lecture “Mother Teresa’s Business Card: Spiritual Values in a Commercial World.”
  • The “Women Ever Rising Every Day to Lead Conference,” a women’s gathering hosted by Stephaine Nobles Beans, Lauren Taylor and a number of student leaders, on Saturday morning in the Chapel. We pray for a rich time of communion with God and with each other as women from Whitworth and the Spokane community come together to worship God and look at six women of Scripture together.
  • Sunday and Monday’s Bucs Bound admitted student weekend and the hundreds of admitted students and family members who will be on campus. We pray for peace for the students and families and for God’s provision as they make college decisions. We also pray that God would provide the students that Whitworth needs for the incoming 2019 class.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, we thank you that you are the God of wisdom and that you are the source of wisdom. Thank you that rightly fearing you results in wisdom. We pray for wisdom today, for us, for Whitworth, for our leaders, for our country, for our world. We pray that you would give us ears to hear Lady Wisdom calling out to us today by your Spirit and that we would value her words more than the material treasures of this earth. We pray this in the name of the Word who is the Truth, Amen.

March 25, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Spring Break” – God’s Rest

March 25-April 1

This week we pray for:

  • All the students on our campus during this Spring Break week. We pray that they would find rest, community and purpose over this break.
  • Students who are traveling away from the Whitworth campus. We pray for safety, community, joy, love for others, abiding in Christ, and rich memories with God and friends.
  • Those participating in the UREC Spring Break adventure in California and those joining the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement Impact Trip, getting to know various ministries serving in Jesus’ name in Spokane.
  • The Whitworth students, and 180 other students from Pacific Northwest universities, serving at the annual Young Life Work Week at Washington Family Ranch in central Oregon. We pray that the students would grow closer with Jesus and in community through the experience, and we pray for the seeds from camp to find fertile and protected soil as they finish up at camp Tuesday and move on to other Spring Break activities.
  • Faculty to find refreshment, renewal and time to catch up during Spring Break.
  • Staff working on campus during Spring Break. We pray with gratitude for the staff members and their often unseen but essential work that enables Whitworth to function well and pursue its mission faithfully.
  • Student athletes competing all over the country this week, that they will bear witness to the love of Christ and grow as men and women as they compete and travel.
  • God’s provision for the incoming first-year and transfer student class. We pray with gratitude for the ways God has always provided in the past and pray with expectation for the students God will lead to Whitworth where they will be encouraged and equipped to be more faithfully the people God has made them to be.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, we praise you for a new season! All around us is evidence, of not only your existence, but that you are a good God. You are the creator of all we can see and cannot see. Wherever we live, we are immersed in your creative presence. We praise you for new life in spring that reminds us of new life in Christ our Savior. Lead us to live as your people in gratitude, gospel proclamation and life-giving love by the power of the Holy Spirit.

March 18, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Mephibosheth & the God Who Cares for the Rejected”

March 18-March 24
2 Samuel 9:1-8, 13

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they prepare for and take exams before Spring Break. We also pray that they will use their time wisely and find rest, community and joy during the break.
  • Young Life College Work Week that will see about 80 Whitworth students join 150 other Oregon and Washington university students to work hard getting Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch camp ready for thousands of high school and middle school students to hear and experience the good news of Jesus this summer. We pray for the Whitworth students serving this week to travel safely, to have fun, to grow in Christ and to deepen community connections.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Monday’s Unveiled Worship Service, a night of praise and worship that incorporates new ways to worship with different music styles, languages and experiences.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship. We pray for Tuesday’s service as Kent McDonald continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday’s talk by John Fea, Ph.D., “The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” We pray for continued civil discourse, willingness to learn from other perspectives and the ability to evaluate current events through a Christian worldview.
  • All Whitworth faculty who provide opportunities for collaborative research between students and themselves. We particularly pray with thanksgiving for the Hugh W. Johnston Professor of Chemistry, Kraig Wheeler, and his crystal research and collaborative research with students that will be highlighted in his talk on Wednesday, “The Travails of Crystals.”
  • Breaking Boundaries, an awards ceremony with keynote speaker Beatriz Schweitzer presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion to celebrate women leaders who are breaking boundaries in their communities, professional fields and personal lives.
  • Whitworth’s Health Education Advocacy Team (HEAT) of student leaders as they promote holistic health for students in a variety of ways. We especially pray for the panel discussion about sex and relationships offered by the HEAT leaders this week, that God would use the discussion to promote healthy choices and illuminate truth regarding these important topics.

Thanksgiving:

Heavenly Father, we thank you, for you are a God of mercy and compassion and there is none like you. In Jesus Christ you have experienced rejection, anxiety, persecution and loneliness on our behalf. You understand firsthand all that we go through, and you do not forget us in our weakness or our strength. Thank you that even as David welcomed the crippled grandchild of his enemy, you welcome us to your family table with abundant love. Because of your love, and by the power of your Spirit, please lead us to see others and love them like you do in greater and greater measure. Amen.