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December 10, 2018 / Whitworth University

Christmas Candlelight Service

Dec. 10-Dec. 17
John 1:5

This week we pray for:

  • Students, for wisdom, strength and rich learning as they prepare for and take final exams this week.
  • Students’ travel for the Christmas holidays, and that they will find rest and enjoyment with family and friends.
  • Faculty as they grade final exams and projects while completing their other responsibilities for the semester, for strength, wisdom and joy.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff as they complete their semester of serving our community through their excellent, faithful and joyful offering of thousands of meals each day.
  • This semester’s last week of reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday’s Christmas Candlelight Service as we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth with the Whitworth community in Scripture, prayer, song and communion.
  • The Longest Night Service of worship, lament, prayer and hope. We pray for all of those for whom the Christmas season brings feelings of loss, pain and grief, that they would know God’s loving and powerful presence in this time.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, in a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up in us the good news again.  We need your joy and peace today. Thank you for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the light of the world. Lead us to walk in the light of Christ, that we might share his light and love with all whom we interact. May your light increase this Advent season. Amen.

December 3, 2018 / Whitworth University

Summarizing Jesus’ Mission (Redefining Christmas)

Dec. 3- Dec. 10
Matthew 1:1-18

This week we pray:

  • For our award-winning forensics and ethics bowl teams, including their coaches Professors Mike Ingram and Keith Wyma, that they would grow in community and with God as they develop their communication and reasoning skills that would be used for the common good throughout their lives and careers.
  • For the official beginning of this Christmas season at Whitworth as faculty, staff and students gather for our traditional Christmas reception and Christmas tree lighting hosted by Beck and Julie Taylor on Dec. 3.
  • With gratitude for each luminaria along the Hello Walk set out for Light the Way’s annual celebration of faculty and staff who supported Whitworth financially this year. We give thanks for the faithful service and generosity of Whitworth’s committed employees.
  • For the final week of normal Campus Worship programs:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches the final sermon in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, prayer, testimony and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanks for the Whitworth Auxiliary and their annual Bazaar and Bake sale on Friday that benefits Whitworth students in a variety of ways.
  • With gratitude for Whitworth’s eighteen-year partnership with the Act Six Scholar program, which focuses on leadership development and equips students for vision, service, diversity, community, preparation and transformation. We particularly pray for the eight first-year Act Six scholars who will be presenting on their understanding of leadership Friday evening as the culmination of their first-year seminar, that they would hear God’s call on them as leaders and respond with courage.
  • For all those performing in and attending the Annual Christmas Festival Concert held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX in Spokane, including the Whitworth Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus and student instrumentalists, that they would all encounter God through the beautiful artistic presentation.

Thanksgiving:

Faithful God, in Jesus You have taken on our human flesh and blood and come to restore integrity and fidelity among us. Help us to give with Him to You and to one another the proper and adequate response of faithful, serving love as Your people. Thank you for the miracle of the incarnation and redemption in Jesus Christ our Lord who ever lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

November 19, 2018 / Whitworth University

Redefining Reality

Nov. 19-Nov. 26
Matthew 28: 1-10

This week we pray:

  • For safe travel, sweet connections with family and friends, and refreshment for students over the Thanksgiving Break.
  • For students who are not able to be with their own families during Thanksgiving, especially our international students, that God would provide loving community, joy and warm hospitality over the break.
  • For staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and contentment as they serve God by serving in their roles at Whitworth.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 129 years and the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we are grateful and thankful for the reality of your victory and ongoing reign through Jesus our crucified, risen and ascended Lord. Thank you that he rules now and one day will return and manifest his rule for all to see. Lead us to live in and witness to the reality of his Kingdom reign all our days. Amen.

November 12, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining the Law – What is our Purpose?”

Nov. 12-Nov. 19
Matthew 22:34-40

This week we pray for:

  • Strength and perseverance for students in their studies and in their extracurricular commitments.
  • Student athletes as they travel and compete, for safety, joy, community and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Our Veterans Day service on Monday honoring all of our veterans and remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We also pray with gratitude for the Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion with its Whitworth and Gonzaga participants and oversight officers.
  • President’s Coffee as staff come together to reconnect, celebrate years of service and hear university updates from President Beck A. Taylor.
  • With gratitude for the 70th anniversary of the Harriet Cheney Cowles Library building that opened on Nov. 14, 1948. We pray for all the library staff as they continue to provide foundational resources for learning to every corner of campus.
  • Thursday’s 11th annual International & Diversity Forum as keynote speaker Mandy Manning speaks in support of the forum’s goal to build international and cultural understanding to prepare individuals for flourishing in a global environment.
  • Whitworth’s many incredible international students, particularly as they celebrate on Friday the 33nd annual International Festival, in which students from around the world share a glimpse of their home culture. We give thanks for each international student and pray for them to be sustained, loved and equipped well in their season at Whitworth.
  • The Teaching Roundtable, Faculty Scholarship Forum and Faculty Assembly this week as Whitworth’s faculty discuss, learn, present and make governance decisions.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you Lord that you have made your purposes for us clear. Lead us in your way of love, first for you and subsequently for others, as we gratefully respond to your amazing love revealed in Jesus. Help us to love as your Son loved. Thank you for your Spirit’s transformation in us as we journey with you in your way of love.  Amen.

November 5, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Marriage & Singleness”

Nov. 5-Nov. 12
Matthew 19:3-9

This week we pray for:

  • Students as the season is changing and colder weather approaches, that they will know God’s strength and sustenance physically, spiritually, academically and emotionally.
  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University, that they would know God’s wisdom as they serve this campus, and that God would use them to bring unity and flourishing here.
  • Thursday’s talk by White Awake author Daniel Hill. We pray that our community would continue to become aware of racial injustice and the ways God is inviting us as followers of Jesus to become more self-aware and more active participants in His reconciling work.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles Beans preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff as they continue to share the vision of Whitworth with prospective students, including this week’s Why Whitworth visitors. We pray for students and families who are discerning God’s leading for their university choice, and we pray for God’s provision of next year’s class for Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:

O Lord our God, teach our hearts this day where and how to see you, where and how to find you. You have made us, loved us and are remaking us into the image of Christ. We are the bride of Christ, and in him, we find our deepest and eternal purpose. Teach us to seek you and love you above all else, including any of the wonderful relationships that you have given to us. Lead us in your way of love, that others would also know the joy of being your beloved, regardless of life’s circumstances.

October 29, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Forgiveness”

Oct. 29-Nov. 5
Matthew 18:23-35

This week we pray for:

  • Safety and continued refreshment for students as they return from Fall Break, particularly that they would be ready and open to engage in all that God has for them in the second half of the semester.
  • Students’ strength in mind, body, soul and spirit and for boldness to share their faith in love and compassion.
  • All student athletes, especially the winter sport athletes as they begin competitions. We pray particularly that God would continue to raise up and encourage Christian leaders on every team who desire to see their teammates grow closer to Jesus. We also pray for a successful Pirate Night as Whitworth athletics supporters gather for a night of celebration and vital fundraising.
  • Faculty and staff for continued strength in the work that God has called them to here. We pray for eyes to see students as God does along with worshipful creativity and diligence in their work.
  • Beloved faculty and staff who have serious health concerns that they and all those who love them would know God’s loving, powerful presence in this time.
  • President Beck A. Taylor, his family and his leadership at Whitworth.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you God for your extravagant forgiveness extended to us in Jesus, our crucified Lord. Because of your abundant forgiveness for us, lead us into your ways of generous forgiveness toward others. We rely on your strength to forgive and to receive the double freedom of your forgiveness for us and our being freed from bitterness toward others. Thank you Lord. Amen.

October 22, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Sin”

Oct. 22-Oct. 29
Matthew 18:6-9

This week we pray for:

  • Students to build on the successes of the first half of the semester and to persevere in their academic or co-curricular responsibilities. We pray for wisdom, strength and the ability to say “yes” and “no” to the right things.
  • Students as they complete this week of classes and go on Fall Break, that they will find refreshment with family and friends. We pray for safe travel for those traveling and joyful rest for all.
  • Faculty as they engage in continued work of growth at the Faculty Development Day, engaging in intentional training and discussion while students are off on Fall Break.
  • Student athletes, for safe travel, meaningful community and character development as they give their all in their athletic endeavors.
  • Thursday’s “Inclusive University Classroom” lectures delivered by Maria del Carmen Salazar, including the evening lecture, “A Humanizing Pedagogy: Nurturing the Roses in the Concrete.” We pray that the annual lecture would help educators and community members grow in creating environments in which academic excellence is inclusive and transformative for every student.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as President Beck A. Taylor preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Lord of love, source of mercy and compassion, weave your vision for the world into the fabric of our lives. We confess our personal and corporate sin as we fail to love you and love our neighbors. By your grace, transform us to hate evil and to love goodness in increasing measure. May your kingdom come on Earth as in heaven, in us and in the world. Amen.

October 15, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Messiah and Discipleship”

Oct. 15-Oct. 22
Matthew 16: 21-27

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they take mid-terms and continue on in the substance of their learning and studies. We pray for peace, strength, perspective, learning and equipping to follow God’s call on their lives through their studies.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday’s “Unveiled,” a new multicultural student-led worship event that incorporates different styles of worship music, different languages and different experiences for anyone from the campus community to worship our living and loving God!
  • The Overflow discussion this week as theology students and faculty gather to dialogue regarding the topic, “You Are What You Eat: Thinking Christianly About Food.”
  • All who are involved in The Spitfire Grill main stage production at Whitworth. We pray for strength, joy and community for the cast and crew, and we pray that God would be honored through the artistry, hard work and story of the show.
  • Staff members as they gather for the President’s Coffee with President Beck A. Taylor and join together for community, a university update and celebration of individual employee’s years of service.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you for the invitation that invites all people to follow you and become your disciples. Touch our hearts, enlighten our minds and stir our spirit.  Help us daily to take up our cross and follow Jesus, ready to follow our suffering Messiah no matter where he leads us. Lead us to live in his light, boldly proclaim the Gospel and love extravagantly all because of Your love that first claimed us. Amen.

 

October 8, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Community”

Oct. 8- Oct. 15
Matthew 15:21-28, 32-39

This week we pray:

  • For life-giving relationships for all students in which students find meaningful and deep connections, learn from those who are different, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
  • For students’ health and our wonderful Health Center staff members as they support student health needs.
  • With gratitude for Whitworth’s board members who are on campus for their biannual meetings this week. We give thanks for their generous and wise support of Whitworth’s mission, and we pray for God’s guidance and unity for them in their governance work.
  • For the President’s Leadership Forum as President Beck A. Taylor and the Whitworth community welcome retired U.S. Army General and former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell to the Spokane Convention Center on Friday. We pray that the event would provide generative conversations and engender positive community development in the broader Spokane community.
  • For Whitworth’s One Big Weekend as Homecoming and Family Weekend celebrations occur together over the weekend. We give thanks for the classes celebrating their reunions, and pray for rich times for families to connect with their Whitworth students, especially first-year students.
  • With gratitude for the beautiful newly opened Beeksma Family Theology Center that will be officially dedicated Thursday. The center now houses Campus Ministry, the Theology Department, and the Office of Church Engagement. We also give thanks for the wonderful refurbishments in the existing Seeley G. Mudd Chapel and pray that God would be glorified through all the important work and interactions that will occur in this building.
  • With gratitude for the installation of Forrest Buckner as the Storm Family Dean of Spiritual Life on Thursday and the ways that this endowed position will enable Campus Ministry efforts and outreach in support of Whitworth’s Christ-centered mission for untold years ahead. We pray that God would use this endowment in ways beyond what we could ask or imagine for his purposes and glory.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • For ongoing “Why Whitworth” events as prospective students and families visit Whitworth. We pray for wisdom and peace for students and families, and we pray that God would provide for the Whitworth Class of 2023.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you, Father that you are the God who calls us together in community across borders. Thank you for Jesus’ ministry that revealed the broad scope of God’s reconciling work to the whole world, and we pray that we could live as God’s reconciled and reconciling people as we participate in Christ’s work in the world by the power of the Spirit.

 

October 1, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Faithfulness”

Oct. 1-Oct. 8
Matthew 7:21-28

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they continue to work hard in their studies. We pray for motivation, discipline and joy in learning.
  • Students who are struggling with mental health, that they would know God’s love and provision in this time. We also give thanks for our wonderful counselors in the counseling center and pray for strength, wisdom and love by God’s Spirit as they provide care and guidance for students.
  • Monday’s monthly faculty assembly as faculty members join together for their important communal governance work.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum, which occurs regularly through the semester, as Whitworth faculty share recent scholarship and receive feedback. We pray that Whitworth faculty could continue to contribute in greater and greater measure to the intellectual vitality of our university and world, in service to God, in love for neighbor and in pursuit of God’s truth.
  • The “Balance Your Bucs” program that helps equip students to handle money wisely, that God would use this week’s seminar and the various similar programs through the semester to equip our students to steward their money well and utilize it for God’s glory and service.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
    • Mentor-led Life Groups as the 20 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement.

Thanksgiving:

Lord Jesus, teach us to be the servants you have called us to be. Help us to walk in humility and to stand firm in our faith no matter how difficult the road becomes. You are always faithful to us. Your Word shows us time and again that you are faithful. We confess that we are a faithless people at times. We are prone to wander; forgive us Lord. Teach us what it means to be faithful to you, to your Word and to your church because you are faithful to us. Give us steadiness to follow you in every aspect of our lives, big and small. Amen.