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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.

 

September 24, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Law”

Sept. 24-30

Scripture: Matthew 5: 17-48

This week we pray for:

  • Students’ relationships with other students, that by God’s grace they would develop empathy, grow in good communication skills, seek to know those with different perspectives, and love deeply.
  • Student athletes, for safety, community, and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • The Student Life “Well-Being” lecture series starting this week and lasting through the semester as various faculty members provide insight on nutritional, psychological, social, spiritual, social media, and physical well-being. We pray that through these lectures and other parallel Student Life efforts that students would grow in overall well-being and God’s intended flourishing for them.
  • Three rich guest lectures occurring this week, that the Whitworth community would listen well, engage in thoughtful dialogue, and be shaped by God’s Spirit to live and lead in society in God-honoring ways:
    • Tuesday’s Simpson Duvall lecture as Mark Noll, one of the country’s leading historians of American religion explores the current debate over the role of evangelical Christianity in the United States in his lecture, “American Evangelicalism: For Better or Worse?”
    • Guest lecturer and theologian Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst as she lectures Wednesday on “Living Justly in the Creation Community” and Thursday on “Living Justly Across Borders: A Christian Voice from the Two Thirds World.”
  • With gratitude for the generous donation of art for the Whitworth permanent collection from Whitworth’s most prominent alumni artist, Ben Frank Moss ’59, that is currently on display in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts. We pray that God would use the Moss art display to incite worship to God and inspire art students at Whitworth to utilize diligently and creatively their talents for God’s glory.
  • 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.

Thanksgiving:

Loving God, thank you for using your law to lead us to the grace of Jesus and to guide us in the way of obedience in and through the Spirit today. Free us from cheap grace that ignores your law and from graceless legalism which ignores your Son. Grow us in the obedience of faith and love until the day when Christ Jesus, who has perfectly fulfilled the law for us, perfectly fulfills the law in us. Amen.

September 17, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining Blessing”

Sept. 17-23
Scripture: Matthew 5:3-6
This week we pray for:
  • Our students as they engage in their studies; that they will trust God, work hard and engage well in the journey of learning and discovery set before them.
  • Community Building Day as over 1,000 Whitworth students, staff and faculty engage in meaningful community service activities throughout Spokane County on Wednesday. We pray for joyful service, meaningful relationships and God’s leading for a continued life of service to others.
  • Our new staff and faculty members as they adjust to a new place and their fall rhythm; that they will be encouraged, strengthened, and have a growing love of learning and love for Whitworth students.
  • Our mentor-led Life Groups that start this week and go for eight weeks. We pray with gratitude for our wonderful staff and faculty mentors and pray that God would use these groups to deepen the faith of students and to form rich, Christ-centered peer and mentor relationships that will bear much fruit.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as new Campus Pastor for Discipleship and Residence Hall Ministry Lauren 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 ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Environmental stewardship in gratitude to God for his good creation. We pray particularly this week for the Kipos (Students Advocating Environmental Justice) club’s annual Harvest Festival in the Whitworth Community Garden.

Thanksgiving:
Gracious God, you have so richly blessed us with life, with love and joy, with hope in the midst of despair. You have told us in your Word that we are blessed in so many ways.  Help us to boldly proclaim these blessings even in the midst of trials and tribulations; we know that we are blessed because of your Son Jesus. Give us eyes to see the ways you are changing the world in which we live. Give us ears to hear your call to join with you in this journey of blessings. Amen.

September 10, 2018 / Whitworth University

“Redefining the Gospel”

Sept. 10-16

Scripture: Matthew 4:17-25

This week we pray for:

  • Students in their first full week of classes; that they will enter into a rhythm that nourishes them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits. We also pray for those first-year students in need of employment; that they would find meaningful work that God uses to form them in their time at Whitworth.
  • Student-athletes as they practice and compete in various sports; for safety, community and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Creativity, passion and joy as faculty and students engage in the process of teaching and learning as part of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission.
  • The first week of campus worship programs:
    • With deep gratitude for the beautiful, newly opened Beeksma Family Theology Center that 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.
    • Morning Prayer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to worship God together as we explore our theme for the semester, “Redefining Righteousness: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and receive the Lord’s Supper. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for any students who are serving in the broader Spokane community (like student teachers, Young Life leaders and students serving through the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement).
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to 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 and invite others to do the same.
  • Whitworth’s Outdoor Recreation programs as students are invited to explore and enjoy God’s incredible creation in community. We pray for safety, fun, adventure, meaningful relationships and awe before God’s work.
  • Whitworth’s admissions team members as they begin recruitment travel to high schools and college fairs throughout the western United States. We pray for safety, endurance, joy, trust in God and the ability to represent Whitworth’s mission well. We pray that God would be calling future students to Whitworth through their good work.

Thanksgiving:
We give thanks for the incredible cosmic good news of Jesus Christ. Thank you that Jesus unveils the reality of God’s reign by bringing spiritual, physical and social restoration. Lead us to participate wholeheartedly in God’s Kingdom work and witness to God’s Kingdom reign through the power of the Holy Spirit.

September 3, 2018 / Whitworth University

Convocation

Sept. 3-10

This week we pray for:

  • First-year students as they finish their orientation activities and transition to their classes on Wednesday; that they would find meaningful relationships and community and be able to focus on academics as well.
  • Every student to take steps closer to Jesus this year and in so doing be transformed by God’s Spirit to love God and love people in greater depth.
  • Tuesday’s Club Fair, as clubs and organizations give students the opportunity to become involved throughout the Whitworth community. We pray for students (especially first-year students) to have wisdom about what to commit to along with boldness to try new things, all to the end of growing into the people God made them to be.
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and the entire community gather to ask God’s blessings on the academic year ahead.
  • Thursday’s Intercultural Student Center Reception, in Hendricks Hall, as local and global students gather to welcome new and returning students to campus.
  • Morning Prayer beginning this Friday. The Morning Prayer services led by Ben Brody invite faculty, staff and students to join Christians around the world in a simple service of song and prayer each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • Friday’s Ministry Fair, where church representatives and other local organizations will share opportunities for students to connect in worship and service. We pray particularly for students to get connected with local worshipping communities during their time at Whitworth.
  • Friday’s off-campus barbecue and all the students who will be living off campus this year. We pray for wise choices, good community, appropriate development toward adulthood and continued meaningful connections to Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new academic year. Thank you for each student who walks the Whitworth campus. Thank you for loving them and calling them closer to you. Thank you for your faithfulness to Whitworth for 128 years. We pray you’d continue to be glorified in this 129th year! Amen.

August 27, 2018 / Whitworth University

Welcome to a New Year!

Aug. 27-Sept. 3

Welcome back to the On Bended Knee prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University! We are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on our behalf and help carry our burdens and celebrate God’s goodness and provision. God willing, there will be a new blog post every Monday from now through the 2018-19 school year.

Theme: Redefining Righteousness: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

This week we pray for:

  • Athletes who are practicing and preparing for their first competitions in fall sports; for hard work, community, and growth physically, spiritually and emotionally.
  • Resident directors and the many student leaders as they are preparing for their leadership this school year. We pray that they will be filled with enthusiasm, wisdom, compassion and courage as they create community in their residence halls and on campus.
  • All new faculty and lecturers who are beginning at Whitworth for the 2018-19 academic year; for vision, strength, insight, support and community for them as they move and get started in their new roles.
  • All of the wonderful staff and faculty of Whitworth who contribute to the life of this institution and who have been working to make this school year possible in myriad different ways. We are grateful.
  • Our faculty and staff worship services, as faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the new academic year in worship, Word and sacrament together.
  • The blessings of the Lord to rest upon all Whitworth employees; that God would establish the work of their hands in all that they do in their roles across the Whitworth campus.
  • Saturday’s move-in day as the largest incoming class in Whitworth’s history arrives and begins their season here. We pray for these students to find a place of belonging, to love and be loved, and to grow to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We pray for parents dropping off their children to have peace and assurance of God’s love and power. We give thanks for God’s abundant provision in this wonderful group of students.
  • Saturday’s Welcome Fair for incoming students; for peace and guidance as they explore the many opportunities for involvement at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord of all, we give you thanks for the gift of this new school year. We are grateful for each student who is walking on the Whitworth campus. We thank you that you love them and are calling them closer to you. May this year be a year in which every student knows the unity of being called and loved by the One Lord, One Spirit and One Father. May we walk upright in righteousness this year, and may you be glorified. Amen.

May 21, 2018 / Whitworth University

Good Works

May 21-Aug. 26

This will be the last On Bended Knee entry of the 2017-18 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support for Whitworth! The prayers of God’s people all over the world for Whitworth are a priceless gift.

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.

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 and lecturers to celebrate the completed academic year and recognize faculty, as well as hear final words from our retiring faculty.
  • Monday’s End of Year Celebration and Worship Service as we celebrate the end of the academic year, thanking and honoring those who are retiring from Whitworth.
  • May Term study-away classes, Peace and Conflict in Ireland and International Business Abroad in China. We pray for rich times of learning for students, wonderful community, sustenance for professors, and growth in God’s heart for the world.
  • 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.
  • All Whitworth employees as we enter into the different rhythms of summer work, for wisdom, diligence, sustenance, contentment and productivity in all that God is calling each of us to do.
  • The 70-plus Office of Church Engagement Ministry Fellows who are going to serve at churches and ministry sites all over the Pacific Northwest and the world this summer. We pray for great connections with the ministries, perseverance, and eyes to see what God is doing and how they can join him in that work.

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 to do the responsibilities 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. Amen.

May 14, 2018 / Whitworth University

Finals Week and Commencement Weekend

May 14-20

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

This week we pray:

  • For students who are taking final exams to be encouraged and to have wisdom, knowledge and understanding over the next several days.
  • For graduates to be thoroughly equipped for every good work and be prepared in season and out of season as they move forward into the next phase of their lives.
  • For safety for students’ families as they travel across the country and from other parts of the world to celebrate the graduation of their loved ones here at Whitworth University.
  • For faculty to be strengthened and encouraged as they proctor and grade final exams and projects while caring for the students in their classes.
  • For all staff as they provide support in countless ways in their various roles on campus, from support staff to custodians, student life to grounds, human resources to the business office and more.
  • For our final Morning Prayer for the spring semester on Monday as we pray with other Christians around the world lifting up our hearts to the Lord.
  • For President Beck A. Taylor’s continued wisdom and understanding as he leads Whitworth University.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s generous and abundant provision in calling together next year’s first-year class of students who have committed to Whitworth.
  • For Commencement Weekend:
    • The families of all graduates – traditional undergraduate students, continuing studies students and graduate students – that they would be filled with gratitude at this significant milestone and be encouraged in trust toward God with whatever lies ahead.
    • The senior service of Communion & Commissioning on May 18 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 19 as graduate students receive their well-earned degrees.
    • Baccalaureate service on May 20, as we gather as a broader community to worship God together on undergraduate commencement day. We pray for all the students who will be leading in the service and for Associate Professor of Theology Jonathan Moo as he preaches.
    • Undergraduate commencement on May 20, with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading.

Thanksgiving: 
Lord, we pray for all those who have met the challenge and kept the faith to the commitments of their studies. We thank you for the success of their journey. We thank you for granting them focus and direction and then strength and endurance. You created the knowledge and understanding they have mastered. You have created the curiosity and capacity for determination that led them in pursuit. All these good things came from you. We are most thankful and grateful for our graduating students, and most of all we are grateful to you, Lord, for we know the plans that you have for us. Amen.