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October 26, 2020 / Whitworth University

No More Hoarding: Freedom From Worry

Oct. 26-Nov. 1 

Scripture: Luke 12:22-34 

This week we pray for: 

  • All students to grow in wisdom, stature, closeness with God in Christ and community. 
  • God’s peace and ways for it to be made known in this divisive election season. We pray that the Whitworth community could model civil discourse, humility, the pursuit of truth and a love that transcends political differences.  
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks on our campus. We pray for any students in isolation or quarantine this week, that they would know God’s love and presence. 
  • The veterans, current active armed services members, ROTC students, and all veteran family members in the Whitworth community. As they gather for the official Veteran’s Welcome on Wednesday, we pray especially for those new community members, that they would find a place of flourishing and learning in mind and heart in their time at Whitworth.  
  • All of our area coordinators (staff members) and resident assistants (student leaders) who are living in the residence halls and providing vital leadership in this COVID-modified season. We pray for strength, love and patience from the Spirit of God as they faithfully go about their care for their residence halls.  
  • President Beck A. Taylor, his family and his leadership at Whitworth. 
  • Campus worship: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in the fieldhouse (with masks and physical distancing, but without corporate singing) and on livestream to worship God. We pray for Stephy Nobles Beans as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together for special music, prayer and hearing a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We pray that God would bring people out to the fieldhouse or to the livestream to grow with him and in community.  
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, shifting to livestream-only for the rest of the colder months, as they gather for music, prayer and reflection. We pray that God would use the service for transformation and engagement with God through the virtual platform. 
    • Wednesday evening’s student-led AWAKE gathering in the chapel, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually. 
    • Mentor-led Life Groups as the 14 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement in Christ. 

Thanksgiving:

Father, we confess that we worry about many things, rather than trusting Your Word implicitly. Help us to learn to cast all our cares upon you day by day and moment by moment. As each worry and concern forms in our minds, we pray that we would take that thought captive to Christ. We pray that with your help, we will look to you and hand over our anxious thoughts to you, knowing that you have promised to carry us through all of life’s difficulties and provide for our needs. We trust you with our anxiety regarding these elections and the future of our nation as well. Thank you that you are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Help us remember that this week. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

October 19, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Lynching of Jesus

Oct. 19-26

Scripture: Luke 23:44-49

This week we pray for:

  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks on our campus. We give thanks for the amazing work of students, staff and faculty to maintain the important health protocols. We pray particularly for the COVID Care Team, for wisdom and strength, and for any students in isolation or quarantine this week, that they would know God’s love and presence.
  • Students to build on the successes of the first half of the semester and to press on well. We pray for wisdom, strength, community and focus, particularly as they continue to navigate the various modes of learning that are necessary in this COVID season.
  • Rest for students and faculty as they press on in the semester without a full-weekend Fall Break (instead spread out on various days by different classes).
  • The incredible Sodexo staff team that is providing safe and enjoyable food service to campus this fall. We pray for General Manager Megan Helm and Manager Dan King, along with all of the many smiling faces who serve students thousands of meals each week.
  • The art department as they finish up their exhibit of recent graduates’ art this week. We pray that our community could appreciate beauty and grow in being ones who cultivate beauty for God’s glory.
  • Campus worship:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God. We pray for Forrest Buckner, Stephy Nobles Beans and Lauren Taylor as they preach together on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We give thanks and keep praying for mild weather so we can continue to worship outside together as long as possible!
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday evening’s student-led AWAKE gathering in the Chapel, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually.
    • Mentor-led Life Groups as the 16 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement in Christ.
  • Whitworth’s Office of Church Engagement and the Summer Fellows Director Lauren Hunter as she begins to recruit students for the Summer Fellowship Program in 2021. We pray God would call together the right students and be preparing the right ministry placements where students can use their gifts for God’s purposes while growing in those gifts as well.

Thanksgiving:

Lord help us to remember your Son’s death in gratitude and in humble obedience to God. Thank you for Jesus’ suffering on our behalf, that he was considered as a sheep to be slaughtered and yet through the cross, he exposed and disarmed the evil powers and rulers of this world. As Jesus was publicly humiliated on the cross, lead us by your Spirit to care for those who are publicly and unjustly humiliated today. Amen.

October 12, 2020 / Whitworth University

Our Truest Place of Belonging: Family With Jesus

Oct. 12-19 

Scripture: Luke 18:27-30 

This week we pray for: 

  • Life-giving relationships for all students, through which they find meaningful and deep connections, learn from those who are different, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 
  • Whitworth’s Board of Trustees and their 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.  
  • The grand opening of the Whitworth Athletic Leadership Team (WALT) Center this week. We give thanks for all of those whose financial gifts, planning and construction provided for this building. We particularly pray for the coaches who are all in the same building for the first time in Whitworth’s history, for community, encouragement and new ideas that will emerge from the new proximity. We pray that God would use this building to edify student-athletes, growing them in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. 
  • All Whitworth families, especially families of first-year students, who would have been attending the now canceled Whitworth Family Weekend this weekend. We pray for meaningful and creative connection for families with their Whitworth students and friends, especially through virtual means. 
  • Whitworth’s Fall Virtual Mainstage Production “Hindsight,” an original virtual performance of song, dance and stories that will help us reflect, process and shape this moment of our collective experience. We pray for strength, joy, community, protection and growth for all involved in the production. We also pray for all those who will enjoy the performance virtually to find joy and formation through the experience.  
  • Whitworth student-athletes as they practice and compete. We pray for perseverance, community, protection and development into the men and women God made them to be. 
  • Campus worship: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We give thanks and keep praying for mild weather so we can continue to worship outside together! 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday evening’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually. 
    • Mentor-led Life Groups as the 16 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement in Christ. 
  • The admissions office’s Fall Preview event on Saturday, as prospective students and families visit Whitworth. We pray for wisdom, peace and safety for students and families as they visit in small groups, and we pray that God would provide for the incoming Whitworth Class of 2021. 

Thanksgiving: 

Lord Jesus, one of our deepest fears is being rejected, of not belonging. At times, our desire to belong has led us to compromise ourselves and our authenticity. Lord, help us to experience the kinds of deep connections and community for which we were made. Strengthen us in the truth that no matter who on this earth might reject or accept us, you will always stay by our side. Thank you that we always have a home in your sacred heart. Thank you for inviting us into an eternal life now and forever in the family of God. Lead us to live in the comfort and security of being at home with you, and use us to invite others to find their home with you as well. Amen. 

October 5, 2020 / Whitworth University

Identity Politics God’s Way: Love for Enemies and Freedom From Judgement

Oct. 5-11

Scripture: Luke 6:27-42 

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 might be struggling with physical or mental health difficulties, that they would know God’s love and provision. We also give thanks for our wonderful counselors in the counseling center and medical professionals in our health center and pray for strength, wisdom and love by God’s Spirit as they provide care and guidance for students, mostly virtually.  
  • Continued protection from COVID-19 outbreaks. We give thanks for the ongoing diligence of all members of the campus community. 
  • Various programs that are providing opportunities for the productive political dialogue that Whitworth is offering this fall, including the “Democracy in America” program sponsored by the Whitworth Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Honors program and the “Equity & Justice Dialogue Forums” for students, co-sponsored by Whitworth’s Campus Ministry; Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion offices that continue this week. We pray that God would use Whitworth to equip students for thoughtful, generous and bold Kingdom-minded political engagement. 
  • Students who are involved in the arts, particularly music and drama, who are adapting to very different modes of learning and engaging with the expression of art about which they are passionate. We pray for patience and ongoing growth, even if it is in non-traditional ways.  
  • Whitworth’s Outdoor Recreation programs as students are invited to explore and enjoy God’s incredible creation in community, even with special health protocols. We pray for safety, fun, adventure, meaningful relationships and awe before God’s creation. 
  • Monday’s monthly Faculty Assembly as faculty members join virtually for their important communal governance work. 
  • Campus worship: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We pray for mild weather so we can keep worshiping outside together! 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday evening’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually. 

Thanksgiving 

Lord Jesus, following your example and command, we pray for our enemies today. We ask first that you would saturate our lives with the Holy Spirit’s power and might. Send your love flowing through us and forgive us for holding on to anything that could hinder our prayers. We release any lack of forgiveness, thoughts of revenge or hateful emotions that can quench your Spirit in our hearts. Lord, give us wisdom as we seek how to bless, to love and to pray for our enemies. Thank you that your grace frees us from condemnation and frees us to no longer condemn others. In this election season, lead us to live as counter-cultural witnesses to your Kingdom as we pray for enemies and practice lives free from judgment, even as we actively engage the political process. Amen. 

September 28, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Great Reversal: Honor/Shame Rules Flipped!

Sept. 28-Oct. 4 

Scripture: Luke 7:36-50 

This week we pray: 

  • With thanksgiving for the improved air quality that allowed in-person instruction and outdoor activities (including campus worship) to proceed last week. We continue to pray for relief from the fires that burn on.  
  • For continued protection from COVID-19 outbreaks and for ongoing diligence of all members of the campus community in their new health protocols, both on and off campus. We give thanks for the COVID Care Team at Whitworth and their excellent work managing the few cases that have occurred and caring for the individuals involved.  
  • For student athletes, for safety, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be, as they engage in pre-season workouts together (mostly outdoors). We pray for creativity for coaches to find meaningful and effective ways to work out and practice amidst the many new public health protocols.  
  • For the accreditation visit from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business this week for our School of Business as it nears the end of a decade-long journey to accreditation with the most prestigious accreditation in the country.  
  • For the ASWU student government students as they seek to find meaningful ways to engage this campus community and fulfill their mission, particularly as they host the virtual Marvel Trivia Night on Friday. 
  • With thanks for the art exhibition of recent graduates ongoing in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts. We give thanks for these artists and the many artists trained at Whitworth who are using their skills for God’s purposes in the world. We also pray for the art department as they continue to cultivate beauty-makers and culture-makers in their work. 
  • For Thursday’s President’s Coffee as staff join together virtually with President Taylor and Whitworth Human Resource Services to hear important university updates and celebrate years of service with those who have achieved significant milestones. 
  • For campus worship: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Stephaine Nobles Beans as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We pray for mild weather so we can keep worshiping outside together! 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually. 

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we have all sinned and we all fall short of the mark. We justly deserve to be cast away from your presence. As we see in the woman with the alabaster jar, you did not reject her, but instead you forgave her. Out of your abundant love and mercy, and through the precious blood of your beloved son Jesus, you forgave us our sins, and we have been restored to you and through you to our calling in the world. Amen. 

September 21, 2020 / Whitworth University

Jubilee and God’s Restoration of the Outcasts

Sept. 21-28 

Scripture: Luke 4:16-30

This week we pray for: 

  • All those impacted by and fighting fires in the West and Northwest, for safety and strength. We pray that the fires would cease and that the smoke would clear so that we at Whitworth can safely be outside again.  
  • Encouragement for all students who have been facing the extra stress of being required to stay inside because of air quality concerns. 
  • Continued protection from COVID-19 outbreaks and for wisdom and discipline for students as they navigate the new health protocols, both on and off campus. We give thanks for the COVID Care Team at Whitworth and their excellent work managing the few cases that have occurred and caring for the individuals involved.  
  • New faculty members as they teach and familiarize themselves with Whitworth and the Whitworth community. 
  • Wednesday’s modified Community Building Day in which students are educated virtually in pathways for service in the community that link their passions with various needs and organizations in the community.  
  • Thursday’s prayer vigil for racial justice led by the students in the Black Student Union. We pray that Whitworth would be a light of Christ-centered reconciliation and that God would lead us forward to listen and act boldly and humbly for God’s purposes. 
  • The leaders of the forthcoming Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Doctorate programs, that God would grant them wisdom and creativity as they craft the visions for these new programs, hire staff and progress through the accreditation process. We pray that God would use these new programs to equip care providers with a mind-and-heart education that allows them to participate well in God’s redemptive purposes in the world.  
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member.  
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in-person and virtually. 

Thanksgiving: 

Thank you, Lord God, that you are a God of restoration for the outcasts, as we see in Jesus. Thank you for your restoration for us, and thank you that your restoration overflows to all those in need around us. By your Spirit, restore us and lead us to care about those whom you care about and participate in your mission of restoration, particularly in these trying times. 

September 14, 2020 / Whitworth University

Take Up Your Cross: Embodied Ministry and Discipleship

Sept. 14-21

Scripture: Luke 9:23-26

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for a safe and successful move-in week that brought students back to the Whitworth campus.
  • For continued protection from COVID outbreaks and for wisdom and discipline for students as they navigate the new health protocols, both on and off campus.
  • For students in their first full week of classes, that they will enter into a rhythm which nourishes them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits. We pray especially for those students who have opted to take all of their classes from a distance, that they would be able to engage in learning and community effectively.
  • For 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, regardless of whether they are experiencing in-person, online or hybrid modes of instruction.
  • For the first week of campus worship programs:
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in-person and virtually.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Forrest H. Buckner, Storm Family Dean of Spiritual Life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together in The Loop to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, also outdoors in The Loop, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
  • With thanks for Whitworth’s Admissions team that helped bring in an incredible incoming class of students this fall and has already set their sights on recruitment for next year’s class. We pray for creativity and wisdom in how to share the mission of Whitworth in the midst of a pandemic that has taken away opportunities for travel and college fairs. We pray that the truth about who Whitworth is would still reach the students who need to hear it. We also pray for the campus visits and the size-limited “Why Whitworth” prospective student events that begin this week.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, we know that following you will not always be easy. We know it takes commitment and perseverance. We pray now that you would strengthen us by your Spirit to take up our cross and follow you. Transform us to be people who lose our lives for your sake and thus find true life in Christ as witnesses to a contemporary world in deep need for good news. Amen.

September 4, 2020 / Whitworth University

A New Academic Year at Whitworth University Begins!

Sept. 4-13

Welcome back to the On Bended Knee prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University. More than ever in this pandemic season, we are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on behalf of the Whitworth community. New blog posts with prayer requests will arrive every Monday from Sept. 14, 2020, through the 2020-21 school year.

This week we begin a new season of praying for the Whitworth community. Even in the midst of the unknowns for the year ahead and the many changes, including a mix of in-person instruction along with hybrid and remote options, we are deeply grateful to be welcoming students back into the classroom and broader Whitworth educational environment. We are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2024 on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5, along with transfer students and new students in our continuing studies and graduate programs. Student leaders have already been on campus for the last week preparing for the upcoming academic year. 

As we begin the year, we pray for:

  • All Whitworth community members, as we equip students to respond to God’s call on their lives with intellectual competence, moral courage and deep compassion while rallying together to face a faceless, yet very real, challenge in the coronavirus. We pray for the community as we navigate the various changes and safety measures in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for the staff and faculty who have been working tirelessly all summer to prepare for new modes of instruction and operations. We pray for returning students as they adjust to new norms (and the losses included in that). We pray that first-year students find community, belonging and growth as they get acclimated differently than incoming students have in the past.
  • Protection from COVID-19 outbreaks. We pray that God would bless all the detailed and thoughtful safety preparations made this summer and that God would give Whitworth community members wisdom regarding their personal decisions that might impact the whole community.
  • All student athletes and coaches who have had to relinquish their expectations for the year as all competition seasons have been postponed until at least January. We pray for peace, purpose and hope as they face a different fall than anticipated.
  • Our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residence life, spiritual life, community engagement, diversity, health education and student government. May they live each moment as vibrant models of Whitworth’s commitment to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • The virtual BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program designed to serve first-year students from first-generation and/or historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. We pray for community, identity development and preparation for successfully navigating college, even on the virtual platform.
  • International students, some of whom are making a long journey to a new country to return to Whitworth or begin at Whitworth. We pray that they are welcomed warmly and that their transitions go smoothly. We also pray for those who must remain in their home countries because of COVID, that they would find peace, connection and great learning from a distance.
  • Gratitude after the meaningful faculty and staff worship services that occurred this week as we gathered virtually to worship God, hear President Taylor’s State of the University Address, and welcome new faculty and staff to Whitworth.
  • Friday and Saturday move-in days as first-year students arrive at their scheduled move-in time and day to begin their season here. We pray for parents and guardians dropping off their children, for peace and assurance of God’s loving care. We give thanks for God’s provision in and for this wonderful group of students.
  • Sunday morning’s outdoor orientation worship service with Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner preaching. We also pray for Sunday morning’s on-campus outdoor mass led by Father David Kruse. We pray that worship in spirit and truth would mark this day and the Whitworth experience of all who participate.
  • The virtual Welcome Fair, Club Fair and Ministry Fair, that students would find places to connect, serve and worship (and that those first-year students would not overcommit themselves!).
  • Thursday’s Multicultural Reception, outside our newly refurbished Hendrick Hall Intercultural Student Center, as the community gathers to welcome new and returning students.
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as the entire community gathers virtually to surrender the academic year to God and as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor delivers the Convocation sermon.

Thanksgiving:

Gracious and loving God, we still have so much to be thankful for. As we begin this new academic school year, we come with grateful hearts for your tender mercies and ongoing care. May lives be changed and transformed as the Gospel is shared in myriad ways at Whitworth this year. By your grace, may this year be marked by love for God that overflows in love for others. Particularly, we ask for your provision and protection, wisdom and creativity this year regarding the coronavirus. Enable Whitworth to fulfill your purposes for this 131st year as we pursue together the vision of mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

May 18, 2020 / Whitworth University

Praise in the Storm

May 18-Aug. 30

Scripture: Psalm 65

Note – This will be our last On Bended Knee entry of the 2019-20 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, particularly in these challenging times. We will resume posts in late August as the new academic year draws near.

This week and over the coming months, we pray for:

  • Students as they officially enter summer break. We pray for fun, safety, employment, meaningful use of time, refreshment of heart and body, enriching relationships (especially with family), and growth in Christ.
  • A few international students who are not able to go home at this time because of the public health situation. We pray for God’s provision and care for them in tangible ways.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2024, particularly leading up to the June 1 enrollment deadline. We pray for strength for staff and that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families.
  • The student accounts staff that is working diligently to help current students and families find their ways forward in light of the economic challenges of this time. We pray for strength, wisdom, love and provision for all.
  • Retiring Provost Carol Simon as she finishes her final weeks at Whitworth. We give thanks for her faithful service here over the past seven years, particularly grateful for her Christ-centered leadership and wisdom that has borne fruit in many different areas of Whitworth. We also pray for incoming Provost Gregor Thulswaldner, for God’s blessing on him and his family as they transition to Spokane and Whitworth this summer.
  • Monday’s Virtual Provost Breakfast as faculty gather to celebrate the completed academic year, recognize faculty achievements and hear final words from our retiring faculty.
  • Monday’s Virtual End of Year Celebration and Worship Service as we honor those who are retiring from Whitworth and celebrate God’s faithfulness through this academic year.
  • Whitworth’s leaders as they discern God’s leading for Whitworth, particularly as they plan for the transition “back to work” and prepare for the fall semester. We pray for God’s wisdom, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically, emotionally and economically.
  • Our country and world that continues to grapple with the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for healing, love and strength for all.
  • All Whitworth employees as they move forward from the intensity and disruption of the past two months and enter into the different (but still disrupted) rhythms of summer work, for wisdom, diligence, sustenance, contentment and productivity.
  • 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 throughout the summer.
  • Faculty as they prepare this summer to offer flexible on-campus classes in the fall that can easily be modified if needed for public health. We pray for creativity, diligence and strength.
  • Various summer faculty and staff educational opportunities and research endeavors, including the Vocations of the Christian Professor faith-learning integration workshop for junior faculty. We pray for disciplined and insightful learning that will bear fruit at Whitworth and throughout the world.

Thanksgiving:

As this academic year ends, we give thanks to you, Lord God, for your work and faithfulness over the past nine months. We thank you for every student who has been impacted by the Whitworth community this year. We thank you for the life-changing relationships that have formed and deepened. We thank you for the transformative learning that has happened both inside and outside the classroom. We thank you for the steps taken of trust in and obedience to Jesus. We thank you for the myriad of ways students have served tangibly in the broader Spokane community. We thank you for a wonderful graduating class that is now released into the world to continue to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We thank you for how you provided and allowed for continued meaningful instruction and growth through this coronavirus disruption. You have been and continue to be faithful! We choose to praise you in the midst of the storm. You are our rock and our salvation, our strong tower, our hope and deliverance. We look to you alone as our hope, our joy, our rest, our support and our guide. Thank you for sustaining and blessing Whitworth, in the past, through this year and into the future. We entrust ourselves and the Whitworth community afresh into your faithful and strong hands. We pray this all through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with the Father and the Son, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

May 11, 2020 / Whitworth University

Season of Sh’ma!

May 11-17

This week we pray for:

  • All students as they take final exams. We pray for strength, focus, learning and transformation.
  • Seniors as they approach their original commencement date with the many mixed emotions of finishing up their season at Whitworth while also not experiencing the typical in-person commencement activities at this time. We pray for joy for the seniors and their families, for an awareness of God’s loving presence for them, and for meaningful closure for them. We also pray for their in-person commencement weekend Oct. 9-11, that God would prepare the way for rich and joyful celebrations then.
  • Students whose summer plans have been canceled because of COVID-19. We pray for God to provide meaningful work that would bless others and to provide financially for students. We particularly pray for the 70 students who were scheduled to serve as Whitworth Office of Church Engagement summer fellows all over the western United States, that God would provide other surprising opportunities to explore their gifts and callings in ministry service this summer.
  • Whitworth’s leaders as they discern God’s leading for Whitworth, particularly as we plan for the transition to return “back to work” and prepare for the fall semester. We pray for God’s wisdom, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically, emotionally and economically.
  • Our country and world that continue to grapple with the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for healing, love and strength for all.
  • Our Campus Ministry “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts of encouragement on YouTube and Instagram (@whitworthcampusministries), that God would use them to bring the hope and encouragement of Christ to our community as we “Listen” (Sh’ma) to God’s word together.
  • The student accounts staff that is working diligently to help current students and families find their ways forward in light of the economic challenges of this time. We pray for strength, wisdom, love and provision for all.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming class of 2020, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and personal connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you. We thank you for the season of Sh’ma, this season of listening. We listen to your voice and follow you because we recognize your voice as our Good Shepherd. We are grateful that you have led us and continue to lead us through each new challenge and opportunity as we praise you and live into the truth of the Gospel. Much as you led the children of Israel out of the wilderness and into their promised land, you have lead us through our wilderness and into our promise land. Strengthen us to continue to follow you faithfully and listen to your voice, receiving the guidance and strength we need. Please drown out all the other voices that tempt us to despair about uncertainties of the future. Instead, help us to Sh’ma! To listen! As your sheep who know your voice, we listen for the truth of your living reign in Jesus Christ and our inheritance in him, both today and for eternity. And may the truth of that Good News overflow out of our lives into those around us in increasing measure. Amen.