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January 16, 2017 / Whitworth University

Hear Our Prayer, O Lord!

Jan. 16-22

Scripture:
Psalm 143:1
LORD, hear my prayer and listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness, come to my relief.

This week we pray for…

  • racial justice in our nation as we remember the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We ask that the Whitworth community would obediently trust and obey God’s call to “seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17) and equip students to do the same.
  • the Whitworth events honoring the memory of Dr. King on Jan. 16-17, including participation in Spokane community events like the following:
    • President Beck A. Taylor’s address at the MLK rally in downtown Spokane on Monday;
    • Whitworth’s participation in the National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, including a visit from the Mobile Black History Museum;
    • our Tuesday Chapel Community Worship Service for prayer, reflection, and repentance as we engage with Dr. King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon and Scripture.
  • our students, as they continue their Jan Term classes. We ask that they will persevere in learning, growing and engaging with all that God holds for them, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • students, staff, and faculty who are ill. We ask that God would heal and sustain them with loving care.
  • our students to develop empathy for those who may be going through a time of loneliness or crisis in their lives. We ask that they may be of help to one another.
  • Whitworth’s wonderful facilities services and grounds staff members, who have kept the walkways and roadways safe and clear during all of the snow and cold this past month.
  • our Jan Term worship and morning prayer, as we gather to seek God together.
  • the faithful members of the Whitworth Board of Trustees, who are gathering this week for their annual retreat, as they continue to lead Whitworth in its efforts to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity in our changing world.
  • our nation. As our government engages in a time of transition, we ask that God would give our leaders wisdom and guidance to honor God and love the people of the U.S.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we thank you that you hear our prayers and listen to our cry. We are grateful for your mercy, faithfulness and righteousness, which relieve us in our despair. We trust in your loving power to meet us, individually and corporately, in our time of need. Amen.

January 9, 2017 / Whitworth University

Your Love Is Better Than Life!

Jan. 9-15

Scripture:
Psalm 63:3-4 (NIV)
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you, I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

This week we pray for…

  • students and faculty who are away on off-campus study programs, including trips in Chile, Guatemala, the British Isles, France, Italy, Mexico, New York City, Washington, D.C., and the American South.
  • students who are on campus for Jan Term. We ask that they would make healthy decisions during this time, growing in community, finding new relationships, and developing life-giving patterns.
  • God to inspire students toward goals and dreams that are fitting for them.
  • the safety, community and growth of our student athletes as they strive to do their best in representing Whitworth.
  • students who have faith in Christ. We ask that they will humbly and winsomely share their faith in word and action.
  • Jan Term worship on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; Restore contemplative worship on Wednesday evenings; and Jan Term morning prayer as our campus continues to worship and seek God through Christ in the power of the Spirit.

Thanksgiving:
We are so thankful, Lord, to know that your love is better than life. Our lips will proclaim your goodness in our everyday lives. We are grateful that we can lift you up in praise as long as we live.

January 3, 2017 / Whitworth University

How Majestic Is Your Name!

Jan. 2-8

Scripture:
Psalm 8:1 (NIV)
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

This week we pray for…

  • students, faculty, staff and administration as we enter into a new year, filled with great anticipation of all that God has for this year, that by God’s grace and transforming Spirit this would be a year of greater abiding in Christ, loving neighbor, and pursuing justice.
  • students as they return to Whitworth campus for Jan Term, that they have had much needed rest and have been spiritually renewed.
  • understanding, perseverance and joyful hearts for students taking Jan Term courses.
  • students to use the different rhythm of Jan Term to take new steps in their relationships with God.
  • students and faculty who are travelling for Jan Term study programs all over the country and world. We pray for their safety, for rich learning experiences in diverse cultures and places, and for wonderful, Spirit-led community within the groups.
  • Jan Term campus worship opportunities:
    • Jan Term Worship on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings – Student-led worship through music, Scripture, testimony, the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and more. We also pray for the student-led community building activities after the services.
    • Restore Worship Services on Wednesday evenings where Ben Brody and a team of students will lead a more reflective service based on the worship of the Taize Community in France that includes simple repetitive songs, Scripture, and prolonged silence.
    • Morning Prayer as members of the Whitworth community start each weekday of Jan Term with a simple 20-minute service based on the Book of Common Prayer.

Thanksgiving:
Your name is majestic Lord, we are grateful that we can declare it throughout the earth. We are thankful for the New Year and all the wonderful blessings that you have in store for your people.

December 12, 2016 / Whitworth University

Advent – Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord!

Note: We at Whitworth send our sincere gratitude for your prayers for the Whitworth community this year. Those prayers make a difference. Residence halls are closed from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2, and On Bended Knee will resume in January 2017. May you have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

Dec. 12-Jan. 2, 2017

This week we pray for…

  • students to have the strength to finish the semester well, applying themselves and continuing to learn during this Finals Week.
  • a blessed, safe, worshipful and rejuvenating Christmas Break for students, staff, and faculty.
  • faculty and staff members who are battling illness themselves or who may have a sick family member. We ask that God will bring healing and that those who struggle with their health will know God’s loving and powerful presence with them.
  • students who are not looking forward to Christmas Break for a variety of reasons; we ask that they would turn to God and know God’s loving sustenance in this season.
  • Whitworth’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service, as the community gathers to celebrate the arrival of the Light of the World through Scripture, song, and the Lord’s Supper.
  • the Longest Night Service, a quiet and reflective worship service of lamentation and hope for those who are mourning during this holiday season.
  • safe travel, meaningful relationships, rest and personal growth for the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they compete over the break.
  • students, faculty and staff who will be travelling in the U.S. and abroad for Jan Term study; we ask for their safety and for transformative learning experiences.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for the true meaning of Christmas. Help us to boldly proclaim your love in word and act this Christmas season, and may each of us be filled with rejoicing at your amazing goodness to us in sending your Son, Jesus, into the world. Amen

December 5, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Messiah and the Lord

Dec. 5-12

Scripture:
Luke 2:8-20

This week we pray for…

  • students who are facing challenges; we ask that they will be strengthened and comforted knowing that God will lead and guide them through this semester.
  • our students to have the wisdom to know the meaning and purpose of their lives and learning, so that their knowledge, understanding, and skills may be used to the fullest.
  • the President’s Christmas Reception, Dinner, and Tree Lighting as Beck and Julie Taylor gather with Whitworth students, faculty, and staff to celebrate this wonderful season.
  • Saturday and Sunday’s annual Christmas Festival Concert — this year’s theme, Gloria — at Spokane’s Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. The concert features the Whitworth Choir, women’s choir, men’s chorus, chamber singers and student instrumentalists.
  • the final 2016 week of our regular campus-worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, where Forrest Buckner will preach on Tuesday and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night. We ask God to call students, faculty, and staff together to meet with and worship our living God in Christ by the power of the Spirit.
  • the Spanish worship service for the campus community, presented by the Spanish for Christian Ministry class.
  • Act 6 senior capstone presentations as eight Whitworth Act 6 Scholars share their perspectives on the concept of transformation, a topic that they have studied, participated in, and experienced during their four years at Whitworth.
  • the Winterfest arts and crafts sale, as Whitworth students, faculty, staff and alumni come together to share their unique gifts and wares.
  • Weaving Our Sister’s Voices, a sacred tapestry blended into dance, music and poetry about women from Scripture, named and unnamed, that allows us to explore contemporary issues within these ancient stories.
  • this blessed Advent season as we prepare, celebrate, and long for the coming of the Savior.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, during this season of Advent we acknowledge that all is your creation and that everything is being drawn back toward your loving heart. Help us to be a people of peace, to speak peace in an uneasy world, and to live it among the people you have put into our lives every day.

Light in us a desire to prepare for your coming — to stand in the darkness, waiting, eager and filled with joy.

November 28, 2016 / Whitworth University

Restoration for the Outsider

Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Scripture:
Luke 8:40-56

This week we pray for…

  • students returning from Thanksgiving Break. We ask that they will feel refreshed and ready to engage with their responsibilities at Whitworth through the end of the semester.
  • students who are struggling in class. We ask that they will find the help that they need by turning to God, by finding inner strength, and by accessing the many support options at Whitworth.
  • a quick return to good health for students, staff, and faculty who are ill.
  • our campus worship programs: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, with Mindy Smith preaching on Tuesday and our celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday; Hosanna on Tuesday night; and AWAKE on Wednesday night. We ask that this community would continue to look to Jesus together and draw closer to God by the power of the Spirit.
  • the Whitworth Choir Christmas Festival concerts, with the theme Gloria, in Seattle and Bellevue. We pray for wonder, joy and worship of the Light of the World for all those involved in these beautiful concerts.
  • peace, discernment and confidence in God for prospective students and their families as they consider Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we have wasted much time in life pursuing the wrong, temporal things while neglecting what is eternal and lasting.

We ask your forgiveness and pray that in your grace you would restore to us the years that the locusts have eaten – the years that we have foolishly wasted.

Thank you for letting your Holy Spirit live and work through us. Restore to us heavenly joy and inner peace, and help us to focus on the eternal rather than the temporal. From this day forward, empower us day by day to live our lives as you would have us live them. In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

November 21, 2016 / Whitworth University

Surprising Mercy and Thanks

Nov. 21-28, 2016

Scripture:
Luke 17:1-10

This week we pray for…

  • safe travels, rejuvenation, and good connections with family and friends over Thanksgiving Break.
  • our student-athletes as they enter into competition in winter sports. We ask for God-centered hard work, humility, community, growth, and development in their journeys of faith.
  • the My Family is Everything/ Mi Familia Es Todo art exhibit that uses photography to document the personal, family, and societal struggles of communities in the Southwestern U.S.
  • Chapel Community Worship, on Tuesday, as Forrest Buckner preaches, continuing our series, The Year of the Lord’s Favor, out of the Gospel of Luke.
  • God’s provision for, and blessing of, Whitworth University for nearly 127 years; we offer our thanks to God for the Christ-centered education of mind and heart that Whitworth has been able to offer thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for your mercy. We give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and blessings, and above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world through our Lord. Thank you for the means of grace and the hope of glory in Jesus. Give us such an awareness of your mercies that we may show forth your praise with truly thankful hearts, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, to whom we offer honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

November 14, 2016 / Whitworth University

Unmerited Mercy

Nov. 14-20

Scripture:
Luke 23:32-42

This week we pray for…

  • our students to persevere in all the good work before them this semester.
  • our students to pursue God through prayer, Scripture, worship and service and to share their faith with others boldly and graciously.
  • safe travel for our student-athletes in basketball, swimming and cross-country.
  • the fine custodial staff members at Whitworth who quietly care for students and faculty through their daily service.
  • Andrew Marin, the author of Love is an Orientation and Us vs. Us, as he shares a lecture, “Reconciliation and Building Bridges: LGBT Persons and the Church,” providing four principles to build peaceful and productive bridges between people who hold differing worldviews.
  • John, a missionary from China, as he discusses the surging underground church in his country and explains how the American church can connect with and learn from the example of the Chinese church. The lecture is part of the On Mission series, presented by the Whitworth University Office of Church Engagement.
  • President’s Coffee with President Beck A. Taylor. This is a time for staff to meet with Beck, meet new employees, recognize staff years of service, hear updates on the university, and share in a devotional.
  • campus worship: Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner will preach Tuesday at Chapel Community Worship, and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna takes place Tuesday evening; and AWAKE welcomes worshippers Wednesday night.
  • the ninth annual International Education & Diversity Forum as it seeks to build international and cultural understanding, to prepare individuals for life in a global environment, and to encourage conversations surrounding this year’s theme: Human Connections: Learning from our Multilayered Stories.
  • the Whitworth International Festival dinner and performance, hosted by Whitworth’s international students. We ask for a wonderful time of celebrating the beauty of different cultures and honoring the stories of Whitworth’s international students.
  • our community to remember, with deepest appreciation, God’s provision in the year since the windstorm that took down more than 100 trees at Whitworth (but harmed no one). We give thanks for the many people who have worked to restore our campus buildings and grounds, and we thank God for the ways in which his creation restores itself so quickly.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we stand amazed at the great mercy and grace that you have shown toward fallen people. We have rejected your holiness and goodness and rebelled against you in thought, word and deed. Yet, in loving kindness and tender mercy, you reach down to fallen humanity, lift us up, and seat us together with your beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live. Thank you for your astonishing forgiveness and your amazing grace toward us.

November 7, 2016 / Whitworth University

Doubting, Seeing, and Hearing

Nov. 7-13, 2016

Scripture:
Luke 7:18-23

This week we pray for…

  • our students to deepen healthy relationships with peers, faculty and staff, resulting in mutual encouragement and development of Christian faith and character.
  • students who are having financial difficulties; we ask that all their needs will be met.
  • the members of the Whitworth Orchestra as they perform in their fall concert, Let America be America Again: Compassion in Community. Please let them and the members of their audience know the joy of worshiping the God who gives the gift of music and beauty.
  • our campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, as Mindy Smith preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday evening; and AWAKE, on Wednesday evening.
  • Matika Wilbur, as she gives a lecture, “25 Lessons from Indian Roads,” sharing stories from her biographical photography of the 562-plus sovereign Native American territories in the United States.
  • Thursday’s Pirate Night fund-raiser for Whitworth athletics. We ask for community, fun, and abundant provision for the needs of Whitworth Athletics to allow its pursuit of excellence as part of Whitworth’s efforts to help students honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • the families of the four Whitworth alumni who have fallen in combat over the years, and for the current students who are part of the US Army ROTC program that brings together Whitworth and Gonzaga students for training and preparation for service. We pray with thanksgiving for all of those who have served or are serving in the armed forces in our nation, particularly for those with Whitworth ties.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, help us not to doubt when we cannot see the reasons for our life circumstances and when we feel that we cannot hear you speaking. Help us to look to the cross, knowing that when we look to you, the Author and Finisher of our faith, we will find peace and rest.

October 31, 2016 / Whitworth University

Eating with the Pharisees: A Holistic Salvation for All Peoples

Oct. 31-Nov. 6

Scripture:
Luke 11:37-44

This week we pray for…

  • our students to be refreshed and energized as they return from Fall Break. We pray for hope, perseverance, and protection for them during the challenging November weeks as daytime shortens and the pace of academic life quickens.
  • the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble as they perform with saxophonist Branford Marsalis; we ask that they will appreciate Marsalis’ virtuosity and that they will know the joy of worshiping God through the great jazz music they prepare and present.
  • Whitworth’s debate and forensics teams as they prepare for their upcoming competitions. Please help them to grow in wisdom, character, leadership and community.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, with Kent McDonald preaching on Tuesday and a celebration of the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna on Tuesday night; and AWAKE on Wednesday night.
  • guest lecturer Fr. Josiah Trenham, Ph.D., as he provides an Orthodox appraisal of the Protestant faith for a generous, open and ecumenical ethos for all involved.
  • students attending the seminary fair, as they meet with seminary representatives and discern next steps.
  • the Whitworth community and Inclusive University Classroom visiting lecturer James Banks, Ph.D., as he lectures on “Diversity in America: Challenges and Opportunities for Educating Citizens in a Global Age.”
  • the Class of 2021, as our admissions staff works to share the riches of a Whitworth education with next year’s prospective freshmen.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for us on the cross at Calvary, and we long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to us through this sacrifice. Thank you for coming into our lives. Take up residence in our hearts and be our Lord and our Savior. Thank you that because of your grace, our lives are transformed by your Spirit so we can love you and love our neighbors. Empower us to follow you faithfully all the days of our lives.