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November 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life

Nov. 20-26

Scripture:
John 14:1-7

This week we pray:

  • For safe travels over the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • For students to experience rest, rejuvenation and good connections with family and friends during the holidays.
  • For students who are not able to go home for Thanksgiving. We pray that they would find a place of belonging during this break and know God’s gracious love for them.
  • 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 role at Whitworth.
  • For student-athletes as winter sports teams travel and compete. We pray for safety, God-centered hard work, humility, community, growth as well-rounded men and women, and development in their journeys of faith.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 128 years, providing for the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, our world is hurting and broken. Particularly in this Thanksgiving week and holiday season, we pray for those who have lost loved ones. Please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do. Thank you that in the midst of the myriad paths we face in life and in the face of challenges, You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you that you remind us throughout your Word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are always with us. We confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it, remembering it’s only to be found in you alone, because you are the great I AM. Amen.

November 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

Nov. 13-19

Scripture:
John 11:17-35

This week we pray for:

  • Students to keep their focus and persevere in both curricular and extracurricular commitments through the fall semester.
  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) student government members as they provide leadership for student government at Whitworth, including their monthly Town Hall meeting in which they provide an opportunity for healthy and constructive conversation about debatable topics.
  • Students to connect with God and grow in Christ, both on and off campus, and we pray for those students who desire to be a Christian witness, that they would winsomely point to Jesus in word and deed to those around them.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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.
  • Thursday’s 10th Annual International Education & Diversity Forum, as this year’s speaker, student Come Nzibarega, shares his story of “Diversity in the Face of Adversity.” We pray that the event would build international and cultural understanding, prepare individuals for life in a global environment and encourage conversations around diversity for the purpose of equipping students to love and serve humanity according to God’s purposes.
  • Whitworth’s many international students, particularly as they celebrate on Friday the 32nd annual International Festival, in which students from around the world share a taste of their home culture through dance and food. We give thanks for each international student and pray for them to be sustained, loved and equipped well in their season at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, that you are our resurrection and life. We are grateful that you have revealed your power and your glory to us, because you love us. Fill us anew with the wonder of not only your love and your power but your amazing grace toward us. Amen.

November 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM (The source and fulfillment of God’s promise to Abe)

Nov. 6-12

Scripture:
John 8:54-58

This week we pray for:

  • Faculty as they continue to invite their students into a mind-and-heart education. We pray for wisdom, perseverance, care, creativity, and winsome witness to God’s goodness as they integrate faith and learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Students who are having financial struggles, that their needs will be met and they may be reassured of God’s faithful provision.
  • Music students who are sharing their senior recitals and concerts, that they could know God’s peace and joy as they share the fruit of much labor in their disciplines.
  • Student-athletes as fall sports teams complete their seasons and winter sports begin their competition schedules. We pray for safety, community, enjoyment and growth into the people whom God made them to be.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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.
  • The Annual Pirate Night dinner and auction, that God would provide financially for the needs of Whitworth Athletics and bless the gathering with a sense of community.
  • All of the veterans in the Whitworth community and Whitworth extended family as we gather for Friday’s Veterans Day Service, remembering the men and women who have served in our armed forces and those who sacrificed their lives and fought for our country to keep us free.
  • Staff members as they gather for the second President’s Coffee with President Taylor, joining for community, a university update and celebration of individual employees’ years of service.
  • Students who are presenting at the Murdoch College Science Conference co-hosted by Whitworth and Gonzaga, that they would learn and grow through the experience and be further equipped to use their knowledge for the common good.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that you are the “I AM” and as you have known the Father, help us to know the Father also in our walk with you. Open our eyes that we may see who we are as children of the Most High and live as your light-bearers in the world. Thank you for your faithfulness to your covenant promises from the beginning of time all the way to today.

October 30, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Good Shepherd

Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Scripture:
John 10:11-18

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they return from Fall Break, that they will be refreshed and energized, ready to enter this challenging time of the academic year, as daylight hours decrease and the pace of academic life does not.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as President Beck A. Taylor preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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.
  • Whitworth’s jazz musicians as they share in performing with legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis at the 29th annual Whitworth Guest Artist Jazz Concert. We pray that these students could find true wonder and gratitude to God in the experience.
  • Students who are discerning their majors and talking with advisors at Wednesday’s Majors Fair. We pray for students to have courage to say “yes” and “no” with wisdom and peace.
  • Students who are discerning the possibility of further theological education at Thursday’s Seminary Fair, as seminary, theological and graduate school representatives from across the country make themselves available.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for being our Good Shepherd. Because of your great love for us, transform us in such a way that we could follow you, care for all who are close to us, fight to protect those who are threatened, welcome those who are rejected, forgive those who are burdened by guilt, comfort those who are sick, share with those who have little or nothing, take the time to really know one another, and love as you have loved us.

October 23, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Gate for the Sheep

Oct. 23-29

Scripture:
John 10:7-10

This week we pray for:

  • Students who may be struggling to keep up with their academic or co-curricular responsibilities. We pray for wisdom, strength and the ability to say “no” to the right things.
  • Students as they finish this week of classes and head into Fall Break, that they will be refreshed with family and friends. We pray for safe travel for those traveling and for joyful rest for all.
  • Faculty as they use Friday’s Fall Break day off for students to engage in Faculty Development Day, engaging in intentional training and discussion around how to be the best-possible academic (and holistic) advisors to students.
  • Student-athletes, for safe travel, meaningful community and character development as they give their all in their athletic endeavors.
  • Monday’s Inclusive University Classroom Lecture delivered by Chief Diversity Officer Lorna Hernandez Jarvis on “Inclusive Excellence, Intercultural intelligence, and the Status of Diversity Education.” 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.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s Cabinet as members provide collaborative leadership and oversight of Whitworth toward the end that every Whitworth student could receive an education of mind and heart while growing in honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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:
Lord, thank you for standing patiently at the door of our heart. Help us to answer you, to love you and to know you better. We are grateful for your faithful presence. Help us to continue to say yes to all you ask of us and grow us to walk with you and witness to your goodness, love and power in all we do and say.

October 16, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Bread of Life

Oct. 16-22

Scripture:
John 6:35-58

This week we pray for:

  • The first of three parts of President Beck A. Taylor’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse this Thursday evening, in which Whitworth faculty Josh Leim, Kamesh Sankaran, Karen Peterson Finch and Lorna Hernandez Jarvis will engage in a dialogue that focuses on our abilities to speak the truth in love and with Christian commitment. The colloquy series addresses a clear contemporary need to grow in engaging in civil discourse across difference without demonizing opponents and exacerbating divisions.
  • Healthy and generative relationships for all students, in which students sharpen one another in God’s ways and spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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
  • Ongoing “Why Whitworth” one-day visits, as prospective students visit Whitworth. We pray for wisdom and peace for students and families, and we pray that God would provide for the Whitworth Class of 2022.
  • Monday’s second annual Genetic Engineering Symposium on Aging in America. As this symposium aims to accomplish, we pray that Whitworth’s pursuit of God’s truth would result in thoughtful leaders who witness to and participate in God’s Kingdom rule in every area of life and scholarship.
  • The many local churches in Spokane that students attend. We pray that students would find a worship home where they can connect with God, engage in intergenerational community, and be formed by God’s Spirit for the sake of the world.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are deeply thankful that you are the “Bread of Life.” We gratefully acknowledge your presence with us. We are grateful that you strengthen us and that your word nourishes us, revives us and helps us to grow in our daily walk with you. May all the world find its sustenance and life in you, and lead us in how we can share your Bread with this hungry world. Amen.

October 9, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Light of the World

Oct. 9-15

Scripture:
John 8:12; 1:1-5, 9; 3:19-20

This week we pray:

  • For all who are involved in the Whitworth fall theatre production of The Elephant Man, that they would know the joy of friendship, of seeking excellence and of serving a community through their art and work.
  • For family members who are coming to campus for Family Weekend. We pray for safe travels, great connections with their Whitworth student, and encouragement for students (especially for first-years!).
  • With gratitude for the generous, committed and gifted Whitworth Board of Trustees members as they engage in their fall meetings on campus. We pray for wisdom and unity in their important work of guiding the university to even greater flourishing and fulfillment of its mission into the future.
  • With gratitude for the new Nelson Garden that will be dedicated this week. We pray that that triangle across Hawthorne would be a place of learning, beauty and peace that points people to the goodness of God, our Creator.
  • For the health center and counseling center as our loving and professional staff provide care that helps guide students to the wholeness that God has intended. We pray for strength and love for their dedicated staff members as well.
  • For Whitworth Faculty Teaching Roundtable gatherings that occur twice a month, as faculty present and discuss innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning at our institution.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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:
Lord, we are so grateful that “You are the light of the world.” We are thankful knowing as we follow you, we do not have to walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. We pray that your light would shine through us to this world in increasing measure because of Jesus in us. Amen.

October 2, 2017 / Whitworth University

“I AM” (the King and Lord Who Delivers)

Oct. 2-8

Scripture:
John 6:16-21

This week we pray for:

  • Students to thrive in unique ways as they engage with their classes and balance the many opportunities and commitments of university life. We pray for good friendships, community, joy, wisdom and encouragement, along with boldness to access available resources if help is needed.
  • All students to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
  • Resident directors as they lead their teams of committed resident assistants and care for all of the students in the residence halls. We pray with thanksgiving for them, and we pray for strength, wisdom, joy and love in their ongoing good work.
  • Homecoming weekend as members of the Whitworth community celebrate, reminisce and reconnect! We pray with gratitude for the members of the classes of ’57, ’67, ’77, ’87, ’97, ’07 and ’12 who return for milestone reunions. We pray for safety and joy in the many activities over the weekend.
  • With gratitude for the incredible work that God has accomplished through the work of Young Life in the 70-plus years of its partnership with Whitworth. We pray for all those joining the Young Life Homecoming Reunion gathering over the weekend, for joy, encouragement and worship as they remember God’s faithfulness in the lives of young people.
  • The Peacemaking Across Division speakers this week:
    • Jer Swigart, co-founding director of the Global Immersion Project, as he speaks on Wednesday evening on “Waging Peace in a Divided World,” describing a theology of peacemaking and strategies for reconciliation.
    • Roberto Mendoza Perez, as he lectures Thursday night through a partnership with Witness for Peace Northwest on “Human Rights in Mexico: How U.S. Policies Affect State Violence, Militarization, and Displacement.”
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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.
  • The Snapshot visit for prospective students and families over the weekend. We pray that all of the many people visiting could get a true understand of Whitworth while they are here and that God would give them wisdom from him in the search process. We pray in trust that God would call together the Class of 2022, providing for the flourishing of both students and Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that when the storms of life come, you are with us.  You tell us “Don’t be afraid. I am here.” We are grateful that you are our King and Lord who delivers. May we and all the world know your deliverance in increasing measure this day. Amen.

September 25, 2017 / Whitworth University

“I AM” (The Messiah)

Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Scripture:
John 4:25-26

This week we pray for:

  • Monday’s monthly Faculty Assembly as faculty members join together for their important communal governance work.
  • Student-athletes as they travel and compete, that they could give their all, care for one another, persevere in trials, walk in humility, and continue to be shaped into the men and women that God made them to be.
  • Various lectures this week that provide the Whitworth community opportunities to integrate their mind-and-heart education by hearing from experts, engaging with faith and contemporary topics, and being inspired to make a difference in the world including:
    • Monday’s film presentation (Trails of Hope and Terror) and Q&A by theologian and scholar-activist Miguel de la Torre telling stories of immigrants crossing the border that marks Whitworth’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month;
    • Tuesday’s Whitworth screening of An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, with an introduction by the producer, writer and director;
    • Wednesday’s “Racial Injustice, Housing, and Spokane History” lecture by local historian Logan Camporeale;
    • Thursday’s lecture exploring human belonging because of who God is as Father, Son and Spirit by C. Baxter Kruger, Paul Young (author of The Shack) and John MacMurray.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John;”
    • 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.
  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) as they provide important leadership for the student body. We particularly pray for this week’s elections for residence hall representatives and for the Executive Team: Jeff DeBray, Dylan Reyes and Shaun Fisher.

Thanksgiving:
Lord thank you for being our “I AM,” our Messiah and our King who promises to come reign in glory. May your Kingdom come soon, and please lead us as we seek to witness to and participate in your Kingdom rule this day by the power of your Spirit. Amen.

September 18, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM: God’s Self-Descriptive Name

Sept. 18-24

This week we pray for:

  • Our students as they enter this second full week of class, that they will find good rhythms of rest, study, community and extracurricular involvement, while being open to God in all that they do.
  • Community Building Day, as over 1,000 Whitworth students, staff and faculty engage in meaningful community service activities throughout Spokane County on Wednesday.
  • Our new faculty members as they adjust to a new place and their fall courses, that they will be encouraged, strengthened, and have a growing love of learning and love for Whitworth students.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum that begins this week and occurs twice a month through the semester, as Whitworth faculty share recent scholarship and receive feedback. We pray that Whitworth faculty could continue to contribute to the intellectual vitality of our world, in service to God, in love for neighbor and in pursuit of God’s truth.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • 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.
  • Whitworth’s President’s Leadership Forum, as hundreds of Spokane community members gather to hear Michael Lewis, financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author. We pray that through this forum and other ongoing activities that Whitworth would continue to enrich Spokane by helping our community engage in critical and careful thinking, civil discourse and effective action.
  • A culture of 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:
Lord, we thank you for revealing your name to us. Thank you that you are the Great I AM who is present, living and active yesterday, today and forever! We are grateful that we have the opportunity to know and proclaim Your name now and forevermore. Amen.