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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.

October 24, 2016 / Whitworth University

Disciples at the Transfiguration: One Big Story of the Loving Father

Oct. 24-30, 2016

Scripture:
Luke 9:28-36

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they come to Fall Break. We pray for their rest, wise choices, safety and joyful times with friends and family.
  • students who might be feeling homesick during this time to find a place of belonging and community. We pray for them particularly over Fall Break, asking that God would comfort those who wish they could be home at this time.
  • safety for our student-athletes in cross country, football, swimming, soccer and volleyball, who will be traveling this week.
  • students who will be attending the majors fair and seeking guidance and direction from advisors about vocation and their majors.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, where Forrest Buckner will preach on Tuesday and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • lecturers Rev. German Zarate Durier and Rev. Jairo Barriga Jaraba as they share stories and lessons learned in their ecumenical work seeking reconciliation and peace between rebels and government groups in Colombia.
  • T=the Gospel Conference, on Oct. 27-29, as members of the Whitworth and Spokane communities gather to discuss The Gospel and Racism. We pray for our speakers, Randy Woodley, Noel Castellanos, ’82, and Lisa Sharon Harper, as they help the church discern what it means to live faithfully in Jesus’ gospel as it pertains to race and racism today.
  • Faculty Development Day, as faculty members turn their attention to racial reconciliation and its impact upon their teaching.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, may we open our eyes and truly see Jesus. May we open our ears and hear your voice, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!” We are grateful that you lead us and that your love endures forever.

October 17, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Twelve Sent: Participating in the Mission of Jesus

Oct. 17-23, 2016

Scripture:
Luke 9:1-6

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they learn to manage their time between academics, extracurricular involvement and friendships; we ask that students’ leadership gifts might grow and develop and that they may use them to the fullest for God’s glory and purposes in this world.
  • our student athletes to play with all their ability and live the lives to which God is calling them.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • Teaching Roundtable discussions, in which teachers present and discuss innovative methods to enhance teaching and learning in or to offer the mind-and-heart education that Whitworth students seek.
  • the dedicated staff in the Whitworth Intercultural Student Center, including David Garcia, the assistant dean for diversity, equity & inclusion, as he and his team continue to provide leadership for Whitworth’s efforts to help every student belong, and flourish, at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for having a servant’s heart. May we, too, have the submissive hearts to do your will and serve well. Reveal your spiritual gifts in us that they may be used for your glory. Cause our hands and feet to minister to the least of these. We pray that you will reveal your purpose for our lives that we could joyfully participate in your ongoing Kingdom work by the power of the Spirit.

October 10, 2016 / Whitworth University

Freeing the Wealthy

October 10-16

Scripture:
Luke 18:18-25

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they face exams and papers. We ask that they would work hard, learn well, and find their identities rooted in the love of God.
  • the able team of caregivers in the Whitworth Health Center as they support students’ health needs.
  • Whitworth’s President’s Leadership Forum, as the university welcomes Fareed Zakaria host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, to the Spokane Convention Center. Zakaria will speak to hundreds of Spokane community leaders on the topic
    “Election 2016: The View from Home and Abroad.”
  • the fall meeting of the Whitworth University Board of Trustees on campus Wednesday- Friday. We give thanks for this committed group of men and women, and we pray for wisdom, unity and God’s guidance for them.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, at which our coordinator for diversity, equity and inclusive ministry, Rev. Stephaine Nobles-Beans, preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • Whitworth’s presentation of The Music Man, opening Friday. We pray with thanksgiving for the hard work of all involved, and we pray that each person involved with the show – and the members of the audience – would grow in community, have an appreciation for God’s creativity, and enjoy the experience.
    Snapshot, a two-day visit event for high school seniors to experience Whitworth. Their time here includes an overnight stay in a residence hall, on-campus dining, class visits and presentations, a fair showcasing the extracurricular opportunities at Whitworth and more.
  • Family Weekend, as parents and family members visit their sons and daughters and get a taste of their Whitworth experience. We pray for safe travel, joyful reunions and guidance for parents and children as they discover new ways of relating in this season of transition.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, words have a way of piercing our hearts and the defenses we have built up against you and your ways. Make us tender-hearted. Gently expose the reservations of our hearts, as you did for the wealthy young man centuries ago. Reveal to us your abundant goodness, and give us grace to be able to obey you, the Great Physician, who alone can heal our corrupt and deceitful hearts, and make us whole. Forgive us, Lord, for clinging to the remnants of life independent of you, and make us wholly yours. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

October 3, 2016 / Whitworth University

Freeing the Oppressed

Oct. 3-9

Scripture:
Luke 4:31-37

This week we pray for…

  • a sense of belonging and community for all of our students – particularly freshmen, transfer students and international students.
  • the Whitworth Counseling Center’s counselors. We ask for wisdom and love from God for all of our counselors as they care for students.
  • students who are struggling with depression. We ask that they would receive the help they need and that you, God, would provide them hope and freedom.
  • student-athletes’ safe travels this week. We pray that they would give their all, would care for others, and would grow up as the men and women God made them to be.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum lunches, which generally meet twice each month throughout the year. At these events, faculty share recent areas of study. We pray for community, learning and scholarship that would bring glory to God and service to the world.
  • the President’s Coffee, at which staff gather to meet new employees, recognize years of service, listen to university updates, and share in a devotional with President Taylor.
  • our campus-worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, as Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday nights; and AWAKE, on Wednesday nights.
  • Homecoming Weekend 2016, beginning Oct. 7. We ask that alumni will enjoy this time of reconnection with friends, faculty and staff.
  • Friday’s Why Whitworth Day, as prospective students and their families enjoy our campus and experience all that Whitworth has to offer.
  • Saturday’s grand opening of Cowles Music Center, which more than doubles the previous space available for music education.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that at every moment of our existence you are present to us, God, in gentle compassion. Help us to be present to one another so that our presence may be a strength that heals the wounds of time and gives hope that is for all persons, through Jesus, our compassionate Savior.