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April 15, 2019 / Whitworth University

“The Suffering Servant and the Loving Redeemer God”

April 15-22
Isaiah 53:1-12

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for this Holy Week in which we remember Jesus’ suffering in our place and on our behalf. We pray for a renewed awe at the gift of God’s grace revealed in Christ and at the miracle of the resurrection. We pray for the entire Whitworth University community to know the power of the resurrection of Jesus and be transformed by his Spirit to serve God in word and deed.
  • For Tuesday’s President’s Coffee as staff gather to reconnect, celebrate years of service milestones and hear President Taylor’s updates on important campus news.
  • For campus worship this Holy Week:
    • Students in the Whitworth community who have not traditionally celebrated Holy Week and Easter, that they would have opportunities to learn about this special week and to engage with it in a new way.
    • Monday’s Unveiled, a night of praise and worship that incorporates new ways to worship with different music styles, languages and experiences.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at Isaiah’s suffering servant on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper in a special Maundy Thursday service.
    • Tuesday night’s Holy Week Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Holy Week AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday’s and Wednesday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • For Wednesday’s Young Life Capernaum’s annual talent show featuring singing, dancing and art work. We give thanks for the many Whitworth students who serve young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities through Capernaum.
  • For the Bruner-Welch Chair in Theology, Whitworth Professor Adam Neder. We pray for his lecture on”Søren and Simone: What Two Eccentric Geniuses Can Teach Us About Living Well Today” to inspire the community to learn about God and love God more faithfully.
  • For Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum in Washington, DC, as he lectures on “Out of Many, One: A Defining Moment for American Immigration.” We pray that we as a community could discuss difficult issues well, learn from others and be led by God’s Spirit in our thinking about topics like immigration.
  • Safety and joy in Good Friday observances and Easter celebrations with family and friends over the long weekend for students.

Thanksgiving:

We praise you Lord, that you have taken evil and turned it to everlasting goodness through the redemptive suffering of Jesus. Thank you for being wounded for our transgressions and healing us. Lead us to live into our redemption as beloved children of God in and through Jesus. And use us to help others know the redemptive power and love of Jesus through our words and deeds. Thank you for our resurrection hope and victory in Jesus. Amen.

April 8, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Elijah and the God of Our Doubts”

April 8-April 15
1 Kings 19:1-18

This week we pray:

  • For students to be compassionate in heart and full of energy and zeal as they seek to learn the ways of God’s word and come to understand how their gifts may serve God’s purposes in the world.
  • With deep appreciation for our committed and generous board of trustees as they participate in their spring meetings on the Whitworth campus this week. We pray for an awareness of God’s presence and leading as they engage with the campus community and participate in the governing activities of the university.
  • For Monday’s Faculty Assembly as our faculty gather for a time of community, important discussion and governance decisions.
  • For Monday’s lecture by author and leader Dominique Gilliard on America’s incarceration policies and the call on the church to pursue justice that restores and reforms. We pray that God would use the lecture to raise awareness and stir up Whitworth community members to participate in God’s work of justice in new ways.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Graduate Assistant Ministry Intern Jake Chipka continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With gratitude as we gather for Thursday’s ceremony to officially begin the construction for the Athletics Leadership Center that will be built over the next 16 months. We pray that God would use the new building in magnificent ways for our coaches and student athletes, and we pray for this new space and all that will happen there to further equip more and more students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity with their whole lives.
  • The admissions process for the incoming class of 2019, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide the families who are discerning their college options.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you that even in times of doubt and fear you do not forsake us. Give us the ears to hear your still, small voice that will drown out the lies of the enemy. We trust that we are secure in you, and we pray for those we love who are facing doubts today. Thank you that you are our rock and our salvation no matter what storm may come. Please give us courage today by your Spirit to walk forward with you in the midst of our doubts.

April 1, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Lady Wisdom and the God of Wisdom”

April 1-April 8
Proverbs 8 and 31

This week we pray for:

  • God to be at work drawing every Whitworth community member to Him wherever they are on their journey of faith.
  • Students as they return from Spring Break, that they will be refreshed, renewed and ready to engage in the good work that God has prepared for them in both curricular and extracurricular activities in the second half of this semester.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship, and as Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor continues our series “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Father Brian Kolodiejchuk, author of Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light, as he visits campus on Tuesday, April 7. We particularly pray for Father Brian’s evening lecture “Mother Teresa’s Business Card: Spiritual Values in a Commercial World.”
  • The “Women Ever Rising Every Day to Lead Conference,” a women’s gathering hosted by Stephaine Nobles Beans, Lauren Taylor and a number of student leaders, on Saturday morning in the Chapel. We pray for a rich time of communion with God and with each other as women from Whitworth and the Spokane community come together to worship God and look at six women of Scripture together.
  • Sunday and Monday’s Bucs Bound admitted student weekend and the hundreds of admitted students and family members who will be on campus. We pray for peace for the students and families and for God’s provision as they make college decisions. We also pray that God would provide the students that Whitworth needs for the incoming 2019 class.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, we thank you that you are the God of wisdom and that you are the source of wisdom. Thank you that rightly fearing you results in wisdom. We pray for wisdom today, for us, for Whitworth, for our leaders, for our country, for our world. We pray that you would give us ears to hear Lady Wisdom calling out to us today by your Spirit and that we would value her words more than the material treasures of this earth. We pray this in the name of the Word who is the Truth, Amen.

March 25, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Spring Break” – God’s Rest

March 25-April 1

This week we pray for:

  • All the students on our campus during this Spring Break week. We pray that they would find rest, community and purpose over this break.
  • Students who are traveling away from the Whitworth campus. We pray for safety, community, joy, love for others, abiding in Christ, and rich memories with God and friends.
  • Those participating in the UREC Spring Break adventure in California and those joining the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement Impact Trip, getting to know various ministries serving in Jesus’ name in Spokane.
  • The Whitworth students, and 180 other students from Pacific Northwest universities, serving at the annual Young Life Work Week at Washington Family Ranch in central Oregon. We pray that the students would grow closer with Jesus and in community through the experience, and we pray for the seeds from camp to find fertile and protected soil as they finish up at camp Tuesday and move on to other Spring Break activities.
  • Faculty to find refreshment, renewal and time to catch up during Spring Break.
  • Staff working on campus during Spring Break. We pray with gratitude for the staff members and their often unseen but essential work that enables Whitworth to function well and pursue its mission faithfully.
  • Student athletes competing all over the country this week, that they will bear witness to the love of Christ and grow as men and women as they compete and travel.
  • God’s provision for the incoming first-year and transfer student class. We pray with gratitude for the ways God has always provided in the past and pray with expectation for the students God will lead to Whitworth where they will be encouraged and equipped to be more faithfully the people God has made them to be.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, we praise you for a new season! All around us is evidence, of not only your existence, but that you are a good God. You are the creator of all we can see and cannot see. Wherever we live, we are immersed in your creative presence. We praise you for new life in spring that reminds us of new life in Christ our Savior. Lead us to live as your people in gratitude, gospel proclamation and life-giving love by the power of the Holy Spirit.

March 18, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Mephibosheth & the God Who Cares for the Rejected”

March 18-March 24
2 Samuel 9:1-8, 13

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they prepare for and take exams before Spring Break. We also pray that they will use their time wisely and find rest, community and joy during the break.
  • Young Life College Work Week that will see about 80 Whitworth students join 150 other Oregon and Washington university students to work hard getting Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch camp ready for thousands of high school and middle school students to hear and experience the good news of Jesus this summer. We pray for the Whitworth students serving this week to travel safely, to have fun, to grow in Christ and to deepen community connections.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Monday’s Unveiled Worship Service, a night of praise and worship that incorporates new ways to worship with different music styles, languages and experiences.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship. We pray for Tuesday’s service as Kent McDonald continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at various lesser-known Old Testament stories. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday’s talk by John Fea, Ph.D., “The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump.” We pray for continued civil discourse, willingness to learn from other perspectives and the ability to evaluate current events through a Christian worldview.
  • All Whitworth faculty who provide opportunities for collaborative research between students and themselves. We particularly pray with thanksgiving for the Hugh W. Johnston Professor of Chemistry, Kraig Wheeler, and his crystal research and collaborative research with students that will be highlighted in his talk on Wednesday, “The Travails of Crystals.”
  • Breaking Boundaries, an awards ceremony with keynote speaker Beatriz Schweitzer presented by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion to celebrate women leaders who are breaking boundaries in their communities, professional fields and personal lives.
  • Whitworth’s Health Education Advocacy Team (HEAT) of student leaders as they promote holistic health for students in a variety of ways. We especially pray for the panel discussion about sex and relationships offered by the HEAT leaders this week, that God would use the discussion to promote healthy choices and illuminate truth regarding these important topics.

Thanksgiving:

Heavenly Father, we thank you, for you are a God of mercy and compassion and there is none like you. In Jesus Christ you have experienced rejection, anxiety, persecution and loneliness on our behalf. You understand firsthand all that we go through, and you do not forget us in our weakness or our strength. Thank you that even as David welcomed the crippled grandchild of his enemy, you welcome us to your family table with abundant love. Because of your love, and by the power of your Spirit, please lead us to see others and love them like you do in greater and greater measure. Amen.

 

March 11, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Amos and the Cosmic God of Justice”

March 11-March 18
Amos 5:14-16, 23-25

This week we pray for:

  • All Whitworth community members to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Our many students, staff and faculty who are veterans or currently serving in our armed forces. We give thanks for their selfless service and pray that they could be encouraged and equipped in God’s call for them during their season at Whitworth.
  • Student athletes as they practice and compete, that they would grow as the men and women God made them to be through their athletic endeavors.
  • The Whitworth forensics team as they compete in the Christian National Championship this week. We pray for community, fun and growth as the men and women that God made them to be. We also give thanks for the experience that the Ethics Bowl team had winning the national championship last week and pray that God would be glorified through both of these teams.
  • Monday’s Teaching Roundtable as faculty gather to present and discuss innovative teaching methods for the purpose of enhancing teaching and learning here at Whitworth University.
  • The Fourth Annual Diversity Monologues as eight Whitworth students share about how they come to know freedom. We pray that God would again use this event to bring greater understanding and empathy for our entire campus community.
  • Students who are participating in the student-led Zero Waste Lent initiative as an expression of their desire to honor God the Creator and steward our planet’s resources well.
  • This weekend’s Multicultural Visit Program that sees high school juniors and seniors from multicultural backgrounds and/or are the first in their families to attend college come to campus for an overnight visit. We pray for guidance for these students and their families as they discern what might be the best next step after high school, and we pray that they would come to know Whitworth well during their visits.
  • Friday’s 49th annual Luau hosted by Whitworth’s Hawaiian Club. We pray with gratitude for all of our community members from the Pacific islands and for the beauty of their culture. We pray that God would be honored, community would be built, and these students would be encouraged through the meal and dances that fill the evening.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner continues our series of “Reading the Bible with Jesus” by looking at lesser-known Old Testament stories on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, you are the creator of all people, and it is your will that they be gathered together as one family in you. Fill the hearts of humanity with the fire of your love and the desire to see justice for all. Lead us to care about the things you care about and joyfully seek the shalom you desire for our world. We pray that there would be an end to division, strife and war and that our peace would extend to the flourishing of every human being. May justice truly roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream in, around and through us. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

March 4, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Hagar and the God Who Sees Us in Our Need”

March 4-March 11
Genesis 16:1-14

This week we pray for:

  • Students to grow in knowing meaning and purpose in their lives and learning so that their knowledge, understanding and skills may benefit others for God’s glory.
  • All those involved in the spring mainstage production of Almost, Maine. We pray for community, strength, growth and joy in the preparation and the performances this weekend and next.
  • Ongoing Life Groups, student small groups led by staff and faculty members to develop faith and Christian fellowship. We pray for connection between peers and mentors and for life-changing learning and interactions through the groups.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship, and as Rev. Stephaine Nobles Beans continues our series on the Old Testament on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
    • Ash Wednesday morning service as students, faculty and staff join in this ancient tradition of the Church, being reminded of their finitude and God’s great love for us who were made from the dust and will one day return to the dust.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, thank you that you are a God who sees us, no matter what. We thank you for seeing us in our weakness and strength, in our joy and sorrow, in our dreams and disappointments. We thank you that you see the injustices in our world as well as the courageous acts of compassion. We thank you for the ways that in Jesus Christ we definitively know that you will always see us, your beloved children.

February 25, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Job’s Suffering and the Holy and Good God”

Feb. 25-March 4
The Book of Job

This week we pray for:

  • Local churches that students attend in and around Spokane, that God would bless those worshiping communities and provide meaningful worship, service and community for students attending them.
  • Students to grow in the skills of deep intellectual inquiry along with courageous and civil engagement with people who hold different perspectives.
  • Student athletes, forensics competitors and school of business competitors who represent Whitworth throughout the semester, for safe travels, joy, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • Monday evening’s Pop Up Lecture where Professor Dale Soden will speak on “Blackface: Racist Then, Racist Now” in response to recent national controversies.
  • The Staley Lecture by Princeton Theological Seminary Professor Bo Karen Lee, “The Wisdom of Weakness in Hildegard of Bingen’s Scivias,” that God would use this lecture to equip Whitworth community members with skills in how God’s strength is made known in our weakness.
  • Various important staff and faculty searches that are underway. We pray that God would send workers to Whitworth who will serve God and forward the Whitworth mission. We pray for unity and clarity for the search committees overseeing the search processes.
  • Monday’s Faculty Assembly as faculty gather for important governance work and connection.
  • Tuesday’s President’s Coffee as staff gather to hear an update from President Taylor, celebrate years of service and be in community.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner continues our series on the Old Testament by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • This weekend’s Honors Scholarship Weekend as prospective honors students and their families visit campus and get to know Whitworth. We pray for strength, love and the joy of God’s Spirit for the admissions staff; we pray for God’s guidance for these prospective students and families; and we pray for God’s provision for Whitworth in the fall 2019 incoming class.

Thanksgiving

Thank you God that you are a God who is not manipulated or coerced by human choices or behavior. Thank you for your abundant and unmerited love for your creation that stretches to every corner of the globe and every corner of the human heart. Thank you that you are the sovereign Lord and the loving Lord. Lead us in deeper trust in you today and this week, regardless of what circumstances come, and lead us in love for those around us who need to know your sovereign love today. Amen.

February 18, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Songs of Songs – Bride and Bridegroom and the God of Loving Relationship”

Feb. 18- Feb. 25

This week we pray for:

  • Students to develop as whole human beings who love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength as they engage in their curricular and extracurricular activities here.
  • Healing of students, faculty and staff who have been battling illnesses and who have other health concerns.
  • Student athletes as they participate in various Pirate sports, for protection, joy, community and growth as men and women.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Monday’s Unveiled student-led monthly worship service, which incorporates diverse music styles, languages and experiences.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters through testimony, a talk and small groups.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The celebration of the 129th anniversary of Whitworth’s founding on Feb. 20, 1890. We pray with thanksgiving for the vision of George Whitworth to form a college in Sumner, Wash., and to pursue “that learning and culture of heart and mind that make the finished scholar.”
  • One Pine Day on Feb. 19-20 as the Whitworth community near and far rallies together to support various important needs and dreams of the Whitworth community. We pray with thanksgiving for all the generous donors who have supported Whitworth over the years and continue to do so.
  • This week’s staff development lunch and the subsequent monthly lunches, for community, encouragement and inspiration for staff as they forward the Whitworth mission every day.
  • Friday’s faculty development day as faculty explore together how to improve student persistence through inclusive pedagogy with Stanford professor Dr. Geoffrey Cohen, including ways to provide constructive feedback to students that engenders hope and success in their academics.
  • The 22nd Annual Gospel Explosion for Spokane hosted Friday on the Whitworth campus by Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ministry, Stephaine Nobles Beans, with the theme “Heaven Coming Down To Earth!” We pray for a glorious night of praise and community through the various community choirs, praise teams and soloists.
  • This weekend’s BELIEF Conference, hosted by Whitworth’s student BELIEF Club and the Dornsife Center for Community Engagement, that brings high school students from local neighborhoods to campus for a college-preparation event. We pray for the many Whitworth student leaders who will be hosting and overseeing the event, and we pray for the high school students attending, that God would inspire them and open up doors for them to grow and develop to their full potential.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we come into your presence so aware of our human frailty and yet overwhelmed by your love for us. We thank you that there is no human experience that we might walk through where your love cannot reach us. If we climb the highest mountain, you are there, and if we find ourselves in the darkest valley of life, you are there. Thank you for calling us, your people, the bride of Christ. Teach us today to love you in greater and greater measure in response to your great love for us. In Jesus name, Amen.

February 11, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Job’s Suffering and the Holy and Good God”

Feb. 11-Feb. 18
Job 23:1-15

This week we pray for:

  • Students to seek God first, to remember God’s goodness and love, and to recognize their need for Jesus.
  • This semester’s teaching roundtable gatherings that begin on Monday, that Whitworth’s faculty would continue to develop innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning as they share ideas and learn from their valued colleagues.
  • Students learning about off-campus study opportunities for next year at Tuesday’s Off-Campus Programs Fair, that God would inspire them and open up doors for them to grow in mind and heart by engaging in these experiences.
  • Students exploring opportunities for service and leadership at the Camp Fair on Wednesday, that they would know God’s leading and calling as they discern.
  • Thursday’s Student Leadership Fair, that God would raise up student leaders to serve, lead and grow through involvement in the many wonderful student leadership opportunities at Whitworth. We pray that God would raise up resident assistants, campus ministry coordinators, cultural diversity advocates, health education advocates, community engagement specialists, campus worship leaders and more for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters through testimony, a talk and small groups in the HUB Multipurpose Room.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • This weekend’s Honors Scholarship Weekend, as prospective honors students and their families visit campus and get to know Whitworth. We pray for strength, love and the joy of God’s Spirit for the admissions staff; we pray for God’s guidance for these prospective students and families; and we pray for God’s provision for Whitworth in the fall 2019 incoming class.

Thanksgiving:

Heavenly Father thank you for your loving kindness and heart of sweet compassion. We thank you that you care for us in our times of deep distress and suffering, and thank you for being a God who knows suffering from the inside through the life and death of Jesus Christ. Thank you that you never forsake us nor leave us comfortless but so often send showers of refreshment through your many faithful witnesses. Lead us in your way of love and comfort for others as we trust in your faithful presence today and this week. Amen.