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March 27, 2017 / Whitworth University


March 27-April 1

Psalm 11 – In the Lord I take refuge.

This week we pray for…

  • all students during this week of Spring Break, that they would find rest where they are weary and rejuvenation where they need renewed energies.
  • safety, fun, community, joy, wonder, and gratitude, wherever Spring Break plans take students.
  • the students and staff going on Impact service and learning trips this week to Spokane, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala, that they would listen, learn, and love well, that they would grow in their sanctification by the Spirit of God, and that God would inspire them with his heart for this world God loves.
  • the 75+ students and staff going to serve at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch camp with 4 other universities this week, for meaningful Christian community, for growth with Jesus, and for the accomplishment of good work as the camp prepares for summer.
  • for renewal for faculty and staff most of whom will experience a different rhythm but continue to work during Spring Break, that they will find what they need during this week and finish the school year well.
  • safety, hard work, and growth in grace and maturity for spring student athletes, that no harm will befall them or their opponents, and that they will bear witness of the goodness and love of Christ in their athletics.

Father 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 and sustainer of all we can see and cannot see. You are the source of our lives. You teach us what real love is. We thank you and praise you this day through Jesus Christ our Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.

March 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

Trust In God, Our Good Shepherd

March 20-26

Psalms 23

This week we pray for…

  • our students to develop and use their gifts in service to God and others.
  • the love of God, revealed in Jesus, to be made known in word and deed to all in the Whitworth community.
  • peace and wholeness for students, staff and faculty who are struggling with mental or physical illness.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald teaches in our series, Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • our students as they reach Spring Break. We ask that they travel safely and that they experience community, delightful adventures, refreshment, and increasing love for God and others during this time.

Lord, you never promised us that the journey toward the new Heaven and new Earth would be easy, quick, or without overwhelming seasons and circumstances. But you have promised never to leave or forsake us, even in the darkest valley. That’s all we really need to know: that you are close and that you love us. Even when you have to discipline us, we trust your love and goodness, for truly you are our Shepherd. Amen.

March 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

God’s Hatred Toward Evil

March 13-19

Psalm 137

This week we pray for…

  • our students during this Lenten season; we ask that Lent will provide them with an opportunity to reflect upon their life patterns, to pray more deeply, and to be generous to those in need.
  • our students as they approach midterms. We ask that they will have peace, strength, joy, and the ability to learn well.
  • our student-athletes as they practice and participate in upcoming competitions. We pray that they will continue to give their all, will grow in maturity and community, and will draw close to God through their participation.
  • Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning-prayer services.
  • the second annual Diversity Monologues event at Whitworth, as eight students speak about how they have come to know hope from their distinct and diverse perspectives. We pray that Whitworth would continue to be a place where students of all backgrounds could find a place of belonging, love, and meaning.
  • the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement’s On Mission training event, during  which Carla, a missionary from Partners International, will share from many years of experience in Central Asia about how the holistic gospel is building bridges to communities and how the same can happen here.
  • the Whitworth Multicultural Visit Program as we invite high school juniors and seniors to share their diverse backgrounds and unique experiences while getting to know Whitworth.
  • all the admissions staff members who host the “Why Whitworth?” days on campus that continue throughout the spring, helping prospective students experience all that Whitworth has to offer.

Lord, we are thankful that you are a God of justice. We know that someday, all wickedness will cease and you will judge every evil deed. We are thankful that you are a God of justice and righteousness, the true King who will put everything to rights one day. We trust in your goodness and judgment, even while we wait for you to make your righteous reign fully known.

March 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

Intimate Relationship with the God Who Knows Me

March 6-12

Psalm 139

This week we pray for…

  • students to persevere and focus in their studies, making the most of this opportunity to learn.
  • students and faculty who are studying abroad all over the world this semester. We ask for their safety, community, growth, and love of the culture and people in the areas where they are studying.
  • students who are participating in the spring Whitworth Theatre performance, Go, Dog. Go! We ask that they would share their work with joy and continue to grow into the men and women God has made them to be through this experience. We also pray that the performance would be a joyful gift to the broader Spokane community.
  • the student-leadership application and interview process that is currently under way. We ask that you will bless this search to fill the important resident assistant, cultural-diversity advocate, campus-ministry coordinator, health-education advocacy team, and student government (ASWU) positions in the residence halls and student life for next year. We pray for God to raise up the right students for these roles and for guidance by the Spirit for all who will be participating in the decision-making.
  • all who will hear from Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecturer Kristen Johnson as she presents on campus and lectures about a biblical theology of justice, including her evening lecture, “Justice and Our Calling: From Genesis to Revelation.”
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, as President Beck A. Taylor, teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and our reflective morning-prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • prospective Whitworth students and their families. We ask that God would call together the students for the Whitworth Class of 2021.

We thank you, our God, that you have made us and that you know us. Thank you for the comfort of knowing that we cannot flee from your presence or hide from your love. Remind us and all people of your great goodness. Grant that we would not seek to flee from you, but would instead trust in you and your love, made known most clearly in Jesus.

February 27, 2017 / Whitworth University

True Repentance Before God

Feb. 27-March 5

Psalm 32

This week we pray for…

  • our students to grow in wisdom and knowledge, becoming more fully the people whom God made them to be, participating in God’s loving and redeeming purposes in the world.
  • Whitworth students who are struggling with mental illness. We ask that they would know God’s care and love. We also pray for the Whitworth Counseling Center staff, asking that God would give them wisdom and compassion in their care for students.
  • the President’s Coffee gathering, where staff convene to build community, to celebrate staff members’ anniversaries, and to be updated on what’s happening at Whitworth by President Beck A. Taylor.
  • Faculty Assembly, as faculty members gather to engage in their shared governance responsibilities and to hear a campus update from President Taylor.
  • our Pirate athletes. As spring sports begin and as the men’s basketball team moves into NCAA tournament play, we ask that our student-athletes will work hard, grow in maturity, and enjoy their journey.
  • Tuesday’s presentation and discussion on the film Beyond the Color of Fear. Cast members Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez will lead us in a discussion about the intersection of race, inclusion, privilege, and gender, and we pray that God would continue to nurture our growth as a community that embodies his reconciling love in all its relationships.
  • Chapel Community Worship, on Tuesday, as Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Ministries Stephaine Nobles-Beans, teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; and Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion. We also pray that our Ash Wednesday service will be the beginning of a meaningful season of preparation and devotion for all who observe Lent.

We thank you, Lord, for your abundant grace revealed in Jesus Christ. Thank you that when we turn to you, you embrace us, forgive us, and empower us to walk in the freedom of your love. Thank you that as we receive your love in Jesus, you use us to share that love with others, particularly the vulnerable and the forgotten among us. Thank you for your amazing grace!

February 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

Plea to God the Judge

Feb. 20-26

Psalm 7

This week we pray for…

  • students who may be facing family or personal challenges. We ask that they will find the peace and support they need and will know God’s loving and powerful presence.
  • continued strength for our faculty and staff as they love and serve our Whitworth students.
  • Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, with Forrest Buckner teaching about “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God.”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event.
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion.
  • the 127th anniversary of Whitworth’s founding, on Feb. 20, 1890. We are thankful for the founder’s vision and resolve in founding a college to pursue the “learning and culture of heart and mind that make the finished scholar.”
  • Whitworth faculty who will be attending Friday’s Faculty Development Day; we ask that they will become even better equipped for their work as professors and that they will grow in community.
  • the presentation by Christian peacemaker Jer Swigert, “Faith-Informed Citizenship: Immigrants and Refugees.” We ask that students who attend would continue to grow into their roles of living under and witnessing to God’s kingly, peace-bringing rule in Jesus.
  • students and families who are engaged in the college search. We pray that God will guide them and provide for them as they decide where to attend university. We ask, too, that God will provide Whitworth with students for the Class of 2021 who will flourish here and who will bless the institution through their presence.
  • the dramatic performance “Weaving Our Sisters Voices,” which tells the stories of 13 named and unnamed women from the Bible through dance, music and poetry.
    the 2017 BELIEF conference, which brings to campus local high school students who may be the first in their families to go to college. BELIEF provides an intensive, mentor-based college-preparation weekend for these students.
  • The Black Student Union’s “Soulful Showcase.” We ask that the students involved will grow through the experience and that the money raised will provide well for a selected local nonprofit.

We thank you, Lord, for protection, for justice, and for saving us from our enemies. We are grateful that you have compassion not only for us, but even for those who would harm us. We are thankful for your unfailing love, and we praise you for your righteousness. We sing songs of praise to you, Oh, Lord Most High.

February 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

The Lord Reigns

Feb. 13-19

Psalms 46

This week we pray for…

  • students who face challenges; we ask that every need will be met – financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
  • unity and courage among our students; we pray that members of the Whitworth student body might embody a countercultural ability to speak with and respect one another across various dimensions of difference.
  • Tuesday’s On Mission lecture, sponsored by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. We ask that the missionary speaker from India would provide inspiration and encouragement for church members in Spokane to join God’s mission here.
  • Whitworth Outdoor Recreation department. We appreciate the many opportunities this office provides our students for community, for safe outings, to view and enjoy the awesomeness of God’s creation, and for good adventures together.
  • our faculty members to be strengthened in their teaching, especially through our Teaching Roundtable presentations and through discussions that focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Whitworth Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday Community Worship, as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday Community Worship gathering for music and communion.
    • Morning prayer, as students, faculty and staff begin the day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with Scripture, silence, prayer and song.

Lord, thank you for being our refuge and our strength when trouble is everpresent. We are grateful that you are with us and that we need not fear. When nations are in uproar, when kingdoms fall, your voice lifts us up and we are secure. It is good that when we are still, we know that you are our God. We praise you for being our fortress — for you, oh Lord, reign!

February 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

Praying the Psalms with Jesus

Feb. 6-12

Psalms 1 and 2

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they move forward into the spring semester; we trust and believe that the Lord will provide for them, working in ways they did not believe possible.
  • students who are working to discern their vocational calling. We ask that they will have clarity, that they will come to find purpose in their lives and that they will see how they have been uniquely made and called to love God and their neighbors through the empowerment of the Spirit of Jesus.
  • members of the Whitworth community who are especially anxious in this time, particularly our international, immigrant and undocumented students (and the loved ones of students who fall into those categories).
  • safe travel for our student-athletes as they participate in various sports (including swimming conference championships). We ask that they would give their all, grow in community, and be formed into more mature and whole women and men through their participation.
  • Why Whitworth visit days, which begin this week and take place throughout the semester, as we welcome parents and prospective students to visit and experience Whitworth.
  • Chapel community worship services as we begin spring semester “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God.” We pray for Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday, and we pray for the campus community as they gather around the communion table on Thursday, asking that they would draw near to God through Jesus by the power of the Spirit. We pray that these worship services would be a place of welcome and belonging for all, and that students, staff and faculty will be able to make space joyfully in their schedules to join in worship this semester.
  • Hosanna’s student-led Tuesday-evening worship service, which creates a space in which students are invited to engage in authentic worship through music and a variety of other creative expressions.
  • AWAKE, on Wednesday evening, as students gather for a time of testimony, worship, teaching and fellowship. AWAKE is a student-led weekly gathering for students growing together in discovering who they are, who God is, and why that matters.
  • the 20-year anniversary of Whitworth’s Gospel Explosion. An evening of praise and worship as local choirs and praise teams from the community come and celebrate the goodness of God with our Whitworth community.
  • the 10th annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, including our guest documentarian Alexandra Hidalgo, a Whitworth faculty panel, and a discussion of important issues raised by one of Hidalgo’s films.

Lord, we are so thankful for your Word. As we open our hearts to the Book of Psalms, may we continue to realize that Jesus brings our complete human experience before you in his very person. May our minds be transformed and our eyes be opened to see that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

January 30, 2017 / Whitworth University

Remembering the Power of God’s Love for Us

Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Psalms 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among people find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

This week we pray for…

  • continued safety, fun, and refreshment for students during Jan Term Break.
  • Spring Semester Opening Convocation and our Founder’s Day Celebration, on Feb. 2. We particularly pray for Executive Vice President & Provost Carol Simon, both as she delivers the convocation address and as she provides vital leadership to the university.
  • students who are feeling overwhelmed with the complexities of life. We ask that God will give them the ability to trust in Him and to take the next step forward obediently.
  • the university’s ongoing search for a chief diversity officer, and for all of the staff and faculty searches that will be conducted this spring. We ask that God would give committee members wisdom, unity and insight as they seek the right persons for these important positions.
  • God to grant our students the courage to use their gifts and talents, bringing life and love to others.
  • our students to pray for and care for one another.
  • the Barnes and Noble employees in the bookstore, who will be quite busy this week. We ask that they would know and share the light of Christ.

We are so thankful that because of your great love for us we are admonished to love others. Thank you for loving us and abiding in us. Please, Lord, teach us daily to walk in love and to let love be perfected in our lives.

January 23, 2017 / Whitworth University

Needing God’s Guidance

Jan. 23-29

Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

This week we pray for…

  • our students who are finishing up Jan Term, including final exams and projects. We ask that they will work hard, learn all that they can, and keep their coursework in proper perspective.
  • our students and faculty who will be returning from Jan Term trips this week. We pray that God will provide for them in the transition home, will be their comfort as they step away from the incredible communities they have formed over the past four weeks, and will guide them as they internalize and share all that they have experienced.
  • a safe Jan Term break and good choices by students preparing for spring semester.
  • student leaders who live in the residence halls and serve as resident assistants, cultural-diversity advocates, and small-group coordinators. We ask that they would serve in these roles with wisdom, energy, and love.
  • inspiration for our students to follow Christ and to let his light shine through them in words and actions.
  • our student-athletes and our forensics team members, who are competing this week. We pray for safe travels and we ask that these Whitworthians will continue to give their all while they grow in character and community.
  • faculty and staff to be strengthened as they prepare for spring semester and the many tasks that lie before them.
  • our president, Beck A. Taylor, as he leads Whitworth in 2017 and continues to look to the Lord for strength and wisdom.
  • the completion of our Jan Term worship and morning prayer, as our community seeks and worships the Lord together.

Sometimes, Lord, it’s so hard to see. We squint and struggle to make sense of what you’re showing us. Help us know when you are guiding us, Lord, and when we are clutching at the wrong answers. Help us know how to follow your voice, how to love each other with your perfect love, how to continue to turn to you, and how to wait on you. Thank you for teaching us how to live in your care and respond to your voice.