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September 28, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Great Reversal: Honor/Shame Rules Flipped!

Sept. 28-Oct. 4 

Scripture: Luke 7:36-50 

This week we pray: 

  • With thanksgiving for the improved air quality that allowed in-person instruction and outdoor activities (including campus worship) to proceed last week. We continue to pray for relief from the fires that burn on.  
  • For continued protection from COVID-19 outbreaks and for ongoing diligence of all members of the campus community in their new health protocols, both on and off campus. We give thanks for the COVID Care Team at Whitworth and their excellent work managing the few cases that have occurred and caring for the individuals involved.  
  • For student athletes, for safety, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be, as they engage in pre-season workouts together (mostly outdoors). We pray for creativity for coaches to find meaningful and effective ways to work out and practice amidst the many new public health protocols.  
  • For the accreditation visit from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business this week for our School of Business as it nears the end of a decade-long journey to accreditation with the most prestigious accreditation in the country.  
  • For the ASWU student government students as they seek to find meaningful ways to engage this campus community and fulfill their mission, particularly as they host the virtual Marvel Trivia Night on Friday. 
  • With thanks for the art exhibition of recent graduates ongoing in the Lied Center for the Visual Arts. We give thanks for these artists and the many artists trained at Whitworth who are using their skills for God’s purposes in the world. We also pray for the art department as they continue to cultivate beauty-makers and culture-makers in their work. 
  • For Thursday’s President’s Coffee as staff join together virtually with President Taylor and Whitworth Human Resource Services to hear important university updates and celebrate years of service with those who have achieved significant milestones. 
  • For campus worship: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Stephaine Nobles Beans as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member. We pray for mild weather so we can keep worshiping outside together! 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually. 

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we have all sinned and we all fall short of the mark. We justly deserve to be cast away from your presence. As we see in the woman with the alabaster jar, you did not reject her, but instead you forgave her. Out of your abundant love and mercy, and through the precious blood of your beloved son Jesus, you forgave us our sins, and we have been restored to you and through you to our calling in the world. Amen. 

September 21, 2020 / Whitworth University

Jubilee and God’s Restoration of the Outcasts

Sept. 21-28 

Scripture: Luke 4:16-30

This week we pray for: 

  • All those impacted by and fighting fires in the West and Northwest, for safety and strength. We pray that the fires would cease and that the smoke would clear so that we at Whitworth can safely be outside again.  
  • Encouragement for all students who have been facing the extra stress of being required to stay inside because of air quality concerns. 
  • Continued protection from COVID-19 outbreaks and for wisdom and discipline for students as they navigate the new health protocols, both on and off campus. We give thanks for the COVID Care Team at Whitworth and their excellent work managing the few cases that have occurred and caring for the individuals involved.  
  • New faculty members as they teach and familiarize themselves with Whitworth and the Whitworth community. 
  • Wednesday’s modified Community Building Day in which students are educated virtually in pathways for service in the community that link their passions with various needs and organizations in the community.  
  • Thursday’s prayer vigil for racial justice led by the students in the Black Student Union. We pray that Whitworth would be a light of Christ-centered reconciliation and that God would lead us forward to listen and act boldly and humbly for God’s purposes. 
  • The leaders of the forthcoming Doctorate in Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Doctorate programs, that God would grant them wisdom and creativity as they craft the visions for these new programs, hire staff and progress through the accreditation process. We pray that God would use these new programs to equip care providers with a mind-and-heart education that allows them to participate well in God’s redemptive purposes in the world.  
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) or on livestream to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member.  
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, outdoors in The Loop or on livestream, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. 
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in-person and virtually. 

Thanksgiving: 

Thank you, Lord God, that you are a God of restoration for the outcasts, as we see in Jesus. Thank you for your restoration for us, and thank you that your restoration overflows to all those in need around us. By your Spirit, restore us and lead us to care about those whom you care about and participate in your mission of restoration, particularly in these trying times. 

September 14, 2020 / Whitworth University

Take Up Your Cross: Embodied Ministry and Discipleship

Sept. 14-21

Scripture: Luke 9:23-26

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for a safe and successful move-in week that brought students back to the Whitworth campus.
  • For continued protection from COVID outbreaks and for wisdom and discipline for students as they navigate the new health protocols, both on and off campus.
  • For students in their first full week of classes, that they will enter into a rhythm which nourishes them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits. We pray especially for those students who have opted to take all of their classes from a distance, that they would be able to engage in learning and community effectively.
  • For creativity, passion and joy as faculty and students engage in the process of teaching and learning as part of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission, regardless of whether they are experiencing in-person, online or hybrid modes of instruction.
  • For the first week of campus worship programs:
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in-person and virtually.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop (with masks and physical distancing) to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Take Up Your Cross: Following Jesus in the Gospel of Luke.” We pray for Forrest H. Buckner, Storm Family Dean of Spiritual Life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together in The Loop to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, also outdoors in The Loop, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in The Loop, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
  • With thanks for Whitworth’s Admissions team that helped bring in an incredible incoming class of students this fall and has already set their sights on recruitment for next year’s class. We pray for creativity and wisdom in how to share the mission of Whitworth in the midst of a pandemic that has taken away opportunities for travel and college fairs. We pray that the truth about who Whitworth is would still reach the students who need to hear it. We also pray for the campus visits and the size-limited “Why Whitworth” prospective student events that begin this week.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, we know that following you will not always be easy. We know it takes commitment and perseverance. We pray now that you would strengthen us by your Spirit to take up our cross and follow you. Transform us to be people who lose our lives for your sake and thus find true life in Christ as witnesses to a contemporary world in deep need for good news. Amen.

September 4, 2020 / Whitworth University

A New Academic Year at Whitworth University Begins!

Sept. 4-13

Welcome back to the On Bended Knee prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University. More than ever in this pandemic season, we are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on behalf of the Whitworth community. New blog posts with prayer requests will arrive every Monday from Sept. 14, 2020, through the 2020-21 school year.

This week we begin a new season of praying for the Whitworth community. Even in the midst of the unknowns for the year ahead and the many changes, including a mix of in-person instruction along with hybrid and remote options, we are deeply grateful to be welcoming students back into the classroom and broader Whitworth educational environment. We are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2024 on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5, along with transfer students and new students in our continuing studies and graduate programs. Student leaders have already been on campus for the last week preparing for the upcoming academic year. 

As we begin the year, we pray for:

  • All Whitworth community members, as we equip students to respond to God’s call on their lives with intellectual competence, moral courage and deep compassion while rallying together to face a faceless, yet very real, challenge in the coronavirus. We pray for the community as we navigate the various changes and safety measures in place in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for the staff and faculty who have been working tirelessly all summer to prepare for new modes of instruction and operations. We pray for returning students as they adjust to new norms (and the losses included in that). We pray that first-year students find community, belonging and growth as they get acclimated differently than incoming students have in the past.
  • Protection from COVID-19 outbreaks. We pray that God would bless all the detailed and thoughtful safety preparations made this summer and that God would give Whitworth community members wisdom regarding their personal decisions that might impact the whole community.
  • All student athletes and coaches who have had to relinquish their expectations for the year as all competition seasons have been postponed until at least January. We pray for peace, purpose and hope as they face a different fall than anticipated.
  • Our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residence life, spiritual life, community engagement, diversity, health education and student government. May they live each moment as vibrant models of Whitworth’s commitment to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • The virtual BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program designed to serve first-year students from first-generation and/or historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. We pray for community, identity development and preparation for successfully navigating college, even on the virtual platform.
  • International students, some of whom are making a long journey to a new country to return to Whitworth or begin at Whitworth. We pray that they are welcomed warmly and that their transitions go smoothly. We also pray for those who must remain in their home countries because of COVID, that they would find peace, connection and great learning from a distance.
  • Gratitude after the meaningful faculty and staff worship services that occurred this week as we gathered virtually to worship God, hear President Taylor’s State of the University Address, and welcome new faculty and staff to Whitworth.
  • Friday and Saturday move-in days as first-year students arrive at their scheduled move-in time and day to begin their season here. We pray for parents and guardians dropping off their children, for peace and assurance of God’s loving care. We give thanks for God’s provision in and for this wonderful group of students.
  • Sunday morning’s outdoor orientation worship service with Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner preaching. We also pray for Sunday morning’s on-campus outdoor mass led by Father David Kruse. We pray that worship in spirit and truth would mark this day and the Whitworth experience of all who participate.
  • The virtual Welcome Fair, Club Fair and Ministry Fair, that students would find places to connect, serve and worship (and that those first-year students would not overcommit themselves!).
  • Thursday’s Multicultural Reception, outside our newly refurbished Hendrick Hall Intercultural Student Center, as the community gathers to welcome new and returning students.
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as the entire community gathers virtually to surrender the academic year to God and as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor delivers the Convocation sermon.

Thanksgiving:

Gracious and loving God, we still have so much to be thankful for. As we begin this new academic school year, we come with grateful hearts for your tender mercies and ongoing care. May lives be changed and transformed as the Gospel is shared in myriad ways at Whitworth this year. By your grace, may this year be marked by love for God that overflows in love for others. Particularly, we ask for your provision and protection, wisdom and creativity this year regarding the coronavirus. Enable Whitworth to fulfill your purposes for this 131st year as we pursue together the vision of mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.

May 18, 2020 / Whitworth University

Praise in the Storm

May 18-Aug. 30

Scripture: Psalm 65

Note – This will be our last On Bended Knee entry of the 2019-20 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support for Whitworth! The prayers of God’s people all over the world for Whitworth are a priceless gift, particularly in these challenging times. We will resume posts in late August as the new academic year draws near.

This week and over the coming months, we pray for:

  • Students as they officially enter summer break. We pray for fun, safety, employment, meaningful use of time, refreshment of heart and body, enriching relationships (especially with family), and growth in Christ.
  • A few international students who are not able to go home at this time because of the public health situation. We pray for God’s provision and care for them in tangible ways.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2024, particularly leading up to the June 1 enrollment deadline. We pray for strength for staff and that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families.
  • The student accounts staff that is working diligently to help current students and families find their ways forward in light of the economic challenges of this time. We pray for strength, wisdom, love and provision for all.
  • Retiring Provost Carol Simon as she finishes her final weeks at Whitworth. We give thanks for her faithful service here over the past seven years, particularly grateful for her Christ-centered leadership and wisdom that has borne fruit in many different areas of Whitworth. We also pray for incoming Provost Gregor Thulswaldner, for God’s blessing on him and his family as they transition to Spokane and Whitworth this summer.
  • Monday’s Virtual Provost Breakfast as faculty gather to celebrate the completed academic year, recognize faculty achievements and hear final words from our retiring faculty.
  • Monday’s Virtual End of Year Celebration and Worship Service as we honor those who are retiring from Whitworth and celebrate God’s faithfulness through this academic year.
  • Whitworth’s leaders as they discern God’s leading for Whitworth, particularly as they plan for the transition “back to work” and prepare for the fall semester. We pray for God’s wisdom, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically, emotionally and economically.
  • Our country and world that continues to grapple with the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for healing, love and strength for all.
  • All Whitworth employees as they move forward from the intensity and disruption of the past two months and enter into the different (but still disrupted) rhythms of summer work, for wisdom, diligence, sustenance, contentment and productivity.
  • Grounds, trades and facilities staff as they enter into one of their busiest seasons of the year – summer. We pray for safety, community, work that is worship, and strength throughout the summer.
  • Faculty as they prepare this summer to offer flexible on-campus classes in the fall that can easily be modified if needed for public health. We pray for creativity, diligence and strength.
  • Various summer faculty and staff educational opportunities and research endeavors, including the Vocations of the Christian Professor faith-learning integration workshop for junior faculty. We pray for disciplined and insightful learning that will bear fruit at Whitworth and throughout the world.

Thanksgiving:

As this academic year ends, we give thanks to you, Lord God, for your work and faithfulness over the past nine months. We thank you for every student who has been impacted by the Whitworth community this year. We thank you for the life-changing relationships that have formed and deepened. We thank you for the transformative learning that has happened both inside and outside the classroom. We thank you for the steps taken of trust in and obedience to Jesus. We thank you for the myriad of ways students have served tangibly in the broader Spokane community. We thank you for a wonderful graduating class that is now released into the world to continue to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We thank you for how you provided and allowed for continued meaningful instruction and growth through this coronavirus disruption. You have been and continue to be faithful! We choose to praise you in the midst of the storm. You are our rock and our salvation, our strong tower, our hope and deliverance. We look to you alone as our hope, our joy, our rest, our support and our guide. Thank you for sustaining and blessing Whitworth, in the past, through this year and into the future. We entrust ourselves and the Whitworth community afresh into your faithful and strong hands. We pray this all through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with the Father and the Son, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

May 11, 2020 / Whitworth University

Season of Sh’ma!

May 11-17

This week we pray for:

  • All students as they take final exams. We pray for strength, focus, learning and transformation.
  • Seniors as they approach their original commencement date with the many mixed emotions of finishing up their season at Whitworth while also not experiencing the typical in-person commencement activities at this time. We pray for joy for the seniors and their families, for an awareness of God’s loving presence for them, and for meaningful closure for them. We also pray for their in-person commencement weekend Oct. 9-11, that God would prepare the way for rich and joyful celebrations then.
  • Students whose summer plans have been canceled because of COVID-19. We pray for God to provide meaningful work that would bless others and to provide financially for students. We particularly pray for the 70 students who were scheduled to serve as Whitworth Office of Church Engagement summer fellows all over the western United States, that God would provide other surprising opportunities to explore their gifts and callings in ministry service this summer.
  • Whitworth’s leaders as they discern God’s leading for Whitworth, particularly as we plan for the transition to return “back to work” and prepare for the fall semester. We pray for God’s wisdom, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically, emotionally and economically.
  • Our country and world that continue to grapple with the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for healing, love and strength for all.
  • Our Campus Ministry “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts of encouragement on YouTube and Instagram (@whitworthcampusministries), that God would use them to bring the hope and encouragement of Christ to our community as we “Listen” (Sh’ma) to God’s word together.
  • The student accounts staff that is working diligently to help current students and families find their ways forward in light of the economic challenges of this time. We pray for strength, wisdom, love and provision for all.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming class of 2020, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and personal connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you. We thank you for the season of Sh’ma, this season of listening. We listen to your voice and follow you because we recognize your voice as our Good Shepherd. We are grateful that you have led us and continue to lead us through each new challenge and opportunity as we praise you and live into the truth of the Gospel. Much as you led the children of Israel out of the wilderness and into their promised land, you have lead us through our wilderness and into our promise land. Strengthen us to continue to follow you faithfully and listen to your voice, receiving the guidance and strength we need. Please drown out all the other voices that tempt us to despair about uncertainties of the future. Instead, help us to Sh’ma! To listen! As your sheep who know your voice, we listen for the truth of your living reign in Jesus Christ and our inheritance in him, both today and for eternity. And may the truth of that Good News overflow out of our lives into those around us in increasing measure. Amen.

May 4, 2020 / Whitworth University

What Do We Do Now?

May 4-10

Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12-22

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they proceed through their final week of normal classes before finals week. We pray for strength, focus, learning and transformation.
  • All students who continue to mourn the loss of their anticipated experiences this spring, including the loss of Spring Fest that would have been occurring this weekend.
  • Whitworth’s leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth. We pray with thanksgiving for all those who are faithfully providing courageous and diligent leadership in this season. We pray for wisdom, trust in God, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, both physically and economically.
  • Our country and world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for wisdom for health authorities and government leaders; we pray for strength for medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for the church; we pray for those who have lost jobs or are facing other serious economic difficulties; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God’s provision economically, emotionally and physically.
  • Staff who continue their important work, mostly from home. We pray for wisdom, strength and creativity as they labor.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom, connection with students and creativity.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship livestreamed on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday and Thursday. We pray for Tuesday’s service as seniors share testimonies of God at work in their lives through their years at Whitworth. We pray for Thursday’s semester-closing worship service as the community finishes its semester of listening to the “Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy.” We also pray for the other campus ministry endeavors seeking to bring spiritual encouragement and community in this time, particularly our “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts on YouTube and Instagram.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming class of 2020, that God would be providing for Whitworth and guiding families who are discerning their college options. We especially pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and personal connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Loving Father, you alone are great and wonderful, faithful and trustworthy; your love reaches to the heavens. Thank you for caring for us all. You have only begun to show your servants the greatness of your power and the strength of your mighty arm. For what God is there in heaven or on earth who has redeemed us by his own blood and given us all we need for life and godliness? We are thankful that we can live as the people of God, to not only reverence you, but to love you and to love the stranger in our midst. Thank you for transforming us from glory to glory into people who look more like Jesus. Help us continue to listen so that, no matter what the circumstances, we may find flourishing in you that overflows in the flourishing of others. Amen.

April 27, 2020 / Whitworth University

Possessions, Jubilee and Justice

April 27-May 3

Scripture: Deuteronomy 14:22–29, 15:1-18

This week we pray for:

  • Our country and world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for wisdom for health authorities and government leaders; we pray for strength for medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; we pray for those who have lost jobs or are facing other serious economic difficulties; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God to heal our world of this virus and provide economically.
  • Whitworth’s leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth. We pray with thanksgiving for all those who are faithfully providing courageous and diligent leadership in this season. We pray for wisdom, trust in God, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically and economically.
  • Students learning from a distance. We pray for motivation, relational connection, technology to work, sufficient structure to their days and deep learning.
  • Staff who continue their important work, mostly from home. We pray for wisdom, strength and creativity as they labor.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom, connection with students and creativity.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship livestreamed on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday as seniors share testimonies of God at work in their lives through their years at Whitworth. We pray that community members would engage spiritually, encounter God and grow in community through this time of worship. We also pray for the other campus ministry endeavors seeking to bring spiritual encouragement and community in this time – particularly our “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts on YouTube and Instagram.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming class of 2020, that God would be providing for Whitworth and guiding families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, thank you that “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.” Please lead us to live in light of that truth by freely honoring you with our possessions. Please provide our daily bread and give us a mentality of abundance instead of scarcity. In so doing, empower us to be the contrast that you have called us to be, as lights of Jesus shining through us this day and the next. Amen.

April 20, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Trio of the Vulnerable

April 20-26

Deuteronomy 24:17-21

This week we pray for:

  • Our world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for government leaders and medical care-givers; for healing and protection for the vulnerable; for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; for those who are facing serious economic difficulties; for people around the world to turn to God; and for God to heal our world of this virus and provide for us economically.
  • Whitworth’s leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth. We pray for wisdom, trust in God, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact, physically and economically.
  • Students as they learn at a distance. We pray for motivation, relational connection, sufficient structure to their days and deep learning.
  • Students who will be graduating in May, for vocational clarity, employment and a desire to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity in this uncertain and economically challenging time. We also pray for the career services staff as they support students from a distance in their job search and vocational discernment.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom and creativity.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship livestreamed on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Sh’ma/Listen: The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy.” We pray that people would encounter God and grow in community through this time of worship, even at a distance. We also pray for the other campus ministry endeavors seeking to bring spiritual encouragement and community in this time, particularly our “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts on YouTube and Instagram.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff. We especially pray over the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2020, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

God, thank you for your heart for the vulnerable, including for us in our dependence and brokenness. Thank you for your love for the widow, the orphan and the stranger. Thank you for empowering us by your Spirit to participate in your care for the vulnerable in our midst. Please lead us as the body of Christ in the world, affirming others with dignity, generosity and grace. Amen.

April 13, 2020 / Whitworth University

Remembering & Celebrating

April 13-20

Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

This week we pray for:

  • Wisdom, unity, faith and an awareness of God’s presence for our committed and generous Whitworth Board of Trustees as they participate in their spring meetings virtually this week. We pray with deep appreciation and gratitude for their governance work in stewarding the Whitworth mission.
  • Our world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for government leaders and medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; we pray for those who are facing serious economic difficulties; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God to heal our world of this virus.
  • President Beck A. Taylor, the president’s cabinet and other institutional leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth in light of the COVID-19 situation. We pray for wisdom, trust in God, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact.
  • Students as they engage in learning from a distance. We pray for motivation, sufficient structure to their days and deep learning. We also pray for a wise and fruitful use of extra time in this quieter season.
  • Human connection for students, particularly those who are feeling alone during this situation.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom, intentionality and creativity as they work to provide the personal education of mind-and-heart to which Whitworth is committed.
  • Our committed staff and faculty who are continuing their important work at Whitworth while also creatively overseeing their children’s education at home as schools remain closed for the rest of the school year. We pray for strength, wisdom, love, creativity, learning and deep connections as families.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship via livestream on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday as Rev. Stephy Nobles Beans preaches in our series, “Sh’ma/Listen: The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy.” We pray that people would encounter God and grow in community through this time of worship, even from a distance.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2020, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a true understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits and connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, thank you for the amazing joy of celebrating our resurrected Lord, even in the midst of the contemporary challenges we face. Thank you for the victory over sin, death and evil that Jesus won with his resurrection. Thank you for the gift of remembering and celebrating the risen Jesus; keep our eyes fixed on him in the midst of all our storms, individually and corporately. Please strengthen us to remember and trust in your power and love revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus and so find hope this day and always. And may our hope provide light to a world that needs more of that today. With trust in the living Jesus, we pray these things. Amen.