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October 16, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Bread of Life

Oct. 16-22

Scripture:
John 6:35-58

This week we pray for:

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

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

October 9, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Light of the World

Oct. 9-15

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

This week we pray:

  • For all who are involved in the Whitworth fall theatre production of The Elephant Man, that they would know the joy of friendship, of seeking excellence and of serving a community through their art and work.
  • For family members who are coming to campus for Family Weekend. We pray for safe travels, great connections with their Whitworth student, and encouragement for students (especially for first-years!).
  • With gratitude for the generous, committed and gifted Whitworth Board of Trustees members as they engage in their fall meetings on campus. We pray for wisdom and unity in their important work of guiding the university to even greater flourishing and fulfillment of its mission into the future.
  • With gratitude for the new Nelson Garden that will be dedicated this week. We pray that that triangle across Hawthorne would be a place of learning, beauty and peace that points people to the goodness of God, our Creator.
  • For the health center and counseling center as our loving and professional staff provide care that helps guide students to the wholeness that God has intended. We pray for strength and love for their dedicated staff members as well.
  • For Whitworth Faculty Teaching Roundtable gatherings that occur twice a month, as faculty present and discuss innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning at our institution.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so grateful that “You are the light of the world.” We are thankful knowing as we follow you, we do not have to walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. We pray that your light would shine through us to this world in increasing measure because of Jesus in us. Amen.

October 2, 2017 / Whitworth University

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

Oct. 2-8

Scripture:
John 6:16-21

This week we pray for:

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

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

September 25, 2017 / Whitworth University

“I AM” (The Messiah)

Sept. 25-Oct. 1

Scripture:
John 4:25-26

This week we pray for:

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

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

September 18, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM: God’s Self-Descriptive Name

Sept. 18-24

This week we pray for:

  • Our students as they enter this second full week of class, that they will find good rhythms of rest, study, community and extracurricular involvement, while being open to God in all that they do.
  • Community Building Day, as over 1,000 Whitworth students, staff and faculty engage in meaningful community service activities throughout Spokane County on Wednesday.
  • Our new faculty members as they adjust to a new place and their fall courses, that they will be encouraged, strengthened, and have a growing love of learning and love for Whitworth students.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum that begins this week and occurs twice a month through the semester, as Whitworth faculty share recent scholarship and receive feedback. We pray that Whitworth faculty could continue to contribute to the intellectual vitality of our world, in service to God, in love for neighbor and in pursuit of God’s truth.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Whitworth’s President’s Leadership Forum, as hundreds of Spokane community members gather to hear Michael Lewis, financial journalist and New York Times best-selling author. We pray that through this forum and other ongoing activities that Whitworth would continue to enrich Spokane by helping our community engage in critical and careful thinking, civil discourse and effective action.
  • A culture of environmental stewardship in gratitude to God for his good creation. We pray particularly this week for the Kipos (Students Advocating Environmental Justice) club’s annual Harvest Festival in the Whitworth Community Garden.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you for revealing your name to us. Thank you that you are the Great I AM who is present, living and active yesterday, today and forever! We are grateful that we have the opportunity to know and proclaim Your name now and forevermore. Amen.

September 11, 2017 / Whitworth University

Come and See God Made Known

Sept. 10-17

Scripture:
John 1:14-18

This week we pray for:

  • Students in their first full week of classes, that they will find a rhythm that nourishes them spiritually, academically and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of their academic pursuits.
  • Monday’s “President’s Rally for Unity” as the Whitworth community gathers in unity in the midst of the many dimensions of difference that make Whitworth special. We pray for unity that only God can bring, love for our fellow human beings on this campus, and protection from evil and hatred.
  • Creativity, passion and joy as faculty, staff and students engage in the process of discovering new knowledge and understanding through Whitworth’s education of mind and heart.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather to grow in their faith and in the knowledge of Christ as we explore our theme for the semester, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM Statements in the Gospel of John.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday, we pray especially for the commissioning service for any students who are serving in the broader Spokane community (like student-teachers and Young Life).
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering providing space 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, and invite others to do the same.
  • Whitworth’s outdoor recreation programs as students are invited to explore and enjoy God’s incredible creation in community. We pray for safety, fun, meaningful relationships and awe.
  • Whitworth’s admissions team that is beginning recruitment travel to high schools and college fairs throughout the western United States. We pray for safety, endurance, joy, trust in God and the ability to represent Whitworth’s mission well. We pray that God would be calling future students to Whitworth through their good work.

Thanksgiving:
We give thanks for the strength to meet each day, and live in the confidence of God’s faithfulness knowing that Jesus is I AM. We give thanks for God’s goodness and tender mercies revealed in Jesus Christ, and we are grateful for the faith to trust that God will give us strength for whatever we may endure.

September 4, 2017 / Whitworth University

Convocation

Sept. 4-10

Theme: “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM Statements in the Gospel of John

This week we pray for:

  • Opening convocation on Sept. 7 as the Whitworth community gathers to ask God’s blessing on the coming academic year.
  • With gratitude for the wonderful first-year students (Class of 2021) and transfers who arrived over the weekend. We pray for the ongoing Traditiation activities occurring in the residence halls, that every new student would find a place of belonging, of being known and of being loved as a reflection of God’s attitude toward them.
  • Returning students as many move back to Spokane and all return to campus this week, for safety en route, for excitement for the new school year, and for hearts to be open to God’s work in and through them this year.
  • Instructional faculty, that their teaching would nurture students’ love of learning, their central purpose as students.
  • Monday’s Veterans Orientation as Whitworth welcomes and “coins” veterans who are members of the Whitworth community.
  • Tuesday’s Plug-In Picnic as new and returning students learn about different campus clubs and organizations, that students would be inspired to get involved in extracurricular community, learning and service without overextending themselves.
  • Athletes who continue to compete in fall sports, that they will be safe and that they will continue to display the Whitworth Pirate spirit – intense in competition while always respecting opponents. We pray that they would be developing into the people God made them to be through their participation.
  • The Multicultural Student Reception, as students gather with faculty, staff and administrators and begin their careers as integral members of the Whitworth community.
  • New and returning students to get connected with a local church for worship, community and service. We pray for the Church Ministry Fair on Sept. 8, as churches come on campus to introduce themselves to interested students.

Thanksgiving:
Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new school year. Thank you for each student who is walking on the Whitworth campus. Thank you that you love them and are calling them closer to you in and through Jesus. May this year be a year in which every student knows the goodness and inclusion of being called and loved by the One Lord, One Spirit and One Father. Amen.

August 28, 2017 / Whitworth University

Safe Travels and Smooth Transitions

Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Welcome to the On Bended Knee prayer blog from Whitworth University. We are deeply grateful that you would support the university through your consistent prayer, and we are delighted to provide specific prayer requests for the Whitworth community each week throughout the school year. Thank you for joining us in seeking God on behalf of Whitworth!

This week we pray for:

  • First-year students and their families who will be traveling to campus this week for the beginning of the 2017-18 school year. We pray for safe travel and smooth transitions. We pray for peace for both students and families as this new season begins, and we pray that every student would find their place of flourishing at Whitworth, growing to become the men and women that God made them to be.
  • Graduate and continuing studies students at Whitworth, that they would know God’s provision and strength as they study and often also carry many other responsibilities outside of school. We also pray for the faculty and staff who specifically work with graduate and continuing studies, for strength, wisdom and passion as they provide a mind-and-heart education for these students.
  • The BUCS Bridge Program, as first-year students from first-generation and/or underrepresented racial and ethnic population backgrounds come to campus for a four-day pre-orientation this week to prepare them to thrive at Whitworth.
  • Resident directors and student leaders as they prepare for the school year in the residence halls and campus ministry. Pray for enthusiasm, wisdom, love, unity, growth and God’s guidance during this training week and throughout the upcoming year.
  • Staff and faculty kickoff events including Wednesday’s Staff Worship Service with Stephaine Nobles-Beans (coordinator of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministries) preaching followed by President Beck A. Taylor’s State of the University address for all staff and faculty.
  • Faculty retreat, faculty family picnic, and new faculty worship and installation service on Thursday as faculty gather together for training, community and welcoming the newest faculty members.
  • Faculty and our staff as they make final preparations for the academic year. We pray for God’s favor to rest upon them and for God’s strength, vision and joy as they engage in the wonderful work of equipping students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • Our grounds and facilities services workers who have kept campus beautiful and made key improvements at Whitworth this summer. We pray with gratitude for them.
  • Orientation Weekend as first-year students are welcomed to Whitworth. We pray for celebration, community with new friends and hall mates, healthy “letting go” for parents, desire for spiritual growth, and preparation for the academic challenges ahead.

Thanksgiving:
We give thanks for each student who has been called this year to attend Whitworth. We are grateful for the way God has worked in their lives and in their families to bring them here and for the contributions they will make to the campus community. Bless them and strengthen them. We pray that through their time at Whitworth they would grow closer to Jesus, becoming more fully who God made them to be in order that they might honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity more and more.

May 22, 2017 / Whitworth University

Good Works

Thank you for faithfully supporting the Whitworth community this year through your prayers. God has been faithful in answering those prayers in myriad ways through this year. This is our final On Bended Knee for the 2016-17 academic year. We’ll resume at the end of August, and we look forward to our partnership in ministry again next year!

May 22-Aug. 27

Scripture:
Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.

This week we pray for…

  • the members of the Class of 2017. We ask that they would know God’s guidance, provision, love, and faithful presence on their journey ahead.
  • the end-of-the-year celebration and worship service on Monday, May 22, as Whitworth staff and faculty gather in gratitude to worship God, to enjoy fellowship, and to recognize the faithful service of our retirees.
  • our students to have a wonderful and safe summer, finding refreshment, joy, and continued growth as they become the men and women God made them to be.
  • President Beck A. Taylor, administrators, faculty, and staff; we pray that each will find some time of rejuvenation in the different rhythms of the summer season.
  • staff members whose busiest time of the year comes during the summer. We ask that they will feel a sense of strength and purpose in their meaningful work.
  • the 52 Whitworth students who will serve in churches throughout the Northwest U.S. and in Scotland as Ekklesia Fellows this summer through the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. We ask that God would use them in mighty ways and would also foster their love for God, their love for the church, and their understanding of their calling.
  • prospective students who are considering attending Whitworth. We ask that God would lead them and provide for them as they make this very important decision.
  • incoming freshmen and transfers who will attend Whitworth in the fall. We pray that God would prepare them for all that is in store for them in their time at Whitworth, and we ask that God would provide peace for their families and loved ones as they prepare for this change in their lives.

Thanksgiving:
Living God, thank you for your provision and blessing through this year. You always provide just what we need. We are also thankful that you have given us hands to do good works. Help us rely on you to lead and guide us to do the responsibilities that you have entrusted to us. We are grateful and humbled that you would call us to be participants with you in the work of Jesus in this world by the power of the Holy Spirit.

May 15, 2017 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 15-21

Scripture:
Psalms 136:1
O, give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his steadfast love endures forever.

This week we pray for…

  • students who are taking final exams. We ask that they will be blessed with strength, joy, wisdom, peace, and enrichment as they proceed through this final week of the school year.
  • safe travel for our students as they head off to their many destinations at the close of the semester.
  • our student life staff, including those in residence life, who have cared for students this year and who are helping students in residence halls finish up the year and move out.
  • all of the commencement ceremonies and celebrations this weekend. We pray for safe travels for families and friends coming to Whitworth and for a weekend full of gratitude, love, and joy for all who are graduating.
  • Friday’s Communion and Commissioning Service for undergraduates, as the graduating community and supporters gather for a worship service that includes faculty and student reflections, an opportunity for graduates to recommit their lives to God’s service in Christ, for sharing communion, and for being individually prayed for as members of the Class of 2017.
  • all who will participate in Saturday’s 2017 Graduate Commencement, as candidates for master’s degrees in the School of Education, School of Business, and College of Arts and Sciences celebrate this wonderful occasion with their loved ones.
  • Sunday morning’s Baccalaureate Service, as Theology Professor Adam Neder preaches and the Whitworth community gathers to worship God.
  • Sunday’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, as the Whitworth community gathers at the Spokane Arena to celebrate the Class of 2017, including the many continuing studies graduates who are receiving their undergraduate degrees after nontraditional journeys to this milestone. We pray for all graduates, that they would be drawn to Jesus as they reflect upon their season at Whitworth and as they look toward to the future, and we ask that by God’s grace they would be people who honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity in greater and greater measure.

Thanksgiving:
Loving and faithful God, we thank you for students who are graduating and for students who are taking the next step at Whitworth. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill to make this year a success. We thank you for teachers and mentors, for family and loved ones. We thank you for each of these people and commend them all to you, trusting in your loving power and powerful love for all that lies ahead.