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March 30, 2020 / Whitworth University

God’s Gracious Election for the Sake of the World

March 30-April 5

Scripture: Deuteronomy 7:7-11

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; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; 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 are striving daily to discern God’s leading for Whitworth in light of the COVID-19 situation. We pray for wisdom, peace and rest in the midst of this intense season of leadership.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, present and past, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
  • All of the Whitworth community members (especially graduating seniors) who continue to grieve the loss of experiences they would have had throughout the rest of the semester on campus.
  • Whitworth students who are “returning” from Spring Break (wherever they are geographically) and adjusting to the new distance learning format for their courses. We pray that they find good rhythms of life and continue to invest diligently in their educational development.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who begin online/distance instruction on Monday. We pray for peace, wisdom, patience and creativity as they work to provide the personal education of mind and heart to which Whitworth is committed.
  • Whitworth staff who are working from home or on campus during this time, for peace, wisdom and strength as they creatively accomplish the work of the university.
  • The approximately 40 students (mostly international students) who are not able to leave campus at this time. We pray for peace, health and community as they live and study on an otherwise empty campus.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, today we remember your power and love in the midst of this global disruption. We look to you as our rock and our salvation this day and pray for our daily bread. We pray for the vulnerable, both physically and economically, and thank you that you are a God who draws near to our suffering and who loves justice, particularly for the weak and vulnerable. We pray for you to be their defender today. As your people whom you have chosen in Christ, we ask for your empowerment by the Holy Spirit to be your body in the world. We pray that your light would shine through us and that people would “see our good deeds and glorify the Father who is in heaven.” Amen.

March 16, 2020 / Whitworth University

Peace in the Midst of a Storm

March 16-29

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This week we pray for:

  • President Beck A. Taylor, the president’s cabinet and other institutional leaders who are striving daily to discern God’s leading for Whitworth in light of the novel coronavirus situation. We pray for wisdom, peace and rest in the midst of this intense season of leadership.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
  • Peace for Whitworth students who are facing a serious disruption to their plans for the semester. We particularly pray for those who had exciting times ahead this spring, like athletes, musicians and seniors.
  • Faculty who are preparing to offer online/distance instruction starting March 30. We pray for guidance, creativity and insight on how to educate and connect with students in the Whitworth way but using new means.
  • Student life staff who are working to care for students in this time. We pray for strength, wisdom and creativity in their work.
  • Safety for students traveling during this time.
  • International students and their families who are feeling the pressures and complications of this crisis in unique ways. We pray for peace and provision for them and for God’s people to care for them in concrete ways.
  • The ability for all of us to love our neighbors in concrete ways through this pandemic. We pray that we could trust God wholeheartedly and love extravagantly as we live as God’s Kingdom witnesses by the Spirit of Jesus, to the end that many would find new hope in Jesus Christ in the midst of uncertainty.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, when faced with a challenge or crisis, our tendency is to get anxious. We ask for your peace today. We approach you with thanksgiving today, trusting that you are our refuge and strength, that you reign on your throne today, that you are our provider and that you are our hope. We also come to you in prayer and supplication, bringing all that weighs down our hearts – people we love, economic effects of this pandemic, the unknowns of the future and more. As we honestly approach you with our needs, we thank you for your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guarding our hearts and minds from all worries, anxieties and fears. We are grateful and thankful that we can go to you as your beloved children, knowing that you are Lord and King no matter what comes.

March 9, 2020 / Whitworth University

God’s Ten Yeses

March 9-15

Scripture: Deuteronomy 5:1-22

This week we pray for:

  • All Whitworth community members to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • All those impacted by COVID-19, near and far. We pray for health and protection, that God’s love and power would be made known, and for God’s people to live as faithful witnesses in this time of unknowns. We particularly pray for health and wisdom for the Whitworth community.
  • Our many students, staff and faculty members who are veterans, currently serving in our armed forces, or family members of those serving. 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 be growing as the men and women God made them to be through their athletic endeavors.
  • Wednesday’s “Let’s Talk About Sex” speaker and panel hosted by Whitworth’s Health Education Action Team. We pray for honesty, truth and open hearts; that God would lead Whitworth’s students into embodied lives that honor God.
  • Friday’s 50th anniversary Lu‘au hosted by Whitworth’s Hawaiian Club. We pray with gratitude for all of our community members and families from the Pacific islands and for the beauty of their cultures. We pray that God would be honored, community would be built, and all would be encouraged in the beautiful diversity of God’s image bearers through the meal and dances that fill the evening.
  • 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 could get to know who Whitworth is well in their visits.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Campus Pastor 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, worship, a talk and small groups.
    • Monday-Friday’s daily reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Living and loving God, we thank you for the gracious gift of your law. Thank you for giving us guidance to help us live in the joy, freedom and love of the Spirit. Thank you for your “Yes” to life and your invitation for us to echo your “Yes” with our own “Yes” of obedience. Thank you that you strengthen us to walk in your ways and promise us that as we do so, we will be like a tree, planted by streams of water. By your grace and mercy in Jesus, please bear fruit through us that would be life-giving to all whom we encounter this week. Amen.

March 2, 2020 / Whitworth University

Moses’s Shame & God’s Mercy

March 2-8

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:37; 4:21; 3:23-28; 32:48-52; 34:1-6; Matthew 17:1-10

This week we pray for:

  • Students, to grow in knowing their meaning and purpose, so that their knowledge, understanding and skills may benefit others for God’s glory.
  • Grounds crew and facilities services staff who continually work to keep Whitworth’s campus safe, beautiful and functioning well. We give thanks for their faithful service and for God’s gracious provision in our beautiful campus.
  • All those involved in the debut of Whitworth’s first bilingual play, La Algajira. We give thanks for this bridge-building play which incorporates English and Spanish and was written by Whitworth Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Naphtali Fields-Forbes. We also give thanks for God’s provision for the just-completed repairs and renovations to Cowles Auditorium. 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 growth in Christ and in Christ-centered community.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Stephanie Nobles Beans 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, worship, a talk and small groups.
    • Monday-Friday’s daily reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Whitworth Admissions staff as they continue to recruit the incoming class of 2020. We pray for strength and encouragement for staff along with peace and provision for prospective students and families. We pray and trust that God would call the right students to Whitworth to experience this mind and heart education.

Thanksgiving:

Lord in heaven, we stand amazed at the great mercy and grace that you have shown towards fallen sinners. By rights we should be eternally separated from your holiness and goodness – for we have rebelled against you in thought, word and deed. Yet in loving-kindness you reach down to fallen humanity and lift us up, seating us together with your dearly beloved Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who died that we might live. Thank you for your incredible forgiveness and your amazing grace towards us. By your Spirit, help us receive that grace and share it with others this week. Amen.

February 24, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Destructive Threat of Idols

Feb. 24-March 1

Scripture: Deuteronomy 12:2

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.
  • Monday’s lecture, “A Civil Dialogue on Abortion,” as two philosophers and good friends debate opposing sides on a very controversial issue. We pray that God would use this conversation, and others like it at Whitworth, to cultivate deep intellectual inquiry and passionate conviction alongside courageous and civil engagement with people who hold different perspectives.
  • Safe travels, joy, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be for our student athletes, forensics competitors and School of Business competitors who represent Whitworth throughout the semester.
  • Various important staff and faculty searches that are underway. We pray that God would be sending workers to Whitworth who will wholeheartedly serve God and forward Whitworth’s mission, and 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 connections.
  • The 23rd Annual Gospel Explosion for Spokane hosted Friday on the Whitworth campus by Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Stephanie Nobles Beans, with the theme “O Give Thanks Unto the Lord, For He is Good!” We pray for a glorious night of gospel praise, community and reconciliation through the various community choirs, praise teams and soloists.
  • 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 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, worship, a talk and small groups.
    • Monday-Friday’s daily reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Startup Whitworth 2020, as students gather at Whitworth to pitch ideas and learn from business professionals and other disciplines as they help make an idea into a reality. We pray that God brings these students to use their gifts and ideas in service of his kingdom purposes for the flourishing of the world.

Thanksgiving:

God on High, the Israelites knew who you were and knew your awesome power.  You brought them out of Egypt, but they wandered away from you and worshiped other gods. Regretfully, we do the same. Thank you for your gracious call away from idols to you, the true and living God. Thank you for rescuing us in Jesus from becoming like the lifeless idols we worship and thus giving us the opportunity to make you Lord of lords and King of kings over our lives. By the power and conviction of the Spirit, give us the insight, strength and courage to turn away from any other objects of our allegiance and adoration. As we turn to you in faithful worship, use us to help others do the same, for you alone are worthy of our praise. Amen.

February 17, 2020 / Whitworth University

The God of the Covenant

Feb. 17-24

Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This week we pray for:

  • Students to develop as whole human beings who love God with all their hearts, souls, minds and strength as they engage in their curricular and extracurricular activities.
  • Student athletes as they participate in various Pirate sports, for protection, joy, community and growth.
  • 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, worship, a talk and small groups.
    • Monday-Friday’s daily reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The celebration of the 130th anniversary of Whitworth’s founding in February 1890. We pray with thanksgiving for the vision of George Whitworth to form a college in Sumner, Wash., to pursue “that learning and culture of heart and mind that make the finished scholar.”
  • One Pine Day on Feb. 18-19, 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 advance the Whitworth mission every day.
  • Friday’s faculty development day, as faculty explore together how to pursue personal sustainability in the high-speed world of academia, developing work-life balance and living into their call to be healthy Christian professors.
  • 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 exposure and preparation event. We pray for the many Whitworth student leaders who will be hosting and overseeing the event, and we pray for the high schoolers attending, that God would inspire them and open up doors for them to grow into the men and women God made them to be.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, thank you for your grace revealed in your covenant faithfulness. Thank you that you are the author and finisher of the covenant that names us the children of God through Jesus our Lord. Thank you for fulfilling the terms of the covenant through the incarnate Christ and empowering us by your Spirit to live into our side of the covenant in increasing measure. Lead us to be your covenant people who glorify you and reflect you in all we do and say, individually and as a community. Amen.

February 10, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Shema – Love the Lord Alone!

Feb. 10-17

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

This week we pray for:

  • Students who started their first semester at Whitworth in February, that they would find a place of belonging and home as they enter into the rhythm of university life.
  • Students to seek God first, to remember God’s goodness and love, to recognize their need for Jesus, and to find him meeting them in their places of need.
  • This semester’s Teaching Roundtable gatherings that begin on Monday, that Whitworth’s faculty would continue to develop in innovative teaching methods to enhance them as educators as they share ideas and learn from valued colleagues.
  • Students learning about off-campus study abroad 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.
  • 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 call forward diverse, gifted and sincere Resident Assistants, Campus Ministry Coordinators, Cultural Diversity Advocates, Health Education Advocates, Community Engagement Specialists, Campus Worship Leaders and more for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Lauren Taylor preaches regarding the “Shema” of Israel, the call to “Listen” to the One Lord. 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 multi-purpose 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. Finally, we pray for God’s provision for Whitworth in the fall 2020 incoming class.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, may we love you in all things and above all things as the One Lord. We want to worship you alone. Empower us to remember who you are as our Lord and who we are as your people. By your Spirit, let your light shine through us near and far, in words and actions, that all may know you as the One Lord. Amen.

February 3, 2020 / Whitworth University

Listen: The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy

Feb. 3-9

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1-4 – Our Place in God’s Big Story

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes for the spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard and engage well with their courses while also growing in meaningful relationships.
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning and creativity to teach well.
  • Winter athletics teams as they engage in competitions this week and spring athletics teams as they open their seasons. We pray for joy, perspective, community, safety and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs of the semester:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to worship God. We pray for Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner, as he begins our exploration of our theme for the semester, “Listen: The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy,” on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we gather to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we can all serve God in various vocations.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The camp fair, that Whitworth students would be obedient to God’s call on their lives to serve him at summer camps wherever he may lead them.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum lunch and presentation gatherings that will occur this semester and begin Thursday. We pray that God would be equipping and empowering excellent scholar-teachers here at Whitworth who contribute to the common good of society and who glorify God through their scholarship.
  • Friday’s Why Whitworth campus visit day (and the similar visits through the semester ahead), that God would be guiding students and families in their college discernment process and that God would provide for Whitworth’s incoming class of fall 2020.

Thanksgiving:

Loving Father, you alone are faithful and trustworthy, and your glory reaches to the heavens. Thank you for your love that has been made known through your grand story of salvation. Lord, 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 praise you for your wonderful works and mighty acts. We pray that we would find our place in the Great Story of salvation today, as participants in and witnesses to your redemptive purposes for the universe. Amen.

January 27, 2020 / Whitworth University

Opening Convocation: God is Faithful

Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Scripture: Psalm 36:5

This week we pray for:

  • The entire campus community as we begin Spring Term together by celebrating Whitworth’s Opening Convocation on Jan. 30. We pray particularly for Provost Carol Simon as she delivers the convocation message. We give thanks for the mission of Whitworth to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity, which we have faithfully pursued for 130 years. As Whitworth continues forward with that mission, we pray for unity across difference, common commitment to learning and growth, and openness to be transformed by God’s Spirit in Christ.
  • Safe journeys for students returning to campus for the spring semester. We ask that God would be preparing them for all that he has in store for them as they enter into this new term of learning, serving, growth and community.
  • Students facing financial challenges entering this new semester, for God’s provision for them and their families.
  • Student athletes as they participate in various sports on and off campus, for safety, joy, community, hard work and growth into the men and women that God has called them to be.
  • President Beck A. Taylor as he leads Whitworth University in 2020, that he will continue to know God’s strength and wisdom.
  • Wednesday’s Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments during the previous academic year. We pray for strength and perseverance for faculty to pursue their academic goals – that God be glorified, Whitworth students learn more deeply and the common good be advanced through their scholarly contributions.
  • Morning Prayer, as a small group of students, faculty and staff join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord in a service of Scripture, silence, prayer and song led by Ben Brody, director of campus worship and professor of music, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, we thank you for your faithfulness as Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all. We particularly give thanks for your faithfulness to Whitworth over the past 130 years. In your faithfulness, lead us forward as instruments of your peace, love and justice this day and this week, that you may be glorified and known near and far. Amen.

January 20, 2020 / Whitworth University

Jan Term Worship

Jan. 20-26

This week we pray for:

  • Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 20, including:
    • Whitworth community members who will join the MLK march and rally in downtown Spokane. We particularly pray for this year’s keynote speaker, Rev. Stephanie Nobles Beans, Whitworth’s associate chaplain for diversity, equity & inclusion ministry.
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country, particularly for racial justice and righteousness. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community near and far could be faithful and obedient in striving for reconciliation and equity for all who bear God’s image.
    • Tuesday evening’s Jan Term Chapel Community Worship service as community members gather for a time of worship, testimony and prayer honoring and following the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., worshiping the God who gives us glimpses of his Kingdom and invites us to live as witnesses to that Kingdom in word and deed.
  • Students as they complete their Jan Term classes, that they will continue to stay focused, have strength for exams and learn effectively to the end.
  • All of the many groups who are returning from study away programs this week. We pray for safe travel and God’s care for them as they re-enter life here. We particularly pray that God would protect, preserve and promote the growth and learning that happened on the trips.
  • Students over Jan Term break for safety, wisdom and rich community wherever they may go.
  • The amazing Whitworth grounds and facilities staff who labor to keep campus safe and operable during the winter months, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you, God, that you are a God of righteousness and justice, a God who hates evil and loves good. Please give us eyes to see the world as you see it. Allow us to see evil and hate it for what it is, wherever it occurs. Remove the evil and selfishness in us and in the structures of our world, so that we can more faithfully witness to and participate in your Kingdom reign. And please allow us to see glimpses of your Kingdom as we continue on the slow but worthwhile path of seeking your righteousness first. Amen.