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January 18, 2022 / Whitworth University

Lifting up Jesus

Jan. 17-23

John 12:32

We pray for:

  • Students and faculty as they complete the last full week of Jan Term classes, for a strong finish for all. We pray that students would grow in wisdom and step further into their vocations of serving God with all of their lives, and we pray for strength for faculty to persevere in the challenging rhythm of teaching three hours per day.
  • The amazing staff who provide for the often-unseen infrastructure and service that sustains Whitworth and supports its mission. We thank you for their faithful service to God and the Whitworth community, and we pray for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.
  • Justice and flourishing for all people in our country, particularly for those who have been historically oppressed. We pray for racial justice and righteousness to roll down like mighty waters in our nation. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, including Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  and many others, 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.
  • God to be drawing every member of the Whitworth community closer to Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, no matter where they are in their journey of faith. 
  • The wonderful Whitworth Board of Trustees as they gather for their annual retreat this weekend. We pray with gratitude for these generous and faithful stewards of the Whitworth mission and ask that you continue to bring them unity, inspiration and wisdom as they steward the mission of Whitworth for God’s glory and purposes in the world.
  • The last week of Jan Term Community Worship Services on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as we gather for a time of student-led music, prayer, testimonies and small groups. We particularly pray for Tuesday’s service that highlights the voice and legacy of Dr. King and the call to live into God’s heart for racial justice in our communities and world.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, thank you that you promise to draw all people to you when Jesus is lifted up. We cry out for Jesus to be lifted up in and through us – may Jesus be lifted up in our hearts, relationships, work, families, waking, sleeping, eating, resting, interactions with neighbors, churches, finances, communities, at Whitworth and throughout the world. Amen.

January 11, 2022 / Whitworth University

God with Us

Jan. 10-16

Matthew 1:23

We pray for:

  • Students enrolled in Jan Term classes, whether on campus or with off-campus programs, for great learning, community connections, transformation by the Spirit of God, and protection from COVID-19 outbreaks. We particularly pray for healthy rhythms of work, rest, relationships and worship that are life-giving for students and faculty alike.
  • Faculty enduring the rigors of Jan Term teaching three hours per day. We pray for strength, passion for their topic and ongoing eyes to see students as God does.
  • Staff who tirelessly work to provide the infrastructure for Whitworth to operate smoothly, often behind the scenes (including our amazing grounds crew that keeps the campus safe during the snow and ice season).
  • Athletics teams as they train and compete. We pray for physical protection and for God to use the experiences on those teams to continue to grow student athletes into the people God made them to be. We particularly pray that God would raise up on each team at least two students who have a deep faith commitment and desire to see their teammates grow with Jesus.
  • The Whitworth campus community, for protection from COVID-19 outbreaks and for wisdom for community members as they follow health and safety protocols for the good of the broader community.
  • Jan Term Community Worship Services on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as we gather for a time of student-led music, prayer, testimonies and small groups. We pray that God would unite us in joyful worship and that all students would encounter Christ and respond in trust and obedience.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, thank you for a New Year. We pray that you would bless and be glorified in the year ahead. Guide us in your ways, that we may gain your wisdom and live lives that overflow in acts of justice, love and goodness. Because of your great love, may we walk in the love, light and peace of God with us this year, starting today. Amen.

December 13, 2021 / Whitworth University

Christmas Together Service

Dec. 13-Jan. 4

John 1:1-5

This week we pray for:

  • Students, for wisdom, strength and rich learning as they prepare for and take final exams this week.
  • Students over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, for safe travels and that they will find rest, needed support and meaningful connections with family and friends wherever they are for break.
  • Monday’s monthly faculty assembly as faculty members join together for their important communal governance work.
  • Students and faculty who are preparing for Jan Term trips. We pray for God’s protection and provision, for wisdom for leadership, and for God to open the way for these transformative trips safely to occur this year.
  • Winter season student athletes who will be on campus or competing for parts of Christmas break, for joy, purpose, community and goodness over break.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff, including general manager Megan Helm and operations manager Dan King, as they complete their semester of serving our community through their excellent, faithful and joyful offering of thousands of meals each week.
  • Faculty as they grade final exams and projects while completing their other responsibilities for the semester. We pray for strength, wisdom and joy.
  • All Whitworth faculty and staff. Thankful for their faithful service, we pray for rich worship, restful Sabbath (for those who are able) and meaningful relationships over these two weeks between terms.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Monday’s Christmas Together service as we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth with the Whitworth community in Scripture, prayer, song and Communion.
    • Wednesday’s Longest Night service of worship, lament, prayer and hope. We pray for all of those for whom the Christmas season brings feelings of loss, pain and grief, that they would know God’s loving and powerful presence in this time.
    • This semester’s final reflective Morning Prayer service on Monday.

Thanksgiving:

Loving Father, we are so thankful for your Son Jesus, who is our hope in this broken world. This Advent help us slow down, listen to your voice and draw near to you as we long for your coming.

We place our hope in you, trusting that you are faithful and will one day return to make all things right.

We are grateful that you entered our world on Christmas as the Prince of Peace. As we strive to become who we are in Christ, fill us with a deep and abiding peace. Help us share that peace with everyone we encounter, especially those who need it most.

We find joy in you. We enter this advent season looking to you as our source of joy in whatever circumstances life may bring.

Most of all, we find love in and from you. May the light of your Christmas love shine in our hearts and overflow through us in all our ways in the world.

Come Lord Jesus.

Amen.

December 6, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Word Became Flesh

Dec. 6-12

John 1:1-18

This week we pray for:

  • Every student to hear and experience faithful witnesses to the truth and love of Jesus in many different ways this week and throughout their time at Whitworth.
  • Students who are struggling with mental health challenges, that they would find the support and sustenance they need (from both God and people) to move forward in health.
  • Student athletes who are competing and training, that God would bless those teams with strength and joy as he grows them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. 
  • For the entire Whitworth community as they come together for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Monday, that all would grow in community and enter into this Advent season with a renewed longing for Jesus to come near in their lives and in our world.
  • The Honest Advent art show that showcases the art of Scott Erickson as a means of “awakening the wonder of God with us – then, here and now,” hosted by our ASWU Spiritual Life Coordinator, Jenna Breedlove ’22. We pray that through this and other means that God would use this contemplative exhibit to deepen students in Christ.
  • The final week of campus worship this semester:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the Chapel as Forrest Buckner finishes our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for encounter with God in community.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for God to use this ministry as a beacon of the light of Jesus and for God to keep sending workers to this harvest field, students who have a heart for their peers to know Jesus.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning prayer services. 
  • The Board of Trustees as they make final decisions regarding Whitworth’s next president. We pray for wisdom, peace and joy for all involved.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God, we are so grateful you humbled yourself and came into the world to give hope and light to humanity. Thank you for the miracle of the incarnation, that the eternal Word was made flesh in the universe-altering action that brought life to the world.

By the Spirit of God, fill us with the hope and light of Christ that we might share it with the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

November 30, 2021 / Whitworth University

Resurrection and Mary

Nov. 29-Dec. 5

John 20:1-18

This week we pray:

  • For students entering the final academic push of the semester. For strength, wisdom, diligence and joy as they work and learn.
  • For the entire Whitworth community as they come together for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Monday, that all would grow in community and enter into this Advent season with a renewed longing for Jesus to come near in their lives and in our world.
  • With thanksgiving for our wonderful Act Six program that has been opening doors for leadership development and contributed to the goodness of the Whitworth community for 19 years. We pray a special blessing as Cohorts 16 (seniors) and 19 (first years) share reflections and dreams at presentations this week.
  • For the ongoing search for Whitworth’s next president. We pray with gratitude for the faithful and diligent work of the search committee and pray that God would be guiding all those involved with the finalist interviews over this week and next, leading the way for the next president who can lead Whitworth wisely and faithfully in the years ahead.
  • For campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the Chapel as Lauren Taylor preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for transformative worship in Spirit and truth.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for God to use this ministry as a beacon of the light of Jesus to our campus, particularly to our students who do not yet know the goodness and love of Christ.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reflective morning prayer services. 

Thanksgiving:

Lord thank you that the stone is rolled away! Thank you for the resurrection light of the risen Christ that shines through every dark area of our lives. Thank you that he has given us new life and for the purpose that he gives us to witness to that resurrection life in word and deed. Empower us for that end today, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

November 23, 2021 / Whitworth University

Washing One Another’s Feet

Nov. 22-29

John 13:1-20, 31-35

This week we pray:

  • For safe travel, meaningful connections with family and friends, and refreshing encouragement for students over Thanksgiving break.
  • For students who are not able to be with their own families during Thanksgiving, especially our international students, God would provide loving community, joy and warm hospitality over the break.
  • For student athletes who are competing and practicing over break, for joy, community, diligence and growth into the people God made them to be.
  • For staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and joy as they serve God by stewarding their roles at Whitworth.
  • For Monday’s teaching roundtable as faculty join together to hone their craft and learn from one another to the end of increasing teaching excellence at Whitworth
  • Campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the Chapel as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Monday’s reflective morning prayer services. 
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 132 years, providing for the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:

Lord God thank you for your humble love.  When you humbled yourself by wrapping a towel around your waist and kneeling to wash the filth from the feet of your friends, you gave us an example to follow. By the power of your Spirit, please lead us in this self-giving love that will be a sign to the world that we are your disciples.

Powerful Creator, Righteous Judge and Humble Savior, teach us to love afresh this day. Amen.

November 16, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Crucified King

Nov. 15-21

John 18:33-19:30

This week we pray for:

  • Focus and discipline for students in their studies, for God’s glory.
  • Students for whom the darker weather causes anxiety or depression, that God would gird them up, the community would encourage them and that they would find the support they need.
  • Tuesday’s President’s coffee, as staff come together to connect, celebrate years of service anniversaries and hear university updates.
  • Faculty assembly this week as Whitworth’s faculty discuss, learn, present and make governance decisions.  
  • The 13th Annual International Education & Diversity Forum with the theme, “Adversity & Equity: The Opportunities for Healing Through Social & Emotional Learning” featuring keynote speaker, Inga Laurent, J.D. from Gonzaga University. We pray that God would use this event to equip local education professionals and future teachers to witness to God’s love and truth in increasing measure.
  • Whitworth’s 36th annual International Festival celebrating the cultures of Whitworth students from all over the globe. We pray for these students to know God’s love for them and for Whitworth to be a true home away from home for them. We also pray that the Whitworth community would be open to learn from these students and their home cultures as an expression of God’s love for all peoples.
  • Musicians offering concerts this week and for winter sports beginning their competition seasons that God would use these extracurricular activities in students’ lives to build community, deepen character and grow faith.
  • Campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the Chapel as Interim President Scott McQuilkin preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for transformative worship in Spirit and truth.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for God to use this ministry as a beacon of the light of Jesus to our campus, particularly to our students who do not yet know the goodness and love of Christ.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning prayer services. 

Thanksgiving:

We thank you God for sending your Son, Jesus Christ the King to live and die in our place and on our behalf. Thank you for the upside-down kingdom that he embodied in humility. Thank you for his finished work upon the cross with the title written above his head, “The King of the Jews.” Although few acknowledged it then, we now affirm Jesus as King of our lives and of the universe. We pray that he would be lifted up in increasing measure, and in so doing, that he would draw all people to himself by the power of the Spirit. Amen.

November 9, 2021 / Whitworth University

Union with Christ: Eternal Life is Knowing God

Nov. 8-14

John 17:20-26

This week we pray for:

  • Strength and perseverance for students in their studies and in their extracurricular commitments.
  • Whitworth’s incredible Ethics Bowl team members as they train and compete nationally. We pray for joy, learning and formation into the people God has made them to be in service to God’s purposes in the world.
  • Our Veterans Day service on Thursday, with greetings from U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers and on behalf of U.S. Senator Patty Murray, as well as our keynote speaker retired Colonel Brian Newberry honoring all of our veterans and remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We pray with gratitude for members of the Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs attending Whitworth and preparing to serve our country. We also pray for all of our veterans and veteran dependents who attend Whitworth, that God would meet their needs and lead them in their time of learning and growing at Whitworth.
  • Wednesday’s presentation by Professor Emeritus Arlin Migliazzo on his new book, Henrietta Mears: The Forgotten Mother of Modern Evangelicalism, sharing the riches of this amazing woman of faith with our Whitworth community.
  • The University Recreation Center and Whitworth’s Outdoor Rec staff as they provide space and opportunities for meaningful ways to stay physically healthy, enjoy God’s creation and connect in community. We pray for our Whitworth community to worship God in all ways, including in their embodied way of living in the world.
  • Campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the chapel as Stephy Nobles Beans preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for God to meet students and transform them in that time.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for the good news of Jesus to be made known in word, community and testimony.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning prayer services. 

Thanksgiving:

Triune God, thank you for the central focus of Jesus’s mission – that the Son glorifies the Father by granting eternal life to us. Thank you that because Jesus is THE Life and the Father is the source and sustenance of all life, to know God is to find eternal life, now and forever. We long to be one with Jesus and thus live in and with him in a manner that helps others taste life now and forever. Use us and guide us to be witnesses to his light in word and deed. Amen.

November 1, 2021 / Whitworth University

Life in the Vine: Abide, Obey, Love

Nov. 1-7

John 15: 1-17

This week we pray for:

  • Safety and continued refreshment for students as they return from Fall Break, particularly that they would be ready and open to engage in all that God has for them in the second half of the semester.
  • Faculty and staff for continued strength in the work that God has called them to here in the second half of the semester. We pray for eyes to see students as God does along with worshipful creativity and diligence in their work.
  • Interim president Scott McQuilkin and his wife, Janice, that God would give them strength, joy and wisdom in this season of leading the university. We give thanks for Scott’s faithful and humble leadership.
  • The presidential search committee as they continue their diligent work searching for Whitworth’s next president. We thank you for them and pray for Christ-centered unity, strength, wisdom, love and vision as they proceed through this process and seek the Spirit’s guidance together.
  • Tuesday’s visit by historian, author and speaker Jemar Tisby, particularly his evening lecture based on his book, “How to Fight Racism: Courageous Christianity and the Journey Toward Racial Justice.” We pray that God would bring people to this event and use Mr. Tisby’s visit to continue to grow Whitworth in its heart for and action toward Christ-centered racial justice.
  • Whitworth’s amazing grounds and facilities services crews, that God would give them strength and joy in their work, particularly as the winter months come with early morning snow plowing and shoveling. We pray especially for the custodial services team that is currently shorthanded, that they would know God’s strength and love, and that God would provide new team members to join them.
  • The admissions events this week, including the music building open house and the Why Whitworth visits on Friday. We pray that God would be using these events to call together the incoming Class of 2022 to come to Whitworth and be transformed by God’s Spirit to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity in increasing measure and effectiveness.
  • Campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the chapel as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for blessing of worship in Spirit and truth.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for the gospel of Jesus to be made known in word and deed through the amazing student leaders.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday reflective morning prayer services. 

Thanksgiving:

Jesus, you are the Source that gives us life. When we are connected to You, we bear fruit – fruit that will last. As you lived connected to your Father, help us to abide in you. By your Spirit, empower us to obey you by loving others. Thank you that you do not throw us back on ourselves to muster up the Christian life, but you invite us to yourself and empower us to live in and with you. May we abide in you, obey you and love through your power this day and every day. Amen.

October 25, 2021 / Whitworth University

Resurrection (In a Person) Meets Lazarus

Oct. 25-31

John 11:1-44

This week we pray for:

  • Strength for students as they complete this week of classes and midterms.
  • Students as they embark on Fall Break at the end of the week, that they will find refreshment with family and friends. We pray for safety and wisdom for those traveling and joyful rest for all. We also pray for those who will remain at Whitworth during Fall Break, that they would find community and purpose at Whitworth over the break.
  • The Dornsife Center for Community Engagement’s fall Impact Trip over Fall Break that will take a group of students to downtown Spokane for a few days of learning about the wonderful work of nonprofits in the community, engaging in meaningful service, and growing in God’s heart for this place.
  • Faculty as they engage in the continued work of growth and community at the Faculty Development Day through intentional training and discussion while students are on Fall Break.
  • All our veterans and veteran dependents who are attending Whitworth. We pray for flourishing for these Whitworth community members in traditional undergraduate, continuing studies and graduate programs. We pray that the new MAVRC (Military & Veterans Resource Center) building would be a place of community and encouragement for them.
  • The student leaders serving on the Health Education Advocacy Team (HEAT) and the student mentors serving in Student Success, that God would lead and empower them to the best ways to promote the flourishing of all students at Whitworth.
  • Student-athletes, for safe travel, meaningful community and character development as they give their all in their athletic endeavors.
  • The winter sports teams that begin competition this week, that they would enter the season with joyful gratitude to God and that God would use this winter to mold and shape these women and men into the image of Christ.
  • Campus worship this week:   
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship in the chapel as Kent McDonald preaches in our series, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal from the Gospel of John.”   
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering, for openness to God and worship in Spirit and truth.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering, for God to keep raising up students who have a heart for others to know and trust Jesus.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, testimony and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.  

Thanksgiving:

Lord Jesus,

Be the resurrection and the life for all whom you have created.

Be the resurrection and the life for those who feel forsaken.

Be the resurrection and the life for those who live as if you do not.

Be the resurrection and the life for those who daily trust in you.

Be the resurrection and the life for those who do not believe they need resurrection and life.

Be the resurrection and the life in the community we share and the fellowship we enjoy, that filled anew with the wonder of your love and the power of your grace we might live as resurrection people to the glory of God the Father in the power of the Spirit. Amen.