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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.

May 8, 2017 / Whitworth University

Our True End

May 8-14, 2017

Scripture:
Psalms 145

This week we pray for…

  • students who are finishing the last week of spring classes and preparing for final exams; we ask for strength, joy, perseverance and growth for each of them.
  • Tuesday’s On Mission presentation, hosted by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement; Middle Eastern missionary and church leader Khalaf will talk about Arab churches sending church planters throughout the Arab world and will explore how American churches can partner with them and learn from their example.
  • continued wisdom, encouragement and understanding for President Taylor and the members of his cabinet as they lead, guide and steward the university.
  • Whitworth staff as they continue to provide support throughout the university.
  • Whitworth faculty as they finish their teaching for the semester. We ask that they will model strength, wisdom, passion for their material and love for their students.
  • campus worship: We pray with thanksgiving for all the student leaders who have faithfully served in campus ministry this year, and particularly for the seniors who are completing their time here. We give thanks for the good work God has done in and through them, and we pray for God’s leading as they continue to move forward in service to Him in the years ahead.
  • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner finishes our semester’s series, Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God. We pray that God would be honored in this worshiping community and that more and more students would desire to gather in worship together. We also pray for Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; for Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; for Thursday’s final Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion outside in The Loop; for a wonderful final celebration of God that brings together the campus community and welcomes in new faces, even on this last day; and for our reflective morning-prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thanksgiving:
Merciful God, we praise you, and we are deeply thankful for the unfailing love you have disclosed to us, generation after generation. We thank you for the compassion you shower upon us, day after day. You alone are our God. We are your people. We pray that your Holy Spirit will continue to move among us as we worship and follow you. Open our hearts and our minds to see you at work among us, encouraging, challenging, uplifting, and inspiring as each has need. May our worship bring you honor and glory so that all the earth may join in the chorus of praise in word and deed. Amen.

May 1, 2017 / Whitworth University

On a Journey with God: Pilgrimage, Penitence, Lament, and Hope

May 1-7

Scripture:
Psalm 130

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they near the end of the semester. We ask for strength, focus, wisdom and joy for all as they press forward.
  • graduating seniors and master’s degree students. We pray for peace, gratitude, and a strong finish in their final few weeks at Whitworth.
  • any students struggling with mental or physical illness. We ask that God would provide hope, healing and necessary support.
  • Saturday’s Springfest celebration, when the Whitworth community and surrounding neighborhoods join together to play and enjoy the arrival of spring.
  • the faithful service of all the staff and faculty who are retiring this year. We offer them our thanks as we pray for peace, joy and a sense of being honored as we celebrate and send them off to the next chapter of their lives.
  • end-of-the-year projects for students who have invested in making the world a better place. Their projects include Ethiopia Night, WhitTED, and the Campout in the Loop. We ask that these students would be transformed though their experiences and that those exposed to their work would be transformed, as well.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith teaches in our series Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and reflective Morning Prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, it is true that at times we have not revered you as we should. Help us to understand who you are in our lives. You are holy and full of grace. You have seen our hearts and searched within us. In spite of all our iniquities and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Mediator, you bring us hope. For that we are so thankful. Lead us forward in your grace into closer communion with you and into truer obedience as we walk on this pilgrim’s journey by the power of the Spirit. Amen.

April 24, 2017 / Whitworth University

Praise and Penitence before the Great Creator and Lawgiver

April 24-30

Scripture:
Psalm 19

This week we pray for…

  • prospective Whitworth students and their families as they make decisions by the May 1 enrollment-deposit deadline about where they will attend college. Our prayer is that they will have clarity about Whitworth’s distinctive mission and will know with certainty whether Whitworth is a good fit for them.
  • our students, no matter where they are on their faith journey, to grow in trust, knowledge and obedience to the God made known in Jesus.
  • our students to be equipped, encouraged and empowered from day to day as they meet challenges in their everyday lives.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and our reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • all who support Whitworth financially and for all who serve in the institutional advancement office, particularly as we celebrate our annual Day of Giving on Tuesday.
  • Friday’s Take Back the Night gathering observed along with campuses around the nation. We ask that Whitworth and all university campuses would be places of safety from sexual assault for all students.
  • all who will be attending and participating in Whitworth’s 47th annual luau, hosted by Na Pu’uwai ‘o Hawaii, Whitworth’s Hawaiian club, on Saturday evening.
  • the Whitworth community’s ongoing efforts to be good stewards of the environment and the earth’s resources, particularly as various student groups engage in Sustainability Week events.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we love to watch the sky you have created – we are amazed by the vastness of it compared with our smallness. You reign above all, and are yet so close to us. Your glory is revealed in the firmament, in the formation of clouds, in the sun and the colors we see. We lift our eyes, O Lord, to the heavens above, and we are reminded of your magnificence, your power, your greatness. We cannot forget how small we are and how much we need you. And for that we are forever grateful.