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September 13, 2021 / Whitworth University

Alive in Jesus: A New Normal… Come and See

Sept. 13-19

John 1:1-5, 35-39

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for a joyful and successful move-in week that brought students back to the Whitworth campus and back to much of the in-person and relational community that Whitworth is known for (amid ongoing health protocols).
  • For students in their first full week of classes; that they will enter into a rhythm that nourishes them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits.
  • For creativity, passion and joy as faculty and students engage in the process of teaching and learning as a part of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission. We particularly pray for faculty as they leave behind last year’s Flex model of teaching and move into fully in-person instruction. We pray with thanks for that development and pray for wonderful learning communities to be formed.
  • For student-athletes as they practice and compete; that they would give their all, grow in community and deepen in character and in the process be formed as the women and men God intended them to be.
  • For ongoing protection from COVID outbreaks or serious health complications and for wisdom and care for our community as we navigate health protocols and seek to live together respectfully.
  • For the first week of campus worship programs:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Alive in Jesus: A New Normal” from the Gospel of John. We pray for Forrest Buckner, Storm Family Dean of Spiritual Life & campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together in The Loop to sing, pray and hear a testimony from a Whitworth community member.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service in the Chapel as our student-led worship teams provide intentional space for students to worship God together through music, prayer, interaction and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering in the HUB Multipurpose Room, as a community of students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters. We pray that God would raise up student leaders to join in this outreach ministry as a beacon of God’s love revealed in Jesus.
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday as Professor Ben Brody leads a time of Scripture reading, silence, prayer and song in solidarity with Christians around the world in person and virtually.
  • With thanks for Whitworth’s enrollment services staff who helped bring in an incredible incoming class of students this fall and has already set their sights on recruitment for next year’s class. We pray for creativity and wisdom in how to share the mission of Whitworth in the midst of ongoing restrictions that have reduced opportunities for travel or college fairs. We pray that the truth about who Whitworth is would still reach the students who need to hear it. We also pray for the campus visits and “Why Whitworth” prospective student events that begin this Friday.

Thanksgiving:
Living God, thank you that Jesus is alive and that he came that we might have life abundant. We pray that we could live as your people who abide in Jesus in such a way that his life flows out of us to those around. Strengthen us to that end by the power of your Spirit. Amen.

September 3, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Living Way

Sept. 4-13

Scripture: John 14:1-7

A new academic year at Whitworth University begins!

Welcome back to the On Bended Knee prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University! We are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on behalf of the Whitworth community. New blog posts with prayer requests will arrive every Monday from Sept. 13 through the 2021-22 school year.

This week we begin a new season of praying for the Whitworth community. Even in the midst of the unresolved unknowns of the year ahead we are deeply grateful to be welcoming students back into the classrooms and broader Whitworth educational environment. We are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2025 on Saturday, Sept. 4, along with transfer students and new students in our continuing studies and graduate programs. Over 600 new students, including 36 international students, will be starting at Whitworth this week! Student leaders have already been on campus for the last week preparing for the upcoming academic year.

As we begin the year, we pray:

  • For all Whitworth community members to take steps closer to Jesus this year and in so doing be transformed by God’s Spirit to love God and love people in greater depth.
  • For staff and faculty as they equip students to respond to God’s call on their lives with intellectual competence, moral courage and deep compassion.
  • For first-year students to find community, belonging and growth as they get acclimated to Whitworth. We also pray for returning students who were not able to connect well or have the full relational “Whitworth” experience last year, that they also would find those connections and places of belonging and transformation.
  • For protection and safety for our students, staff and faculty as we return to 100% in-person instruction and much more “normalcy” in campus interaction (with masks for now!). We give thanks for the progress made toward having a safe campus through the efforts of many and the opportunity for vaccination.
  • For our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residential life, spiritual life, community engagement, diversity, health education and student government. May they live each moment as vibrant models of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.”
  • For the BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program that has been going this week, a program designed to serve first-year students from first-generation student backgrounds and/or historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations in their transition to Whitworth. We pray for community, identity development and preparation for successfully navigating college, even on the virtual platform.
  • For international students, both the new students who are making a long journey to a new country to begin at Whitworth, and the returning students, many of whom have not been able to go home for a long period of time. We pray they are welcomed warmly and that their transitions go smoothly. We pray they would find meaningful connection, help when needed, and come to know Jesus more in their time at Whitworth.
  • With thanks for the meaningful faculty and staff worship services that occurred this week as we gathered to worship God, hear Interim President McQuilkin’s State of the University address, and welcome new faculty and staff to Whitworth.
  • For Move-In Day on Saturday as first-year students arrive at their scheduled move-in time to begin their season here. We pray for parents and guardians dropping off their children, for peace and assurance of God’s loving care. We give thanks for God’s provision in and for this wonderful group of students.
  • For Sunday morning’s Outdoor Orientation Worship Service with Dean of Spiritual Life Rev. Forrest Buckner preaching. We also pray for Sunday morning’s on-campus outdoor mass led by Father David Kruse. We pray that worship in spirit and truth would mark this day and the Whitworth experience of all who participate.
  • For Saturday’s Welcome Fair, Tuesday’s Club Fair and Friday’s Ministry Fair, that students would find places to connect, serve and worship (and that first-year students would not overcommit themselves!).
  • For Thursday’s Multicultural Reception, as the community gathers to welcome new and returning students.
  • For Thursday’s Fall Convocation, as the entire community gathers to set apart the academic year ahead to God and Whitworth Interim President Scott McQuilkin delivers the convocation address.
  • For classes starting up on Thursday, that God would bless those communities of learning for his glory and good work in the lives of students!

Thanksgiving:

Gracious and loving God, we have so much to be thankful for. As we begin this new academic school year, we come with grateful hearts for your tender mercies and ongoing care. May lives be changed and transformed as the gospel is shared in myriad ways at Whitworth this year. By your grace, may this year be marked by love for God that overflows in love for others. Enable Whitworth to fulfill your purposes for this 132nd year as we pursue together the vision of mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

May 24, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Lord Has Heard the Voice of Our Prayers

May 24-Aug. 29  

Note: This will be our last On Bended Knee entry of the 2020-21 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support for Whitworth! The prayers of God’s people all over the world for Whitworth are a priceless gift, particularly in these challenging times. God has been incredibly faithful to Whitworth this year, and only he knows how much your prayers have been part of that. Thank you for partnering with us in the work of God here! 

We will resume posts in late August as the new academic year draws near. 

Scripture: Psalm 116 

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

  • Students as they enter summer break. We pray for fun, safety, employment, meaningful use of time, refreshment of heart and body, enriching relationships (especially with family), and growth in Christ.  
  • Students (particularly international students) who are not able to go home for a variety of reasons. We pray for God’s provision and care for them in tangible ways.  
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2021. We pray for strength for staff and that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families in their discernment process.  
  • The student accounts staff that is working diligently to help current students and families find their ways forward in light of the economic challenges of this time. We pray for strength, wisdom, love and provision for all. 
  • Monday’s Virtual Provost Breakfast as faculty gather to celebrate the completed academic year, recognize faculty achievements, and hear final words from our retiring faculty.  
  • Monday’s End of Year Celebration and Worship Service as we honor the many amazing faculty and staff who are retiring from Whitworth and celebrate God’s faithfulness through this academic year. 
  • President Beck A. Taylor and his wife Julie and their family as they finish up their last days at Whitworth and move to Birmingham, Ala., to begin his presidency of Samford University in July. We give thanks for the Taylors’ 11 years of faithful service to God and Whitworth and for all the ways that Whitworth has faithfully executed its mission and also made progress under President Taylor’s leadership. 
  • Scott McQuilkin as he officially steps into his role as interim president on June 1. We pray for wisdom, strength, peace, community support and joy as he leads and stewards the university. We also pray for the team in Whitworth’s Institutional Advancement that Scott typically leads, that God would provide for them and their interim leader, Stacey Smith. We pray for the president’s cabinet, deans and other Whitworth leaders to also have the strength and wisdom to steward their positions well in this interim time in support of the mission of Whitworth. 
  • The presidential search committee. We pray that God would give the members of the team unity and wisdom by the Spirit and that God would be stirring the hearts of potential candidates to apply. We pray that God would raise up a wonderful new president with a heart for Jesus and the gifts needed to lead Whitworth into its next season in faithfulness to its Christ-centered mission. 
  • Wisdom for Whitworth leaders in how to plan well and make good decisions regarding COVID policies, procedures and preparation for the next academic year.  
  • Grounds, trades and facilities staff as they enter into one of their busiest seasons of the year. We pray for safety, community, work that is worship and strength throughout the summer. 
  • All student workers who will be working on campus this summer in labs, on the grounds and facilities crew, in conference hosting, and more. We pray for community, joy and growth in Christ as they work.  
  • Faculty and staff (as able) to find deeply needed rest and rejuvenation by the Spirit of God this summer. We pray for peace, creativity and wisdom.   
  • Various summer faculty and staff educational opportunities and research endeavors, both informal and formal, including the Vocations of the Christian Professor faith-learning integration workshop for junior faculty. We pray for disciplined, insightful learning and scholarship that will bear fruit at Whitworth and throughout the world.  

Thanksgiving: 

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

May 17, 2021 / Whitworth University

Commencement 2021

May 17-23 

Scripture: Psalm 136:1 – O Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his love endures forever. 

This week we pray for: 

  • Students who are taking final exams to have wisdom, encouragement, strength and understanding throughout the week.
  • Safe travels for students who are exiting campus at the end of the week for the summer.
  • Faculty members to be strengthened and encouraged as they proctor and grade final exams and projects while caring for the students in their classes. We also pray for Monday’s faculty assembly as the faculty gathers for important governance work.
  • All staff as they provide support in countless ways in their various roles here on campus, from support staff to custodians, student life to grounds, human resources to the business office, and more.
  • Commencement 2021. We pray with gratitude that we can gather in person in the Pine Bowl in accordance with health protocols for these meaningful milestones to give thanks to God and honor the hard work of these graduates and their families. In addition, we pray for: 
    • All graduates and their families – traditional undergraduate students, Continuing Studies students and graduate students – that they would travel safely, be filled with gratitude at this significant achievement, and be encouraged in trust toward and obedience to God with whatever lies ahead.
    • The Baccalaureate & Commissioning Worship Service on May 22 that includes a sermon by Professor Ron Pyle, our traditional singing of Amazing Grace led by Leonard Oakland, and an opportunity for students to recommit their lives to Christ’s service as they go forth from Whitworth.
    • Graduate Commencement for the class of 2021 on May 22 as graduate students receive their well-earned degrees, with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading, including speaker and Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor.
    • Commencement for the Class of 2021, on the morning of May 23, with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading, including speaker and Whitworth Professor Dale Soden.
    • Commencement for the Class of 2020 (graduate and undergraduate) in the evening of May 23, with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading, including speaker and Whitworth Professor Haley Jacob. We particularly pray that this class whose commencement had to be postponed for a year would be able to joyfully worship and celebrate well.

Thanksgiving: 

Faithful Triune God, we thank you for the students who have spent this year at Whitworth, both graduates and those who will be returning next fall. We thank you for all who have given their energy and skill. We thank you for teachers and mentors, family and loved ones, friends and coaches. We thank you for all of our Whitworth students and graduates, entrusting them into your loving care. Please lead them and us ever further into your calling to honor you, follow Christ and serve humanity, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

May 10, 2021 / Whitworth University

Humility, Anxiety and Roaring Lions

May 10-16

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:5-12  

This week we pray for: 

  • Friday’s send-off for President Beck A. Taylor and his wife Julie as they complete their 11 years of faithful service to Whitworth and move on to Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. We give thanks for the Taylors and their wonderful work here, and we pray for God’s provision for them and their family as they make this transition.  
  • The presidential search committee. We pray that God would give members of the team unity and wisdom by the Spirit and that God would be stirring the hearts of potential candidates to apply. We pray with trust and expectation that God will continue to provide for Whitworth in this interim season through the leadership of Scott McQuilkin, the president’s cabinet and Whitworth’s many other leaders. 
  • Strength for students as they proceed through the final week of normal classes before finals week. We pray for perseverance and diligence, particularly for those who have fallen behind or are feeling overwhelmed. 
  • The many music concerts and recitals occurring over these last few weekends of the year. We pray that God would give students strength and peace in their preparations and that he would lead them to use their gifts for his glory and good work in the world.  
  • All those involved in Whitworth’s Main Stage Production going live virtually this weekend, Angels in America, Part 1: The Millennium Approaches. We pray for joy, community, growth in God’s gifts and continued calling for all who helped produce the production. We also pray that God would use this artistic endeavor and others like it at Whitworth to engage our culture with the truth and goodness of God in creative and thought-inciting ways. 
  • The final week of campus worship this week, with thanks for a wonderful year of safe and meaningful worship, almost entirely in person (and virtually): 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for a special time of thanksgiving, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in The Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks, patience and perseverance for the Whitworth community, and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. 
  • The admissions staff as they continue to recruit next year’s incoming class. We pray for God to provide for Whitworth and be leading students to Whitworth where they can continue to grow into the men and women that God made them to be. 

Thanksgiving: 

Living God, thank you for your call on us to walk humbly and trust you as we walk in this “time between the times,” longing for your return to make all things new. We pray that we and our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world would endure suffering for our faith with patience, resist the lies and temptations of evil, and stay alert as we faithfully labor until Jesus returns. Empower us by your Spirit to be the sign, witness and foretaste of the Kingdom of God for which you made us. We pray for your redemption and empowerment as your people. Amen. 

May 3, 2021 / Whitworth University

Sharing in Christ’s Sufferings as an Act of Faith

May 3-9

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:12-19 

This week we pray for: 

  • Students not to become weary in doing good with only three weeks of the semester left. 
  • Members of the senior class as they come upon the weekend that would have been their final Springfest in a non-COVID year. We pray that they would find meaningful ways to celebrate and find closure for this season. We give thanks for the ability to have a commencement ceremony and baccalaureate service for this class (and the Class of 2020) in the Pine Bowl in a few weeks in accordance with health protocols. 
  • For student athletes as they continue in competition and training, that God would use their time and efforts in athletics to grow them more fully into the men and women God made them to be.  
  • All the faculty and staff members who are retiring from Whitworth this year. We thank you for the amazing legacy of their teaching, mentorship and scholarship offered to God in support of Whitworth’s mission. We pray that the work and time they have invested would continue to bear fruit in students and colleagues through honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity for generations to come. 
  • The admissions staff as they continue to walk alongside prospective students in their college search. We pray for strength, peace and rest for our diligent staff members, and we pray for God to be leading students to Whitworth where they can continue to grow into the men and women that God made them to be. 
  • All who are receiving the COVID vaccine, for physical strength and provision. We give thanks for Tuesday’s COVID vaccination clinic on campus, grateful for all those who have sought ways to help our community move forward in health and flourishing. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in The Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks, patience and perseverance for the Whitworth community, and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. 
  • The presidential search committee working toward selecting the next president of Whitworth. We pray that God would give them unity, love and wisdom by the Spirit of Jesus. 

Thanksgiving: 

Triune God, thank you that in Christ, you know suffering from the inside. Whatever suffering may come to us, we pray that we could trust in you and your goodness, persevering in faith and love. We pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world who may be facing suffering for their faith. Please sustain them and protect them, strengthening them in Christ to be faithful witnesses to the Kingdom. May your Kingdom come and your will be done. Amen. 

April 26, 2021 / Whitworth University

Vocation – Loving and Serving Others for God’s Glory

April 26-May 2 

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:7-11 

This week we pray for: 

  • Students who will be graduating in May, for vocational clarity, provision for employment, and a desire to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We also pray for the career services staff as they walk alongside students in this job search and vocational discernment process.  
  • Students, faculty and staff who are entering the final four weeks of the semester. We pray for strength, perseverance and great learning in both curricular and extracurricular endeavors.  
  • The staff of the Whitworth Counseling Center as they care for students who are struggling with mental health difficulties. We pray for wisdom and strength by the Spirit of God as they counsel. We also pray for any students who are struggling with mental health, that they would find support, healing and light. 
  • The presidential search committee working toward selecting the next president of Whitworth. We pray that God would give them unity and wisdom by the Spirit and that God would send the worker to this harvest field for such a time as this to lead Whitworth into its next season. 
  • Prospective Whitworth students along with their families as they make decisions on where they will attend the next four years. We pray that they will have clarity about Whitworth’s distinctive mission and in discerning whether we are a good fit for them, that God would provide for their needs to allow them to flourish, and that God would provide for Whitworth as well. 
  • Wednesday’s Lindaman Chair lecture by Professor Jonathan Moo, “What Disaster Uncovers: Pandemic, Flood and Earthquake in the Light of Scripture,” that God would use Moo’s careful exegetical work to guide our community and world toward a more God-honoring approach to our role as stewards of God’s creation and citizens of God’s world.  
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in The Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks, patience and perseverance for the Whitworth community, and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. 

Thanksgiving: 

Living God, thank you that you are the one who loves us first and empowers us to love and serve others. Thank you for giving us gifts that are to be used for your purposes as we participate in your redemptive work. We pray that we could use our gifts in love to the end that you would be glorified in and through us this day and this week. As we do so, we pray your love and peace would be made known throughout our hurting world. Amen. 

April 19, 2021 / Whitworth University

Suffering for Doing Good (As a Witness)

April 19-26 

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:8-18 

This week we pray for: 

  • Students for strength in their studies, hope in life’s challenges and faith in the loving God revealed in Jesus. 
  • Tuesday’s President’s Coffee as staff gather to reconnect, celebrate years of service milestones and hear President Taylor’s updates on important campus news. We pray that it would be an especially meaningful time as the final President’s Coffee in President Taylor’s tenure. 
  • Whitworth’s ongoing work in diversity, equity and inclusion. We particularly come with gratitude for the wonderful four years of work by Lorna Hernandez Jarvis, as she finishes up her leadership as the chief diversity officer. We thank you for all of her excellent work in equipping our staff, faculty and the institution to reflect more clearly our Christian commitments to the flourishing of every image bearer in the Whitworth community. We pray that those good seeds would continue to grow and bear fruit for God’s purposes. 
  • Whitworth’s Earth Week activities, particularly those championed by the student club, Whitworth’s Environmental Action Committee, that God would encourage these student leaders and use the activities and work this week to grow the Whitworth community toward obedience to God’s call to steward gratefully and diligently his good creation.
  • Whitworth student athletes, that they would grow physically, spiritually and emotionally as they practice, train and compete. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Stephy Beans as she preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in The Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. 

Thanksgiving: 

Heavenly Father, thank you for your loving-kindness and heart of sweet compassion. Thank you that when we are in the midst of suffering for being witnesses for you, you are faithfully with us through the Spirit of Jesus. 

Thank you, Lord, that you truly are the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. We pray that just as you have used many of your children to draw alongside us and accompany us through troublous times of suffering that you would take our lives and use us as vessels of comfort and solace to others. Use us to comfort others who are suffering affliction, with the godly comfort with which we ourselves have been comforted by you. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

April 12, 2021 / Whitworth University

Witnessing to the Gospel in Our Closest Relationships

April 12-18 

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:1-7 

This week we pray for: 

  • Our wonderful Whitworth Board of Trustees members as they participate in their spring meetings virtually and on the Whitworth campus this week. We pray with gratitude for their participation in the governing activities of the university and ask for an awareness of God’s presence and leading as they engage with the campus community. We particularly pray for wisdom and unity as they set the trajectory for the search process for Whitworth’s 19th president. 
  • Vice President for Institutional Advancement Scott McQuilkin as he continues to transition into his role as Whitworth’s interim president. We pray for wisdom and strength, as well as for Stacey Kamm Smith as she transitions into her role as the interim VP for Whitworth’s Institutional Advancement. 
  • Whitworth instructors as they press on with their instruction, for creativity, strength, love and joy as they provide a mind-and-heart education class by class. 
  • Strength for students who are missing having a Spring Break. We pray that they would press on and continue to engage well with their work and learning, being shaped and formed by God in the process. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in The Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in The Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. We pray with thanksgiving for the COVID vaccine clinic on campus that will provide the opportunity for Whitworth community members and their families to receive the vaccine Tuesday and Wednesday. We give thanks for the work and support of the Spokane Regional Health District. We also give thanks for this privilege and the ways that we are seeing a way forward into fewer limitations in our community life together. 

Thanksgiving:  

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of our closest relationships, including husbands and wives. We pray that we could witness to the truth of the gospel in these relationships and that God would use us as faithful witnesses to the truth of Jesus Christ in the process. Lead us by your Spirit to love, serve and care for those with whom we have been invited into covenant relationship. Amen. 

April 5, 2021 / Whitworth University

God’s Living Stones Proclaiming the Mighty Acts of God

April 5-11

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-10

This week we pray for: 

  • Every Whitworth student to see, experience and understand who Jesus is in increasing measure, and thus take steps to follow Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs and plan for the future. 
  • Friday’s Why Whitworth campus visit day and the similar ongoing virtual campus visits, that God would be guiding students and families in their college discernment process and that God would provide for Whitworth’s incoming class for fall 2021. We pray that God would encourage and strengthen our admissions and financial aid staff in their work of caring for prospective students and introducing them to Whitworth.   
  • Student-athletes, for safety, joy, community, hard work, and growth into the men and women God has called them to be.  
  • Music and drama students giving their junior and senior recitals and performances. We pray for strength, joy and growth as they prepare and share the fruits of their diligent work.  
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather outside in the Loop to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, worship through song and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship in the Loop through singing, prayer and small-group connection. 
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake outreach gathering, that God would use Awake and its leaders to make the good news of Jesus known at Whitworth. 
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services. 
  • Thursday and Friday’s Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Mid-Cycle Accreditation site visit, in which our accreditation agency helps ensure that Whitworth is continuing to strive for and achieve its mission statement and goals. We give thanks for Chemistry Professor Deanna Ojennus as she leads Whitworth’s efforts of compliance for our accreditation. 

Thanksgiving:  

Father thank you for this resurrection week in which we continue to celebrate the victory of Jesus over sin, death and evil. Thank you that you include us in Jesus’ resurrection life and make us living stones as we come to the One Living Stone in trust and obedience. Lead us forward to live as witnesses in word and action to the One who has called us out of darkness and into his marvelous light. We pray for justice and hope in this broken world and that our lives would be used by God for his redemptive purposes in the world. Amen.