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December 11, 2017 / Whitworth University

Christmas Candlelight Service: “Immanuel: God With Us”

Dec. 11-Jan. 2

*Note: On Bended Knee will resume on Jan. 3, 2018

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they take final exams this week, for strength and focus to finish well and keep learning well.
  • Students over Christmas Break. We pray for safety in travels, enriching rest, and wonderful time with family and friends. We also pray that they could continue to move forward in who God has made them to be as they step out of the Whitworth rhythm.
  • Students who are not able to go home over break and for students for whom going home feels overwhelming or stressful. We pray for God’s provision, protection and peace.
  • Monday’s annual Christmas Candlelight service as the Whitworth community joins to celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth in Scripture, prayer and song.
  • Tuesday’s Longest Night service as students come together for a reflective prayer and worship service of lament and hope, particularly for those who are mourning in this Christmas season.
  • Faculty as they administer finals and complete their grading for the semester, that they would know God’s strength and joy in their work.
  • Staff and faculty who are making final preparations for the various Jan Term study options that will occur just after the new year.
  • Staff and faculty to have a wonderful Christmas and new year, that they would enjoy sweet communion with God and connection with loved ones. We pray with gratitude for their service to God in Christ here at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that through your Son, “Immanuel,” you are with us. Thank you for the miracle of the Word made flesh. You tell us that you will never leave us nor forsake us, that you are with us always; for this Lord we are so thankful. May we walk in the light of Christ this Christmas season and always. Amen.

December 4, 2017 / Whitworth University

The Humble Jesus is the Powerful I AM

Dec. 4-11

Scripture:
John 18:4-8

This week we pray:

  • For students to have strength and discipline through this last week of classes and finals preparation and that they would look to God as their center and source.
  • For the students who serve in residence halls as resident assistants, campus ministry coordinators, Cultural Diversity Advocates and ASWU senators, that God would give them wisdom, strength, affirmation and extravagant love as they continue to fulfill their important roles on campus.
  • For all the participants in the Christmas Festival Concerts in Spokane as Whitworth musicians share their gifts and invite the local community into this Advent season through the beauty of music.
  • For Monday’s Overflow gathering hosted by students and faculty from the theology department as Pat Sittser, Mark Baird and Jayme Koerselman lead the discussion on faith and mental health, “Where is God in the darkness?”
  • For those who are participating and performing in A Festival of Short Plays on Wednesday, a time of excitement and enjoyment as students display their talents.
  • With gratitude for Professor of History Arlin Migliazzo and Director of International Education and Special Programs for the Off-Campus Programs Office Sue Jackson as they both celebrate their retirements after 30-plus years of service to God and students at Whitworth.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner concludes our rich 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, particularly as it moves to the Multipurpose Room in the HUB as a way to help make AWAKE more accessible to students who are just beginning their exploration of Christian faith.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are deeply grateful that you are the powerful I AM. No one is like you. You are great, and your name is mighty in power. Your power created the Earth, and your wisdom founded the world. We are thankful that whatever happens in our lives and our world today, we know that you are the powerful I AM who came to us as the humble Jesus. Amen.

 

 

November 27, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Vine

Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Scripture:
John 15:1-17

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they return from the Thanksgiving holidays, that they are refreshed and ready to finish the semester well.
  • Students to be formed by God’s Spirit as they study and learn. Instead of just seeking a specific grade, we pray that students would grow in their vocation and purpose as they engage with their studies.
  • Faculty to have the strength, creativity and genuine care they need to continue in their good work of providing an education of mind and heart through the end of the semester.
  • The annual Christmas Festival Concert in Seattle as Whitworth choirs and musicians share their gifts and invite people into this Advent season through the beauty of music.
  • Students who have been struggling with physical or mental illness, that they would find healing and peace along with the ability to complete their necessary work.
  • 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 Faculty Scholarship Forums as they continue to provide grass-roots support for faculty scholarship, serving as a forum for presentation of research and growth in collegial relationships.
  • Why Whitworth program visitors, as prospective students and their families visit campus, that God would provide for them in their discernment process and that God would bring to Whitworth the group of incoming students that God wants here.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that by your grace, we have become a true branch on the vine that is you, a branch that bears much fruit by your grace. Give us the strength to abide in you and thus be a fruitful branch for the good of the world out of the abundance of your grace. Amen.

 

November 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life

Nov. 20-26

Scripture:
John 14:1-7

This week we pray:

  • For safe travels over the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • For students to experience rest, rejuvenation and good connections with family and friends during the holidays.
  • For students who are not able to go home for Thanksgiving. We pray that they would find a place of belonging during this break and know God’s gracious love for them.
  • For staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and contentment as they serve God by serving in their role at Whitworth.
  • For student-athletes as winter sports teams travel and compete. We pray for safety, God-centered hard work, humility, community, growth as well-rounded men and women, and development in their journeys of faith.
  • For 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”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 128 years, providing for the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, our world is hurting and broken. Particularly in this Thanksgiving week and holiday season, we pray for those who have lost loved ones. Please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do. Thank you that in the midst of the myriad paths we face in life and in the face of challenges, You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you that you remind us throughout your Word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are always with us. We confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it, remembering it’s only to be found in you alone, because you are the great I AM. Amen.

November 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Resurrection and the Life

Nov. 13-19

Scripture:
John 11:17-35

This week we pray for:

  • Students to keep their focus and persevere in both curricular and extracurricular commitments through the fall semester.
  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University (ASWU) student government members as they provide leadership for student government at Whitworth, including their monthly Town Hall meeting in which they provide an opportunity for healthy and constructive conversation about debatable topics.
  • Students to connect with God and grow in Christ, both on and off campus, and we pray for those students who desire to be a Christian witness, that they would winsomely point to Jesus in word and deed to those around them.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald 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.
  • Thursday’s 10th Annual International Education & Diversity Forum, as this year’s speaker, student Come Nzibarega, shares his story of “Diversity in the Face of Adversity.” We pray that the event would build international and cultural understanding, prepare individuals for life in a global environment and encourage conversations around diversity for the purpose of equipping students to love and serve humanity according to God’s purposes.
  • Whitworth’s many international students, particularly as they celebrate on Friday the 32nd annual International Festival, in which students from around the world share a taste of their home culture through dance and food. We give thanks for each international student and pray for them to be sustained, loved and equipped well in their season at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, that you are our resurrection and life. We are grateful that you have revealed your power and your glory to us, because you love us. Fill us anew with the wonder of not only your love and your power but your amazing grace toward us. Amen.

November 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM (The source and fulfillment of God’s promise to Abe)

Nov. 6-12

Scripture:
John 8:54-58

This week we pray for:

  • Faculty as they continue to invite their students into a mind-and-heart education. We pray for wisdom, perseverance, care, creativity, and winsome witness to God’s goodness as they integrate faith and learning inside and outside the classroom.
  • Students who are having financial struggles, that their needs will be met and they may be reassured of God’s faithful provision.
  • Music students who are sharing their senior recitals and concerts, that they could know God’s peace and joy as they share the fruit of much labor in their disciplines.
  • Student-athletes as fall sports teams complete their seasons and winter sports begin their competition schedules. We pray for safety, community, enjoyment and growth into the people whom God made them to be.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Annual Pirate Night dinner and auction, that God would provide financially for the needs of Whitworth Athletics and bless the gathering with a sense of community.
  • All of the veterans in the Whitworth community and Whitworth extended family as we gather for Friday’s Veterans Day Service, remembering the men and women who have served in our armed forces and those who sacrificed their lives and fought for our country to keep us free.
  • Staff members as they gather for the second President’s Coffee with President Taylor, joining for community, a university update and celebration of individual employees’ years of service.
  • Students who are presenting at the Murdoch College Science Conference co-hosted by Whitworth and Gonzaga, that they would learn and grow through the experience and be further equipped to use their knowledge for the common good.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that you are the “I AM” and as you have known the Father, help us to know the Father also in our walk with you. Open our eyes that we may see who we are as children of the Most High and live as your light-bearers in the world. Thank you for your faithfulness to your covenant promises from the beginning of time all the way to today.

October 30, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Good Shepherd

Oct. 30-Nov. 5

Scripture:
John 10:11-18

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they return from Fall Break, that they will be refreshed and energized, ready to enter this challenging time of the academic year, as daylight hours decrease and the pace of academic life does not.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as President Beck A. Taylor 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 jazz musicians as they share in performing with legendary jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis at the 29th annual Whitworth Guest Artist Jazz Concert. We pray that these students could find true wonder and gratitude to God in the experience.
  • Students who are discerning their majors and talking with advisors at Wednesday’s Majors Fair. We pray for students to have courage to say “yes” and “no” with wisdom and peace.
  • Students who are discerning the possibility of further theological education at Thursday’s Seminary Fair, as seminary, theological and graduate school representatives from across the country make themselves available.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for being our Good Shepherd. Because of your great love for us, transform us in such a way that we could follow you, care for all who are close to us, fight to protect those who are threatened, welcome those who are rejected, forgive those who are burdened by guilt, comfort those who are sick, share with those who have little or nothing, take the time to really know one another, and love as you have loved us.

October 23, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Gate for the Sheep

Oct. 23-29

Scripture:
John 10:7-10

This week we pray for:

  • Students who may be struggling to keep up with their academic or co-curricular responsibilities. We pray for wisdom, strength and the ability to say “no” to the right things.
  • Students as they finish this week of classes and head into Fall Break, that they will be refreshed with family and friends. We pray for safe travel for those traveling and for joyful rest for all.
  • Faculty as they use Friday’s Fall Break day off for students to engage in Faculty Development Day, engaging in intentional training and discussion around how to be the best-possible academic (and holistic) advisors to students.
  • Student-athletes, for safe travel, meaningful community and character development as they give their all in their athletic endeavors.
  • Monday’s Inclusive University Classroom Lecture delivered by Chief Diversity Officer Lorna Hernandez Jarvis on “Inclusive Excellence, Intercultural intelligence, and the Status of Diversity Education.” We pray that the annual lecture would help educators and community members grow in creating environments in which academic excellence is inclusive and transformative for every student.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s Cabinet as members provide collaborative leadership and oversight of Whitworth toward the end that every Whitworth student could receive an education of mind and heart while growing in honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for standing patiently at the door of our heart. Help us to answer you, to love you and to know you better. We are grateful for your faithful presence. Help us to continue to say yes to all you ask of us and grow us to walk with you and witness to your goodness, love and power in all we do and say.

October 16, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Bread of Life

Oct. 16-22

Scripture:
John 6:35-58

This week we pray for:

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

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

October 9, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Light of the World

Oct. 9-15

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

This week we pray:

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

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