Nov. 22-29, 2015
“In everything, give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
This week we give thanks for…
God’s incredible provision and protection during the windstorm of 2015 – for no injuries, no trees hitting dorms, incredible attitudes by students and staff, wise and swift leadership decisions, the ways in which the community sacrificially and joyfully loved one another through the storm and aftermath, power being restored to campus within 24 hours, a wonderful Windstorm Worship gathering on the day after the storm, and so much more.
We pray for…
- utility and public-service workers as they continue to restore power to Spokane (including the homes of many staff, faculty, and off-campus students).
- students, staff, and faculty as they get reoriented into their normal rhythms (for a few days, before Thanksgiving Break). We ask that they would know God’s peace and perspective in the midst of the disruption.
- students heading into Thanksgiving Break. We pray that they will have a refreshing, joyful time with family and friends and will travel safely.
- students who are not able to go home for Thanksgiving. May they know the gift of community and surrogate families in this time.
- music students who are performing various recitals and concerts over this week and the next few weeks. We pray for their growth, gratitude, and joy through these events.
- Tuesday’s community chapel service as we gather in worship for music, prayer, and a Thanksgiving message from Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Stephy Nobles-Beans, ’01.
Lord, thank you for taking care of Whitworth during the windstorm and its aftermath. Thank you that you are the loving and sovereign God, in whom we can trust in the midst of the storms of life. In this time of Thanksgiving, we also remember those who regularly know the darkness, cold and hunger that a storm brings. May we not be complacent: May we have compassion, and may we be concerned enough to help, not just in word but in our deeds. Thank you that You are the giver of all good gifts. Amen.
So, I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
This week we pray for…
- our students’ perseverance and endurance as they continue to move forward and be faithful not only to their studies but in spending time in prayer and reflection.
- students who may be ill; we pray that they will experience a quick recovery and that they will commit to the rest that they need.
- Faculty Assembly, as faculty members collaborate on curriculum plans.
- the Teaching Roundtable, as faculty gather to develop teaching and learning methods.
- the President’s Coffee, as Beck Taylor recognizes new staff and celebrates staff years of service.
- campus worship: Tuesday’s community chapel service, as we gather together in praise, worship and the Word of God from Galatians, shared by Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner; for Hosanna, as our students gather for reflection, praise, worship, and sharing the scriptures; and for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering, for community and teaching in Jesus’ name.
- Jeremy Begbie, the Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School and a Royal School of Church Music fellow as he presents “Why Do the Arts and Faith Matter to Each Other?” and helps lead Thursday’s community worship with the Whitworth Concert Choir.
- the English Department Endowed Reading Series, to which we’ll welcome award-winning writer, poet and photographer Alex Kuo.
- the eighth annual International Education and Diversity Forum, in partnership with Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. The institute’s goal is to build international and cultural understanding, and the forum features Raymond Reyes, associate academic vice president and chief diversity officer at Gonzaga University, presenting “Challenging Perceptions: Becoming Conscious of Unconscious Biases.”
- the Whitworth Student Symposium Lecture Series, which will feature the independent scholarly research of our students. We ask that the students involved would continue to develop in their God-given vocations through this experience.
Lord, we are thankful that we now walk in the Spirit, and that, in doing so, our minds are renewed and conformed to your perfect will. We can walk the walk and produce the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” So we are grateful that as we walk in the Spirit we deny the flesh and produce the fruit of the Spirit. We surrender ourselves to you, Lord; help us to continue to walk in the Spirit.
“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
This week we pray for…
- students who are registering for the spring semester; we ask that they may have wisdom and know God’s leading regarding majors, minors, and vocation.
- students who are having financial struggles. We ask that their need will be met and we pray for each of them to be reassured that the Lord is the source of all their sustenance.
- our student-athletes. As winter sports begin and fall sports come to a close, we pray that they will find their identity and purpose in Christ and that they will grow in community.
- the Veterans Day Service held here at Whitworth. We approach this service with gratitude to the many men and women who have served and protected our country and with prayers for families and loved ones of those who have sacrificed their lives.
- community worship: We ask God’s blessing on Tuesday’s community chapel service as we come together in fellowship, praise and worship, and to hear the Word of God as Forrest Buckner shares with us from the Book of Galatians. We pray also for Hosanna, as our students gather for a period of reflection, worship, and sharing the Word of God; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering, which combines community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
- the Native American Faculty & Staff Luncheon and evening lecture for Native American Heritage Month. We pray that the community will be attentive and engaged as guest speaker Randy Woodley presents traditional indigenous knowledge that may have value in teaching and learning for universities.
- lecturer and artist John Holmgren, as he shares his explorations of, connections to, and experiences of place, landscape, environment, time and memory.
Lord, we are grateful for the freedom that you have given us. We are thankful that we no longer desire the things of this world, but that we want to love others as you have loved us. May we serve one another with a spirit of humility, and may we show the love that we have to others who are in need of that love.
“For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.”
The week we pray for…
- students returning from Fall Break. We pray that they are well-rested, refreshed and renewed as they head into this traditionally challenging season of the academic year.
- a welcoming, hospitable spirit here on campus so that everyone who is a part of this community will feel and experience God’s love.
- students to continue to build healthy relationships with their classmates, faculty and staff, as all encourage and support the development of Christian faith in members of our community.
- student-athletes, as they travel and compete; as fall comes to a close and winter sports begin, we ask for continuing community, fun, growth with Jesus, and movement toward maturity.
- campus worship: We pray for Tuesday’s community chapel service as we come together to praise, worship, and hear the Word of God from the book of Galatians; for Hosanna, as our students gather for at time of worship, sharing Scriptures, and reflection; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering that fosters community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s community chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
- Woodlawn’s first lunch discussion, at which we’ll ask the question, “What does Christian faith have to do with racism and racial reconciliation?”
- the majors fair, which gives Whitworth students a great opportunity to talk with advisors about different majors here at our campus;
- Pirate Night, Whitworth’s annual auction to help support our wonderful student-athletes.
- Our Why Whitworth event, as we welcome prospective students and their parents to campus.
- the Lindaman Chair Symposia Lecture and its accompanying exhibit in the library, “China’s Christianity,” which highlights the historical growth of Christianity and missionary efforts in China.
- the entire Whitworth community as we engage as administrators, faculty, and students in a mid-course recalibration of our Whitworth 2021 Courage at the Crossroads 10-Year Strategic Plan. Throughout the year, we will examine how we might adjust our objectives and key performance indicators to meet our goals in the second half of the plan’s life.
Lord, we thank you that through the Spirit we are transformed. We are no longer burdened by the yoke of bondage. We now embody the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus, and we are free to tell everyone this good news!
Oct. 26-Nov. 1
This week we pray for…
- our students as they prepare for Fall Break. We ask that they will be refreshed and energized and that they will get some much-needed rest.
- our students (including student-athletes) who will be traveling over Fall Break. We pray for their safety and ask that they find fun, refreshment, and awareness of God’s loving presence, and that they make great memories.
- Faculty Development Day, during which faculty seek to understand their students better in order to increase student learning.
- faculty members as they meet for the teaching roundtables at FDD, presenting teaching methods and discussing how to enhance teaching and learning at Whitworth.
- our career services office as its staff members work with students and alumni at all stages in their vocational-discernment and job-search processes.
- Epoch Award and Christianity Today Award winner and Whitworth alum Jena Lee Nardella, ’04, as she presents a lecture, “One Thousand Wells,” Tuesday evening on campus.
- weekly campus worship: We pray for Tuesday’s community chapel service as we worship together and hear the message, from Galatians, by Forrest Buckner; Tuesday night’s Hosanna, as our students gather for an interactive time of communal worship; Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; Thursday’s community chapel, which provides the opportunity for the entire university community to come together to strengthen our spiritual focus.
- the many Bible studies that take place each week on and off campus (led by students, faculty members and campus-ministry staff) to foster community, honesty, and growth with Jesus.
Living God, we thank you for the freedom that you have given us in and through Jesus. Thank you that we are no longer slavishly bound to make ourselves right before you through our own merits, nor are we slaves to the old sinful ways in which we sought to find abundant life. Thank you that as your children, we are set free by Jesus to live in the joyful abundance of his grace and to join God in his redemptive, freedom-bringing work in this world by the Holy Spirit. Amen.
This week we pray for…
- our students, who are facing midterm exams; please ask that they will have peace, focus, encouragement, and perseverance.
- Whitworth students, faculty and staff who have endured trials; we ask that they will be comforted in their time of need.
- Pirate student-athletes as they travel to compete in various sports, representing the Whitworth community. Pray they’ll have fellowship and fun, that they’ll develop as people and grow with Jesus; pray, too, for our coaches to have the wisdom and strength to lead our these hard-working athletes.
- our ongoing campus worship services: at Tuesday’s community chapel service, where Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will preach from the Book of Galatians; Tuesday night’s Hosanna student-led worship and reflection; Wednesday’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and Thursday’s chapel service, as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
- prospective students as we welcome them and their parents to Whitworth. Pray that God would provide peace and wisdom to those families and that God would continue to lead future Whitworthians to this place.
- Whitworth Theatre’s fall production, as students present William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Pray for strength, joy, and hearts of worship as students, staff, and faculty perform during the weekend.
Lord, thank you for all that you are doing in our lives. We are so glad that we are your children and that each and every day we are led by the Spirit of the Most High. As we follow your direction, we are grateful for all that you do for and through us.
This week we pray for…
- students who may be struggling with their classes or courses. Please pray for wisdom and strength as they listen to lectures and complete assignments.
- students to grow closer with Jesus, knowing more clearly the truth and reality of who Jesus is through their time at Whitworth.
- Tuesday’s Teaching Roundtable discussion, during which faculty will support one another and share innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning. These discussions occur regularly throughout the academic year.
- Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring a community lecture by Nydia Martinez, “Honoring Diversity or Homogenizing Identities?” on Tuesday evening.
- the President’s Leadership Forum, featuring New York Times columnist and author David Brooks. Pray both for the breakfast, which brings members of the Spokane community to the downtown Convention Center and for Brooks’s Monday-afternoon presentation to the Whitworth community.
- the Whitworth University Board of Trustees as they are on campus for their fall meetings. Please pray with thanksgiving for the deep commitment of these trustees to Whitworth and its mission as well as for their conversations and decisions as they provide important leadership for the university.
- our small groups as they enter their third week of meeting together to share life and engage with Jesus. Pray for student small-group leaders and small-group coordinators in each dorm along with campus-ministry staff members Allison Maus and Rev. Mindy Smith as they guide the leaders.
- ongoing campus worship at Whitworth, including Tuesday’s community chapel service as Stephy Nobles-Beans preaches from the Book of Galatians; Tuesday-night’s student-led Hosanna worship service; Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching; and Thursday’s chapel communion service.
- Family Weekend, as parents are reunited with their children and celebrate the completion of the first month-and-a-half of the school year. Pray especially for good connections, communication, and time together for those parents and students (particularly for families with freshmen).
- our fall theatre production, William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Please ask for strength, joy, and hearts of worship as students, staff, and faculty complete their preparations and present the play a number of times throughout the weekend.
Lord we are so grateful that we are saved through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. All the promises that Abraham claimed now belong to us. We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free people or even merely men or women, but we are all the same: We are Christians. We are one in Christ Jesus. And for this we are thankful.
This week we pray for…
- our students’ physical and mental well-being as they continue to work hard at their studies.
- our students to continue to choose relationships wisely and to nurture them intentionally; we ask that every student would find a place of belonging at Whitworth.
- Whitworth’s Faculty Assembly, as faculty members collaborate to advance the university’s mission.
- the President’s Coffee for Staff, as Whitworth President Beck Taylor recognizes staff members’ years of service.
- Monday’s inclusive-university-classroom workshops and lecture for the Whitworth community. Our presenter will be Dena Samuels, Ph.D., author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World.
- Tuesday’s community chapel service, as we come together to hear the Word of God from Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner, who will preach from the Book of Galatians; for Hosanna, as our students gather for a time of reflection, sharing scriptures, and worship; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
prospective students as they are welcomed to Whitworth to tour the campus and attend an admissions presentation, parent presentation, and student panel.
- for rehearsals and performances filled with joy, gratitude, community, and worship, as the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra performs with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
- Saturday’s event celebrating the 100-year-anniversary of the Whitworth Auxiliary, at which the community will give thanks for a century of commitment and good works in support of Whitworth and its mission.
Lord, we are so grateful that because we are in relationship with you, the blessings that you promised the children of Israel are ours. And we thank you for the fact that through the Holy Spirit and through faith, we can claim these promises in your Son, Jesus Christ.
Sept. 28-Oct. 4
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
This week we pray for…
- our students, as they continue to invest time and hard work in their studies; we ask that they will be motivated to stay focused and on track.
- Tuesday’s chapel service, as the entire community seeks to grow in faith and in the knowledge of Christ.
- Hosanna, Whitworth’s student-led ministry that seeks, each Tuesday evening, to allow students to engage in authentic worship while incorporating service elements in both new and familiar ways. All are invited to share in this special community as we discover the renewing grace of Jesus Christ through Scripture, reflection, and worship.
- the Fall Volunteer Fair, on Wednesday, as students, faculty, and staff meet local organizations that need volunteers. The fair is a great opportunity for students to find ways to plug into and serve the Spokane community.
- the Whitworth Student Symposium, a five-part lecture series featuring the independent scholarly research of Whitworth students. Previous lectures have featured the appropriate scope of self-defense legislation, the legitimacy of intelligent-design theory, philosophical approaches to disagreement, and divestment as a response to anthropogenic climate change.
- Wednesday’s AWAKE service which focuses from the perspective of college students on gospel, worship, and fellowship. AWAKE is also the home of Whitworth’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but all are invited.
- Thursday’s community worship service, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, as we learn and grow in our various gifts, and as we offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles. Services are led by Whitworth University choirs, sacred dancers, and many other members of the Whitworth community.
- Why Whitworth visit days, as we welcome prospective students to our campus with an admissions presentation, lunch, a parent seminar, a student panel, and tours of our residence halls.
Lord, we are so thankful as men and women of God to participate with Christ in self-sacrifice. We are crucified to our own desires and life plans, and we live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ, with whom we are now one.
Sept. 21- 27
This week we pray for…
- students, that God will give them wisdom, knowledge and understanding in their classes.
- our freshmen as they get started here – for community, belonging, discernment about what to commit to, and excitement about their classes.
- Carl E. Olson, Catholic theologian, author and editor of Ignatius Insight and Catholic World Report. On Monday he will speak on Theosis in a lecture titled, “God, Grace and Partaking in Divine Nature.”
- the Whitworth community as we gather for Tuesday’s Chapel Worship, as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaches from Galatians, and for Hosanna’s student led worship, prayer and reflection Tuesday night.
- Community Building Day on Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for approximately 1,000 Whitworth faculty, staff, and students to engage in service throughout Spokane County.
- Awake services as students gather for a time of fellowship, fun, worship and scripture on Wednesday.
- Whitworth Associate Professor of History Anthony Clark, Ph.D., as he presents his first public lecture as Lindaman Endowed Chair on the topics of religious freedom and the reign of God. Clark’s talk will explore Christian understandings of the reign of God in a world seemingly torn apart by sectarianism and religious difference.
- Chapel worship on Thursday as the community comes together around the Lord’s Supper.
- the new Diversity Cabinet as members begin their important work of leading the campus in the implementation of the Institutional Diversity Committee’s recommendations that will help Whitworth better live out its Christ-centered mission in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Lord you are so merciful. Thank you for providing grace and mercy; You are a good God that comes to those that need You. Let Your desires be our desires, that we will not stray away from this Good News, this Gospel you have so freely given to us. Provide your grace through protection from the harm that seems to come to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are grateful for the strength to get through each day, because You are there to provide it for us and we are so thankful.