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January 20, 2020 / Whitworth University

Jan Term Worship

Jan. 20-26

This week we pray for:

  • Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 20, including:
    • Whitworth community members who will join the MLK march and rally in downtown Spokane. We particularly pray for this year’s keynote speaker, Rev. Stephanie Nobles Beans, Whitworth’s associate chaplain for diversity, equity & inclusion ministry.
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country, particularly for racial justice and righteousness. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community near and far could be faithful and obedient in striving for reconciliation and equity for all who bear God’s image.
    • Tuesday evening’s Jan Term Chapel Community Worship service as community members gather for a time of worship, testimony and prayer honoring and following the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., worshiping the God who gives us glimpses of his Kingdom and invites us to live as witnesses to that Kingdom in word and deed.
  • Students as they complete their Jan Term classes, that they will continue to stay focused, have strength for exams and learn effectively to the end.
  • All of the many groups who are returning from study away programs this week. We pray for safe travel and God’s care for them as they re-enter life here. We particularly pray that God would protect, preserve and promote the growth and learning that happened on the trips.
  • Students over Jan Term break for safety, wisdom and rich community wherever they may go.
  • The amazing Whitworth grounds and facilities staff who labor to keep campus safe and operable during the winter months, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you, God, that you are a God of righteousness and justice, a God who hates evil and loves good. Please give us eyes to see the world as you see it. Allow us to see evil and hate it for what it is, wherever it occurs. Remove the evil and selfishness in us and in the structures of our world, so that we can more faithfully witness to and participate in your Kingdom reign. And please allow us to see glimpses of your Kingdom as we continue on the slow but worthwhile path of seeking your righteousness first. Amen.

January 13, 2020 / Whitworth University

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Jan. 13-19

Scripture: Luke 9:27

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they continue Jan Term classes, that they will work hard, learn well, and be transformed in mind and heart.
  • Students to know the light, love and truth of Jesus as Lord of their lives.
  • For faculty and staff as they teach, support and guide students in various ways both on campus and in study abroad programs all over the world.
  • Students, staff and faculty who may be ill during this time, that God will heal and sustain them with loving care.
  • The many U-Rec outdoor offerings throughout the winter. We pray for safety, community, joy and worshipful awe before God’s amazing creation.
  • Various events this week on campus in preparation for the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. We pray that God would continue to grow and transform the Whitworth community to be a community that lives into the reality of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ. We hope to be witnesses of God’s heart for justice to those near and far.
  • Jan Term Community Worship Services on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as we gather for a time of student-led praise, prayer and testimony. We pray that God would unite us in joyful multicultural worship and that students would encounter Christ and respond in trust and obedience.
  • The annual Whitworth Board of Trustees winter gathering. We pray with gratitude for the faithful support and guidance of the Board, and we pray for ongoing wisdom, unity and provision as they continue to guide Whitworth in its mission to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we thank you each and every day. You know the plans for our lives when we don’t. We rest in you, knowing that you provide what is best for our lives, giving us hope and excitement for the future. Thank you for the glimpses of your Kingdom that provide us insight into our eternal destiny as citizens of a new heaven and new earth. Empower us this day to live as faithful witnesses to your Kingdom in word and deed. Amen.

January 6, 2020 / Whitworth University

Glimpses of the Kingdom

Jan. 6-13

Scripture: Mark 1:15

This week we pray for:

  • Students and faculty who are participating in Jan Term study abroad programs away from Whitworth in: Tall Timber Ranch near Leavenworth, Wash., Washington D.C., Hawaii, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Greece, Guadeloupe, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. We pray for safety, rich learning, life-giving community, growth in cultural competency and further transformation into the people God made them to be.
  • Students who are on campus over Jan Term, for great learning, community connections and transformation by the Spirit of God.
  • Students, to make wise and healthy decisions in their time management, studies and relationships during this Jan Term.
  • Faculty enduring the rigors of Jan Term teaching three hours per day. We pray for strength, passion for their topic and ongoing eyes to see students as God does.
  • Jan Term Community Worship Services on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as we gather for a time of student-led praise, prayer and testimonies. We pray that God would unite us in joyful multicultural worship and that students would encounter Christ and respond in trust and obedience.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we are so thankful for the new year. We pray that you would bless the year ahead. Guide our days in your ways and light, that we may gain your wisdom. Fill this new year with your kindness that overflows through us in acts of justice and kindness to others. Because of your great love, may we be glad and rejoice all our days, and may we truly see glimpses of the Kingdom this year.

December 9, 2019 / Whitworth University

Christmas Candlelight Service

Dec. 9-Jan. 5

Scripture: John 1:5

This week we pray for:

  • Students, for wisdom, strength and rich learning as they prepare for and take final exams this week.
  • Students over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, that they will travel safely and find rest and meaningful connection with family and friends.
  • Monday’s monthly Faculty Assembly as faculty members join together for their important communal governance work.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff, including general manager Megan Helm and operations manager Dan King, as they complete their semester of serving our community through their excellent, faithful and joyful offering of thousands of meals each week.
  • This semester’s final reflective Morning Prayer service on Monday.
  • Monday’s Christmas Candlelight Service as we celebrate together the joy of Jesus’ birth with the Whitworth community in Scripture, prayer, song and communion.
  • Wednesday’s The Longest Night Service of worship, lament, prayer and hope. We pray for all of those for whom the Christmas season brings feelings of loss, pain and grief, that they would know God’s loving and powerful presence in this time.
  • All those performing in and attending the Annual Christmas Festival Concert, held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox in Spokane, including Whitworth Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus and student instrumentalists, that all would encounter God the Creator by the power of the Spirit through this beautiful artistic presentation.
  • Faculty as they grade final exams and projects while completing their other responsibilities for the semester, for strength, wisdom and joy.
  • All Whitworth faculty and staff. Thankful for their faithful service, we pray for rich worship, restful Sabbath – for those who are able, and meaningful relationships over these two weeks between terms.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we are so thankful for your Son Jesus, who is our hope in this broken world. This Advent, help us slow down, listen to your voice and focus on what’s really important.

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

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

Most of all, we find love in and from you. May the light of your love shine in our hearts. Let your love transform every aspect of our lives and touch everyone we encounter.

Come, Lord Jesus.

Amen.

December 2, 2019 / Whitworth University

The Son of God: The Crucified and Risen Jesus

Dec. 2-8

Scripture: Mark 15:16-41, 16:1-8

This week we pray:

  • For students as they return from Thanksgiving, that God would strengthen and encourage them for the final two weeks of the semester in both academic and co-curricular endeavors.
  • For our award-winning forensics and ethics bowl teams, including their coaches, Professors Mike Ingram and Keith Wyma, that they would grow in community and with God as they develop their communication and reasoning skills. We pray these talents would be used for God’s good purposes in the world throughout their lives and careers.
  • For the official beginning of this Christmas season at Whitworth as faculty, staff and students gather for the President’s Annual Christmas Reception and Dinner & Tree-Lighting Event, hosted by Beck and Julie Taylor on Dec. 2.
  • With gratitude for the faithful service and generosity of Whitworth’s committed employees, represented by each luminaria along the Hello Walk. These are set out for Light the Way’s annual celebration of faculty and staff who supported Whitworth financially this year.
  • For the final week of normal Campus Worship programs:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches the final sermon in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music, prayer, testimony and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services
  • With thanks for the Whitworth Auxiliary and their annual bazaar and bake sale on Friday that benefits Whitworth students in a variety of ways.
  • With gratitude for Whitworth’s 18-year partnership with the Act Six Scholar program, which focuses on leadership development while equipping students for vision, service, diversity, community and transformation. We particularly pray for the six seniors of Cadre 14 making their capstone presentations and the eight first-year students of Cadre 17 sharing their reflections on leadership this week.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you, Jesus, that you are our crucified and risen Lord, our resurrection and life.
Be the resurrection and the life for us and all whom you have made.
Be the resurrection and the life for those caught in the grip of sin and addiction.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who feel forsaken.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who live as if you are not.
Be the resurrection and the life for those who are striving for justice in the world.
Be the resurrection and the life for anyone anywhere who knows suffering and death in any form, and for creation itself, which groans in travail.
Be the resurrection and the life in the fellowship we enjoy, that filled anew with the wonder of your love we may faithfully be witness to your resurrection and life in all we do and say. Amen.

November 25, 2019 / Whitworth University

Embracing Failure: The Mercy of Jesus

Nov. 25-Dec. 2

Scripture: Mark 14:53-72, 16:7

This week we pray for:

  • Safe travel, meaningful connections with family and friends, and refreshing encouragement for students over Thanksgiving Break.
  • Students who are not able to be with their own families during Thanksgiving, especially our international students, that God would provide loving community, joy and warm hospitality over the break.
  • Staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and joy as they serve God by stewarding their roles at Whitworth.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer service
  • Wednesday’s Staff Development Coffee, as staff from across campus gather for community and mutual encouragement in support of Whitworth’s mission.
  • Whitworth University, with thanksgiving for God’s provision and blessing over the past 129 years, providing a Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students. 

Thanksgiving:

God of mercy and love, we are grateful for the mercy that you have shown us, reaching down to fallen humanity and lifting us up to be seated together with your beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live. Thank you for your incredible forgiveness and your amazing grace towards us. Help us show your mercy and compassion through the power of your Spirit this day and always. Amen.

November 18, 2019 / Whitworth University

Extravagant Worship: The Worthy Jesus

Nov. 18-24

Scripture: Mark 14:3-9

This week we pray for:

  • Strength and peace for students as they persevere in their studies through this challenging November stretch leading up to Thanksgiving break.
  • Thursday’s 12th Annual International & Diversity Forum, hosted by the School of Education Diversity Committee, as they explore this year’s theme of “Embracing Cultural Identity and Native Ways of Knowing.” We pray that the forum would accomplish its goals to build international and cultural understanding and to prepare individuals for flourishing in a global environment.
  • Whitworth’s many incredible international students, particularly as they celebrate on Friday the 34th Annual International Festival, in which students from around the world share a glimpse of their home culture. We give thanks for each international student and pray for them to be sustained, loved and equipped well in their season at Whitworth.
  • Monday’s Teaching Roundtable as Whitworth’s faculty gather to grow in community and in innovative teaching methods to enhance learning.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Lauren Taylor preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:

Extravagant God, you are worthy of all our worship. We are grateful for Jesus Christ our Lord, who poured himself out not only for us, but for the whole world. In response to your glory, goodness and love, we ask you to empower us by your Spirit, to offer afresh our bodies as living sacrifices to you today and forever. Amen.

November 11, 2019 / Whitworth University

Kingdom Love: Jesus and the Commandments

Nov. 11-17

Scripture: Mark 12:28-34

This week we pray for:

  • Strength and perseverance for students in their studies and in their extracurricular commitments.
  • Student athletes as they travel and compete, for safety, joy, community, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team as they compete this week in regionals and train and compete throughout the year. We pray for joy, learning, and formation into the men and women God has made them to be as they work hard together.
  • Our Veterans Day Service on Monday, with keynote speaker U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, honoring all of our veterans and remembering those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We also pray with gratitude for the Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion with its Whitworth and Gonzaga officers in training along with the Battalion’s oversight officers.
  • President’s Coffee, as staff come together to connect, celebrate years of service anniversaries and hear university updates from President Beck A. Taylor.
  • Thursday’s launch of the Whitworth Women’s Leadership Network Student Branch. We pray for the group to provide community, encouragement and wisdom for Whitworth women in service to God’s great purposes for their lives.
  • Faculty Assembly and Faculty Scholarship Forum this week as Whitworth’s faculty discuss, learn, present and make governance decisions.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Stephanie Nobles Beans preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services

Thanksgiving:

God, our desire is to build your kingdom with love, but we confess that most of the time we live as if that is not true. We spend so much of our days trying to build our own kingdoms, making ourselves the center of our lives. Lord, we need your Spirit to remind us minute-by-minute that this life is not all about us. Reorient us to center our lives on you and your purposes in the world. Lord God, we want to see our daily life through the eyes of your kingdom. Help us to seek first your kingdom in all things. Amen.

November 4, 2019 / Whitworth University

Faith that Sees: Jesus the Compassionate

Nov. 4-10

Scripture: Mark 10:46-52

This week we pray for:

  • Students as the new season brings colder weather and less daylight, that they will know God’s strength and sustenance physically, spiritually, academically and emotionally.
  • The Associated Students of Whitworth University, that they would know God’s wisdom as they serve this campus and that God would use them to bring unity and flourishing here.
  • Monday’s lecture by Jim Edwards, the Bruner-Welch Professor Emeritus of Theology, on his new book Between the Swastika and the Sickle: The Life, Disappearance and Execution of Ernst Lohmeyer.
  • Worship and ministry leader David Bailey as he brings his new movie, 11AM Sunday Morning: Hope for America’s Most Segregated Hour, to campus for viewing Wednesday evening. We also pray for his talk Thursday night, “Worshipping Woke.” We pray that our community would continue to become aware of racial injustice and the ways God is inviting us as diverse followers of Jesus to worship God in unity and righteousness.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as President Beck A. Taylor preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services
  • The admissions, financial aid and student accounts staff as they continue to share the vision of Whitworth with prospective students, including this week’s Why Whitworth visits. We pray for students and families who are discerning God’s leading for their university choice, and we pray for God’s provision of next year’s Whitworth class.
  • All of our veterans and dependents of veterans. We give thanks for their service to us and to our country and pray for Saturday’s Military/Veteran’s Appreciation Football Game, that they would feel appropriately honored and celebrated.

Thanksgiving:

Lord, you teach us throughout your Word about compassion and call us not to ignore those in need. Yet at times we feel blinded and get so wrapped up in our own lives that those people become easy to dismiss. Please open our eyes; let us see those around us who need compassion. Compel us to listen to them. Give us the heart to be interested and the means to help.

We want to be like you, who had so much compassion for the world that you sacrificed Your Son on the cross for us. We want to have Your heart for the world – that we would do all we can to be a voice for the oppressed, a giver to the poor and encouragement for the disabled. Thank you, Lord, for your compassion. By your grace and Spirit, may we truly reflect it in our daily lives. Amen.

October 28, 2019 / Whitworth University

The Way of the Suffering: Jesus the Servant/Ransom

Oct. 28-Nov. 4

Scripture: Mark 10:32-45

This week we pray for:

  • Safety and continued refreshment for students as they return from fall break – particularly that they would be ready and open to engage in all that God has for them in the second half of the semester.
  • Students’ strength in mind, body, soul and spirit and for boldness to share their faith in love and compassion.
  • All student athletes, especially the winter sport athletes as they begin competitions. We pray particularly that God would continue to raise up and encourage Christian leaders on every team who desire to see their teammates grow closer to Jesus. We also pray for annual Pirate Night as Whitworth Athletics supporters gather for a night of celebration and vital fundraising.
  • Faculty and staff for continued strength in the work that God has called them to here. We pray for eyes to see students as God does along with worshipful creativity and diligence in their work.
  • Saturday’s 31st Annual Guest Artist Concert featuring Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with the Whitworth Jazz Ensemble. We pray for all students participating in the event – for joy, community and gratitude for the gifts of music, creativity, collaboration and hard work.
  • President Beck A. Taylor, his family and his leadership at Whitworth.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services
    • The final week of Life Groups as students gather with a staff or faculty mentor for Christ-centered community, Bible study and prayer. We give thanks for these groups and pray for ongoing Christian growth and community beyond the official meeting period

Thanksgiving:

Lord, we are grateful that you loved us enough to endure suffering on the cross. You loved us enough to bear our sin and shame that we may gain eternal life, and we are so thankful. You were the ransom. You paid a debt that you did not owe, and we owed a debt that we could not pay. May we demonstrate our gratitude each and every day for such a great love as we serve others, following the example of your service to us. Amen.