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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. 

March 29, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Solidarity of the Crucified and Resurrected Jesus with Suffering Slaves

March 29-April 4 

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:18-25 

This week we pray for:

  • All the Whitworth community during this Holy Week and Easter Sunday, that God would meet each person this week in the gift of remembering the suffering and resurrection of Jesus on our behalf. We especially pray for students who do not know Jesus yet and others who have been ambivalent about their faith, that they would hear of and experience the good news of Jesus this week in a new way that leads them to take steps of trust in Christ. 
  • Friday’s special Stations of the Cross time of meditation on campus led by student leaders in the Loop. We pray that all who participate would know God’s love revealed in Jesus in increasing measure. 
  • Churches throughout Spokane as they gather to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Sunday. We pray for students to find a church home where they can regularly worship in community.  
  • Perseverance for students, faculty and staff as they press on through the week that typically would be Spring Break in the academic calendar. We pray for determination and strength for all and that the three-day weekend with Good Friday off would bring much needed refreshment.  
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks, particularly with Easter celebrations over the three-day weekend. We also pray for strength and wisdom for the COVID Care Team as they navigate the changing public health needs. 
  • Interim Whitworth President Scott McQuilkin as he begins the transition from his role as vice president for institutional advancement into the interim president. We give thanks for such a faithful interim who knows and loves Whitworth and pray that God would give Scott wisdom, love and joy. 
  • The Whitworth Off-Campus Programs Fair on Tuesday. We pray that students would get connected with the programs in which they can grow and be transformed by God’s Spirit through a Jan Term or May Term course away from campus.  
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse 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, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, 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. 

Thanksgiving: 

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we come to you in gratitude during this Holy Week, grateful for the love of Jesus, our suffering King. Thank you, Jesus, for showing solidarity with us and all those who suffer. We pray for those who are suffering all around the world that they would know the love, power and solidarity of the God who took on flesh and suffered in our place and on our behalf. We pray that we could walk with Jesus in his sufferings on behalf of a broken world this week in preparation for a joyful celebration of his victory over sin, death and evil on Sunday morning. May the Light of Jesus illuminate us and our hurting world this week and always. Amen. 

March 22, 2021 / Whitworth University

Living as God’s Chosen People Regarding Institutions and Rulers 

March 22-29 

Scripture: 2 Peter 11-17 

This week we pray for: 

  • Perseverance for students, faculty and staff as they draw near to the time in the semester when they would typically be having a Spring Break to look forward to. We pray for tenacity, joy and healthy rhythms for all. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols. We pray for students who have to spend time in isolation or quarantine, that they would find comfort, strength and community as they wait. We also pray for the COVID Care Team as they help our community stay safe and flourishing during this time. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for President Beck A. Taylor as he preaches his final chapel sermon on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, 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. 
  • The twelve Life Groups entering their fifth week, as faculty and staff lead small groups to help students grow in their Christian faith, in community and with a mentor. We pray for transformational connections with God and with each other by the Spirit. 
  • Friday’s 6th annual Diversity Monologues, as nine students share their answers to the question, “How do you come to know faith?” We pray that the students sharing would know God’s peace as they share stories of their concept of faith. We pray that those who hear would have open ears to hear and learn from the lived experiences of peers in the Whitworth community. We give thanks as well for the Christ-centered and passionate leadership of our Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Rev. Stephy Nobles Beans, master of ceremonies and Diversity Monologues poet laureate. We pray that all involved would come to better know the wonderful, life-changing and far-reaching good news of Jesus that is extended to us all.  
  • The Whitworth Board of Trustees and board chair Brian Kirkpatrick as they begin the process of searching for an interim and permanent president for Whitworth. We pray for wisdom and unity, while trusting in God’s good provision for Whitworth. 

Thanksgiving: 

Living God, thank you for your call to holiness that makes us distinct as your followers. We pray that by your grace we would live such good lives that those around us would see our lives and glorify you. Please teach us how to live rightly as members of society regarding public engagement, remembering our true identity as citizens of your Kingdom while also appropriately honoring the authorities that are in place for the common good. Lead us forward as your people in these divided times, with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Amen.

March 15, 2021 / Whitworth University

Spiritual Milkshakes: Growing Into Salvation

March 14-21 

Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-3 

This week we pray for: 

  • President Beck A. Taylor and his family as they begin their transition from Whitworth. We pray for President Taylor’s transition in his role here and into his new role as president of Samford University on June 1. We give thanks to God for President Taylor’s wonderful 11 years of leadership at Whitworth and all the ways that God has used him to guide Whitworth toward flourishing and fulfillment of its mission to equip students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. 
  • The Whitworth family (near and far) as we all process the news of the end of President Taylor’s great tenure here. We particularly pray for the Whitworth Board of Trustees and board chair Brian Kirkpatrick as they begin leading the process of searching for an interim and permanent president for Whitworth. 
  • All students at Whitworth to be drawn closer to Jesus through their relationships, experiences and education, that they would witness the truth of who Jesus is.  
  • Any students who are feeling lonely in this time. We pray for people to notice them and reach out to them, and we pray for those lonely students to have the courage and strength to reach out for relationship and support. For all we pray that God would bring his comfort and a knowledge of his presence.  
  • Student-athletes as all of Whitworth’s athletics teams continue in their competition seasons and as some of the traditional fall sports finish their competition seasons. We pray for safety, joy, community, hard work, and growth into the men and women God has called them to be. We pray for patience, peace and perseverance amid the continued unknowns from week to week regarding uncertain competition schedules due to COVID. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Kent McDonald as he preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, 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. 
  • Everyone involved in this weekend’s Whitworth Main Stage theatre production, Antigone. We pray God would be using the experience for the performers to develop their gifts, grow in community and be formed further into the people God made them to be. 
  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols. We also pray for the COVID Care Team as they help our community stay safe and flourishing during this time. 
  • 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.   

Thanksgiving: 

Lord, we praise and thank you that we have tasted that the Lord is good, most clearly in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We pray that we could walk in love and sincerity as we grow into our salvation. During this Lenten season, we continue to remember the burden that Jesus joyfully bore for us in order that we might share in his riches of Sonship. Lead us to live as your beloved children in love for you and others this week. As beloved children of God, we trust your provision, guidance and care for the presidential transition here at Whitworth. Amen. 

March 8, 2021 / Whitworth University

The Eternal Word of God (Jesus) Calling Us to Love

March 8-14 

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:22-25  

This week we pray for: 

  • Continued protection from COVID outbreaks and diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols. We pray for students who have to spend time in isolation or quarantine, that they would find comfort, strength and community as they wait. We also pray for the COVID Care Team as they help our community stay safe and flourishing during this time. 
  • Monday’s Faculty Assembly, as faculty members gather virtually for important governance work. We pray for wisdom, charity, unity and vision. 
  • Monday’s Simpson-Duvall Lecture by Peter Kreeft on twenty-first century ecumenism. We pray that the lecture, and others like it, will help equip the Whitworth community to engage church and culture in Christian ways that align with God’s good purposes in the world. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Stephaine Nobles Beans as she preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, 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. 
  • The twelve Life Groups entering their third week, as faculty and staff lead small groups to help students grow in their Christian faith, in community and with a mentor. We pray for transformational connections with God and with each other by the Spirit. 
  • The Multicultural Visit Program over the weekend as high school seniors who come from multicultural backgrounds and/or are the first in their families to attend college visit Whitworth to learn about the academic and student life programs offered at Whitworth. We pray that they would find great encouragement and inspiration to be who God made them to be as they connect with student leaders and meet university faculty and staff. 

Thanksgiving:  

Lord, we are deeply grateful that because of the gospel we can follow the truth and live in genuine love for one another. Thank you for your enduring Word through which you have given us new life. We pray that this Word would go forth to all the world, and that we could be bold and faithful ambassadors of that good news for which the world is longing. Amen.

March 1, 2021 / Whitworth University

Living in Light of the Grace and Judgment of God

March 1-7 

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:13-21 

This week we pray for: 

  • Diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols and continued protection from COVID outbreaks. We also pray for the COVID Care Team and our health center as they help our community stay safe and flourishing during this time. 
  • Monday’s Emmaus Scholar’s Lecture that welcomes Rev. Esau McCaulley, Ph.D., as its inaugural speaker via Zoom webinar. We pray for McCaulley, a world-class New Testament scholar and Anglican priest who has become a nationally known public intellectual speaking on race, justice and Christian faith. He will speak on his recent book, Reading While Black, that explores the intersection of race, Christian faith and biblical interpretation. We pray that we as a Whitworth community (and beyond) would have ears to hear what God is saying to us as we grow in faithfulness to Christ in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters. (Feel free to join us via Zoom.) We also pray for McCaulley’s conversations with faculty and staff on Monday and student leaders on Tuesday, that God would work in those conversations to grow us into ones who see the world more clearly and who actively care about what God cares about, particularly regarding racial justice. 
  • Music students and faculty, particularly choral musicians, who are patiently making the best of this COVID-modified year. We pray that they would know God’s love and care and that they could continue to discover creative ways to cultivate their gifts and enjoy community. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse 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, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, 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. 
  • The U-Rec and Whitworth Outdoor Recreation programs as they offer opportunities for Whitworth students to grow in physical health, enjoy God’s creation and cultivate community. We pray for God to be honored and at work in and through all of their wonderful offerings.  
  • 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. 

Thanksgiving:  

Thank you, Lord God, for calling us into your family through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. As your children, empower us to give our whole selves to you as ones set apart for your purposes in the world. Lead us in your holiness so that as we live as resident aliens here on earth, the truth of who you are would be seen in our words, actions and attitudes. We acknowledge our dependence upon you and your grace to walk in holiness by the power of your Holy Spirit. Lead us in his ways of love and obedience this day and always. Amen.

February 22, 2021 / Whitworth University

Living Hope Versus Human Hope

Feb. 22-28  

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:3-12 

This week we pray for:

  • Every Whitworth student to draw nearer to Jesus throughout their Whitworth experience, witnessing the truth and reality of who God is. 
  • Diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols and continued protection from COVID outbreaks. We also pray for the COVID Care Team and our health center as they help our community stay safe and continue flourishing during this time. 
  • Student-athletes as all of Whitworth’s athletics teams continue in their competition seasons. We pray for safety, joy, community, hard work, and growth into the men and women God has called them to be. We pray for patience, peace and perseverance amid the continued unknowns of uncertain competition schedules week to week due to COVID exposure from either team. 
  • Whitworth’s Ethics Bowl team of students (along with coaches Keith Wyma and Mike Ingram) as the team competes in the National Ethics Bowl this weekend virtually. We pray that these students are able to give their best efforts and in so doing grow in community and into men and women who can contribute to the increase of goodness and truth in our society now and into the future. 
  • Campus worship this week: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse to worship God and explore our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement from 1 Peter.” We pray for Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor as she preaches on Tuesday. We pray for Thursday worship as well, as we come together for testimony, music and the Lord’s Supper. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, prayer and small-group conversation regarding a Scripture passage. 
    • 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. 
  • Tuesday’s Pop-up Panel on equality in 2020 with Professor Kathryn Lee, Assistant Professor Bi Zhao and Associate Professor Katherine Karr-Cornejo for a multidisciplinary conversation about equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We pray that God would use this discussion and others like it to equip our students to engage wisely with the real needs and challenges of our contemporary world. 
  • Whitworth’s Balance Your Bucs program which helps equip students to manage their finances well, that Whitworth students would honor God with the stewardship of their financial resources for his purposes.  
  • Friday’s Gospel Zoomplosion (typically Gospel Explosion) as Rev. Stephy Nobles Beans, our associate chaplain for diversity, equity & inclusion ministry, leads the 26th annual event of gospel praise and worship through music, dance and poetry. 

Thanksgiving:  

Father God, in a world that is in deep need of hope, we thank you that you are our risen Savior, who has given us a living hope through your gracious death and resurrection for us. Develop in us an unwavering trust in the hope that is set before us because we have seen and know the truth of who you are. Please use us as ones who share the living hope of Jesus in word and deed, this week and beyond. Amen. 

February 15, 2021 / Whitworth University

Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement From 1 Peter

Feb. 15-21 

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:12 

This week we pray for: 

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes for spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard, and engage well with their courses while also growing in meaningful relationships. 
  • This week’s Ash Wednesday Service and the beginning of Lent, that God would lead us in this season to be people who recognize our mortality as creatures of the dust and our dependence upon God’s abundant grace.  
  • Wednesday’s Founders Week celebration as we celebrate Whitworth’s 131st birthday. We give thanks for God’s incredible provision over the years in accordance with George Whitworth’s vision for a mind-and-heart education.  
  • Wednesday’s One Pine Day crowdfunding effort and the 13 valuable projects that are seeking funding this year. We pray that God would provide for these exciting endeavors and would continue to grant Whitworth the material provision to pursue and forward its mission in new ways.  
  • Diligence for all Whitworth community members to observe health protocols and continued protection from COVID outbreaks. We also pray for the COVID Care Team and its leaders Jon Bosh and Randy Michaelis as they help our community stay safe and continue flourishing during this time. 
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning, and energy and creativity to teach well, particularly with the extra complexity that WhitworthFLEX hybrid teaching demands of them.  
  • The first week of our campus worship programs for the semester: 
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in a physically-distanced manner in the fieldhouse to worship God as we begin exploring our theme for the semester, “Standing Firm in Grace: Encouragement From 1 Peter.” We pray for Rev. Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we all can serve God in our various vocations. 
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through up-front music, prayer and small-group conversation regarding a Scripture passage. 
    • 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. 
  • Local pastor Leslie McAuley as she presents an ASWU-sponsored lecture on “Reconciliation in the Church” on Wednesday as part of Whitworth’s participation in Black History Month. 
  • 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. 

Thanksgiving: 

Creator God, as we begin the season of Lent and this Spring Term, may we acknowledge who you are in our lives and who we are as ones dependent upon you. We need your amazing grace. May we know you as the Shepherd who carries us in the midst of our fears. Help us to love and manifest your Spirit of love in all we do. As we stand firm in grace, may your mercy flow through us to encourage all those are around us and to be witnesses of the goodness of your Kingdom in word and deed. Amen. 

February 8, 2021 / Whitworth University

Opening Convocation: God’s Fresh Mercy

Feb. 8-14, 2021 

Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-23 

This week we pray for: 

  • The entire campus community as we begin the Spring Term together with the start of classes and Whitworth’s Opening Convocation via video on Feb. 11. We pray particularly for Provost Gregor Thuswaldner as he delivers the convocation message. We give thanks for the mission of Whitworth to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity that has been faithfully pursued for 131 years. We particularly give thanks for God’s provision for Whitworth in this year of COVID. As Whitworth continues forward with its mission, we pray for unity across difference, for common commitment to learning and growth, and for openness to be transformed by God’s Spirit in Christ to the end that God’s purposes would come to pass. 
  • Students returning to campus for the spring semester, for safe journeys and protection from COVID outbreaks, and that God would be preparing them for all that he has in store for them as they enter into this new term of learning, serving, growth and community.  
  • Students who will be studying virtually this semester from home. We pray for engagement, diligence and community as they learn from distance.  
  • The COVID Care Team and its leader Jon Bosh as they help our community stay safe and continue flourishing during this time. 
  • Student-athletes as all of Whitworth’s athletics teams step into their competition seasons this spring. We pray for safety, joy, community, hard work, and growth into the men and women God has called them to be. We particularly lift up Athletic Director Tim Demant and all of the athletics staff, that God would give them wisdom, creativity and strength as they navigate the complexities of this compacted season alongside the various health protocols and testing procedures. 
  • President Beck A. Taylor as he leads Whitworth University in 2021, that he and his family will continue to know God’s strength and wisdom. 
  • Wednesday’s virtual Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments during the previous academic year. We pray for strength and perseverance for faculty to pursue their academic goals toward the ends that God would be glorified, Whitworth students would learn more deeply, and the common good would be advanced through their scholarly contributions.  

Thanksgiving: 

Living God, we thank you for new beginnings and your mercy that is new every morning. We thank you for your faithfulness as Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all. We particularly give thanks for your faithfulness to Whitworth over the past 131 years. As we face the many unknowns of the future, we thank you for your mercy and power that sustains us and gives us hope. In your faithfulness, lead us forward as instruments of your peace, love and justice this day, this week and this semester, that you may be glorified and known near and far. Amen.