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February 27, 2017 / Whitworth University

True Repentance before God

Feb. 27-March 5

Scripture:
Psalm 32

This week we pray for…

  • our students to grow in wisdom and knowledge, becoming more fully the people whom God made them to be, participating in God’s loving and redeeming purposes in the world.
  • Whitworth students who are struggling with mental illness. We ask that they would know God’s care and love. We also pray for the Whitworth Counseling Center staff, asking that God would give them wisdom and compassion in their care for students.
  • the President’s Coffee gathering, where staff convene to build community, to celebrate staff members’ anniversaries, and to be updated on what’s happening at Whitworth by President Beck A. Taylor.
  • Faculty Assembly, as faculty members gather to engage in their shared governance responsibilities and to hear a campus update from President Taylor.
  • our Pirate athletes. As spring sports begin and as the men’s basketball team moves into NCAA tournament play, we ask that our student-athletes will work hard, grow in maturity, and enjoy their journey.
  • Tuesday’s presentation and discussion on the film Beyond the Color of Fear. Cast members Victor Lewis and Hugh Vasquez will lead us in a discussion about the intersection of race, inclusion, privilege, and gender, and we pray that God would continue to nurture our growth as a community that embodies his reconciling love in all its relationships.
  • Chapel Community Worship, on Tuesday, as Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Ministries Stephaine Nobles-Beans, teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; and Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion. We also pray that our Ash Wednesday service will be the beginning of a meaningful season of preparation and devotion for all who observe Lent.

Thanksgiving:
We thank you, Lord, for your abundant grace revealed in Jesus Christ. Thank you that when we turn to you, you embrace us, forgive us, and empower us to walk in the freedom of your love. Thank you that as we receive your love in Jesus, you use us to share that love with others, particularly the vulnerable and the forgotten among us. Thank you for your amazing grace!

February 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

Plea to God the Judge

Feb. 20-26

Scripture:
Psalm 7

This week we pray for…

  • students who may be facing family or personal challenges. We ask that they will find the peace and support they need and will know God’s loving and powerful presence.
  • continued strength for our faculty and staff as they love and serve our Whitworth students.
  • Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, with Forrest Buckner teaching about “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God.”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event.
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion.
  • the 127th anniversary of Whitworth’s founding, on Feb. 20, 1890. We are thankful for the founder’s vision and resolve in founding a college to pursue the “learning and culture of heart and mind that make the finished scholar.”
  • Whitworth faculty who will be attending Friday’s Faculty Development Day; we ask that they will become even better equipped for their work as professors and that they will grow in community.
  • the presentation by Christian peacemaker Jer Swigert, “Faith-Informed Citizenship: Immigrants and Refugees.” We ask that students who attend would continue to grow into their roles of living under and witnessing to God’s kingly, peace-bringing rule in Jesus.
  • students and families who are engaged in the college search. We pray that God will guide them and provide for them as they decide where to attend university. We ask, too, that God will provide Whitworth with students for the Class of 2021 who will flourish here and who will bless the institution through their presence.
  • the dramatic performance “Weaving Our Sisters Voices,” which tells the stories of 13 named and unnamed women from the Bible through dance, music and poetry.
    the 2017 BELIEF conference, which brings to campus local high school students who may be the first in their families to go to college. BELIEF provides an intensive, mentor-based college-preparation weekend for these students.
  • The Black Student Union’s “Soulful Showcase.” We ask that the students involved will grow through the experience and that the money raised will provide well for a selected local nonprofit.

Thanksgiving:
We thank you, Lord, for protection, for justice, and for saving us from our enemies. We are grateful that you have compassion not only for us, but even for those who would harm us. We are thankful for your unfailing love, and we praise you for your righteousness. We sing songs of praise to you, Oh, Lord Most High.

February 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

The Lord Reigns

Feb. 13-19

Scripture:
Psalms 46

This week we pray for…

  • students who face challenges; we ask that every need will be met – financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
  • unity and courage among our students; we pray that members of the Whitworth student body might embody a countercultural ability to speak with and respect one another across various dimensions of difference.
  • Tuesday’s On Mission lecture, sponsored by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement. We ask that the missionary speaker from India would provide inspiration and encouragement for church members in Spokane to join God’s mission here.
  • Whitworth Outdoor Recreation department. We appreciate the many opportunities this office provides our students for community, for safe outings, to view and enjoy the awesomeness of God’s creation, and for good adventures together.
  • our faculty members to be strengthened in their teaching, especially through our Teaching Roundtable presentations and through discussions that focus on innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Whitworth Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday Community Worship, as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday Community Worship gathering for music and communion.
    • Morning prayer, as students, faculty and staff begin the day on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with Scripture, silence, prayer and song.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for being our refuge and our strength when trouble is everpresent. We are grateful that you are with us and that we need not fear. When nations are in uproar, when kingdoms fall, your voice lifts us up and we are secure. It is good that when we are still, we know that you are our God. We praise you for being our fortress — for you, oh Lord, reign!

February 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

Praying the Psalms with Jesus

Feb. 6-12

Scripture:
Psalms 1 and 2

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they move forward into the spring semester; we trust and believe that the Lord will provide for them, working in ways they did not believe possible.
  • students who are working to discern their vocational calling. We ask that they will have clarity, that they will come to find purpose in their lives and that they will see how they have been uniquely made and called to love God and their neighbors through the empowerment of the Spirit of Jesus.
  • members of the Whitworth community who are especially anxious in this time, particularly our international, immigrant and undocumented students (and the loved ones of students who fall into those categories).
  • safe travel for our student-athletes as they participate in various sports (including swimming conference championships). We ask that they would give their all, grow in community, and be formed into more mature and whole women and men through their participation.
  • Why Whitworth visit days, which begin this week and take place throughout the semester, as we welcome parents and prospective students to visit and experience Whitworth.
  • Chapel community worship services as we begin spring semester “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God.” We pray for Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner as he preaches on Tuesday, and we pray for the campus community as they gather around the communion table on Thursday, asking that they would draw near to God through Jesus by the power of the Spirit. We pray that these worship services would be a place of welcome and belonging for all, and that students, staff and faculty will be able to make space joyfully in their schedules to join in worship this semester.
  • Hosanna’s student-led Tuesday-evening worship service, which creates a space in which students are invited to engage in authentic worship through music and a variety of other creative expressions.
  • AWAKE, on Wednesday evening, as students gather for a time of testimony, worship, teaching and fellowship. AWAKE is a student-led weekly gathering for students growing together in discovering who they are, who God is, and why that matters.
  • the 20-year anniversary of Whitworth’s Gospel Explosion. An evening of praise and worship as local choirs and praise teams from the community come and celebrate the goodness of God with our Whitworth community.
  • the 10th annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, including our guest documentarian Alexandra Hidalgo, a Whitworth faculty panel, and a discussion of important issues raised by one of Hidalgo’s films.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful for your Word. As we open our hearts to the Book of Psalms, may we continue to realize that Jesus brings our complete human experience before you in his very person. May our minds be transformed and our eyes be opened to see that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

January 30, 2017 / Whitworth University

Remembering the Power of God’s Love for Us

Jan. 30-Feb. 5

Scripture:
Psalms 36:7
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among people find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

This week we pray for…

  • continued safety, fun, and refreshment for students during Jan Term Break.
  • Spring Semester Opening Convocation and our Founder’s Day Celebration, on Feb. 2. We particularly pray for Executive Vice President & Provost Carol Simon, both as she delivers the convocation address and as she provides vital leadership to the university.
  • students who are feeling overwhelmed with the complexities of life. We ask that God will give them the ability to trust in Him and to take the next step forward obediently.
  • the university’s ongoing search for a chief diversity officer, and for all of the staff and faculty searches that will be conducted this spring. We ask that God would give committee members wisdom, unity and insight as they seek the right persons for these important positions.
  • God to grant our students the courage to use their gifts and talents, bringing life and love to others.
  • our students to pray for and care for one another.
  • the Barnes and Noble employees in the bookstore, who will be quite busy this week. We ask that they would know and share the light of Christ.

Thanksgiving:
We are so thankful that because of your great love for us we are admonished to love others. Thank you for loving us and abiding in us. Please, Lord, teach us daily to walk in love and to let love be perfected in our lives.

January 23, 2017 / Whitworth University

Needing God’s Guidance

Jan. 23-29

Scripture:
Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

This week we pray for…

  • our students who are finishing up Jan Term, including final exams and projects. We ask that they will work hard, learn all that they can, and keep their coursework in proper perspective.
  • our students and faculty who will be returning from Jan Term trips this week. We pray that God will provide for them in the transition home, will be their comfort as they step away from the incredible communities they have formed over the past four weeks, and will guide them as they internalize and share all that they have experienced.
  • a safe Jan Term break and good choices by students preparing for spring semester.
  • student leaders who live in the residence halls and serve as resident assistants, cultural-diversity advocates, and small-group coordinators. We ask that they would serve in these roles with wisdom, energy, and love.
  • inspiration for our students to follow Christ and to let his light shine through them in words and actions.
  • our student-athletes and our forensics team members, who are competing this week. We pray for safe travels and we ask that these Whitworthians will continue to give their all while they grow in character and community.
  • faculty and staff to be strengthened as they prepare for spring semester and the many tasks that lie before them.
  • our president, Beck A. Taylor, as he leads Whitworth in 2017 and continues to look to the Lord for strength and wisdom.
  • the completion of our Jan Term worship and morning prayer, as our community seeks and worships the Lord together.

Thanksgiving:
Sometimes, Lord, it’s so hard to see. We squint and struggle to make sense of what you’re showing us. Help us know when you are guiding us, Lord, and when we are clutching at the wrong answers. Help us know how to follow your voice, how to love each other with your perfect love, how to continue to turn to you, and how to wait on you. Thank you for teaching us how to live in your care and respond to your voice.

January 16, 2017 / Whitworth University

Hear Our Prayer, O Lord!

Jan. 16-22

Scripture:
Psalm 143:1
LORD, hear my prayer and listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness, come to my relief.

This week we pray for…

  • racial justice in our nation as we remember the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We ask that the Whitworth community would obediently trust and obey God’s call to “seek justice” (Isaiah 1:17) and equip students to do the same.
  • the Whitworth events honoring the memory of Dr. King on Jan. 16-17, including participation in Spokane community events like the following:
    • President Beck A. Taylor’s address at the MLK rally in downtown Spokane on Monday;
    • Whitworth’s participation in the National Day of Racial Healing on Tuesday, including a visit from the Mobile Black History Museum;
    • our Tuesday Chapel Community Worship Service for prayer, reflection, and repentance as we engage with Dr. King’s “The Drum Major Instinct” sermon and Scripture.
  • our students, as they continue their Jan Term classes. We ask that they will persevere in learning, growing and engaging with all that God holds for them, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • students, staff, and faculty who are ill. We ask that God would heal and sustain them with loving care.
  • our students to develop empathy for those who may be going through a time of loneliness or crisis in their lives. We ask that they may be of help to one another.
  • Whitworth’s wonderful facilities services and grounds staff members, who have kept the walkways and roadways safe and clear during all of the snow and cold this past month.
  • our Jan Term worship and morning prayer, as we gather to seek God together.
  • the faithful members of the Whitworth Board of Trustees, who are gathering this week for their annual retreat, as they continue to lead Whitworth in its efforts to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity in our changing world.
  • our nation. As our government engages in a time of transition, we ask that God would give our leaders wisdom and guidance to honor God and love the people of the U.S.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we thank you that you hear our prayers and listen to our cry. We are grateful for your mercy, faithfulness and righteousness, which relieve us in our despair. We trust in your loving power to meet us, individually and corporately, in our time of need. Amen.

January 9, 2017 / Whitworth University

Your Love Is Better Than Life!

Jan. 9-15

Scripture:
Psalm 63:3-4 (NIV)
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you, I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.

This week we pray for…

  • students and faculty who are away on off-campus study programs, including trips in Chile, Guatemala, the British Isles, France, Italy, Mexico, New York City, Washington, D.C., and the American South.
  • students who are on campus for Jan Term. We ask that they would make healthy decisions during this time, growing in community, finding new relationships, and developing life-giving patterns.
  • God to inspire students toward goals and dreams that are fitting for them.
  • the safety, community and growth of our student athletes as they strive to do their best in representing Whitworth.
  • students who have faith in Christ. We ask that they will humbly and winsomely share their faith in word and action.
  • Jan Term worship on Tuesday and Thursday evenings; Restore contemplative worship on Wednesday evenings; and Jan Term morning prayer as our campus continues to worship and seek God through Christ in the power of the Spirit.

Thanksgiving:
We are so thankful, Lord, to know that your love is better than life. Our lips will proclaim your goodness in our everyday lives. We are grateful that we can lift you up in praise as long as we live.

January 3, 2017 / Whitworth University

How Majestic Is Your Name!

Jan. 2-8

Scripture:
Psalm 8:1 (NIV)
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

This week we pray for…

  • students, faculty, staff and administration as we enter into a new year, filled with great anticipation of all that God has for this year, that by God’s grace and transforming Spirit this would be a year of greater abiding in Christ, loving neighbor, and pursuing justice.
  • students as they return to Whitworth campus for Jan Term, that they have had much needed rest and have been spiritually renewed.
  • understanding, perseverance and joyful hearts for students taking Jan Term courses.
  • students to use the different rhythm of Jan Term to take new steps in their relationships with God.
  • students and faculty who are travelling for Jan Term study programs all over the country and world. We pray for their safety, for rich learning experiences in diverse cultures and places, and for wonderful, Spirit-led community within the groups.
  • Jan Term campus worship opportunities:
    • Jan Term Worship on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings – Student-led worship through music, Scripture, testimony, the Lord’s Supper, prayer, and more. We also pray for the student-led community building activities after the services.
    • Restore Worship Services on Wednesday evenings where Ben Brody and a team of students will lead a more reflective service based on the worship of the Taize Community in France that includes simple repetitive songs, Scripture, and prolonged silence.
    • Morning Prayer as members of the Whitworth community start each weekday of Jan Term with a simple 20-minute service based on the Book of Common Prayer.

Thanksgiving:
Your name is majestic Lord, we are grateful that we can declare it throughout the earth. We are thankful for the New Year and all the wonderful blessings that you have in store for your people.

December 12, 2016 / Whitworth University

Advent – Oh, Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ The Lord!

Note: We at Whitworth send our sincere gratitude for your prayers for the Whitworth community this year. Those prayers make a difference. Residence halls are closed from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2, and On Bended Knee will resume in January 2017. May you have a blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

Dec. 12-Jan. 2, 2017

This week we pray for…

  • students to have the strength to finish the semester well, applying themselves and continuing to learn during this Finals Week.
  • a blessed, safe, worshipful and rejuvenating Christmas Break for students, staff, and faculty.
  • faculty and staff members who are battling illness themselves or who may have a sick family member. We ask that God will bring healing and that those who struggle with their health will know God’s loving and powerful presence with them.
  • students who are not looking forward to Christmas Break for a variety of reasons; we ask that they would turn to God and know God’s loving sustenance in this season.
  • Whitworth’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service, as the community gathers to celebrate the arrival of the Light of the World through Scripture, song, and the Lord’s Supper.
  • the Longest Night Service, a quiet and reflective worship service of lamentation and hope for those who are mourning during this holiday season.
  • safe travel, meaningful relationships, rest and personal growth for the men’s and women’s basketball teams as they compete over the break.
  • students, faculty and staff who will be travelling in the U.S. and abroad for Jan Term study; we ask for their safety and for transformative learning experiences.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for the true meaning of Christmas. Help us to boldly proclaim your love in word and act this Christmas season, and may each of us be filled with rejoicing at your amazing goodness to us in sending your Son, Jesus, into the world. Amen