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February 11, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Job’s Suffering and the Holy and Good God”

Feb. 11-Feb. 18
Job 23:1-15

This week we pray for:

  • Students to seek God first, to remember God’s goodness and love, and to recognize their need for Jesus.
  • This semester’s teaching roundtable gatherings that begin on Monday, that Whitworth’s faculty would continue to develop innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning as they share ideas and learn from their valued colleagues.
  • Students learning about off-campus study opportunities for next year at Tuesday’s Off-Campus Programs Fair, that God would inspire them and open up doors for them to grow in mind and heart by engaging in these experiences.
  • Students exploring opportunities for service and leadership at the Camp Fair on Wednesday, that they would know God’s leading and calling as they discern.
  • Thursday’s Student Leadership Fair, that God would raise up student leaders to serve, lead and grow through involvement in the many wonderful student leadership opportunities at Whitworth. We pray that God would raise up resident assistants, campus ministry coordinators, cultural diversity advocates, health education advocates, community engagement specialists, campus worship leaders and more for the 2019-20 school year.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters through testimony, a talk and small groups in the HUB Multipurpose Room.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • This weekend’s Honors Scholarship Weekend, as prospective honors students and their families visit campus and get to know Whitworth. We pray for strength, love and the joy of God’s Spirit for the admissions staff; we pray for God’s guidance for these prospective students and families; and we pray for God’s provision for Whitworth in the fall 2019 incoming class.

Thanksgiving:

Heavenly Father thank you for your loving kindness and heart of sweet compassion. We thank you that you care for us in our times of deep distress and suffering, and thank you for being a God who knows suffering from the inside through the life and death of Jesus Christ. Thank you that you never forsake us nor leave us comfortless but so often send showers of refreshment through your many faithful witnesses. Lead us in your way of love and comfort for others as we trust in your faithful presence today and this week. Amen.

February 4, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Reading the Bible with Jesus: Getting to know God through Overlooked Old Testament Stories”

Feb. 4- Feb. 10
Luke 24:44-45

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes of the spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard and engage well with their courses while also growing in meaningful relationships.
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning and creativity to teach well.
  • Our students and faculty who were studying away in Hawaii, Los Angeles, NYC, Washington D.C., England, U.K., France, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, South Africa and Spain over Jan Term. We pray that they would continue to transition well and that the transformation they experienced on their trips would be sustained and expanded this semester.
  • Winter athletics teams as they engage in post-season competitions this week and in the coming weeks and spring athletics teams as they open their seasons. We pray for joy, perspective, community, safety and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs of the semester:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to worship God and we begin exploring our theme for the semester, “Reading the Bible with Jesus: Getting to know God through Overlooked Old Testament Stories.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we gather to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we can all serve God in our various vocations.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum lunch and presentation gatherings that will occur this semester and begin Thursday. We pray that God would be equipping and empowering scholar-teachers here at Whitworth who contribute to the common good of society and glorify God through their scholarship.
  • The African-American Heritage Month presentation by author Austin Channing Brown as she shares her stories and experiences regarding the intersections of racial justice, Christian faith and black womanhood. We pray for unity, openness to hear the story of others, and a growing Christ-centered longing for justice across our community.

Thanksgiving:

We thank you Lord God for your revelation to us in Holy Scripture. Thank you for the Old Testament that reveals you and your character and leads us to Jesus Christ, our Savior. Thank you that you are Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer. Lead us this week to trust you and worship you in all we do, for your glory and purposes in this world. Amen.

January 28, 2019 / Whitworth University

Opening Convocation: “God is Faithful”

Jan. 28-Feb. 3
Psalm 36:5 – Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

This week we pray:

  • For the entire campus community as we begin the Spring Term together by celebrating Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day on Jan. 31. 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 129 years. As Whitworth continues forward with that mission, we pray for unity across difference, common commitment to learning and growth, and openness to be transformed by God’s Spirit in Christ.
  • For students returning to campus for the spring semester, for safe journeys and that God would prepare them for all that he has in store as they enter into this new term of learning, serving, growth and community.
  • For students facing financial challenges while looking at the new semester, for God’s provision for them and their families.
  • For students to have the courage in sharing God’s light, love and justice with others.
  • For Wednesday’s Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments from the previous academic year. We pray for strength and perseverance for faculty to pursue their academic goals toward the end that God would be glorified, that Whitworth students would learn more deeply, and that the common good would be advanced through their scholarly contributions.
  • For the spring New Student Orientation event for those entering Whitworth this spring. We pray for belonging, community and encouragement for those new students.
  • For Morning Prayer, as a group of students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord in a service of Scripture, silence, prayer and song led by Director of Campus Worship and Professor of Music Ben Brody on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, 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 129 years. In your faithfulness, lead us forward as instruments of your peace, love and justice this day and this week, that you may be glorified and known near and far. Amen.

January 21, 2019 / Whitworth University

“An Invitation for Us to Join God in Making All Things New”

Jan. 21-Jan. 28

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

This week we pray for:

  • The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 21, 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 and Inclusion Ministry
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country, particularly for our African-American brothers and sisters. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community could be faithful and obedient in striving for all things to be right through its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • 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. and worshiping the God who is “making all things new!”
  • Students as they complete their Jan Term classes, that they will continue to stay focused, have strength for exams and learn well to the end.
  • 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 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 great community time wherever they may go.
  • The Dornsife Center for Community Engagement Impact Trip that is taking a group of students, with Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor, to downtown Spokane during Jan Term break to learn about and serve in various nonprofits that are faithfully witnessing to God’s Kingdom in word and deed.
  • 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.
  • Monday and Wednesday’s Jan Term Morning Prayer as students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord through Scripture, silence, prayer and song.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we know that you make all things new. We pray that as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that all are reminded that we all have been created in your image and that there is an intrinsic dignity in each of us that calls for uplifting every man and woman, young and old.  We pray that your Holy Spirit leads us away from partiality with regards to nationality, race, ethnicity or gender so that we might love one another with Jesus’ love. We pray we will not be complicit in injustice by being silent, but that we will boldly speak truth to power and live in the values of your Kingdom. Amen.

January 14, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Making All Things New”

Jan. 14-Jan. 20
2 Corinthians 5:17

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 be empowered to live in the love of God and to seek peace together on our campus.
  • For faculty and staff as they teach, support and guide students in various ways both on campus and in study-away 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 UREC outdoor offerings through 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 Dr. 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 in the reality of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ and witnesses to God’s heart for justice to those near and far.
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s Jan Term Morning Prayer as students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord through Scripture, silence, prayer and song.
  • Tuesday and Thursday’s Jan Term Chapel Community Worship evening services as we gather for worship, testimony, prayer, community and the Lord’s Supper.
  • 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 are deeply thankful that you are Creator and Ruler of Earth. May you continue to form us into your new creation, that we might welcome you more fully to become the ruler of our hearts and minds and witness to your light and goodness. We are grateful that your Son, Jesus, the one through whom all was created and who now reigns over all creation, came as a servant to restore your creation from the inside. Amen.

January 7, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Making All Things New”

Jan. 7- Jan. 13
Scripture: John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”

This week we pray for:

  • Our students, faculty, staff and administrators as we enter into a new year, that the whole Whitworth community (individually and corporately) would take steps of faith and obedience this year by God’s grace.
  • Students and faculty who are still traveling with off-campus study programs, for safety, rich learning, fun, formation and community.
  • Students to make wise and healthy decisions in their time management, studies and relationships during this Jan Term.
  • Whitworth winter season athletes who return to competition this week. We pray for character development, growth into the men and women God made them to be, love for one another, and joy as they work hard and compete together.
  • Jan Term Morning Prayer, as students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of Jan Term from 8:30 a.m.-8:50 a.m. through Scripture, silence, prayer and song.
  • Jan Term Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as we gather for worship, testimony, prayer and community. We pray that students would know the God who is “making all things new” in Jesus Christ and that they would step boldly into the newness that God has for them in every area of their lives.

Thanksgiving:

Loving Father God we thank you that while your Son, Jesus, was here on earth, even He was doing a new thing!  We are so grateful that He was teaching believers a new way of living, a new commandment, a new covenant: to love as we have been loved.  May we continue the legacy that He left to us by the power of his Spirit this day and this week. Amen.

December 17, 2018 / Whitworth University

Immanuel, “God with us!”

Dec. 17-Jan. 6
Scripture: Matthew 23:22 – The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him “Immanuel, which means “God with us.”

This week we pray for:

  • Students over Christmas Break, for rest, rejuvenation, meaningful relationships and growth in Christ, wherever they spend this time.
  • Staff and faculty, for a rich and refreshing season of celebrating the birth of Christ and welcoming a new year.
  • Staff who will be keeping essential services running on campus over break, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their humble service.
  • All of our mid-year graduates as they complete their season of study at Whitworth. We pray for God’s protection and guidance for them to live to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity in the next season of life and beyond.
  • Safety for those community members traveling for break and returning for classes to begin on Jan. 3.
  • Jan Term trips off campus in central Washington, New York, Washington D.C., the southern U.S., Hawaii and various European locations. We pray for safety, meaningful community, encounters with God and transformational learning as God shapes these students in unfamiliar places.
  • Those who will be taking and teaching Jan Term classes, for a great month of learning, community and growth into the men and women God made them to be.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we thank you that through your son, “Immanuel,” you are with us. Thank you for the gift of the fresh start of a new year that reminds us of your promise to make all things new in Christ. Lead us in your way of love this Christmas season. Amen.

December 10, 2018 / Whitworth University

Christmas Candlelight Service

Dec. 10-Dec. 17
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’ travel for the Christmas holidays, and that they will find rest and enjoyment with family and friends.
  • Faculty as they grade final exams and projects while completing their other responsibilities for the semester, for strength, wisdom and joy.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff as they complete their semester of serving our community through their excellent, faithful and joyful offering of thousands of meals each day.
  • This semester’s last week of reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Monday’s Christmas Candlelight Service as we celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth with the Whitworth community in Scripture, prayer, song and communion.
  • 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.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, in a world where worry, not peace, prevails, stir up in us the good news again.  We need your joy and peace today. Thank you for the gift of Jesus, our Immanuel, the light of the world. Lead us to walk in the light of Christ, that we might share his light and love with all whom we interact. May your light increase this Advent season. Amen.

December 3, 2018 / Whitworth University

Summarizing Jesus’ Mission (Redefining Christmas)

Dec. 3- Dec. 10
Matthew 1:1-18

This week we pray:

  • 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 that would be used for the common good throughout their lives and careers.
  • For the official beginning of this Christmas season at Whitworth as faculty, staff and students gather for our traditional Christmas reception and Christmas tree lighting hosted by Beck and Julie Taylor on Dec. 3.
  • With gratitude for each luminaria along the Hello Walk set out for Light the Way’s annual celebration of faculty and staff who supported Whitworth financially this year. We give thanks for the faithful service and generosity of Whitworth’s committed employees.
  • For the final week of normal Campus Worship programs:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches the final sermon in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • 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 eighteen-year partnership with the Act Six Scholar program, which focuses on leadership development and equips students for vision, service, diversity, community, preparation and transformation. We particularly pray for the eight first-year Act Six scholars who will be presenting on their understanding of leadership Friday evening as the culmination of their first-year seminar, that they would hear God’s call on them as leaders and respond with courage.
  • For all those performing in and attending the Annual Christmas Festival Concert held at the Martin Woldson Theater at the FOX in Spokane, including the Whitworth Choir, Women’s Choir, Men’s Chorus and student instrumentalists, that they would all encounter God through the beautiful artistic presentation.

Thanksgiving:

Faithful God, in Jesus You have taken on our human flesh and blood and come to restore integrity and fidelity among us. Help us to give with Him to You and to one another the proper and adequate response of faithful, serving love as Your people. Thank you for the miracle of the incarnation and redemption in Jesus Christ our Lord who ever lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

November 19, 2018 / Whitworth University

Redefining Reality

Nov. 19-Nov. 26
Matthew 28: 1-10

This week we pray:

  • For safe travel, sweet connections with family and friends, and refreshment for students over the Thanksgiving Break.
  • For 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.
  • For staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and contentment as they serve God by serving in their roles at Whitworth.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “Righteousness Redefined: Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew.”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 129 years and the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we are grateful and thankful for the reality of your victory and ongoing reign through Jesus our crucified, risen and ascended Lord. Thank you that he rules now and one day will return and manifest his rule for all to see. Lead us to live in and witness to the reality of his Kingdom reign all our days. Amen.