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February 4, 2013 / Whitworth University

Led by God’s Spirit, Just as Jesus Was

Feb. 4-10

Luke 4:1
Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert.

Luke 4:14
Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread to the whole countryside.

This week we pray for…

  • students, staff and faculty who may be facing emotional trauma at the beginning of this semester. We ask that God’s spirit will give them the strength, comfort and guidance they need to see them through these difficulties.
  • the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, Feb. 4, an annual event at which Whitworth regular faculty celebrate their scholarly accomplishments from the previous academic year.
  • our chapel theme for spring semester: “Luke on Relationships: Who Are All These People Who Are Hanging Out with Jesus?” Our preaching team will be guiding us through many encounters Jesus had with all kinds of people, welcoming them into his community. Terry McGonigal begins this series Tuesday, Feb. 5. as he preaches from Jesus’ Inaugural sermon in Luke 4:16-30.
  • Hosanna, as it begins this Tuesday night. This service is a student-led ministry that seeks to create a space to allow students to engage in authentic worship. Music, prayer and scripture are incorporated into the service in both new and familiar ways. Two teams alternate in leading worship in a wide variety of musical styles.
  • Opening Convocation and the Founder’s Day celebration on Feb. 7, in Cowles Auditorium, as we consider the history of African-American contributions to the Whitworth community over our 123-year history.
  • our Honors Colloquium event, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10, which is designed for high-achieving prospective freshmen who have been admitted with honors to Whitworth’s Class of 2017.
  • Initiative 4.1 of Courage at the Crossroads, our 2011-21 vision and strategic plan. Please pray for Whitworth as the university seeks to strengthen Whitworth’s capacity to assess, monitor, support and lead efforts to achieve institutional goals for diversity, inclusiveness and intercultural competency.

Our faithful God, as we celebrate this week the remarkable 123-year history of this university, we are ever mindful of your sovereign work in sustaining, providing for, and guiding Whitworth. We praise you for your faithfulness to us, individually and as a community, as your spirit dwells among us.

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