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May 20, 2013 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 20-26

O, give thanks unto the Lord, for God is good: God’s mercy endures forever.
Psalms 136:1

This week we pray for…

  • our annual Years-of-Service and Retirement Celebration and the Provost’s Breakfast, at which we recognize the faithful service of our employees, especially our retirees. We also recognize several faculty members selected for their distinguished service in teaching and scholarship.
  • the president’s cabinet as its members gather for a day of reviewing this academic year and planning for the next one. May God lead these administrators as they seek to provide leadership for the entire university.
  • The training workshop on Thursday for faculty members contracted as advisors for fall 2013’s first-year students.
  • student-athletes who are still in competition in the NCCA Div. III track-and-field championships.
  • our staff members in admissions, financial aid, student accounts and the registrar’s office as they work diligently on behalf of our incoming students for fall 2013, both freshmen and transfers; pray also for our continuing studies staff as they continue to expand educational opportunities for adult learners in the region.
  • every employee of Whitworth University, that each will have the time and freedom to experience physical, relational and spiritual renewal during this summer.
  • all of our student who travel for summer employment. Ask that each one will know travelling protection and meaningful work as they continue the process of vocational discernment.
  • our Campus Conference folks, whose activity begins immediately after graduation and continues all summer. Student life personnel, Sodexo Food Service staff and our student conference assistants serve the multitudes of visitors who will visit Whitworth this summer. May our staff be gracious servants, and may all who come sense the deep love of God in Christ.
  • the Whitworth Institute of Ministry, July 8-12, as we consider the theme, “For Such a Time as This: Ancient Christian Wisdom for Postmodern Times.” James A.K. Smith, Calvin College professor and author of Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom, will speak each morning, and Carolyn Gordon, from Fuller Seminary, will preach in the evenings. Our own theology faculty members Jerry Sittser, Karen Petersen Finch and Jim Edwards, ’67, will be leading our daily Bible studies. Please pray for all who speak, that God will use their wisdom to encourage all those who are charged with leading the church. And if you can, think about joining us for what will be a great week of spiritual renewal.
  • all incoming students for fall. Pray that this summer will be a time of spiritual preparation for their arrival at Whitworth in September.
  • Initiative 7.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan. Pray that we are doing the best job possible of equipping supervisors and academic leaders to thrive in their roles in advancing Whitworth’s mission, strategic plan and institutional effectiveness.

Lord, we thank you so much for the time we have spent with students who have graduated and are graduating, as well as with students who are taking the next step at Whitworth. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for the teachers and mentors, for the staff members who have eased the way for students, for families and loved ones. We thank you for them and give them all to you in prayer.

This is the last edition of On Bended Knee for this academic year. We are so thankful for your faithful prayer support throughout this year, and we have seen many prayers answered in amazing ways. God has been faithful as you have persisted in your prayers for Whitworth.

Watch for notification in mid-August as we restart On Bended Knee for the 2013-14 academic year.

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  1. Barbara Goebel / May 31 2013 7:35 pm

    Here’s a weekly prayer email you should sign up to get.

    The summer sendoff I mentioned at Brays is scheduled for

    Date: Saturday, July 27 Time: 3 p.m. Hosts: Martha and Robert Bray Whitworth Representative: Tad Wisenor, ’89 Location: 2028 Prospect Way, Bellingham, Wash. 98229

    Logon to to register.

    Too bad Ryan didn’t get a chance to connect with Matt. He will be home for a day on August 13th. But Ryan will get enough information at the summer send off and orientation, etc.


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