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October 14, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in Jesus Christ: Suffered, Crucified, Dead and Buried

Oct. 14-20

I handed to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4

This week we pray for….

  • Costa Rica Director Lindy Scott and the students with whom he will gather Monday, each of whom has spent a semester at the CRC, as they reflect on the importance of intercultural education as a significant component of Whitworth’s Christian education.
  • Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor as he hosts the Fall President’s Leadership Forum with renowned author Doris Kearns’ Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals, a primary source for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film Lincoln. Please pray too for Goodwin, as she speaks on “The Leadership Lessons from Abraham Lincoln” before more than 1,000 members of the Spokane community. May all present reflect on the courageous leadership exhibited by Lincoln in times of great turmoil as an example of how we can lead with courage, strength and humility in these troubled times.
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Kathy Storm as she speaks in community chapel on the next clause of the Apostles’ Creed (see above), which addresses the central importance of Jesus’ suffering and death for Christians.
  • Professor of Political Studies and Lindaman Chair Julia Stronks as she delivers the annual Lindaman Chair Lecture. This year she will address the constitutional tension between religious freedom and civil rights for the gay community. May there be a humble spirit of listening and learning among all who attend.
  • our director, actors, crew members and audience as Whitworth Theatre presents The Wakefield Mysteries on Friday and Saturday nights. The play, which comprises a series of medieval mystery plays based on stories from The Bible, highlights the sweep of scripture’s “Big Story”: Creation, Fall and Redemption.
  • the participants in Fall Family Weekend, as families join their students for activities that include taking part in a class led by a member of Whitworth’s great faculty, hearing from President Taylor, and enjoying various campus events. Pray for President Taylor as he preaches at the Family Weekend worship service, the last event of this two-day gathering.

Prayer of Thanksgiving:
We are grateful, our God, for this week’s reminders of the importance of learning from those who have gone before us. We are part of The Big Story that God is developing throughout the ages. Our family stories are a part of that process. Our society feels the pressing tension of competing and conflicting values, just as it did in the days of Lincoln. May we look to Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, whose life and teaching so deeply affected Lincoln’s approach to conflict. During his life on Earth, Jesus always found a way to reach out to everyone willing to be drawn into his grace and truth. May we humbly and gratefully walk in his footsteps. Amen!

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