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November 4, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Nov. 4-10

I tell you the truth; it is to your advantage that I go away: for if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
John 16:7

This week we pray for…

  • student relationships that require careful cultivation and attention, on campus with their fellow students as well as with staff and faculty. Students are also navigating relationships with family and friends back home – changes that are normal and yet so often difficult during this time of transition.
  • alum Gerry Gemmill, ’85, as he begins leading Whitworth as the university’s new vice president for finance & administration. Gerry comes to us with an enthusiastic passion for our Christian mission. May his vast array of talents, skills and experience be used by God to bless the Whitworth community.
  • Janet Hauck, university archivist, speaks Monday at Faculty Scholarship Forum. Janet will discuss the relationship between geographical regions and religious expression, a topic of increasing importance here in the Pacific Northwest, the region with the smallest percentage of Christian membership in the entire nation.
  • Beck Taylor hosts the President’s Coffee on Tuesday morning with staff. This gathering provides a time for connection across the university workforce, as well as for providing updates and spiritual encouragement.
  • Tuesday Community Chapel, where we continue our series “I Believe: Living the Apostles’ Creed.” Kathy Storm will preach on the beginning of the third section, “I Believe in the Holy Spirit. ” Hosanna Tuesday night, Awake Wednesday night, and Thursday’s Community Chapel with Holy Communion continue the weekly gathering points for the Whitworth community.
  • Thursday Seminary Fair, which is a great opportunity for students to explore options for post-graduate plans. Representatives from many seminaries and theological schools across the country will be available to provide information and answer questions about their programs.
  • alum Stanley Borg, ’82, a recognized expert in healthcare innovation, will speak Thursday night on how to thrive in our current healthcare system. This topic is one of the most contentious in our society, and the university seeks to address controversial issues by sponsoring these courageous conversations.
  • Friday’s Why Whitworth admissions event, when prospective students and parents visit our campus. Pray for our admissions staff members, who work so diligently as they interact with thousands of prospects to provide wisdom concerning the decision-making process regarding college selection.
  • Initiative 7.2 of the Whitworth 2021: Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth seeks to develop leadership among staff and faculty to advance the university’s vision and effectiveness.

Lord, we thank you for the Holy Spirit, the one who comes to bring us comfort and wisdom, guidance and courage. May our hearts be encouraged when we feel that there is no one else present to make us feel secure and safe. May the Holy Spirit’s ever-present care reassure us of your ongoing faithfulness always.

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