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December 2, 2013 / Whitworth University

I Believe … in the Resurrection of the Body and the Life Everlasting

Dec. 2-7

God will wipe away the tears from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. And the one seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”
Revelation 21:4-5

This week we pray for…

  • our students, in their final week of classes. Pray for their ability to focus well and use time wisely as they complete the last round of assignments and begin the process of preparing for final exams.
  • President Beck Taylor and his wife, Julie, as they host students, faculty, staff and the Spokane community on Monday afternoon and early evening for the annual Christmas reception and feast. The university has the opportunity to support the Spokane community through the donation of non-perishable food items at the event.
  • our talented students who perform in the chamber ensembles in concert on Monday.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal speaks on the last clause of the Apostle’s Creed, The Resurrection of the Body & Life Everlasting. Please pray also for Hosanna, on Tuesday night, Awake, on Wednesday night, and Thursday’s community worship and communion. All of these worship services invite the Whitworth community into Advent as together we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • The Whitworth Foundation’s board of directors as they hold their quarterly meeting on Tuesday.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum, on Thursday, as Brent Edstrom (Music) presents “Arduino for Musicians: An interdisciplinary approach to music-making in the digital age.”
  • Whitworth Life, on Friday, as people from across the spectrum at our institution – the student body, alumni, faculty, facilities services, Sodexo, residence life, admissions, the administration, the board of trustees – share stories of their experience as part of the university community.
  • the Whitworth Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday. This is the auxiliary’s annual fund-raising event to benefit Whitworth students, providing scholarship support and residence-hall-lounge refurbishment as well as Northwest travel experiences for international students.
  • Saturday’s and Sunday’s Annual Christmas Festival Concerts featuring the choir, the women’s choir, the men’s chorus, the chamber singers and student instrumentalists as they present their home concert here in Spokane. May these students know the joy and presence of God as they lead the community in worship.
  • Initiative 5.1 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 vision and strategic plan, as Whitworth commits itself to providing an education, grounded in the liberal arts, that empowers individuals for lifelong learning, professional development, and meaningful citizenship and service to society. This initiative seeks to supporting and strengthen the liberal arts and to foster their integration across the curriculum.

Lord, we are so thankful as we enter this Advent season that the promise of the Resurrection awaits all of us. We know that through the great sacrifice of your Son, Jesus Christ, we now have everlasting life. We are humbled to know that you are faithful and true as you transform death into life through the power of Jesus’ resurrection. And it is great hope and trust in Jesus that we make this prayer. Amen!

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