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February 24, 2014 / Whitworth University

‘Love One Another’

Feb. 24-March 2

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
John 13:34

This week we pray for…

  • our students to be vigorous in their studies, renewed in their spirits, refreshed in their bodies, and connected with others in this community.
  • the Whitworth Foundation Board of Directors as they meet Tuesday and continue to pursue development opportunities on behalf of Whitworth’s Christian mission.
  • Tuesday Community Chapel, as Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal shares with us from John 13:31-38 and explores Jesus’ unfailing love, mercy, and compassion for Peter even in the midst of the disciple’s failures.
  • Hosanna, on Tuesday evening, as students gather in song, praise, worship, and sharing the Word of God with others. Please pray also for Awake, as it meets Wednesday night to provide spiritual input and inspiration for Whitworth’s student-athletes, who give so much through their commitment to represent the university in competition.
  • Simpson Duvall Lecturer Julia Kasdorf, winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, as she shares her gift with the community on Wednesday night.
  • our Thursday Community Chapel as the campus gathers to worship in song and in sharing Holy Communion.
  • Faculty Development Day on Friday, as faculty members consider the university’s commitment to sustainability. Students will not have classes on Friday, so this day represents a brief break for them at the one-month mark of the spring semester. May they return on Monday eager to devote themselves to their studies.
  • Initiative 3.1 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan as Whitworth seeks to expand opportunities for students to experience and explore cultures throughout the world. We are working to increasing the percentage of students who study abroad from 43 percent to 70 percent by 2021.

Gracious God, incarnate in Jesus, how incredibly grateful we are that, just as you did with Peter, you have poured out upon us the gift of gracious forgiveness and restoration. May we experience your mercy in a manner that transforms us into people who live and extend your mercy to others. Help us to love each other just as we learn to love ourselves in spite of all our failings. May the Holy Spirit, who has poured Your love into our hearts, give us Your selfless love, for our love falls far short of the mark. May we submit ourselves to one another – considering others more important than ourselves, putting others’ interests ahead of our own. Help us, in every circumstance, to treat each other as we would want to be treated.

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