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March 3, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus Comforts His Disciples with the Assurance of His Identity

March 3-9

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me…. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
John 14:6

This week we pray for…

  • students who will be applying and interviewing for leadership positions in student government, residence halls, on- and off-campus ministry, service-learning, and a host of other opportunities. May God guide each one through the process of discerning which of these positions will aid in the clarification of his or her vocational calling. Because this can be a very stress-filled time, please ask God to grant courage and peace to each student applicant.
  • the Teaching Roundtable on Monday at noon, as the faculty gathers to engage in presentations and discussions that focus on innovative and effective teaching methods.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith shares with us from the Gospel of John, where Jesus comforts his disciples and assures them of his presence. Please pray, too, for Hosanna, as students gather for praise, worship, reflection and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • our Ash Wednesday service, as the community receives the imposition of ashes at the beginning of Lent. May the Lenten season be a time when the entire university community draws closer to Christ through scripture, prayer, worship, and personal reflection.
  • Wednesday’s and Thursday’s Missions Fair, as organizations come from around the country to talk to Whitworth students about opportunities in the mission field.
  • Community Worship on Thursday, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and as we seek to grow in our various gifts and to offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles.
  • Robert Hamilton, Governor Jay Inslee’s advisor for trade policy, who will speak to us Thursday about his work in support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with such countries as Vietnam, Japan, and Malaysia. Hamilton holds a master’s degree in international policy from Monterey Institute of National Studies. As we hear from Hamilton and others with expertise in this field, may the entire Whitworth community develop a deeper understanding of the value of international perspectives in our educational mission.
  • Friday’s “Why Whitworth?” event, as prospective students and their parents visit Whitworth to help them decide on the most appropriate home-away-from-home for their/their children’s college years. Please pray, too, for our Saturday-Sunday Honors Colloquium, as high-achieving prospective freshmen compete for a four-year scholarship through various activities with faculty, staff and students. May they experience the richness of Whitworth’s Sunday-morning Christian spirituality and receive the gift of God’s clarity as they go through this process.
  • Initiative 3.2 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, which enjoins us to increase opportunities on the Whitworth campus for students, faculty, and staff to gain international perspectives by interacting with and learning from people from all corners of the world.

Lord, we thank you for being our greatest comfort. When we are weary, mentally and physically, we can look to you and you bring us strength. When our hearts are broken and/or confused, your healing love gives us hope. When we seek the way ahead in life, you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We thank you, Lord, for these great assurances that bring us peace. In Jesus’ name, amen!

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