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March 10, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus’ Promise of Peace Guides our Hearts from Fear to Trust

March 10-16

“Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
John 14:27

This week we pray for…

  • the Whitworth community during the Lenten season, as we have the opportunity to enter into morning prayer during Lent each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel. May God speak to our hearts and draw us near to the heart of Christ.
  • students who feel stress and pressure during these last two weeks before spring break, as midterm papers and exams are on their schedules. Pray for a renewed sense of discipline as students pursue the opportunity to learn and develop while they pursue their vocational callings.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck Taylor shares with us from the Gospel of John, where Jesus promises the presence of the Holy Spirit to deal with human fear. Please pray also for Hosanna on Tuesday night and Awake on Wednesday night as they continue to be a refuge as students who gather in praise, worship, reflection and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
  • the President’s Colloquy on Wednesday evening, as Ron Pyle (Communication Studies) leads the community in a discussion of Whitworth’s evangelical heritage. May this be an opportunity to expand and deepen the university’s commitment to our threefold theological foundation of the Reformed heritage, evangelical tradition and ecumenical spirit.
  • PC(USA)’s Unity with Difference conversation, which will take place Wednesday through Friday, with plenary speakers on various subjects related to race, gender,, and ethnicity. Sponsored by PC(USA) Moderator Neal Presa, this discussion will address the question, “How do we offer the witness of the reconciling Gospel of Jesus Christ in a 21st-century world that experiences deep division in both the church and society-at-large? This is an opportunity to bring together a live and online community to consider critical perspectives on the issues of race, gender, and religious identities, and to explore how we might, as disciples of Jesus Christ, constructively engage these realities that exhibit the love and justice of God. For direct access to the live video stream from this conversation, please click here.
  • Initiative 3.3 of our Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan Pray that we will be successful in establishing an ongoing assessment of study-abroad programs to ensure consistent quality and clear connections to Whitworth’s educational goals.

We thank you, Lord, for your promise never to leave us or forsake us. You give us comfort, and that gives us hope. Thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit, who leads and guides us when we are lost. Your promise revives us; it comforts us in all our troubles, and we are so grateful.

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