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March 31, 2014 / Whitworth University

Following in the Way of Jesus

March 31-April 6

“Remember the word that I spoke to you: ‘Servants are not greater than their masters.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also.”
John 15:18

This week we pray for…

  • the search committee that is entering the final phase of the selection process for the new dean of spiritual life. As a result of a gracious grant from the Lilly Endowment, current Dean of Spiritual Life Terry McGonigal will become the director of church engagement. The search committee needs great wisdom to match the current spiritual needs of the community with the right candidate to address those needs in the name of Christ’s gospel. Please ask that God will give the committee members and the candidates great sensitivity to the direction of God’s Spirit.
  • the spiritual renewal of the Whitworth community during this Lenten season through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with us in unity of the Holy Spirit.
  • our students of faith. Ask that they will draw near to our Lord in prayer and witness.
  • President Beck Taylor as he shares John 15:18-25, “The World Hates Disciples,” with us in Tuesday’s Community Worship. Please pray, too, for Hosanna, as students gather in song, praise, worship, and sharing the Word of God with others.
  • Thursday Community Worship, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and as we offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles.
  • Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody, who will lead a service of morning prayer each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during Lent at 7:30 a.m. May God meet everyone who attends through scripture, prayer, hymns, and silence.
  • those who present lectures this week that challenge and stimulate the community intellectually: Author and poet Kevin Goodan will join us Tuesday, and on Thursday we’ll hear an address on the U.S.’s foreign policy with China. May God use all our public presentations to stimulate the life of the mind in the service of Christ in the world.
  • Head Women’s Basketball Coach Helen Higgs as the community gathers Wednesday to honor her for an incredible accomplishment: her 300th victory here at Whitworth. May God grant Helen a deep sense of gratitude for all that has happened here at Whitworth during her long, productive career, and may the community be deeply grateful for faithful leaders like Helen who work so enthusiastically to bless the lives of our students in every possible way.
  • Initiative 2.2 of the Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan as we seek to develop and implement a vision for 21st-century teaching and learning that enhances academic rigor and educational outcomes.

Lord, our world is so full of evil and resistance to your will and your ways; we are so grateful that your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for the whole world, proved that love can overcome hate. Help us to love those who hate us, help us to truly let the love of your Son be displayed in our lives each and every day. We know that through your Son’s crucifixion and resurrection, hate has been destroyed. In you we find the power and the hope to overcome evil in your way, through love. Amen.

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