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April 14, 2014 / Whitworth University

From Grief to Joy!

April 14-20

“I tell you the truth: You will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy…In me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!”
John 16:20, 33

This is Holy Week, and as we remember all the events of the last week of Jesus’ life, we pray for…

  • every member of the Whitworth community to be drawn to the life-giving grace of Jesus that he extends to all through his death and resurrection.
  • the Class of 2014. As they make plans for the future — including finding employment, housing, and financial resources for the summer and beyond – we ask that they will know God’s provision for all their needs.
  • students who’ll return this fall. We ask that as they register for classes, make housing decisions for next year, and pursue summer employment, they will know the leading of God’s Spirit in their lives and will be at peace.
  • faculty and staff who support our students. May God bless our work and strengthen us as we near the end of the academic year.
  • Tuesday morning’s President’s Leadership Forum, as Whitworth welcomes Mark J. Sullivan, director of the U.S. Secret Service from 2006-13. Sullivan, who served in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, will speak on issues related to global and national security. May we listen carefully to God’s word about how divine peace can settle the troubles we impose upon each other across the globe.
  • people from Whitworth and the Spokane community as they gather Wednesday to share their stories of hunger as part of the Million Meals campaign. The campaign will culminate with the packing of 1,000,000 meals the first weekend in May. Hunger is a huge issue in Spokane, with 20 percent of the population living without food security. May we listen to these personal stories so that our hearts will be prompted to take specific action to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in our region.
  • our Community Worship Service on Maundy Thursday, as we remember the last night of Jesus’ life and gather at the his table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • Whitworth’s efforts to expand support for faculty scholarship and engagement with academic disciplines in order to enrich teaching, to model intellectual engagement for students, and to elevate further Whitworth’s academic profile. Each of these goals is an element of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan, Initiative 2.4.

Lord, help us to seek the values that will bring us lasting joy in this changing world. In our desire for what you promise, make us one in mind and heart. We know there will be times of mourning, and we ask that you help us to remove the things that hinder us from receiving the true joy that you have promised. Grant this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.

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