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April 21, 2014 / Whitworth University

The Gift of Eternal Life

April 21-27

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
John 17:3

This week we pray for…

  • after celebrating the historical reality of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday, we ask that the experiential reality of the hope which comes from Jesus’ resurrection will be known throughout the Whitworth community and the world, especially for those for whom the flame of hope has long ago been extinguished by overwhelming circumstances.
  • students who do not yet know the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection on their behalf, that during this last month of spring semester they will come to experience the joy of relationship with Jesus through the influence of other students, faculty and staff on campus.
  • students as they decide on roommates and room locations during this very hectic week of the housing lottery, that they may have wisdom and peace throughout this multi-night process.
  • Tuesday’s Community Chapel, as theology professor Karin Heller preaches on John 17:1-5, the first portion of Jesus’ final prayer, that we would all be encouraged to live in ways which bring glory to God through his Son Jesus.
  • throughout the next few weeks many students in our distinguished music programs will be performing in recitals, ensembles, concerts and final senior performances. May God give each of them a deep sense of joy as they use their gifts in order to bless our community with the gift of music.
  • Wednesday’s President’s Colloquy on Whitworth’s Ecumenical Theological Identity, as psychology professor Adrian Teo provides the main address from his perspective as a devout Catholic.
  • Thursday’s Spring Leadership Retreat, as student life directors welcome next year’s student leaders and begin the training process for on-campus positions.
  • Saturday many of our students, along with students from the other area universities and colleges, will give major research presentations in the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Competition. This event culminates a long process of research in their fields. May their presentations be an expression of Whitworth’s commitment to provide an “education of mind and heart.”
  • Saturday also provides opportunity for African-American students in each area university and college to gather for the African-American graduation ceremony. This event highlights the achievements of all these students in one venue so that the entire Spokane community can celebrate with them. May there be a deep sense of gratitude among all who attend for God’s grace in each of these students’ lives in bringing them to this milestone achievement.

During this week after Easter, we give You our deepest thanks for the priceless gift of Your Son, who died and rose again on our behalf to secure our eternal salvation. “Love so amazing, so divine, demands our soul, our life, our all.” And so we give to you our very selves as the ultimate expression of our desire to live as Your faithful disciples. Praise be to You, O God, for your great love in Jesus.

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