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April 28, 2014 / Whitworth University

Sanctified for Mission, Just as Jesus Was

April 28-May 4

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.
John 17:17-18

This week we pray for…

  • Why Whitworth? events throughout this week , as prospective students and parents visit campus. Thursday, May 1, is the deposit deadline for the incoming Class of 2018. May God grant wisdom to each student making his or her final decision about where to go to college and may God give each one a deep sense of peace as s/he seeks direction in that search.
  • students who are wrapping up spring semester. Ask that they continue to pursue excellence in their studies while making their plans for summer, which include decisions about housing and employment. Please pray especially for seniors as they prepare to make the transition from the Whitworth community into “the real world.”
  • Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Assistant Professor of Theology Jonathan Moo presents his scholarship on the integration of biblical studies with the theological imperative for creation care. Please pray that Whitworth’s faculty members will be inspired to integrate their knowledge of scripture with the passion to act in obedience to God’s stewardship ordinances.
  • The people of Haiti, whose trials are documented in the film Water Everlasting?, produced by alumna Julienne Marie Gage. Gage, who will screen the movie on Monday, works at the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington, D.C. Her film focuses on decades of humanitarian efforts and the aftermath of the massive 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as that country pursues the perpetual search for clean water. May our hearts be stirred to action on behalf of those who are in great need.
  • Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor as he hosts the final President’s Coffee of the 2013-14 academic year. Please pray also for the Whitworth community as Beck welcomes new employees, offers updates on the university, and leads a devotional. May we all be inspired to work diligently as we complete the academic year firm in our convictions to honor God, follow Christ, and serve our students.
  • our community to be sustained by our worship rhythms this week: Ben Brody will lead morning prayers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7;30; at Tuesday morning’s Community Chapel, Mindy Smith will preach on John 17:5-19, Jesus’ prayer for his disciples; Hosanna, on Tuesday night, and Awake, on Wednesday night, will minister to students; Wednesday, Whitworth hosts the 30th anniversary dinner for The Fig Tree, a Spokane nonprofit newspaper dedicated to interfaith dialogue and cooperation; Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry’s Visiting Professor of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Michael Kinnamon will speak. May all who attend be reminded that the gospel of Jesus calls all people, having been created in Christ’s image, to a spirit of oneness in honor of our common humanity.
  • the Whitworth community – and those whom it seeks to serve – as students, faculty, staff and friends of the university attempt to pack 1,000,000 meals in 24 hours in order to address food insecurity in our region. In the Spokane area, 20 percent of the populace does not know where the next day’s meals will come from. This year’s annual end-of-the-year celebration for Whitworth and the community will team up with Generation Alive. May God give all who participate a great joy in the process as we obey Jesus’ command to care for the least of these.
  • Initiative 1.1 of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan Initiative 1.1, as we work to advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning by positioning Whitworth as a valued resource to the church and society (especially as the university launches the new Lilly Endowment-funded Office of Church Engagement in the next few months).

Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Lord, in this season after celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection, we thank you for letting us know that we are not alone on life’s journey. You are there with us, and we are assured by Your Word that you will never leave us or forsake us; it is left to us only to be transformed by Jesus’ Resurrection life. Thank you for drawing us into the community of God’s people, where we are sustained on the way as together we seek to live out the way of Jesus.

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