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May 5, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus Prays for All Believers

May 5-11

“I ask …that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me.”
John 17:20-21

This week we pray for…

  • all of our students, during this last week of regular classes; we ask that they will have diligence to pursue their responsibilities with enthusiasm and discipline to finish this academic year well.
  • Whitworth students and faculty who have been involved in study-abroad programs and will soon return to Spokane. We ask God to bless each one as they re-enter familiar cultural and relational spaces after experiencing life in very different cultural contexts.
  • those students who face uncertainty about summer jobs and internships. We ask that they may find opportunities to use their talents and earn money to enable them to continue to pursue education here at Whitworth.
  • members of the Class of 2014, now in the last two weeks of their time here. We pray that they will have opportunities to reflect upon all that God has done in them and through them during their Whitworth careers. May their hearts be filled with gratitude for God’s faithfulness.
  • God’s provenance and guidance as the university seeks replacements for key faculty, staff, and administration positions.
  • faculty and staff members who have lost family members in the past few weeks; may they be filled with a deep sense of God’s presence and peace in the midst of their grief.
  • faculty members, who, through their teaching, grading, and mentoring responsibilities, serve our students so diligently.
  • us to be mindful of God’s faithfulness to Whitworth throughout this year as we gather for…
    • Tuesday’s Community Worship, where Terry McGonigal will share the final message from John 13-17, in which Jesus prays for the unity of all God’s people as a witness to the truth of the gospel.
    • Tuesday’s Hosanna and Wednesday’s Awake, student-led ministries coordinated for the past two years by Graduate Assistants Aly Quartier and Austin Rovazzini, as they create a space for students to experience their last authentic, casual worship service of the 2013-14 academic year.
    • Thursday’s Community Worship, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • the entire community as we seek to implement Initiative 1:2 of Whitworth’s Courage at the Crossroads 2011-21 Vision and Strategic Plan: “Advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning to deepen the capacity of students and faculty to integrate faith and learning, ensuring that 100 percent of Whitworth’s academic departments assess student-learning outcomes in faith-learning integration.”

Gracious God, in Jesus Christ you poured out your extravagant love upon our broken world, and you have redeemed in and through that love. Now you ask us to do the same for each other, loving our sisters and brothers in Christ as a sign to to the world that you did, indeed, send Jesus for the reconciliation of the world. May we live into your love, and may your gospel of love in Jesus’ name go forth to all the world through us. Amen.

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