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May 12, 2014 / Whitworth University

Commencement Week

May 12-18

Scripture:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord; “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

This is graduation week, marking the end of the academic year. We pray for…

  • all of our students, that the Lord’s presence will generate confidence as they prepare for and take their final exams Tuesday-Friday. Pray for calm hearts and focused minds free from distractions.
  • Friday night’s Senior Communion & Commissioning Service and Sunday morning’s Baccalaureate Service, that graduates will experience a powerful sense of God’s presence as they leave Whitworth and enter into the world in Christ’s service.
  • graduate students completing their master’s degrees on Saturday. Pray that doors of opportunity will open in this competitive job market, and that the Lord will grant them favor.
  • undergraduate students completing their degrees on Sunday. Ask that they will find hope to override fear, knowing that they can trust in the Lord, the Author and Finisher of their faith, to watch over their future.
  • students as the residence halls close on May 19, for traveling mercies as they move home or to other parts of the world to begin new journeys.
  • student leaders who have carried well the responsibility of developing and sustaining the “Whitworth culture” throughout the year; ask that this summer might provide for them an opportunity to experience rest and renewal.
  • the Whitworth community as we seek to carry out Initiative 1 of the Whitworth 2021 Courage at the Crossroads vision and strategic plan: “Advance Whitworth’s distinctive approach to integrating Christian faith and learning.” May this foundational commitment to a Christian education rooted in the Reformed, evangelical, and ecumenical traditions bear fruit throughout the lives of our graduates.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we pray for all those who have met the challenge and kept the faith to the finish their studies. We thank you for the success of their journey. We thank you for granting them focus and direction and strength and endurance. You created the knowledge and understanding they have mastered. You have created the curiosity and capacity for them to learn with passion and insight. All these good things came from you. We are most thankful for our graduating students, as we are for the incoming Class of 2018 and for our current juniors, sophomores and freshmen, who will return in the fall. We are grateful to you Lord, for You know the plans that You have for us.

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