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August 25, 2014 / Whitworth University

A Life Worthy of the Calling

Aug. 24-31

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord….”
Ephesians 6:7

This week we begin another cycle of praying for the Whitworth community. The summer has brought times of renewal and refreshment, along with challenges, for the employees of the university. We are now making final preparations to welcome the incoming class on Saturday, Aug. 30. Student-athletes and residence-life leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year. Now we turn our hearts to prayer for our community’s faculty, staff and students.

We pray for…

  • our athletes to be protected from injury, both physical and emotional. May they continue to be people of integrity in both victory and in defeat, to be good examples to others, and to display the Whitworth spirit.
  • our student leaders, who set the tone for our community in residential and spiritual life and student government. May each moment of their lives be a living expression of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
  • our Wednesday worship celebration of the beginning the academic year, with Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching and those gathered taking part in communion. After Stephy’s sermon, President Beck Taylor will deliver the State of the University address, to be followed by a staff luncheon. May these activities provide a common vision for how Whitworth’s staff and faculty can be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout the coming year.
  • Thursday evening’s faculty dinner, followed by the installation worship service for new faculty members. Provost Carol Simon will preach, and we will celebrate communion. On Friday, the faculty will gather for a retreat at Camp Spalding. All of these activities and worship services on Wednesday and Thursday are intended to provide a rich sense of welcome for faculty members who have recently joined the university. May each one feel empowered in his/her calling by God’s Spirit to Whitworth.
  • Residence-Hall Moving Day, on Saturday morning, as we welcome our incoming freshmen. Please pray, too, for our returning students, who will arrive the following Monday. The halls become students’ homes for the next nine months; may each student feel a sense of belonging as all become members of the residence life community.
  • Saturday’s Plug-In Picnic and Sunday’s worship service with Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaching. We also ask your prayers for special meetings throughout the weekend, each designed to aid students, parents, family and friends in this very important moment of life transition. May God’s Spirit of peace calm our collective anxiety as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, which has brought us this far and which will lead us all the way through this academic year.

Our gracious and loving God, Lord, as we begin this new academic school year, we call out to you with thankful hearts for all your mercies, which are new every morning. We thank you for the gifts of renewal and preparation as the summer passes into autumn, marking another new beginning to another academic year. We thank you for the time you give us to enjoy our families and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives. Please let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith. May our lives be worthy of the calling you have for us. Please enable us to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the lofty vision of providing our students a mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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