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September 1, 2014 / Whitworth University

Spiritual Blessings

Sept. 1-7

Scripture:
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”
Ephesians 1:3

We pray for…

  • new freshmen and transfer, graduate and returning adult students as they adjust to the first full week of university life. May they have a sense of peace as they navigate new relationships and academic requirements.
  • our student leaders in residence halls and student government who will set the tone for the development of community on campus. Ask that they will lead with wisdom and integrity so that all students feel welcomed as contributors to the Whitworth community.
  • our student-athletes as they prepare to play in fall sports. Pray for their protection and ask that they represent the university well in the way they compete.
  • the entire community on Wednesday, when day and evening classes begin in all programs. May our faculty be guided by God’s Spirit to teach with insight and wisdom, inspiring our students to aspire to an education of mind and heart.
  • Opening Convocation, on Thursday, which marks the beginning of Whitworth’s 125th year. President Beck Taylor will speak from Joshua 1, The Next Chapter, as we begin Whitworth’s 125th academic year.
  • the Church Ministry Fair, on Friday, as we welcome our many partner churches onto our campus to provide students with opportunities to be involved with our local churches and community.
  • for all of the student ambassadors who help in sharing the Whitworth story with prospective students/parents – tour guides, dorm hosts, callers, admissions office assistants, and students who help with our visit programs.

Throughout this academic year we will highlight praise and prayer from members of the president’s cabinet, who have been entrusted with the operations of the university. In this first week of the academic year, we feature Greg Orwig, our vice president for admissions and financial aid, who is particularly thankful to be welcoming a freshman class that is right on our target goal of 625 students: We are particularly fortunate to welcome our ideal number when so many schools are facing enrollment challenges.

Thanksgiving:
As we begin this academic year, we are mindful, our God, of your amazing grace, which has brought each of us to Whitworth for this academic year. Gathered among us are people whose lives tell myriad stories of your faithfulness on our campus, and among our employees and all of our beginning and returning students. Our hearts are filled with joy as we sense Your leading us into our 125th year, even as we look back and celebrate your providential guidance of this university over many generations. For all that has been, thank you. For all that will be, we trust you in the name of the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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