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October 6, 2014 / Whitworth University

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“For through Christ we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So, then, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of God’s household, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone.”
Ephesians 2:19-20

This week we pray for…

  • our beloved Whitworth, as the university celebrates its 125th anniversary this week. This historic marker reminds us of God’s constant faithfulness to this institution. May we be faithful in the future to honor all those who have contributed their time, energy, resources and commitment to Whitworth University.
  • our students, as many are introduced to Whitworth’s inspiring history. We ask that they would be grateful for Whitworth, which is as it is today because of the incredible sacrifices of past Whitworthians,
  • Tuesday’s Community Chapel, as Stephaine Beans preaches from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus (2:10-22). May the Whitworth community reflect the reality that the “dividing wall of hostility” has been eliminated in Christ, calling us to be the welcoming community Christ intended.
  • the members of our board of trustees as they arrive to meet Wednesday through Friday in conjunction with the 125th year celebration. May our board members have a clear sense of the responsibilities they carry as they lead this institution, and may God’s Spirit guide them in their deliberations.
  • Thursday’s Community Chapel, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, to learn and grow in our various gifts, and to offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles. Services will be led by Whitworth University choirs, sacred dancers, and many other members of the Whitworth community.
  • the President’s Leadership Forum, to be held at the Spokane Convention Center. We welcome former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice., our featured speaker for the Forum. May the Spokane community listen well to Dr. Rice as she engages in courageous conversations about her perspectives on the United States’ role in the world.
  • the flurry of activity on campus between Friday and Sunday, which will include theatre productions, multiple athletics events, Homecoming Weekend, and the 125th Anniversary Celebration at the Spokane Convention Center on Saturday evening, with President Beck A. Taylor. This weekend provides an opportunity to look into our past, present, and future as Whitworthians. May God prompt the kind of “holy remembrance” that draws our hearts and minds closer to God and to each other.
  • Celebration Weekend concludes with a worship service on Sunday morning at which the entire Whitworth community is invited to worship together during one of the weekend’s signature events. This service will include a performance by the Choral Reunion Choir, and a sermon delivered by Professor of Theology Jerry Sittser. May God fill our hearts with profound gratitude as we conclude this historic weekend.

Lord we are so thankful that we are no longer foreigners and aliens. Now we are members of Your household; we are family. We are grateful that, as citizens of the kingdom, we have been drawn into the Whitworth family, as well. Thank you for the grace we know in Christ and for the ways in which that grace comes to us through this university. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Amen.

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