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October 20, 2014 / Whitworth University

Unity in the Body of Christ

Oct. 19-26

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love; make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Ephesians 4: 3-4

This week we pray for…

the entire Whitworth community, as we complete the first half of fall semester. During this week, please pray for these needs, among others:

  • students facing the pressures of midterm papers and exams. May they have the strength to work long and hard to complete their assignments, and the wisdom to grow from their studies.
  • faculty who face the task of grading those papers and exams, encouraging those who do well and strengthening others who will struggle with academic performance.
  • student life staff who help prepare students to go home, some for the first time since the dorms opened in September. For freshmen students, this first visit can be an unsettling time, as they and their families are aware of the changes taking place in their family system.
  • parents and families who will welcome students into their home during Fall Break, Oct. 24-27. May they extend a spirit of welcome hospitality, engaging in significant conversations during this few days together
  • safety for all who travel during Fall Break, including our many athletics teams travelling to the West Side for competition
  • institutional advancement staff, who have led our 125th-year celebrations in Spokane and Seattle the past two weekends. May they find rest during Fall Break, returning to work next week ready to lead the university in our campaign to raise $100 million in the next few years to support students and programs.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck A. Taylor shares with us from the Book of Ephesians 4:1-16. Paul calls Christ’s followers to move into action in our communities, our relationships, and our own lives.
  • those participating in Wednesday’s Wisdom Talk, as instructors share with students their own vocational journey.
  • Faculty Development Day, on Friday, as regular faculty come together to develop programs for Whitworth students. James K.A. Smith, philosophy professor at Calvin College (Ill.) and author of Desiring the Kingdom and Inheriting the Kingdom, will speak on the intersection of academics and culture. May our faculty be inspired to apply the good news of Jesus Christ in their teaching and mentoring of students.

Lord, thank you for showing us your humility and gentleness, for being patient with each and every one of us. You have showered us with your amazing love, so that we may love one another. Guide us by your Spirit to live in Christ’s unity as a witness to the gospel of Jesus’ grace. Amen!

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