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October 27, 2014 / Whitworth University

Learning to Forgive as Christ Forgave Us

Oct. 26-Nov. 2

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you.”
Ephesians 4:32

This week we pray for…

  • members of the Whitworth community as they return after a few days of rest and renewal during Fall Break. November can be one of the most challenging times of the entire academic year, as daylight fades, colder weather arrives, and the pace of academic life quickens in the second part of the fall semester. May God provide strength and hope for all of us during this month prior to Thanksgiving Break.
  • Staff Fall Break Training Day, on Monday. The personal, professional and spiritual development of Whitworth’s employees is a very important priority for the university. May this be a day of insights and new skills that assist our staff in serving the Christian mission of the university.
  • Administrative Leadership Group, which meets Thursday morning. This group provides essential administrative guidance for the entire university, and, through its leaders, oversees every part of the university’s operations. May God give the members of this crucial group the wisdom to lead with vision and purpose.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service, where Kent McDonald (Theology) will explore Paul’s charge to us to recognize our identity in Christ and to follow Christ faithfully. Kent will also discuss Paul’s challenge to us, from Ephesians 4:17-32, to engage our culture.
  • the majors fair, on Wednesday, as current freshmen and transfer students continue planning their academic careers through the selection of majors, minors, internships and certification programs. May God use our students’ conversations with faculty to inspire their passion and vision for the possibilities they can pursue through a Whitworth education.
  • Dr. Jim Shaw, whom the university will honor Wednesday evening. Jim has led his colleagues in the medical community in the integration of faith with the practice of medicine. He will speak on the ways in which his vision of how to trust in God can actually enhance the healing process for those who are ill or injured. Please ask that the university community will appreciate Jim’s work in Spokane and will gain from the wisdom he has developed over his career as a physician.
  • Friday’s “Why Whitworth” event, as prospective students and their parents visit our campus. May God inspire them as they attend an admissions presentation, sit in on classes, visit residence halls, and have the opportunity to ask questions about the college experience at Whitworth.
  • the musicians of the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra as they present the group’s fall concert on Saturday. This is the first of many recitals and concerts to take place through the music department over the next few weeks. May God give a spirit of joy to the students as they perform the music that they have rehearsed so diligently over the past two months.

Lord, we are so thankful for your endless supply of forgiveness, made available to us through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. May the Whitworth community continue to develop as a community that is known as a place of reconciliation with you, even as we learn to forgive one another. Your forgiveness has made us whole again. We are grateful for your compassion toward us. Please grant us that same compassion to allow us forgive one another. Amen!

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