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December 1, 2014 / Whitworth University

Advent Week No. 1

Nov. 30-Dec. 7

Scripture:
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the LORD to prepare his ways… to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Luke 1:76-79

This week we pray for…

  • our nation in the wake of the decision made in Ferguson, Mo., last week. Whitworth alums who are now pastors in the area have been in Ferguson in order to provide support and to stand as witnesses for peace and reconciliation. Faculty, staff, and students have been deeply moved by the events there and the ongoing tensions created by the decision. May God’s peace be present in the midst of that trouble.
  • our students, as we enter the last two weeks of this semester and they deal with end-of-term assignments, papers, and exams. We ask that they may know God’s sustaining presence and wisdom as they approach the end of fall semester.
  • our faculty, staff, and students who are in the process of making important decisions about searches – especially for the theology department position and the dean of spiritual life position. May these decision-makers have the wisdom of God as they deliberate and make their recommendations.
  • President Beck and Julie Taylor as they host students, faculty and staff on Monday, Dec. 1, at the annual Christmas reception. May the entire community be filled with the spirit of anticipation for the birth of Christ, and may this celebration begin Advent with a call for daily reflection and prayer on the meaning of the Christmas season.
  • Wednesday’s Wisdom Talks, as instructors share with students their own vocational journeys.
  • the Whitworth Auxiliary’s Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale, the group’s annual fund-raising event, in the HUB. Proceeds benefit Whitworth students, providing scholarship support and residence-hall-lounge refurbishment, as well as NW travel experiences for international students. May the community remember to express its appreciation for the faithful members of the auxiliary, who support the university with such dedication and enthusiasm.
  • the much-anticipated Whitworth Christmas Festival Concerts on Saturday and Sunday in Seattle, featuring the Whitworth Choir, women’s choir, chamber singers, men’s chorus and student instrumentalists. May every performer feel the joy of Christ’s presence as s/he sings or plays, and may all who attend be touched by the wonder of God’s grace in Christ’s incarnation.

Thanksgiving:
Gracious God, incarnate in Jesus, we give thanks for the depth of your wondrous love for us. This Advent season draws us into the mystery of your love as we contemplate Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem’s stable. We know that this event led to sorrow for many, and we bring to you those in our community who grieve over loss, personal and communal and national, during these troubling times. Please grant us the gift of your peace, through our LORD, Jesus Christ. Amen!

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