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December 8, 2014 / Whitworth University

“Rejoice!”

Dec. 7-14

Scripture:
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn, shout for joy before the Lord, the King.”
Psalm 98:4-6 (NIV)

“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
Matthew 2:6 (ESV)

This week we pray for…

  • our students to have diligence, endurance, wisdom, and strength this week as they take final exams and finish their classwork.
  • our faculty as they complete the fall semester. May they be especially wise as they make decisions regarding students’ final grades in their courses.
  • traveling mercies for all the members of the Whitworth community as they journey to be with family and other loved ones during this holiday season.
  • our athletics teams as they travel during these weeks of break; we ask that they will feel a deep sense of belonging to the Whitworth community even as they are separated from loved ones.
  • Monday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum as Bendi Benson Schrambach presents “Toward the Abolition of Race.”
  • Monday night’s candlelight nativity service, an annual part of Christmasfest. In this service, the nativity story is told with candles and music. The Whitworth Men’s Chorus will lead in worship, and communion will be served. May all who attend have a deep sense of God’s Spirit present with them during this last worship service of the fall semester.
  • our vocal and instrumental musicians as they present the Whitworth Christmas Festival Concerts in Spokane on Saturday and Sunday. May our singers and instrumentalists be filled with hearts of gratitude for God’s sustaining grace throughout this semester as they lead the Spokane community in worship through their performance of sacred music.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful and so grateful that we can rejoice in you not only through this joyous holiday season, but each and every day. We are thankful that we can know the joy given to us in Jesus, our Incarnate Savior, Lord and King.

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