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December 15, 2014 / Whitworth University

Jesus, the Humble King, Born in Bethlehem’s Manger

Dec. 14-21

Scripture:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6

“Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:7

This week we pray for…

  • students in the university’s choirs (and the instrumentalists who accompanied them) who have just completed two weekends of performances in Seattle and Spokane, and who stayed here for the home concerts after the end of the semester last Friday. May God give these students, as well as all the staff and faculty who produced these magnificent concerts, rest during this third week of Advent as the reality of Christ’s birth takes deep root in their lives through the music they presented.
  • all of our students after Finals Week, the end of a long and arduous semester. Many students have faced intense academic, personal, and relational challenges in the past few months. As they emerge from those pressures, may they also know God’s rest and presence during this Advent season.
  • faculty engaged in the last few days of grading. May they have strength and wisdom to complete their tasks with the rigor required to evaluate each student’s academic performance fairly.
  • staff members who have carried the burdens of unprecedented challenges in our community this semester. The number of students with intense relational and psychological trauma continues to grow, and our staff employees have been faithful companions on the students’ journeys. May they also know God’s rest.
  • each of us as we have seen our nation challenged once again by the scourge of racism. Passionate conversations have taken place in the Whitworth community. Pray that God will guide us as we address racism and related issues during 2015. May there be a sense of healing as well as clear future direction as we seek to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.
  • our world. The biblical Christmas narratives remind us that Jesus was born into a very troubled and violent world. For those who are followers of Christ, may this Advent season be a time of renewed commitment to do all we can to be faithful to Christ’s call upon us to be peacemakers.
  • those in the Whitworth community who are struggling with debilitating illnesses. Uncertain futures can create anxiety and fear. May God bring physical healing as well as that peace that passes all understanding, which comes only through Christ.

Thanksgiving:
Gracious, loving and merciful God, during this Christmas season, as the light of your Word penetrates our hearts, as we are reminded of the gift of life and faith, as the glories of the heavenly hosts are echoed in our churches, we open ourselves up to your Spirit and give you thanks. We are grateful, Lord Jesus, that your story has become our story, and we celebrate your birth.

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