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February 2, 2015 / Whitworth University

Listening to Jesus

Feb. 1-8

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:1, 10

This week, as spring semester begins, we pray for…

  • our students, as they begin the semester. We ask that that the Lord will give them peace, wisdom and guidance in their academic and vocational journeys.
  • the Monday Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, an annual event at which Whitworth faculty celebrate their scholarly accomplishments of the previous academic year, all done in fulfillment of Whitworth’s Christian mission.
  • New-Student Orientation, as freshmen and new transfer students enter Whitworth. May these new community members feel welcomed and supported in their transition to Whitworth.
  • Community worship, on Tuesday. This semester’s theme is The Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew’s Gospel. Pray for Kent McDonald (Chapel) as he preaches from the Beatitudes.
  • weekly campus ministry events, including morning prayer each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; Hosanna, the student-led ministry that seeks to create a comfortable place for students to worship each Tuesday night; and Awake, each Wednesday evening, where students seek to pursue the gospel, worship and fellowship.
  • Spring Convocation, on Thursday, with Provost Carol Simon giving the address, “Not Making a Distinction between Them and Us,” from Acts 11:1-18. May the Whitworth community receive this message as we listen and live its reality on this campus during this semester.

Lord, we are thankful for Jesus’ calling to follow him. The Sermon on the Mount teaches us to live in a manner that reflects God’s character. Jesus’ Sermon gives us hope that God’s reign will come. We want to make peace in the way we live every day, and we are grateful that in these Beatitudes we see the values that come straight from the mind of Christ. Our mission is to translate them into our lives and the lives of others.

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