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February 9, 2015 / Whitworth University

Salt & Light

Feb. 8-15

“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16

In the second week of this spring semester, we pray for…

  • our students, as they begin spring semester. We ask that they will develop the rhythms of study, recreation, and rest that will help them to flourish intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.
  • Ronald Green and Nathan Palpant, as they conduct the Monday Seminar on Suffering and Bioethics. Ron is Professor of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College, and Nathan is a Whitworth alum who serves now as instructor at the University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Tuesday Community Worship, as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches on Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus’ command to be salt and light.
  • Tuesday’s discussion with Brother Emile of the Taizé community in France, who will speak about the ways in which Christian worship shapes our lives to conform us into the image of Jesus.
  • Thursday’s worship service, at which Brother Emile will share with us in Taizé worship and we will gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • Thursday’s presentation by Stephen T. Davis, M.Div., Ph.D., a distinguished Whitworth alumnus and the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at California’s Claremont McKenna College. Stephen’s lecture title is “Happiness in Life: Epictetus and Christianity.”
  • the admissions staff throughout the weekend as they guide prospective students at a “Why Whitworth” Day on Friday, and then host the first Honors Colloquium for admitted students who are selecting the school they will attend next fall. May God give all these students wisdom in their selection process.
  • Friday’s Leadership Fair, as current students begin the process of pursuing student leadership positions available on campus.
  • Friday’s 18th annual Gospel Explosion in the Whitworth Chapel, as churches from the Spokane community gather for an evening of worship, Still Praising His Name After All These Years!

Lord, help us to remember that salt and light add to the human experience. When in proper balance, they do not draw attention to us: They enhance what is already there. We are thankful that living as people of faith does not require us always to speak, proclaim and announce, but that we can bring flavor and enlightenment to others by our attitudes and dispositions. Help us to follow Jesus as our lives communicate the good news of the gospel. Amen!

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