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February 16, 2015 / Whitworth University

Be Reconciled to One Another

Feb. 15-22

“First be reconciled to one another, and then come and offer your gift in worship. Come to terms quickly with your accuser…”
Matthew 5:24-25

During this third week of spring semester, we pray for…

  • our students. During the Lenten season, which begins this week, we ask that they will set aside time to reflect on Jesus’ deep love for each of us and to seek the Holy Spirit’s leading in their transformation to being more like Jesus.
  • Tuesday’s Spring Volunteer Fair. This will be a chance for students, faculty, and staff to meet with local organizations that need volunteers! The fair will provide great opportunity for interested students and others to find ways to serve the Spokane community.
  • Community Worship, Tuesday, as we continue the spring-semester series on the Sermon on the Mount. Pray for Campus Pastor Mindy Smith as she preaches on Jesus’s command to us to be reconciled to one another. May hard hearts be softened and broken relationship healed.
  • Tuesday’s Camp Fair, as representatives of various Christian camps discuss the possibility of our students serving this summer in their ministries. May each student receive specific guidance for his or her summer calling to serve others in the name of Jesus.
  • Tobin Schearer, a history professor from the University of Montana, who will present a lecture Tuesday on the topic “Why Ferguson Matters to Whitworth.” Tobin’s expertise is on the Christian foundations of the Civil Rights Movement. Please pray, too, that our community is willing to accept the challenges of seeking to be faithful to Jesus’s calling to love all persons – because each one is created in God’s image.
  • Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7:40 am and noon, with the imposition of ashes as a reminder of our need to enter into individual and communal repentance during this Lenten season.
  • Wednesday’s Study-Abroad Fair, which will feature information regarding all study- abroad opportunities for the 2015-16 academic year. May faculty, staff, and students be led by God’s Spirit to engage in educational opportunities in order to develop intercultural competence, a key element in Whitworth’s 2021 Strategic Plan.
  • Ben Lowe, who is with the Evangelical Environmental Network, as he speaks about his recent book, Doing Good Without Giving Up: Creation Care and Climate Action. May God’s Spirit prompt all who hear Ben to pursue creation stewardship as an expression of Christian commitment.
  • Thursday’s Student-Teaching-Commission Service, as education majors are sent out to teach this semester in schools all over the Spokane region. May they embody the love of Jesus into their classrooms as they instruct students.
  • Director of World Relief Spokane Mark Kadel, who has spent more than 20 years working with refugees and individuals experiencing persecution. He is currently overseeing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Spokane. Mark will lecture on “The Untold Story of the Syrian Refugee.” Please pray, too, that the community will listen with hearts open to God’s leading them to support refugees in our community.
  • our Friday Catholic Student Fellowship, which will lead the community in the Stations of the Cross, a traditional Catholic practice of walking with Jesus on the road to Calvary. May the community be reminded of the immense suffering Jesus endured for our salvation.

Lord, we rejoice in the reconciliation brought about for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We know that reconciliation with others can be difficult, and for some it may even be impossible. But we are so thankful for the example your of your Son, who teaches us that we can forgive one another and be exemplars for the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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