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March 9, 2015 / Whitworth University

‘Treasures In Heaven’

March 8-15

“Store up for yourself treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21

In this sixth week of the semester we pray for…

  • our students as they develop the skills of discussing the gospel, and the grace and truth of Jesus for the world, with great compassion for others and sensitivity to the leading of God’s spirit in those conversations.
  • faculty and staff who support and lead our students each day; we ask that their lives will communicate that same grace and truth of Jesus, especially for those who feel deeply burdened and alienated from God’s love.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches from Matthew 6:16-21 regarding the transformation of our hearts to value our relationship with God above all other human pursuits or temptations.
  • James R. Edwards, Whitworth’s Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology, as he presents his final lecture, on Wednesday, as occupant of the chair. Jim will explore both the changes and the continuities of the the first 75 years of Christian history as the early church moved from its roots in rural Jewish Galilee to the Greek-speaking urban world of the Roman Empire.
  • Thursday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Associate Professor of History Tony Clark speaks about the ministry of the Franciscan order in China during the 19th Century.
  • Mabel Elsom, the anti-human-trafficking coordinator at Spokane’s Lutheran Community Services as she speaks Thursday on “Human Trafficking in the 21st Century,”
  • the Catholic Student Fellowship, which, on Friday, will lead the community in the Stations of the Cross, the traditional Catholic prayer service to commemorate Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • prospective students and admissions representatives, as numerous student-recruitment events take place on campus Saturday and Sunday. Whitworth will host potential applicants for the M.A. in Theology Program as well as a large group of prospective undergrads who will be here for this academic year’s final Honors Colloquium.
  • the family, friends, colleagues and former students of Hugh Johnston, who died last week at age 95. Hugh was a longtime chemistry professor at Whitworth (1957-81) who was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, a member of the Boppell family who also taught at Whitworth (1941-61). During his retirement, right up until a few weeks before his death, Hugh volunteered in the library, helping out each week in the archives. A memorial service for Hugh will be held in Seeley Mudd Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Bill Robinson will officiate and Brent Edstrom will provide music.

Lenten Prayer:
During this Lenten season, we are deeply aware that our hearts are wayward, often distracted and too easily satisfied with “treasures” that, in the end, are as worthless as idols. We are so thankful that your spirit can and does mold our hearts to be attuned to your will. Teach us to seek not the treasures of the world but those things that are eternal, for true treasure lies within them. We make our prayer in the name of the One who loved us so much that he gave his life for our salvation, our Lord Jesus. Amen.

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