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March 30, 2015 / Whitworth University

Holy Week: Receiving the Gift of God’s Forgiveness in Jesus Christ

March 29-April 5

“Do not judge, or you will be judged.”
Matthew 7:1.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

This week we pray for…

  • the entire community as, during this Holy Week, we remember the sacred events of Jesus’ Last Supper, Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection.
  • our “Why Whitworth” admissions events on Monday and Wednesday, as prospective students and their parents visit our campus for an admissions presentation, lunch, a campus tour, a class visit, a parent seminar, a student panel and a residence hall tour. May each prospective student be guided to the right school for her/his college studies.
  • the grand opening, on Monday, of the Dornsife Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement, as the university celebrates this gracious gift to sustain our ongoing efforts to connect with the local community in order to promote the common good of the Spokane region.
  • Stephaine Nobles-Beans and those who convene to hear her Tuesday at Community Worship. Stephaine will speak from The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:1-6, regarding the great gift of God’s grace in Christ and how that grace can flow through us to others who feel cut off from God.
  • Tuesday‘s Women and Gender Studies Program guest Andi Ziesler, who will lecture on the topic, “Don’t Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice.”
  • Tuesday’s presentation by Jess Walter, Whitworth’s writer-in-residence for spring 2015. Jess’s works has been on the New York Times bestsellers list, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. As a part of our 125th-anniversary celebration, Jess’s presence provides a model for diligently exploring the gift of writing.
  • Maundy Thursday’s Community Worship, where we’ll remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, as he gathered with them around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Lord, forgive us for the times we have failed to show mercy to others, even as we have been the recipients of extravagant mercy ourselves. We are sorry, because we know that you have so much more to be disappointed about in us than we do in others. Please remove any bitter or critical spirit that infects our character. Through your Holy Spirit, form in your people the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that show your presence and your transforming presence in our lives. May the fruit of the Spirit be developed in our lives during this Holy Week. We pray in Jesus’ Name.

Lord You gave us an example to imitate. We celebrate the gift of the love of Jesus, given to us for our nourishment, given to us as an example of self-less love. This Maundy Thursday proves to us that your love is unconditional, your body broken for us, your blood shed for us. We are so grateful help us to remain faithful and to love others in the same way that we have been loved by you. Where charity and love are found, there is God.

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