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April 27, 2015 / Whitworth University

Be Doers, Not Just Hearers, of God’s Word

April 26-May 2

Scripture:
“Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise person who built his house on a rock.”
Matthew 7:24

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they approach the end of spring semester. This is a time of increasing pressure academically, and it’s filled with all the transitional issues of moving out of dorms, finding summer work, and adjusting to life after college for our graduating seniors. May God give them wisdom in the decision-making process and may they feel a sense of peace during this time of change.
  • faculty members as they gather on Monday, Thursday, and Friday to hear from their peers about the importance of integrating their research with Christian faith. As they have the crucial responsibility to instruct our students, may our faculty members be guided by God’s spirit to teach and lead our community faithfully as we all seek to follow Christ.
  • Whitworth’s staff as they continue to serve faithfully in spite of the pressure that builds as we approach end-of-year activities. May God’s energy empower their work.
  • Monday evening’s celebration of former trustee and vice-chair of the board Carol Wendle, who will receive the university’s Distinguished Community Service Award for her multiple roles in serving the Spokane community. Carol has served on the boards of Spokane Public Schools, Chase Youth Commission, the Joint Center for Higher Education, and the Hutton Settlement, and she has previously been honored for her service by the YWCA and PTA. Her life is a model of Whitworth’s commitment to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. May all of us learn from her the true meaning of Jesus’ call to serve others.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck A. Taylor concludes our spring series from the Sermon on the Mount. Beck will preach from Matthew 7:24-29, in which Jesus tells a parable about the importance of heeding his teaching rather than just hearing his words. May all who hear this sermon be prompted to a more complete spiritual obedience.
  • Saturday’s Springfest, the annual celebration that heralds the wonders of spring and the end of the school year. This event raises money for service in the community. May all who attend be filled with the joy that spring prompts, and may they share generously of their resources.

Thanksgiving Prayer:
Gracious God, as we move toward the end of this academic term, there is so much for which to be grateful. We are thankful as we reflect on your daily faithfulness to us. We give our lives back to you as a sacred trust. May we listen well to your guidance in scripture and live in such a way that the love, grace, and truth of Jesus spring forth from our lives. Amen.

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