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May 11, 2015 / Whitworth University

Rejoice in the Lord

May 10-17

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4

This final week of the academic year we pray for…

  • our students as they prepare for and take final exams Tuesday-Friday. May the Lord’s presence generate calm and confidence as they complete their academic work for this semester.
  • our undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their parents and families. May our graduates’ hearts be filled with joy as each celebrates his or her graduation. May the doors of opportunity open in the job market, and may the Lord grant them favor. And may their parents and families, who have sacrificed in many ways to support them through this long process of pursuing a degree, be joyful for their graduates’ accomplishments and grateful for God’s faithfulness.
  • retiring faculty and staff members. May they be filled with a sense of accomplishment for everything that they have done to support our students. May the Whitworth community honor each of these colleagues for their commitment to Whitworth’s Christian mission and for the sacrifices they have made in their service.
  • each of the many ceremonies during Commencement Weekend (ROTC Commissioning and Senior Commissioning on Friday, Graduate Commencement and Departmental Sendoffs for Graduating Seniors on Saturday, Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday). Ask that these gatherings will serve as final reminders that our graduates are now being sent out with a strong sense of mission “to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” May the spirit of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart education sustain our graduates as they live out the university’s Christian mission.

Gracious God, we are grateful to you for the success of our graduates, who worked so diligently to reach this week of celebration. Your faithfulness has sustained them and every one of us who support Whitworth’s Christian educational mission. We pray for moments of reflection this week, during which we can look back and see your faithfulness at work in each of our lives. We rejoice in your grace as our hearts are filled with gratitude for your faithfulness. May we trust in the peace of Christ as we continue our journeys accompanied by Your presence. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen!

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