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August 31, 2015 / Whitworth University

Joy

Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Scripture:
Psalm 118:24
This is the day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This week begins a new academic year of praying for the Whitworth community. The summer has included tests and trials for the employees of the university, but it has also brought restoration, renewal and refreshment. We are in the process of final preparations to welcome the incoming class on Saturday, Sept. 5. Athletes and residence-life leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year, and we are so thankful for our entire community. We now turn our hearts to our faculty, staff and students.

We pray for…

  • our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residential and spiritual life and student government. May they serve each moment as living expressions of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
  • our student-athletes. We ask that they be protected from injury, both physical and emotional, that they continue to be women and men of integrity in victory and in defeat, that they be good examples to all, and that they always display the Whitworth spirit.
  • the beginning of the academic year in worship; on Wednesday we will partake of communion, with Coordinator for Ministry and Multicultural Affairs Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching. Immediately following worship, President Beck Taylor will deliver the State of the University Address, followed by a staff luncheon. May these activities provide a common vision for Whitworth’s employees to be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout this year.
  • Thursday’s faculty dinner, followed by the Installation Worship Service for new faculty. Provost and Executive Vice President Carol Simon will preach, and we will celebrate communion. On Friday, faculty members gather for a retreat at nearby Camp Spalding. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s activities and worship services are intended to provide a rich sense of welcome for those who have recently joined Whitworth as staff and faculty members. May each one feel empowered by God’s Spirit in his or her calling to Whitworth.
  • Move-In Day, on Saturday, when we welcome the Class of 2019 to their residence halls, and the following Monday, when our returning students arrive. The halls become students’ homes for the next nine months. May each student feel a sense of belonging as s/he joins the residence-life community, and may each student grow closer to Christ through his/her residence-hall experience.
  • The Welcome Fair on Saturday, and the worship service on Sunday morning. Forrest Buckner, our new dean of spiritual life, will be preaching, and special meetings throughout the weekend will assist students, parents, family and friends in this very important moment of transition. May God’s Spirit of peace calm our collective anxiety as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, which has brought us to this place and which will lead us through this academic year.

Thanksgiving:
Oh, loving God, Lord, as we begin this new academic year we call out to you with grateful hearts for all your mercies, which are new every morning. We thank you for the gifts of renewal and preparation as the summer passes into the fall, marking another new beginning. We thank you for the time we’ve had and the time we have now to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives. Let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your Spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith. May our lives be worthy of the calling you have for us. Enable us to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the lofty vision of a mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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