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May 16, 2016 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 16-22

Note:
This is the final On Bended Knee for the 2015-16 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer for Whitworth this year. We believe that it matters, and we end the year full of thanks for God’s care, provision, and blessing. This prayer blog for the Whitworth community will resume the first week of September.

Scripture:
Psalms 136:1
O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his steadfast love endures forever.

This week we pray for…

  • strength, perseverance, wisdom and joy as students make their way through Finals Week.
  • our students, as they finish the semester and spread out all over the country and the world. We ask for them to know God’s abiding presence in Jesus wherever they are, to find community, and to continue to grow into the fullness of who God made them to be.
  • the Class of 2016, including traditional and continuing studies undergraduate students and graduate students. We pray with gratitude for the gift that each one of these students has been to the Whitworth community, with sadness at seeing them leave us to make their way in the world, and with trust that each will experience God’s loving presence in all that lies ahead.
  • our outstanding, caring faculty members as they finish up the semester. We ask for their endurance in both relationships and grading!
  • Commencement Weekend activities:
    • Senior reflections, as seniors remember and celebrate their time at Whitworth
    • The ROTC Commissioning Service, as our student cadets are pinned and commissioned to serve and protect our country
    • Senior Service for Communion and Commissioning for all graduating seniors, parents, and guests, as we come to the Table of the Lord and anoint students from the Class of 2016 for service to Christ
    • Sunday’s baccalaureate service for students, families, loved ones, and all members of the Whitworth community. We ask that God would be made known and joyfully worshiped at the ceremony, led by this year’s preacher, retiring Professor of Theology Roger Mohrlang.
    • Sunday’s undergraduate commencement and Saturday’s graduate-student ceremony. We ask that these would be times of rejoicing and gratitude for students and loved ones and that everyone involved would have eyes to see the grace, love, and goodness of God that they have experienced at Whitworth.
  • the Class of 2016. We ask that doors of opportunity will open for our bachelor’s and master’s graduates and that these new alumni, wherever they go, will continue to grow in honoring God, following Christ, and serving humanity.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you so much for the time you have given us with past graduates and with the members of the Class of 2016. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for worthy teachers and mentors, for loving families and for supportive friends. We now entrust these soon-to-graduate Whitworthians into your powerful and loving hands.

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  1. Pat Beaber Lehnen / May 16 2016 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the privilege of praying for Whitworth for another year. This coming September will mark 60 years since I set foot on the campus for the first time. So, I thank God for the rich heritage that I experienced as a student. I pray the same for all those who are graduating and for all students who will be returning this fall. Blessings on all of you for a well-deserved summer.

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