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November 14, 2016 / Whitworth University

Unmerited Mercy

Nov. 14-20

Luke 23:32-42

This week we pray for…

  • our students to persevere in all the good work before them this semester.
  • our students to pursue God through prayer, Scripture, worship and service and to share their faith with others boldly and graciously.
  • safe travel for our student-athletes in basketball, swimming and cross-country.
  • the fine custodial staff members at Whitworth who quietly care for students and faculty through their daily service.
  • Andrew Marin, the author of Love is an Orientation and Us vs. Us, as he shares a lecture, “Reconciliation and Building Bridges: LGBT Persons and the Church,” providing four principles to build peaceful and productive bridges between people who hold differing worldviews.
  • John, a missionary from China, as he discusses the surging underground church in his country and explains how the American church can connect with and learn from the example of the Chinese church. The lecture is part of the On Mission series, presented by the Whitworth University Office of Church Engagement.
  • President’s Coffee with President Beck A. Taylor. This is a time for staff to meet with Beck, meet new employees, recognize staff years of service, hear updates on the university, and share in a devotional.
  • campus worship: Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner will preach Tuesday at Chapel Community Worship, and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna takes place Tuesday evening; and AWAKE welcomes worshippers Wednesday night.
  • the ninth annual International Education & Diversity Forum as it seeks to build international and cultural understanding, to prepare individuals for life in a global environment, and to encourage conversations surrounding this year’s theme: Human Connections: Learning from our Multilayered Stories.
  • the Whitworth International Festival dinner and performance, hosted by Whitworth’s international students. We ask for a wonderful time of celebrating the beauty of different cultures and honoring the stories of Whitworth’s international students.
  • our community to remember, with deepest appreciation, God’s provision in the year since the windstorm that took down more than 100 trees at Whitworth (but harmed no one). We give thanks for the many people who have worked to restore our campus buildings and grounds, and we thank God for the ways in which his creation restores itself so quickly.

Lord, we stand amazed at the great mercy and grace that you have shown toward fallen people. We have rejected your holiness and goodness and rebelled against you in thought, word and deed. Yet, in loving kindness and tender mercy, you reach down to fallen humanity, lift us up, and seat us together with your beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, who died that we might live. Thank you for your astonishing forgiveness and your amazing grace toward us.

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