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April 2, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Diverse and Numerous People of God

April 2-8

Revelation 7:1-17

This week we pray:

  • With joy and gratitude for the victory over sin, death and evil obtained in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We pray that every Whitworth community member could walk in the way of the cross and resurrection, moving forward in faith, hope and love as we trust in our resurrected Lord alone.
  • For students as they return from Spring Break and Easter weekend, for safe travels and for the strength they need to re-engage with their studies and work for the second half of the semester.
  • For our student-athletes who continue to travel, practice and compete this month. We pray for community, joy, growth as men and women, and an awareness of God through their participation.
  • For the efforts of Whitworth’s admissions and financial aid teams as they continue to engage prospective students and families. We particularly pray for this weekend’s Bucs Bound event for admitted students that is bringing more than 170 high school seniors to campus. We pray that God would lead prospective students and families in this discernment process while also providing for the enrollment needs of the university.
  • For this week’s visit from the accreditation group from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for their normally scheduled seven-year reaccreditation visit. We pray with gratitude for Whitworth’s 128-year commitment to an excellent mind-and-heart education.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God (including a performance by the Whitworth African women’s choir, Shades of Africa) and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Almighty God, through your Holy Spirit you created unity in the midst of diversity; we acknowledge that human diversity is an expression of your manifold love for your creation. We confess that in our brokenness as human beings we turn diversity into a source of alienation, injustice, oppression and wounding. Empower us to recognize and celebrate differences as your great gift to the human family. Enable us to be the architects of understanding, respect and love. Through the Lord, the ground of all unity, we pray. Amen.

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