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April 9, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Witness of the Church to the Truth, even in Suffering

April 9-15

Revelation 11:1-13

This week we pray:

  • For students to find comfort in God and his Word, discovering hope even in distress.
  • For students to be compassionate in heart and full of energy and zeal as they seek to learn the ways of God’s world and come to understand how their gifts may serve their best purpose.
  • With deep appreciation for our committed and generous Board of Trustees members as they participate in their spring meetings here on the Whitworth campus this week. We pray for an awareness of God’s presence and leading as they engage with the campus community and participate in the governing activities of the university.
  • With gratitude as we gather for a ceremony of blessing for the new Beeksma Family Theology Center and renovated chapel that will be opening this fall (and that is currently under construction). We pray that God would use the addition and the renovation to invite more and more students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity with their whole lives.
  • For Monday’s Staley Lecture by Robert W. Heimburger, “God and the Illegal Alien,” in which Heimburger will discuss the Christian response to illegal immigration.
  • For all those participating in the theatre department’s spring main-stage production of Argonautika. We pray with gratitude for the gift of the arts, and we pray for joy, community and growth into the men and women God made them to be for all the students involved.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Mindy Smith preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion.
    • 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.

Thanksgiving: 
Lord, we are grateful that your power is revealed in our suffering as you grant us grace to endure. We are thankful that we can stand strong in our trust in you, even in suffering. Nourish our hope in you and your victory gained through the suffering of the cross, for you are our savior, our protector and our provider. Amen.

 

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