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January 21, 2019 / Whitworth University

“An Invitation for Us to Join God in Making All Things New”

Jan. 21-Jan. 28

Micah 6:8 – He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

This week we pray for:

  • The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 21, including:
    • Whitworth community members who will join the MLK march and rally in downtown Spokane. We particularly pray for this year’s keynote speaker Rev. Stephanie Nobles Beans, Whitworth’s associate chaplain for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ministry
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country, particularly for our African-American brothers and sisters. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community could be faithful and obedient in striving for all things to be right through its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Tuesday evening’s Jan Term Chapel Community Worship service as community members gather for a time of worship, testimony and prayer, honoring and following the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and worshiping the God who is “making all things new!”
  • Students as they complete their Jan Term classes, that they will continue to stay focused, have strength for exams and learn well to the end.
  • The many groups who are returning from study-away programs this week. We pray for safe travel and God’s care for them as they re-enter here. We particularly pray that God would protect, preserve and promote the growth and learning that happened on the trips.
  • Students over Jan Term break, for safety, wisdom and great community time wherever they may go.
  • The Dornsife Center for Community Engagement Impact Trip that is taking a group of students, with Campus Pastor Lauren Taylor, to downtown Spokane during Jan Term break to learn about and serve in various nonprofits that are faithfully witnessing to God’s Kingdom in word and deed.
  • The amazing Whitworth grounds and facilities staff who labor to keep campus safe and operable during the winter months, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.
  • Monday and Wednesday’s Jan Term Morning Prayer as students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord through Scripture, silence, prayer and song.

Thanksgiving:

Lord we know that you make all things new. We pray that as we celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that all are reminded that we all have been created in your image and that there is an intrinsic dignity in each of us that calls for uplifting every man and woman, young and old.  We pray that your Holy Spirit leads us away from partiality with regards to nationality, race, ethnicity or gender so that we might love one another with Jesus’ love. We pray we will not be complicit in injustice by being silent, but that we will boldly speak truth to power and live in the values of your Kingdom. Amen.

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