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February 4, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Reading the Bible with Jesus: Getting to know God through Overlooked Old Testament Stories”

Feb. 4- Feb. 10
Luke 24:44-45

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes of the spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard and engage well with their courses while also growing in meaningful relationships.
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning and creativity to teach well.
  • Our students and faculty who were studying away in Hawaii, Los Angeles, NYC, Washington D.C., England, U.K., France, Italy, Vietnam, Germany, South Africa and Spain over Jan Term. We pray that they would continue to transition well and that the transformation they experienced on their trips would be sustained and expanded this semester.
  • Winter athletics teams as they engage in post-season competitions this week and in the coming weeks and spring athletics teams as they open their seasons. We pray for joy, perspective, community, safety and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs of the semester:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to worship God and we begin exploring our theme for the semester, “Reading the Bible with Jesus: Getting to know God through Overlooked Old Testament Stories.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we gather to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we can all serve God in our various vocations.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach gathering as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum lunch and presentation gatherings that will occur this semester and begin Thursday. We pray that God would be equipping and empowering scholar-teachers here at Whitworth who contribute to the common good of society and glorify God through their scholarship.
  • The African-American Heritage Month presentation by author Austin Channing Brown as she shares her stories and experiences regarding the intersections of racial justice, Christian faith and black womanhood. We pray for unity, openness to hear the story of others, and a growing Christ-centered longing for justice across our community.

Thanksgiving:

We thank you Lord God for your revelation to us in Holy Scripture. Thank you for the Old Testament that reveals you and your character and leads us to Jesus Christ, our Savior. Thank you that you are Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer. Lead us this week to trust you and worship you in all we do, for your glory and purposes in this world. Amen.

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