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August 26, 2019 / Whitworth University

Welcoming in a New Academic Year

Aug. 26-Sept. 1

A new academic year at Whitworth University begins!

Welcome back to the “On Bended Knee” prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University! We are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on behalf of the Whitworth community, carrying burdens and celebrating God’s goodness and provision with us. New blog posts with prayer requests will arrive every Monday from now through the 2019-20 school year.

This week we begin a new season of praying for the Whitworth community. We are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2023 on Saturday, Aug. 31, along with transfer students and new students in our continuing studies and graduate programs. Student-athletes and student leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year.

This week we pray for:

  • Athletes who are practicing and preparing for their first competitions in fall sports, for safety, hard work, community, and growth physically, spiritually and emotionally.
  • Our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residential life, spiritual life, community engagement, diversity, health education and student government. May they live each moment as vibrant models of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.”
  • The BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program designed to serve first-year students from first-generation and/or historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. We pray for community, identity development and preparation for successfully navigating college.
  • International students who have made a long journey to a new country. We pray that they are welcomed warmly and that their transitions go smoothly.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s State of the University address on Wednesday, followed by the all-employee luncheon. We pray for unity, community, encouragement, gratitude for God’s many gifts, and inspiration for Whitworth employees to be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout this year.
  • Our faculty and staff worship services on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, as faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the new academic year in worship, Word and the Lord’s Supper together.
  • The new faculty members who will be installed at the faculty worship service. We pray for vision, faithfulness, strength, insight, creativity and community for them as they begin their new roles.
  • All of the wonderful staff and faculty of Whitworth who contribute to the life of this institution and who have been working to make this school year possible in myriad different ways. We pray for strength and passion by the Spirit throughout this year.
  • Saturday’s Move-In Day as one of the largest incoming classes in Whitworth’s history arrives and begins its season here. We pray for these students to find a place of belonging, to love and be loved, and to grow to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We pray for parents, guardians and siblings dropping off their children, for peace and assurance of God’s love and power. We give thanks for God’s provision in and for this wonderful group of students.
  • Saturday’s welcome fair for incoming students, for peace, guidance and wisdom as they explore the many opportunities for involvement at Whitworth.
  • Sunday morning’s orientation worship service with Dean of Spiritual Life Rev. Forrest Buckner preaching. We also pray for Sunday morning’s on-campus Mass led by Father Pat Kerst from the local St. Thomas More parish. We pray that worship in spirit and truth would mark this day and the Whitworth experience of all who attend.

Gracious and loving God, we have so much to be thankful for. As we begin this new academic school year, we come with grateful hearts for your tender mercies that are new every morning. May lives be changed and transformed as the Gospel is shared in countless ways at Whitworth this year. We thank you for this academic year. By your grace, may this year be marked by love for God that overflows in love for others. Enable us, Lord, to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the vision of mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

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  1. Laurel Lundgren Parratt / Aug 30 2019 6:38 am

    loving this lots and please keep composing them for all of us…very important and thanks much. Laurel Lundgren Parratt…West Glacier, MT and Marysville, WA.

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