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September 16, 2019 / Whitworth University

Follow Me: the Call of Jesus

Sept. 16-22

Scripture: Mark 1:16-20

This week we pray for:

  • Our students as they engage in their studies, that they will trust God, work hard, and engage well in the journey of learning and discovery set before them.
  • Whitworth’s Community Building Day, as over 1,000 Whitworth students, staff and faculty engage in meaningful community service activities throughout Spokane County on Wednesday. We pray for joyful service, meaningful relationships, and God’s leading for a continued life of service to others.
  • Our new staff and faculty members as they adjust to a new place and their fall rhythm, that they will be encouraged, strengthened, and have a growing love of learning and love for Whitworth students.
  • Our mentor-led Life Groups that begin this week and run for eight weeks. We pray with gratitude for our wonderful staff and faculty mentors and pray that God would use these groups to deepen the faith of students and to form rich, Christ-centered peer and mentor relationships that will bear much fruit.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper in expression of our unity in Christ.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum that begins Monday and occurs regularly through the semester, as Whitworth faculty grow in community, share recent scholarship and receive feedback on their scholarship. We pray that Whitworth faculty could continue to contribute in greater and greater measure to the intellectual vitality of our university and world, in service to God, in love for neighbor and in pursuit of God’s truth.
  • This semester’s Teaching Roundtable monthly lunchtime gatherings, part of Whitworth’s ongoing faculty development, as presentations and discussions provide innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Our library staff as they support the learning and growth of the entire Whitworth community. We give thanks for the new rare book exhibit that is opening this week called “People of the Book; Christian Worship in Codex & Print.”

Lord, you call us to follow; to turn away from our own selfish interests, and to be disciples and follow after You, even if the path is difficult to see. We are grateful that you lead us, even when it is in a direction that we would never have chosen for ourselves. Help us not to be so hesitant to follow, and to see with the eyes of faith. Teach us to follow without fear, knowing that You are always with us, leading the way. Amen.

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