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January 20, 2020 / Whitworth University

Jan Term Worship

Jan. 20-26

This week we pray for:

  • Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 20, 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 & inclusion ministry.
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country, particularly for racial justice and righteousness. We pray with gratitude for those who have sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community near and far could be faithful and obedient in striving for reconciliation and equity for all who bear God’s image.
    • 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., worshiping the God who gives us glimpses of his Kingdom and invites us to live as witnesses to that Kingdom in word and deed.
  • Students as they complete their Jan Term classes, that they will continue to stay focused, have strength for exams and learn effectively to the end.
  • All of 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 life 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 rich community wherever they may go.
  • 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.

Thanksgiving:

Thank you, God, that you are a God of righteousness and justice, a God who hates evil and loves good. Please give us eyes to see the world as you see it. Allow us to see evil and hate it for what it is, wherever it occurs. Remove the evil and selfishness in us and in the structures of our world, so that we can more faithfully witness to and participate in your Kingdom reign. And please allow us to see glimpses of your Kingdom as we continue on the slow but worthwhile path of seeking your righteousness first. Amen.

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