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January 27, 2020 / Whitworth University

Opening Convocation: God is Faithful

Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Scripture: Psalm 36:5

This week we pray for:

  • The entire campus community as we begin Spring Term together by celebrating Whitworth’s Opening Convocation on Jan. 30. We pray particularly for Provost Carol Simon as she delivers the convocation message. We give thanks for the mission of Whitworth to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity, which we have faithfully pursued for 130 years. As Whitworth continues forward with that mission, we pray for unity across difference, common commitment to learning and growth, and openness to be transformed by God’s Spirit in Christ.
  • Safe journeys for students returning to campus for the spring semester. We ask that God would be preparing them for all that he has in store for them as they enter into this new term of learning, serving, growth and community.
  • Students facing financial challenges entering this new semester, for God’s provision for them and their families.
  • Student athletes as they participate in various sports on and off campus, for safety, joy, community, hard work and growth into the men and women that God has called them to be.
  • President Beck A. Taylor as he leads Whitworth University in 2020, that he will continue to know God’s strength and wisdom.
  • Wednesday’s Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments during the previous academic year. We pray for strength and perseverance for faculty to pursue their academic goals – that God be glorified, Whitworth students learn more deeply and the common good be advanced through their scholarly contributions.
  • Morning Prayer, as a small group of students, faculty and staff join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord in a service of Scripture, silence, prayer and song led by Ben Brody, director of campus worship and professor of music, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.


Living God, we thank you for your faithfulness as Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all. We particularly give thanks for your faithfulness to Whitworth over the past 130 years. In your faithfulness, lead us forward as instruments of your peace, love and justice this day and this week, that you may be glorified and known near and far. Amen.

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