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April 13, 2020 / Whitworth University

Remembering & Celebrating

April 13-20

Scripture: Deuteronomy 26:1-11

This week we pray for:

  • Wisdom, unity, faith and an awareness of God’s presence for our committed and generous Whitworth Board of Trustees as they participate in their spring meetings virtually this week. We pray with deep appreciation and gratitude for their governance work in stewarding the Whitworth mission.
  • Our world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for government leaders and medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for God’s church to respond in Christ-like love; we pray for those who are facing serious economic difficulties; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God to heal our world of this virus.
  • President Beck A. Taylor, the president’s cabinet and other institutional leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth in light of the COVID-19 situation. We pray for wisdom, trust in God, peace and strength.
  • The health and well-being of all Whitworth community members, particularly those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19’s impact.
  • Students as they engage in learning from a distance. We pray for motivation, sufficient structure to their days and deep learning. We also pray for a wise and fruitful use of extra time in this quieter season.
  • Human connection for students, particularly those who are feeling alone during this situation.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom, intentionality and creativity as they work to provide the personal education of mind-and-heart to which Whitworth is committed.
  • Our committed staff and faculty who are continuing their important work at Whitworth while also creatively overseeing their children’s education at home as schools remain closed for the rest of the school year. We pray for strength, wisdom, love, creativity, learning and deep connections as families.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship via livestream on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday as Rev. Stephy Nobles Beans preaches in our series, “Sh’ma/Listen: The Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy.” We pray that people would encounter God and grow in community through this time of worship, even from a distance.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming Class of 2020, that God would provide for Whitworth and guide families who are discerning their college options. We particularly pray that students and families could get a true understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits and connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Living God, thank you for the amazing joy of celebrating our resurrected Lord, even in the midst of the contemporary challenges we face. Thank you for the victory over sin, death and evil that Jesus won with his resurrection. Thank you for the gift of remembering and celebrating the risen Jesus; keep our eyes fixed on him in the midst of all our storms, individually and corporately. Please strengthen us to remember and trust in your power and love revealed in the death and resurrection of Jesus and so find hope this day and always. And may our hope provide light to a world that needs more of that today. With trust in the living Jesus, we pray these things. Amen.

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