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May 4, 2020 / Whitworth University

What Do We Do Now?

May 4-10

Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:12-22

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they proceed through their final week of normal classes before finals week. We pray for strength, focus, learning and transformation.
  • All students who continue to mourn the loss of their anticipated experiences this spring, including the loss of Spring Fest that would have been occurring this weekend.
  • Whitworth’s leaders who continue to discern God’s leading for Whitworth. We pray with thanksgiving for all those who are faithfully providing courageous and diligent leadership in this season. 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, both physically and economically.
  • Our country and world that continues to face the threat, disruption and suffering caused by COVID-19. We pray for wisdom for health authorities and government leaders; we pray for strength for medical care-givers; we pray for healing and protection for the vulnerable; we pray for the church; we pray for those who have lost jobs or are facing other serious economic difficulties; we pray for people around the world to turn to God; and we pray for God’s provision economically, emotionally and physically.
  • Staff who continue their important work, mostly from home. We pray for wisdom, strength and creativity as they labor.
  • All our faculty and lecturers who continue to instruct from a distance this week. We pray for strength, wisdom, connection with students and creativity.
  • Virtual Chapel Community Worship livestreamed on Instagram and YouTube on Tuesday and Thursday. We pray for Tuesday’s service as seniors share testimonies of God at work in their lives through their years at Whitworth. We pray for Thursday’s semester-closing worship service as the community finishes its semester of listening to the “Surprising Good News of the Book of Deuteronomy.” We also pray for the other campus ministry endeavors seeking to bring spiritual encouragement and community in this time, particularly our “Sh’ma of the Day” daily posts on YouTube and Instagram.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff and the enrollment and recruiting process for the incoming class of 2020, that God would be providing for Whitworth and guiding families who are discerning their college options. We especially pray that students and families could get a realistic understanding of what Whitworth really is through the virtual visits, webinars and personal connections with admissions counselors.

Thanksgiving:

Loving Father, you alone are great and wonderful, faithful and trustworthy; your love reaches to the heavens. Thank you for caring for us all. You have only begun to show your servants the greatness of your power and the strength of your mighty arm. For what God is there in heaven or on earth who has redeemed us by his own blood and given us all we need for life and godliness? We are thankful that we can live as the people of God, to not only reverence you, but to love you and to love the stranger in our midst. Thank you for transforming us from glory to glory into people who look more like Jesus. Help us continue to listen so that, no matter what the circumstances, we may find flourishing in you that overflows in the flourishing of others. Amen.

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