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October 24, 2016 / Whitworth University

Disciples at the Transfiguration: One Big Story of the Loving Father

Oct. 24-30, 2016

Luke 9:28-36

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they come to Fall Break. We pray for their rest, wise choices, safety and joyful times with friends and family.
  • students who might be feeling homesick during this time to find a place of belonging and community. We pray for them particularly over Fall Break, asking that God would comfort those who wish they could be home at this time.
  • safety for our student-athletes in cross country, football, swimming, soccer and volleyball, who will be traveling this week.
  • students who will be attending the majors fair and seeking guidance and direction from advisors about vocation and their majors.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, where Forrest Buckner will preach on Tuesday and we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • lecturers Rev. German Zarate Durier and Rev. Jairo Barriga Jaraba as they share stories and lessons learned in their ecumenical work seeking reconciliation and peace between rebels and government groups in Colombia.
  • T=the Gospel Conference, on Oct. 27-29, as members of the Whitworth and Spokane communities gather to discuss The Gospel and Racism. We pray for our speakers, Randy Woodley, Noel Castellanos, ’82, and Lisa Sharon Harper, as they help the church discern what it means to live faithfully in Jesus’ gospel as it pertains to race and racism today.
  • Faculty Development Day, as faculty members turn their attention to racial reconciliation and its impact upon their teaching.

Lord, may we open our eyes and truly see Jesus. May we open our ears and hear your voice, saying, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him!” We are grateful that you lead us and that your love endures forever.

October 17, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Twelve Sent: Participating in the Mission of Jesus

Oct. 17-23, 2016

Luke 9:1-6

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they learn to manage their time between academics, extracurricular involvement and friendships; we ask that students’ leadership gifts might grow and develop and that they may use them to the fullest for God’s glory and purposes in this world.
  • our student athletes to play with all their ability and live the lives to which God is calling them.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • Teaching Roundtable discussions, in which teachers present and discuss innovative methods to enhance teaching and learning in or to offer the mind-and-heart education that Whitworth students seek.
  • the dedicated staff in the Whitworth Intercultural Student Center, including David Garcia, the assistant dean for diversity, equity & inclusion, as he and his team continue to provide leadership for Whitworth’s efforts to help every student belong, and flourish, at Whitworth.

Lord, thank you for having a servant’s heart. May we, too, have the submissive hearts to do your will and serve well. Reveal your spiritual gifts in us that they may be used for your glory. Cause our hands and feet to minister to the least of these. We pray that you will reveal your purpose for our lives that we could joyfully participate in your ongoing Kingdom work by the power of the Spirit.

October 10, 2016 / Whitworth University

Freeing the Wealthy

October 10-16

Luke 18:18-25

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they face exams and papers. We ask that they would work hard, learn well, and find their identities rooted in the love of God.
  • the able team of caregivers in the Whitworth Health Center as they support students’ health needs.
  • Whitworth’s President’s Leadership Forum, as the university welcomes Fareed Zakaria host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, to the Spokane Convention Center. Zakaria will speak to hundreds of Spokane community leaders on the topic
    “Election 2016: The View from Home and Abroad.”
  • the fall meeting of the Whitworth University Board of Trustees on campus Wednesday- Friday. We give thanks for this committed group of men and women, and we pray for wisdom, unity and God’s guidance for them.
  • campus worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, at which our coordinator for diversity, equity and inclusive ministry, Rev. Stephaine Nobles-Beans, preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday night; and AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • Whitworth’s presentation of The Music Man, opening Friday. We pray with thanksgiving for the hard work of all involved, and we pray that each person involved with the show – and the members of the audience – would grow in community, have an appreciation for God’s creativity, and enjoy the experience.
    Snapshot, a two-day visit event for high school seniors to experience Whitworth. Their time here includes an overnight stay in a residence hall, on-campus dining, class visits and presentations, a fair showcasing the extracurricular opportunities at Whitworth and more.
  • Family Weekend, as parents and family members visit their sons and daughters and get a taste of their Whitworth experience. We pray for safe travel, joyful reunions and guidance for parents and children as they discover new ways of relating in this season of transition.

Lord, words have a way of piercing our hearts and the defenses we have built up against you and your ways. Make us tender-hearted. Gently expose the reservations of our hearts, as you did for the wealthy young man centuries ago. Reveal to us your abundant goodness, and give us grace to be able to obey you, the Great Physician, who alone can heal our corrupt and deceitful hearts, and make us whole. Forgive us, Lord, for clinging to the remnants of life independent of you, and make us wholly yours. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

October 3, 2016 / Whitworth University

Freeing the Oppressed

Oct. 3-9

Luke 4:31-37

This week we pray for…

  • a sense of belonging and community for all of our students – particularly freshmen, transfer students and international students.
  • the Whitworth Counseling Center’s counselors. We ask for wisdom and love from God for all of our counselors as they care for students.
  • students who are struggling with depression. We ask that they would receive the help they need and that you, God, would provide them hope and freedom.
  • student-athletes’ safe travels this week. We pray that they would give their all, would care for others, and would grow up as the men and women God made them to be.
  • Faculty Scholarship Forum lunches, which generally meet twice each month throughout the year. At these events, faculty share recent areas of study. We pray for community, learning and scholarship that would bring glory to God and service to the world.
  • the President’s Coffee, at which staff gather to meet new employees, recognize years of service, listen to university updates, and share in a devotional with President Taylor.
  • our campus-worship programs: Chapel Community Worship, as Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna, on Tuesday nights; and AWAKE, on Wednesday nights.
  • Homecoming Weekend 2016, beginning Oct. 7. We ask that alumni will enjoy this time of reconnection with friends, faculty and staff.
  • Friday’s Why Whitworth Day, as prospective students and their families enjoy our campus and experience all that Whitworth has to offer.
  • Saturday’s grand opening of Cowles Music Center, which more than doubles the previous space available for music education.

Lord, we are thankful that at every moment of our existence you are present to us, God, in gentle compassion. Help us to be present to one another so that our presence may be a strength that heals the wounds of time and gives hope that is for all persons, through Jesus, our compassionate Savior.

September 26, 2016 / Whitworth University

Theme: The Widow’s Son: Rescuing the Vulnerable

Sept. 26-Oct. 2

Luke 7:11-17

This week we pray for…

  • our students to be encouraged to study even in difficult times. We ask that they would know God’s empowering grace to work with all their hearts at the tasks given to them.
  • students from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic populations to would find belonging and community at Whitworth. We pray for the work of the office of diversity, equity and inclusion as its team of staff and students works to make Whitworth a place where all students can flourish.
  • campus-worship programs: Chapel Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaches on Tuesday and we celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; Hosanna on Tuesday night; and AWAKE on Wednesday night.
  • Wednesday’s Fall Volunteer Fair, where students, faculty and staff learn about opportunities to serve in the Spokane community through a variety of local organizations.
  • the Barnes & Noble employees who quietly and consistently serve our students in the campus bookstore in the HUB.

Lord, thank you for being a father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, a healer to the sick. Thank you for loving us and never leaving us or forsaking us in times of trouble. For you are our comfort and our strength. Surround us with your grace and peace. Fill us with the hope of your salvation in all of its fullness. Amen.

September 19, 2016 / Whitworth University

Eating with Tax Collectors: Calling the Sick

Sept. 19-25

Luke 5:27-32

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they settle into the rhythm of classes. We ask for learning and discovery that forms them as whole persons with a love for God and others.
  • campus worship programs: community worship as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday; our celebration of the Lord’s Supper together on Thursday; and our time together at Hosanna, on Tuesday night, and at AWAKE, on Wednesday night.
  • Community Building Day, on Wednesday, as more than 1,000 Whitworth faculty, staff, students and alumni engage in community-service activities with 42 agencies at 54 service sites across the region, providing an economic impact of more than $110,000 throughout Spokane County. We pray for safety, fun, community, and helpful service for those serving. And we ask for encouragement, strength and provision for the many incredible service agencies in Spokane.
  • our student athletes as they travel and compete. We ask that they will find proper perspective, will connect in community, and will grow with Christ through their practices and competitions.
  • the team from Whitworth Admissions as they share the vision of the university and invite students to be part of the classes of 2021 and beyond. We pray particularly for the “Why Whitworth” days that admissions presents regularly on Fridays throughout the year, as prospective students and their families visit campus.
  • our delightful Sodexo food-service staff, including their managers on campus, Jim O’Brien and Dan King, who quietly and consistently serve Whitworth through their joyful and excellent food service.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to seek and save the lost. Thank you that though we were lost, you have found us. Give us eyes to see others as you see them and extend to others the love of Jesus in word and deed. AMEN

September 12, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Year of the Lord’s Favor

Sept. 12-18

Luke 4:18-19
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

This week we pray for…

  • our students to find comfort, guidance, courage, and inspiration in Jesus.
  • our students to develop good rhythms, to find delight in learning, and to feel at home in their classes as they proceed through this first full week of courses.
  • staff members in every area of the university who faithfully provide for the needs of the Whitworth community in both seen and unseen ways.
  • our faculty members as they invite students to discover new knowledge and understanding throughout this semester.
  • great learning and community on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the first Faculty Scholarship Forum, , where faculty and staff members will gather to hear from their peers about ongoing scholarship.
  • The first week of campus ministry programs:
    • Tuesday and Thursday Chapel Community Worship. Along with student-led worship on both days, chapel staff members preach on Thursday on the theme of the semester. On Thursdays, we celebrate the gift of the God’s grace, receiving The Lord’s Supper in unity. This semester we are exploring the Gospel of Luke’s accounts of relationships with Jesus. These serve as a fresh invitation to know Jesus and to join him in his redemptive work in the world.
    • Hosanna is a student-led ministry that seeks each Tuesday night to allow students to engage in authentic worship through a variety of musical styles, prayer, interactive reflection, and Scripture readings.
    • AWAKE, a student-led ministry that meets on Wednesday nights, provides a space for students to discover who they are, who God is, and why that even matters.

We give thanks for the strength to hold each day precious and to live in the confidence of God’s faithfulness. We give thanks for God’s goodness and tender mercies over all. We are grateful for the provision of God’s love through all circumstances, and we are grateful for having the faith to believe that God will give us strength for whatever we may endure. For this is the year of the Lord’s favor. Amen.

September 5, 2016 / Whitworth University

Theme for the Semester: “Relationships with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke”

Sept. 4-11

Luke 1:35
The angel said to Mary, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.”

This week we pray for…

  • first-year students as they adjust to their first full week of college life. We pray for their rest, for them to establish good rhythms, for each to have a great start in his or her classes, and for all to establish meaningful relationships.
  • returning students who come back to campus this week to experience joyous reconnections, the freedom to be themselves, and a great start to the year.
  • transfer students to find a place of belonging and connection; we ask that their time at Whitworth will be marked by their health, growth, and flourishing into all that God has made them to be.
  • all students to experience and know God’s goodness and faithfulness, revealed in Jesus.
  • our residence halls and those who lead them. We ask that all students will feel welcomed and at home in their dorms as well as throughout the broader campus.
  • Tuesday’s Plug-In-Picnic, as clubs and organizations give students the opportunity to become involved throughout the Whitworth community.
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor welcomes students, faculty and staff, and the Whitworth community seeks God’s blessing on this academic year.
  • Thursday’s Intercultural Student Center Reception, in Hendricks Hall, as students from near and far gather to welcome new and returning students to our campus.
  • our student-athletes as their seasons begin. We ask for their safety, community, joy, and growth as men and women.
  • Friday’s Church Ministry Fair, when church representatives will be on campus to help students find a local church congregation with whom to worship. We pray for students to find a church home where they can grow with God in a tangible expression of the intergenerational Body of Christ.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new academic year. Thank you for each student who walks the Whitworth campus. Thank you for loving them and calling them closer to you. May this be an academic year in which every student knows the unity of being called and loved by the One Lord, One Spirit, and One Father.

August 29, 2016 / Whitworth University

Relationships with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke

Aug. 29-Sept. 4

Welcome to the 2016-2017 edition of On Bended Knee, the weekly prayer blog for Whitworth University. Thank you for coming alongside the Whitworth community in prayer! If you haven’t already, please consider adding yourself to the email subscription list so you receive the weekly prayer needs in your inbox each Monday ( I also invite you to follow along with our Tuesday Community Worship sermon series at Most of all, thank you for being part of the great cloud of witnesses that is participating in God’s faithful, loving and powerful work here at Whitworth.

Theme for the Semester: Relationships with Jesus in the Gospel of Luke

Luke 4:14-15
Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

This week we pray for…

  • athletes (and the athletic trainers who support them) who have begun practicing and competing in men’s and women’s soccer, cross country, women’s volleyball, and football, for perseverance, safety, community, fun, and growth physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  • student leaders who have already been on campus training for the year of service as resident assistants, cultural diversity advocates, small group coordinators, campus worship and ministry leaders, ASWU student government officers, and Health Education Action Team members.
  • New Faculty Orientation as Whitworth’s newest faculty members are welcomed into the Whitworth community and the Whitworth way of educating the mind and heart.
  • President Beck A. Taylor as he shares the State of the University Address with staff and faculty on Wednesday; we pray for wisdom, strength and encouragement for Beck as he leads Whitworth into a new school year.
  • Wednesday’s Staff Chapel Service (with campus ministry’s Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching) and Thursday’s Faculty Worship Service (with Provost Carol Simon preaching) as we gather to commence the new academic year in worship together.
  • new students and their families who will be traveling to campus from all parts of the world for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. Pray for safe travel, meaningful transitions, joyful beginnings, and a year of growth toward flourishing in Jesus Christ.
  • students and residence life staff as the residence halls open Sept. 3 for freshmen, that students would immediately recognize God’s loving care for them and experience God’s goodness in this new living environment.
  • Saturday’s move-in day and welcome fair, that God would guide new students as they learn about the many opportunities to be involved and connected at Whitworth.
  • Sunday’s Catholic Mass on campus, as new students and parents gather on campus for worship and fellowship with Father David Kruse from the local parish.
  • Sunday’s Orientation Worship Service (with Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaching), that students and families would draw near to God by the Spirit of Christ as the extended Whitworth family.
  • freshman parents, families and siblings, for peace as they say goodbye on Sunday.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new academic year. Thank you for each student who walks the Whitworth campus. Thank you for loving them and calling them closer to you. May this be an academic year in which every student knows the unity of being called and loved by the One Lord, One Spirit and One Father. Amen.

May 16, 2016 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 16-22

This is the final On Bended Knee for the 2015-16 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer for Whitworth this year. We believe that it matters, and we end the year full of thanks for God’s care, provision, and blessing. This prayer blog for the Whitworth community will resume the first week of September.

Psalms 136:1
O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his steadfast love endures forever.

This week we pray for…

  • strength, perseverance, wisdom and joy as students make their way through Finals Week.
  • our students, as they finish the semester and spread out all over the country and the world. We ask for them to know God’s abiding presence in Jesus wherever they are, to find community, and to continue to grow into the fullness of who God made them to be.
  • the Class of 2016, including traditional and continuing studies undergraduate students and graduate students. We pray with gratitude for the gift that each one of these students has been to the Whitworth community, with sadness at seeing them leave us to make their way in the world, and with trust that each will experience God’s loving presence in all that lies ahead.
  • our outstanding, caring faculty members as they finish up the semester. We ask for their endurance in both relationships and grading!
  • Commencement Weekend activities:
    • Senior reflections, as seniors remember and celebrate their time at Whitworth
    • The ROTC Commissioning Service, as our student cadets are pinned and commissioned to serve and protect our country
    • Senior Service for Communion and Commissioning for all graduating seniors, parents, and guests, as we come to the Table of the Lord and anoint students from the Class of 2016 for service to Christ
    • Sunday’s baccalaureate service for students, families, loved ones, and all members of the Whitworth community. We ask that God would be made known and joyfully worshiped at the ceremony, led by this year’s preacher, retiring Professor of Theology Roger Mohrlang.
    • Sunday’s undergraduate commencement and Saturday’s graduate-student ceremony. We ask that these would be times of rejoicing and gratitude for students and loved ones and that everyone involved would have eyes to see the grace, love, and goodness of God that they have experienced at Whitworth.
  • the Class of 2016. We ask that doors of opportunity will open for our bachelor’s and master’s graduates and that these new alumni, wherever they go, will continue to grow in honoring God, following Christ, and serving humanity.

Lord, we thank you so much for the time you have given us with past graduates and with the members of the Class of 2016. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for worthy teachers and mentors, for loving families and for supportive friends. We now entrust these soon-to-graduate Whitworthians into your powerful and loving hands.