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March 12, 2018 / Whitworth University

Perspective: What is Most Real in the Universe

March 12-18

Revelation 4

This week we pray for:

  • Students to desire to seek God through Scripture, prayer, worship, service and various other spiritual practices.
  • Students who may be financially struggling, that doors will be opened and their financial needs met.
  • Student-athletes as they continue to compete in various sports this spring semester, for perseverance, community, joy, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Facilities, custodial, security, trades and grounds staff who consistently labor to make campus safe, functional and beautiful. We pray for safety, an awareness of God’s presence in their work and joy as they quietly serve our campus community.
  • The Teaching Roundtable as faculty gather on Tuesday to present and discuss innovative teaching methods and ideas to enhance teaching and learning at Whitworth.
  • Tuesday’s Staley Lecture, “Wisdom Personified as a Woman: An Odyssey across Texts and Testaments,” presented by Christine Yoder, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, that the Whitworth community would grow in depth of knowledge of Scripture and wisdom of how to live that Scripture out in our contexts today.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Third Annual Diversity Monologues, as nine Whitworth students share their stories that critically reflect upon their diverse experiences of coming to know beauty. We pray that God would use this event in Cowles Auditorium to grow our campus community in empathy, understanding and love.
  • Whitworth’s 48th Annual Luau, as our many Pacific Islander students, families and alumni prepare a delicious Hawaiian meal and celebrate their culture through music and dance.
  • This weekend’s Multicultural Visit Program that welcomes high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) who come from multicultural backgrounds and/or are the first in their families to attend college for an overnight visit to learn about the programs offered at Whitworth. We pray for wonderful connections with the Whitworth community through the current student mentors and interactions with staff and faculty across the university.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff as they continue to share the vision of Whitworth with prospective students, including this week’s Why Whitworth visits.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, that our sins have been washed away forever. We pray that as we live the Christian life we may be continuously cleansed through the washing of the Word of God – for Your Word is pure and wholesome; Your Word is light and life, and it is real to us. Sanctify us by Your Word of grace. We are grateful that as we look deeply into Your Word of truth, the more we are washed and cleansed by the written Word of God, and the more we will come to see the lovely face of the living Word of God, our beautiful Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

March 5, 2018 / Whitworth University

Conviction: Lukewarm No Longer

March 5-11

Revelation 3:14-22

This week we pray for:

  • Perseverance for students as they continue in their studies, that they would work hard and learn well, finding both their minds and hearts changed in the process.
  • Students to continue to discover meaning and purpose so that their knowledge, understanding and skills may help others for God’s glory.
  • Student Life staff members who provide vital extracurricular support and guidance for students. We pray for strength, wisdom and deep love as they work in their various roles with students and each other.
  • The Outdoor Recreation trips that continue to occur this week and throughout the semester. We pray for safety, rich community, a deepened appreciation for God’s creation and fun together.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff who joyfully provide food for the campus community every day in the HUB. We pray for them to know God’s strength, joy and blessing as they serve.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as President Beck A. Taylor continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, you have created us with the capacity for deep affections – to love, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear and to be thankful. You have made us this way so that we may glorify you by finding you as our fountain of everything, but at times our affections for you are grievously tepid while our selfish interests steam. Help us, Lord, not to be lukewarm but to be like a fountain of life sharing your goodness, mercy and amazing grace. May we be like a mighty geyser bursting forth into this world! Amen.

February 26, 2018 / Whitworth University

Comfort: Holding Fast to Jesus in Suffering

Feb. 26-March 5

Revelation 3:7-13

This week we pray:

  • For the local churches that students attend around Spokane, that God would bless those churches and provide meaningful worship, service and community for students attending them.
  • For students to grow in the skills of deep intellectual inquiry along with courageous and civil engagement with people who hold different perspectives than they do.
  • For safe travels, joy, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be for student-athletes, forensics competitors and School of Business competitors who will be representing Whitworth University.
  • With gratitude for the Central American Study and Service Program (CASP) founded by Professor Ron Frase nearly four decades ago. We pray for Professor Lindy Scott and the 12 students who are currently in Nicaragua for three months serving God and their neighbors through internships with faith-based ministries.
  • For the Bruner-Welch Lecture by Kimlyn Bender, “Real Faith in a Virtual World: Christian Discipleship in a Digital Age,” that God would use this lecture to equip Whitworth community members with skills in how to be faithful to Christ in our digitally saturated times.
  • For the 10th annual Leonard A. Oakland Film Festival, as community members join together to think, learn and grow through the medium of film.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Stephaine Nobles-Beans continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • For this weekend’s Honors Colloquium, as prospective honors students (and their families) visit campus and get to know Whitworth. We pray for strength, love and the joy of God’s Spirit for the admissions staff and for God’s provision for Whitworth for the incoming fall class of students.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that you alone hold the keys to eternal life. Hear our prayers for your church, that we will keep your Word and remain faithful, especially in the face of opposition. We are grateful as your people that we have influence in our communities to proclaim your Word, for your Word is full of grace and truth to all who will listen in these troubled times. We await your imminent return with expectancy and hope! Amen.

February 19, 2018 / Whitworth University

A Call to Conquer: Comfort & Conviction for the Church

Feb. 19-26

Revelation 2-3

This week we pray for:

  • Monday’s President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse, as faculty members Nate King, Nicole Sheets, Patty Bruininks and Fred Johnson invite the Whitworth community forward in constructive dialogue and healthy discourse on the topic, “Can we disagree without being disagreeable?
  • Students who may be struggling in their Christian walk, that their hearts may be encouraged and their faith may be strengthened.
  • Student-athletes as they travel and compete, that they could work hard, persevere in trials, walk in humility, and continue to be shaped into the men and women that God made them to be.
  • Prospective students as they visit campus with family and friends, that God would be guiding and providing for them in the discernment process as well as providing the future students that Whitworth needs.
  • Monday’s Faculty Assembly as faculty gather for shared governance. We pray for wisdom, unity and God’s guidance in their work.
  • Tuesday’s President’s Coffee, as staff gather to celebrate years of service and receive an update on the university from President Taylor.
  • One Pine Day on Feb. 21-22, as the Whitworth community near and far rallies together to support life-changing opportunities for students. We pray with thanksgiving for all the generous donors who have supported Whitworth over the years and continue to do so.
  • Friday’s Faculty Development Day as Whitworth’s faculty gather for learning and community as they progress as scholar-teachers.
  • This weekend’s BELIEF Conference hosted by Whitworth’s student BELIEF Club that brings high school students from local neighborhoods to campus for a college-preparation event providing education and support about transitioning from the K-12 system to higher education. We pray for the Whitworth student leaders who will be hosting and overseeing the event, and we pray for the high schoolers attending, that God would inspire them and open doors for them to grow and develop to their full potential.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray, hear a faculty testimony and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are and why that even matters.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you for the privilege of knowing you personally. We are grateful that you are the ultimate conqueror who won victory over death and evil so we might have life eternal. Thank you, Lord, for the strength that you give us and the comfort you surround us with in our suffering. Convict us as well in the ways that we are compromising our faithfulness to you. Be our vision, oh Lord; may we please you in a way that brings honor and glory to your name. Amen.

February 12, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Alpha and Omega: The Triune God as the Main Character of Revelation

Feb. 12-18

Revelation 1:4-8

This week we pray for:

  • Students to seek God first, to remember God’s goodness and love, and to recognize their need for Jesus.
  • Monday’s Conversation with Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, as he discusses developments in immigration reform in our country and as he is interviewed by President Beck A. Taylor. We pray for honest conversation, love for neighbor, openness to God’s direction, and unity in the midst of different opinions.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Ash Wednesday service as students, faculty and staff are invited to join the ancient tradition of the Church that begins the season of Lent, the 40 days leading to the celebration of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led Awake gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters in the HUB Multipurpose Room.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Teaching Round Table gatherings that begin this week and occur throughout the semester as faculty share with each other innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Thursday’s Black History Month lecture as Dwayne Mack, Ph.D., speaks on “Black Women in Spokane: Emerging from the Shadows of Jim and Jane Crow.” We pray that God would lead us forward in awareness and action as ministers of reconciliation through Jesus.
  • Students learning about off-campus study opportunities for next year at the Off-Campus Programs Fair on Tuesday, that God would inspire them and open doors for them to grow in mind and heart by engaging in these experiences.
  • Students exploring opportunities for service and leadership at the Camp Fair on Wednesday, that they would know God’s leading and calling as they discern.
  • Thursday’s Student Leadership Fair, that God would raise up student leaders to serve, lead and grow through involvement in the many wonderful student leadership opportunities at Whitworth. We pray that God would raise up resident assistants, campus ministry coordinators, cultural diversity advocates, health education advocates, community engagement specialists and more for the 2018-19 school year.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful as we join together with our brothers and sisters across this campus to study Revelation; we pray that your Holy Spirit continues to be our guide. Soften our hearts to the gospel message and strengthen our wills to live as this book calls us to live. We are thankful that you are our Lord and King. Amen.

February 5, 2018 / Whitworth University

Your Kingdom Come: The Book of Revelation for Today

Feb. 5-11

Revelation 1:2-3

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes of the spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard and engage well with their courses.
  • Community, belonging and meaningful friendships for all students, particularly for those transfer students who are starting at Whitworth this semester.
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning and creativity to teach well.
  • Winter athletics teams as they engage in postseason competitions this week and in the coming weeks. We pray for perspective, unity, safety, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs of the semester:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to grow in their faith and in the knowledge of Christ as we explore our theme for the semester, “Your Kingdom Come: The Book of Revelation for Today.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we can serve God in various vocations.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering providing space for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters and invite others to do the same.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum lunch and presentation gatherings that will occur this semester and begin this week. We pray that God would be equipping and empowering scholar-teachers here at Whitworth who contribute to the common good of society and glorify God through their scholarship.
  • Friday’s 21st Anniversary for the Gospel Explosion led by Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Ministries Stephaine Nobles-Beans, as local choirs and praise teams from Whitworth and the Spokane community gather in the chapel for an exuberant night of praise.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that we have the opportunity to read your Word. Thank you for the promise that we are blessed to hear it and obey it, for the time is drawing near. May we worship you alone this week, and may you lead us in love for others by your grace. Amen.

January 29, 2018 / Whitworth University

Filled to the Fullness of God

Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Ephesians 3:17-19: So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

This week we pray:

  • For the entire campus community as we start the Spring Term together by celebrating Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day on Feb. 1. We give thanks for the mission of Whitworth to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity that has been faithfully pursued for 128 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.
  • With gratitude for retired Whitworth chaplain and professor, the Rev. Ron Frase, Ph.D., as he receives Whitworth’s Distinguished Ministry Leadership Award. We are grateful for the ongoing legacy of honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity that he and his wife, Marianne, have left at Whitworth, particularly in his pioneering of and leadership of the Central America Study Program that God has been using to shape Whitworth students since 1977.
  • For students returning to campus for spring semester, for safe journeys and 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.
  • For students facing financial challenges looking at the new semester. We pray for God’s provision for them and their families.
  • For students to have the courage to use their gifts to bring life and God’s love to others.
  • For student-athletes as they travel and participate in various events on and off campus.
  • For the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments during the previous academic year. We pray that faculty would continue to have the strength to pursue their academic goals toward the end that God would be glorified and the common good would be advanced through their scholarly contributions.
  • For the Spring New Student Orientation event for new freshmen and transfer students entering Whitworth in Jan Term or spring. We pray for belonging, community and encouragement for those new students.
  • For Morning Prayer, as a small group of students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord with a brief 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.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful as you pour your love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and for pouring it out into the lives of those around us. We are grateful to be instruments of your grace so that your love will be felt in clear and unmistakable ways by those whom our lives impact. Amen.

January 22, 2018 / Whitworth University

End of Jan Term

Jan. 22-28

2 Peter 3:18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

This week we pray for:

  • Students to finish their Jan Term courses strong, working hard and learning through the final day this Thursday.
  • Jan Term class groups traveling back from abroad (and other off-campus locations), for safety, peaceful re-entry, and solidification of all that they have learned and ways they have grown over the past month.
  • Students to be inspired to follow Christ and love others on and off campus.
  • Jan Term break, for safety for those traveling, encouraging time with family and friends, and choices that honor God.
  • That faculty and staff will be strengthened as they prepare for the Spring Term and the many tasks that lie before them.
  • Our final Jan Term Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday as we gather for worship together through music and testimony, particularly as we hear a monologue from a student about human trafficking and consider how God is inviting us to engage with this contemporary tragedy.
  • Spring athletics teams as they officially open practice for their seasons, for their coaches to be filled with God’s wisdom and love, for the teams to grow together in Christ-centered community, and for the student-athletes to be transformed by God’s grace through their involvement this season.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that your grace spills over into our lives daily and that you invite us to grow in the grace that has been so freely bestowed on all who believe in your free gift of salvation. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to dig our roots down deeply into the depths of your Word as you reveal to us the enormity of your grace, which is higher than the heavens and deeper that the ocean depths. Lead us forward this week in that grace and use us to share it with others in word and deed. Amen.

January 15, 2018 / Whitworth University

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 15-21

Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

This week we pray for:

  • The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 15, including:
    • Whitworth community members who will join the MLK march and rally in downtown Spokane.
    • Whitworth’s MLK Day public lecture by Kate Shuster, “On Allyship: Why we Teach the Movement.”
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country and world, particularly for our African-American brothers and sisters. We pray with gratitude for those who sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community could be a forerunner in striving for God’s heart for all things to be right through its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Tuesday evening’s Jan Term Community Worship service as we celebrate God’s work through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and as Stephaine Nobles-Beans leads us in a reflection about “Where we go from here” on the 50th year since Dr. King’s death.
  • Our students as they continue Jan Term classes, that they will work hard, learn well, and be transformed in mind and heart.
  • Students to be empowered to live in the love of God, and to seek peace together on our campus.
  • Student-athletes traveling to compete this week, for safety, community, commitment and growth into the men and women that God made them to be.
  • For faculty and staff as they teach, help, support and guide students in various ways during Jan Term.
  • Students who may be going through a time of loneliness or crisis in their lives, and that they find the necessary support in this time of need.
  • Jan Term Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday evening as we gather for worship, testimony and the Lord’s Supper (on Thursday).
  • The annual Whitworth Board of Trustees winter gathering. We pray with gratitude for the faithful support and guidance of the board, and we pray for ongoing wisdom, unity and provision as the trustees continue to help Whitworth fulfill its mission.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that you will one day right the wrongs that are taking place in our world. We pray that you would give justice and peace to all those that have been cruelly and unfairly treated. May you redeem the injustice and carelessness that they have endured just as you redeemed the injustice of the cross of Christ. Inspire us today and this year to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 

January 8, 2018 / Whitworth University

Growing with God

Jan. 8-14

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
– 2 Peter 3:1

This week we pray for:

  • Our students, faculty, staff and administrators as we enter into a new year, that the whole Whitworth community (individually and corporately) would take steps of faith and obedience this year by God’s grace.
  • Grounds and facilities staff who labor to keep campus safe and operable during the cold and snowy winter months, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.
  • Various discussions and events this week on campus in preparation for the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. We pray that God would continue to grow and transform the Whitworth community to be one that lives in the reality of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ and witnesses to God’s heart for justice to those near and far.
  • Students and faculty who are traveling on off-campus study programs, for safety, rich learning, fun, formation and community.
  • Students to make wise decisions in studies, relationships and time.
  • Students, staff and faculty to be bold, humble and winsome witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
  • Jan Term Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday evening as we gather for worship, testimony (on Tuesday), and the Lord’s Supper (on Thursday). We pray that students would be hungry to “Grow with God” as we highlight different ways we can do so at each service.

Thanksgiving:
Almighty God, as we enter a new year and a new season, please grow us closer to you. Inspire us and strengthen us to make choices to avail ourselves to your transforming grace. Make us people who more and more wholeheartedly love you and love others. Grow us up in you, Lord. Amen.