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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.

May 9, 2016 / Whitworth University

Our Living Hope

May 9-15

1 Peter 1:3-9

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they finish their final full week of classes for the semester; we ask that each one will feel strength, focus, joy, and peace.
  • our seniors as they prepare for not only graduation, but for the next phase in their lives.
  • students who are performing in recitals. May they overcome their nerves, call upon their hours of preparation and hard work, and perform just as they had hoped they would.
  • Roger and Mohrlang and Ron Prosser as they retire – Roger after 38 years of teaching in the Whitworth Theology Department and Ron after 20 years of teaching for Whitworth Graduate Studies in Education. We give thanks for Roger and Dottie (who has also contributed so much to Whitworth) and for Ron, and for their years of dedication to the university.
  • our final campus worship gatherings of 2015-16, with thanks for this wonderful semester of worshiping God as a community. We are grateful for daily morning prayer; for Tuesday’s community worship and its sermon, by Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner, on Peter’s journey of tasting the goodness of the Lord; for Thursday community worship and celebration of communion in The Loop; and for Hosanna and AWAKE, with particular thanks to God for the amazing student leaders who have faithfully led these ministries this year.
  • the Whitworth community to grow in doing justice and loving mercy through inspiration from visiting guest speaker Tirus Karunga, director of Medical Ambassadors International for East Africa, as he shares with the Whitworth community regarding the health struggles of people in Ethiopia.

Lord, there are times when we feel helpless, and there are times when we feel weak. We thank you for hope: hope for a better future, hope for a better life. We are thankful for the hope that you give us, through your love and kindness. We are so very grateful that we walk in your light, and that we have faith in you as our living hope.

May 2, 2016 / Whitworth University

Peter’s Suffering, Arrest, and Deliverance

May 2-8

Acts 12:1-19

This week we pray for…

  • our students’ faith to be strengthened and for them to know that they have a higher purpose and call in Jesus Christ.
  • our students to let God’s light shine through them as they walk in confidence and grace.
  • every student to have God’s peace and serenity to restore his or her body, mind and spirit as stresses increase during the closing weeks of the semester.
  • wisdom, unity, and clarity of vision for members of the faculty at their monthly faculty assembly.
  • the President’s Leadership Forum at the Spokane Convention Center; we ask that the event would bless the broader Spokane community as we hear from Steve Case, co-founder of AOL. We pray for the campus community as well, as they interact with Case at a campus Q & A. We ask that all would be inspired by the innovative and generous work of the Case Foundation, which is investing in social change through world-transforming businesses.
  • ASWU’s Spring Fest. We ask that students and Whitworth’s North Spokane neighbors would joyfully grow in community through this gathering.
  • campus worship gatherings this week: morning prayer on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, community worship on Tuesday and Thursday, Hosanna on Tuesday evening, and AWAKE on Wednesday evening.

Lord, there will be times when trials and tribulations will cause your people to suffer. We are so thankful that you are there to comfort us and keep us, just as you comforted Peter during his persecution. We are grateful for the assurance that you will always be with us and that in times of trouble you will deliver us from the hands of the enemy.

April 25, 2016 / Whitworth University

“What I have I give you.” – God’s Using Peter to Heal

April 25-May 1

Acts 3:1-10

This week we pray for…

  • our students’ perseverance in their work, that they would not grow weary in doing good.
  • hope for students with mental-health struggles; we ask that they would find the help they need and that God would guide our counselors in their work by the Holy Spirit.
  • senior recitals and final music performances for students; we ask that you give them peace and allow them to find these culminating events full of worship and joy.
  • safe travels, humility, unity, joy, and an openness to God’s abiding presence for our athletes as they move toward the end of their spring seasons and, for many, into postseason opportunities.
  • campus worship gatherings this week: morning prayer on Monday, Tuesday and Friday; community worship on Tuesday and Thursday; Hosanna on Tuesday evening, and AWAKE on Wednesday evening.
  • Thursday community worship, as the African Children’s Choir, comprising 18 children from Uganda, leads us. We pray for the choir’s year-long tour and for the children’s families back in Uganda. And we give thanks for the college education that all of the choir members will receive as a result of their involvement in the choir.
  • this week’s President’s Coffee with President Beck A. Taylor, as we gather to meet new employees and recognize staff for their years of faithful service.
  • a lecture by Trish Morita-Mullaney, ’89, Ph.D., on being Asian American today, as well as lectures by the Rev. Will Gafney, Ph.D., on a womanist approach to the Hebrew scriptures.
  • our 46th annual Whitworth lu’au, as we celebrate Hawai’ian culture, dance, and (delicious) food.

Lord, help us to surrender to you everything that we are and everything that we are striving to be. We open the deepest parts of our hearts and invite your Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us. We are thankful that you have the power to heal from the inside out, and as we surrender to you all our hurt, pain, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety, we are confident that you will make us whole.

April 11, 2016 / Whitworth University

Pentecost – Babel Redeemed

April 11-17

Acts 2:1-13

This week we pray for…

  • students to have comfort and provision as they continue their studies; we ask that they will find rest during their busy lives.
  • healthy relationships that provide the support and encouragement our students need for their journeys.
  • faculty members, as they invest in the education of the wonderful students of Whitworth.
  • the spring board of trustees meeting on campus this week, with thanksgiving for our committed trustees. We pray for their wisdom, good communication, and direction as they work together so that Whitworth can flourish.
  • campus worship gatherings this week: morning prayer on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, community worship on Tuesday and Thursday, Hosanna on Tuesday evening, and AWAKE on Wednesday evening.
  • “Deepening the Conversation on Race Behind and Beyond the Pine Cone Curtain,” a time of dialogue, listening and reflection based on the movie “Cracking the Codes,” facilitated by David Garcia and Larry Burnley of the Whitworth Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
  • the Gordon S. Jackson Conference in Media Law & Ethics, as students, faculty and the public gather Saturday to explore research, practice and professional issues related to mass communication law and ethics.

Lord , You created us, O Maker of heaven and earth; you created us equal before you. And just as all of us have sinned and fallen short of your glory, so did you send your Son to die for all of us, that we and all of creation might be redeemed and restored to right relationship with you and with each other. Thank you for your grace, which reaches out to all of us, sinners and redeemed, before you.