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September 21, 2015 / Whitworth University

God’s Good News

Sept. 21- 27

Galatians 1:6-2:14

This week we pray for…

  • students, that God will give them wisdom, knowledge and understanding in their classes.
  • our freshmen as they get started here – for community, belonging, discernment about what to commit to, and excitement about their classes.
  • Carl E. Olson, Catholic theologian, author and editor of Ignatius Insight and Catholic World Report. On Monday he will speak on Theosis in a lecture titled, “God, Grace and Partaking in Divine Nature.”
  • the Whitworth community as we gather for Tuesday’s Chapel Worship, as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaches from Galatians, and for Hosanna’s student led worship, prayer and reflection Tuesday night.
  • Community Building Day on Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for approximately 1,000 Whitworth faculty, staff, and students to engage in service throughout Spokane County.
  • Awake services as students gather for a time of fellowship, fun, worship and scripture on Wednesday.
  • Whitworth Associate Professor of History Anthony Clark, Ph.D., as he presents his first public lecture as Lindaman Endowed Chair on the topics of religious freedom and the reign of God. Clark’s talk will explore Christian understandings of the reign of God in a world seemingly torn apart by sectarianism and religious difference.
  • Chapel worship on Thursday as the community comes together around the Lord’s Supper.
  • the new Diversity Cabinet as members begin their important work of leading the campus in the implementation of the Institutional Diversity Committee’s recommendations that will help Whitworth better live out its Christ-centered mission in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lord you are so merciful. Thank you for providing grace and mercy; You are a good God that comes to those that need You. Let Your desires be our desires, that we will not stray away from this Good News, this Gospel you have so freely given to us. Provide your grace through protection from the harm that seems to come to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are grateful for the strength to get through each day, because You are there to provide it for us and we are so thankful.

September 14, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Gospel of the Messiah

Sept. 14-20

“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Galations 1:1-5

This week we pray for…

  • faculty and students as they begin a new year of classes. We ask that they would have the wisdom, focus, and energy to teach and learn well to God’s glory this year.
  • The first week of campus ministry programs for this year:
    • Chapel Worship: On Tuesdays we gather to share the Word of the Lord as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner speaks to us from the Book of Galatians, and on Thursday we gather for the Lord’s Supper and to commission this year’s student-teachers.
    • Hosanna, a student-led Tuesday-evening ministry that seeks to create a space to invite students to reflect and worship.
    • AWAKE, a student-led fellowship group that meets on Wednesday evenings and seeks to introduce students to Jesus and to help them grow with Christ.
  • members of the Whitworth faculty and staff community who are struggling with new and ongoing health concerns.
  • the Class of 2019 – nearly 600 freshmen and nearly 700 new students (including transfers) overall.
  • the safety and success of our admissions team as they travel all over the country. We ask God to call together the students whom he would have them recruit for the Whitworth Class of 2020.
  • our current students. We ask that they will use their wisdom and knowledge to make decisions about their classes and their majors.
  • our student-athletes as they participate in sports on and off campus and continue to display the Whitworth Pirate spirit.
  • Kathryn Lee, Ph.D. (Political Science) as she presents the 2015 Constitution Lecture: “From Selma to Shelby County v. Holder: Voter Suppression in 21st Century America”.

Lord, thank you for the Gospel of the Messiah, who brings us grace and peace. We are grateful that He gave himself for us and delivered us from our sins so that we may walk in total victory. We can be confident and assured that the Deliverer has come, to bring us this Gospel, this good news. And we are so thankful.

September 7, 2015 / Whitworth University

Called by the One Triune God

Sept. 7-13

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called. One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ephesians 4:1-6

This week we pray for…

  • first-year students as they adjust to their first full week of college life. We ask that they find ways to persevere in their classes and also find time to rest.
  • our students to have spiritual comfort, guidance, courage and inspiration as they experience God’s faithfulness.
  • our residence halls and those who lead them. We ask that all students will feel welcomed and at ease in the activities taking place in their dorms as well as throughout the broader campus.
  • Sunday’s Catholic worship service, the Orientation Weekend service, and the final goodbyes for freshman parents.
  • Tuesday’s Plug-In-Picnic, as clubs and organizations give students the opportunity to become involved throughout the Whitworth community.
  • Wednesday’s multicultural reception in Hendricks Hall, as students locally and globally gather to welcome new and returning students to our campus.
  • Wednesday evening’s ordination and installation of Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as Whitworth President Beck Taylor welcomes students, faculty and staff to ask God’s blessings on the academic year.
  • our student-athletes, as they prepare to play the many sports available on our campus, and for their safety as they travel.
  • Friday’s Church Ministry Fair, where church representatives will come to know our students and will share about the vision and mission of their churches, giving students opportunities for internships and collegiate fellowship.

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.

August 31, 2015 / Whitworth University


Aug. 31-Sept. 6

“This is the day that the LORD has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it!”
Psalm 118:24

This week begins a new academic year of praying for the Whitworth community. The summer has included tests and trials for the employees of the university, but it has also brought restoration, renewal and refreshment. We are in the process of final preparations to welcome the incoming class on Saturday, Sept. 5. Athletes and residence-life leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year, and we are so thankful for our entire community. We now turn our hearts to our faculty, staff and students.

We pray for…

  • our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residential and spiritual life and student government. May they serve each moment as living expressions of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”
  • our student-athletes. We ask that they be protected from injury, both physical and emotional, that they continue to be women and men of integrity in victory and in defeat, that they be good examples to all, and that they always display the Whitworth spirit.
  • the beginning of the academic year in worship; on Wednesday we will partake of communion, with Coordinator for Ministry and Multicultural Affairs Stephy Nobles-Beans preaching. Immediately following worship, President Beck Taylor will deliver the State of the University Address, followed by a staff luncheon. May these activities provide a common vision for Whitworth’s employees to be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout this year.
  • Thursday’s faculty dinner, followed by the Installation Worship Service for new faculty. Provost and Executive Vice President Carol Simon will preach, and we will celebrate communion. On Friday, faculty members gather for a retreat at nearby Camp Spalding. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s activities and worship services are intended to provide a rich sense of welcome for those who have recently joined Whitworth as staff and faculty members. May each one feel empowered by God’s Spirit in his or her calling to Whitworth.
  • Move-In Day, on Saturday, when we welcome the Class of 2019 to their residence halls, and the following Monday, when our returning students arrive. The halls become students’ homes for the next nine months. May each student feel a sense of belonging as s/he joins the residence-life community, and may each student grow closer to Christ through his/her residence-hall experience.
  • The Welcome Fair on Saturday, and the worship service on Sunday morning. Forrest Buckner, our new dean of spiritual life, will be preaching, and special meetings throughout the weekend will assist students, parents, family and friends in this very important moment of transition. May God’s Spirit of peace calm our collective anxiety as we are reminded of God’s faithfulness, which has brought us to this place and which will lead us through this academic year.

Oh, loving God, Lord, as we begin this new academic year we call out to you with grateful hearts for all your mercies, which are new every morning. We thank you for the gifts of renewal and preparation as the summer passes into the fall, marking another new beginning. We thank you for the time we’ve had and the time we have now to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect on what is important in our lives. Let this year be marked by enthusiasm and love so that, with the inspiration of your Spirit, we may continue to grow in our faith. May our lives be worthy of the calling you have for us. Enable us to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the lofty vision of a mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

May 18, 2015 / Whitworth University

Give Thanks

May 17-24

“O Give thanks to the Lord; for God is good: God’s steadfast love endures forever.“
Psalms 136:1

After concluding the academic year this past week, we pray for…

  • students’ successful transitions, as all of our graduates step into the next phase of their lives, and for our current students as they begin their summer responsibilities. May God’s Spirit lead each one in the way of loving God and others, as well, as following Christ in sacrificial service.
  • the Provost’s Breakfast, on Monday morning, as faculty gather at the end of the Commencement Weekend to recognize teaching-award winners as well as to hear final words from our retiring faculty. May all of our faculty members have a deep sense of gratitude for God’s steadfast love.
  • the end-of-the-year retiree celebration, on Monday afternoon, as our staff and faculty celebrate a year, and in some cases a career, of faithful service to our students. May each employee be filed with the joy of God’s grace.
  • student leaders who close the dorms and say goodbye to each other on Tuesday, after a year of faithful service in guiding their fellow students in the development of campus community. May they also know the presence of God in this time of transition.
  • the president’s cabinet’s retreat, Tuesday and Wednesday, as vice presidents and senior administrators review the academic year and begin planning for next year. May they be given God’s wisdom and courage to lead with strength and conviction.
  • the Community Engagement Institute, on Thursday, as many faculty and staff interact with other Spokane leaders about the best ways to serve others in the region. May participants be given new insight about how to do their work with vision, passion, and purpose.
  • the faculty training workshop, on Thursday, for faculty contracted as advisors to incoming students for fall 2015. May they be fully equipped to welcome all of the freshmen, transfers, and graduate students who will be coming to Whitworth.
  • Whitworth track and field student-athletes who are competing in the NCCA Division III championships this upcoming weekend. May they be strong in body and purpose as they compete, always reflecting the best of Whitworth’s values.

Lord, we thank you so much for the time we have spent with students who have now graduated and for students who are taking the next step at Whitworth. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for the teachers and staff, for their families and loved ones, who have made sacrifices for the sake of Whitworth’s Christian mission. We thank you for your steadfast love, everpresent with us during this academic year. With gratitude, we pray in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thank you for supporting Whitworth’s Christian mission throughout this academic year with your faithful prayers. We are most grateful for your spiritual support. This will be the last edition of “On Bended Knee” for the summer. Look for the renewal of this weekly prayer blog in mid-August.

May 11, 2015 / Whitworth University

Rejoice in the Lord

May 10-17

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
Philippians 4:4

This final week of the academic year we pray for…

  • our students as they prepare for and take final exams Tuesday-Friday. May the Lord’s presence generate calm and confidence as they complete their academic work for this semester.
  • our undergraduate and graduate degree candidates and their parents and families. May our graduates’ hearts be filled with joy as each celebrates his or her graduation. May the doors of opportunity open in the job market, and may the Lord grant them favor. And may their parents and families, who have sacrificed in many ways to support them through this long process of pursuing a degree, be joyful for their graduates’ accomplishments and grateful for God’s faithfulness.
  • retiring faculty and staff members. May they be filled with a sense of accomplishment for everything that they have done to support our students. May the Whitworth community honor each of these colleagues for their commitment to Whitworth’s Christian mission and for the sacrifices they have made in their service.
  • each of the many ceremonies during Commencement Weekend (ROTC Commissioning and Senior Commissioning on Friday, Graduate Commencement and Departmental Sendoffs for Graduating Seniors on Saturday, Baccalaureate and Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday). Ask that these gatherings will serve as final reminders that our graduates are now being sent out with a strong sense of mission “to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” May the spirit of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart education sustain our graduates as they live out the university’s Christian mission.

Gracious God, we are grateful to you for the success of our graduates, who worked so diligently to reach this week of celebration. Your faithfulness has sustained them and every one of us who support Whitworth’s Christian educational mission. We pray for moments of reflection this week, during which we can look back and see your faithfulness at work in each of our lives. We rejoice in your grace as our hearts are filled with gratitude for your faithfulness. May we trust in the peace of Christ as we continue our journeys accompanied by Your presence. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen!

May 4, 2015 / Whitworth University

Senior Reflections

May 3-10

“And you shall remember the entire way that the Lord your God has led you….”
Deuteronomy 8:2

In this is penultimate week of the spring semester, we pray for…

  • our students to feel God’s strength, wisdom and peace as they negotiate the next two weeks, which are packed with academic responsibilities. May our students learn well and be open to new insights inspired by God’s spirit as the spirit supports their diligent efforts in their studies.
  • for Whitworth staff and faculty, whose responsibilities mount at this time of year as they work to support our returning students in the completion of the academic year and to prepare graduating students for the end of their time at Whitworth. May they recognize the gifts God has given to all of us in the privilege of working here at Whitworth.
  • the members of our student music ensembles who will give their final performances this week. These groups include the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra, Jubilation Dance Ministry, and the Whitworth Choir and Whitworth Chamber Singers. As they express the gifts of music and dance, may each student be reminded of God’s faithfulness during their time here.
  • Tuesday chapel, where members of the Class of 2016 Rebekah Brown and Spencer Ansett reflect upon their journeys here at Whitworth and as the community prays for all of our graduating seniors.
  • Thursday’s Community Chapel, as we gather one last time around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. As we do this in remembrance of Jesus, may we also be reminded of God’s daily presence, which sustains us on the journey of Christian faith.
  • all retiring faculty and staff, as these faithful women and men mark their contributions to Whitworth measured in years – and, in some cases, in decades. May their hearts be filled with gratitude for all that God has done in and through each of them, and may the community express our deep appreciation for their service and devotion to Whitworth’s Christian mission.

Lord, we are so grateful for your faithfulness to every member of the Whitworth community – to those present here on campus and to our alums who are scattered across the world. Your presence has guided us along the way, as you have been our travelling companion on life’s journey. Help us to remember well, with grateful hearts. Open our eyes to see you at work, even in what seem to be the darkest moments. Thank you for restoring our strength and peace through the presence of Jesus Christ, our Lord, in whose name we pray. Amen.

April 27, 2015 / Whitworth University

Be Doers, Not Just Hearers, of God’s Word

April 26-May 2

“Everyone, then, who hears these words of mine and does them will be like the wise person who built his house on a rock.”
Matthew 7:24

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they approach the end of spring semester. This is a time of increasing pressure academically, and it’s filled with all the transitional issues of moving out of dorms, finding summer work, and adjusting to life after college for our graduating seniors. May God give them wisdom in the decision-making process and may they feel a sense of peace during this time of change.
  • faculty members as they gather on Monday, Thursday, and Friday to hear from their peers about the importance of integrating their research with Christian faith. As they have the crucial responsibility to instruct our students, may our faculty members be guided by God’s spirit to teach and lead our community faithfully as we all seek to follow Christ.
  • Whitworth’s staff as they continue to serve faithfully in spite of the pressure that builds as we approach end-of-year activities. May God’s energy empower their work.
  • Monday evening’s celebration of former trustee and vice-chair of the board Carol Wendle, who will receive the university’s Distinguished Community Service Award for her multiple roles in serving the Spokane community. Carol has served on the boards of Spokane Public Schools, Chase Youth Commission, the Joint Center for Higher Education, and the Hutton Settlement, and she has previously been honored for her service by the YWCA and PTA. Her life is a model of Whitworth’s commitment to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. May all of us learn from her the true meaning of Jesus’ call to serve others.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship Service as President Beck A. Taylor concludes our spring series from the Sermon on the Mount. Beck will preach from Matthew 7:24-29, in which Jesus tells a parable about the importance of heeding his teaching rather than just hearing his words. May all who hear this sermon be prompted to a more complete spiritual obedience.
  • Saturday’s Springfest, the annual celebration that heralds the wonders of spring and the end of the school year. This event raises money for service in the community. May all who attend be filled with the joy that spring prompts, and may they share generously of their resources.

Thanksgiving Prayer:
Gracious God, as we move toward the end of this academic term, there is so much for which to be grateful. We are thankful as we reflect on your daily faithfulness to us. We give our lives back to you as a sacred trust. May we listen well to your guidance in scripture and live in such a way that the love, grace, and truth of Jesus spring forth from our lives. Amen.

April 20, 2015 / Whitworth University

Faith Demonstrated in Action

April 19-26

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 7:21

This week we pray for…

  • our graduating seniors, who will have multiple opportunities to prepare for the end of their time at Whitworth, including the graduation fair, mock interviews, senior recitals and other final performances in music and theatre. May these events remind the members of the Class of 2015 of God’s faithfulness to each of them throughout their time at the university.
  • members of our Pirate Athletics teams as they travel to compete in various sports and events.
  • Tuesday Community Worship as we continue the study of the Sermon on the Mount, with Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaching from Matthew 7:21-23 regarding the importance of Christian faith being demonstrated in action. May the community listen with ears to hear so that our trust in Jesus will be expressed in the way we live.
  • this week’s events that will be devoted to the theme of Mental Health, with presentations, speakers, and movies addressing various topics. May this be a week of honest reflection and learning as we all seek to be whole in all of our lives as we explore together the God-created complex mystery of mind-body-spirit integration.
  • Friday’s “Why Whitworth” Day, as prospective students visit our campus to attend an admissions presentation, a tour, a class visit, a student panel, and a residence hall tour. In these last days before the May 1 deposit deadline for the upcoming school year, please give wisdom to every prospective student who is still in the process of deciding the best school to attend.
  • Saturday night’s 45th annual Hawaiian Luau, which will present the best of Hawai’ian culture as our students and their families host the community in a delicious meal and great entertainment. God’s diverse creation will be on display as we celebrate the myriad ways in which we have all been created so distinctly in God’s image.

Gracious Lord, you are the God of integration – connecting everything in and through our Savior and Friend Jesus Christ. This is a week of connections through the university. Help each of us to see how your grace binds all things together. Give us eyes to see you at work in the actions of our Christian brothers and sisters. We want to be the reflection of the truth and love that Jesus incarnated in his own life. May he shine through us. Amen!

April 13, 2015 / Whitworth University

Bearing Fruit Which Reflects the Hope of Christ’s Resurrection

April 12-19

“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit….Thus you will know them by their fruits.”
Matthew 7:18

This week we pray for…

  • the entire Whitworth community in anticipation of the Board of Trustees meeting, Wednesday-Friday, that all of us will join in prayer for God’s wisdom and grace as we seek together to “honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” These devoted servants seek to guide the university with wisdom and truth, sensitive to the leading of God’s Spirit as they interact with students, faculty and staff.
  • students’ strength — physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually — as we enter the final month of the spring semester
  • faculty and staff who support our students on a daily basis, that they will have the endurance to lead and love well and wisely as the challenges of spring semester grow
  • students who are performing in musical recitals and concerts during these next few weeks, that their gifts and talents will be displayed in a manner that honors God
  • Tuesday’s President’s Leadership Forum with Bryan Stevenson, who will speak as an incredibly courageous advocate for justice and equality. May the hundreds of members of the Spokane and Whitworth communities listen to Bryan with, “ears to hear,” concerning how his guidance can enable all of us to be contributors to the common good in the Spokane region, our nation, and the world.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as new Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaches on the fruits of the Spirit from Matthew 7:15-20. May Forrest be empowered by God’s Spirit as he begins his leadership in our community.
  • Tuesday’s Student Wellness Fair, promoted by Whitworth’s Health & Counseling Center. Included in this event is the rollout of the “We Will” campaign, an initiative of the Green Dot bystander awareness training program, reminding every member of the community that we are responsible for the well-being of others, as we learn ways to intervene in order to protect the safety of all.
  • The Multicultural Visit Program, April 16-18, which will bring 80-100 prospective students and parents from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds to campus to explore the opportunities available to them at Whitworth.

Lord we are so thankful for the opportunity to bring forth good fruit, love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, patience, even self-control. We are grateful for your Word being the seed planted in our hearts and flourishing throughout our lives daily so that others may see your goodness and mercy.


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