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May 8, 2017 / Whitworth University

Our True End

May 8-14, 2017

Scripture:
Psalms 145

This week we pray for…

  • students who are finishing the last week of spring classes and preparing for final exams; we ask for strength, joy, perseverance and growth for each of them.
  • Tuesday’s On Mission presentation, hosted by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement; Middle Eastern missionary and church leader Khalaf will talk about Arab churches sending church planters throughout the Arab world and will explore how American churches can partner with them and learn from their example.
  • continued wisdom, encouragement and understanding for President Taylor and the members of his cabinet as they lead, guide and steward the university.
  • Whitworth staff as they continue to provide support throughout the university.
  • Whitworth faculty as they finish their teaching for the semester. We ask that they will model strength, wisdom, passion for their material and love for their students.
  • campus worship: We pray with thanksgiving for all the student leaders who have faithfully served in campus ministry this year, and particularly for the seniors who are completing their time here. We give thanks for the good work God has done in and through them, and we pray for God’s leading as they continue to move forward in service to Him in the years ahead.
  • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner finishes our semester’s series, Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God. We pray that God would be honored in this worshiping community and that more and more students would desire to gather in worship together. We also pray for Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; for Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; for Thursday’s final Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion outside in The Loop; for a wonderful final celebration of God that brings together the campus community and welcomes in new faces, even on this last day; and for our reflective morning-prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thanksgiving:
Merciful God, we praise you, and we are deeply thankful for the unfailing love you have disclosed to us, generation after generation. We thank you for the compassion you shower upon us, day after day. You alone are our God. We are your people. We pray that your Holy Spirit will continue to move among us as we worship and follow you. Open our hearts and our minds to see you at work among us, encouraging, challenging, uplifting, and inspiring as each has need. May our worship bring you honor and glory so that all the earth may join in the chorus of praise in word and deed. Amen.

May 1, 2017 / Whitworth University

On a Journey with God: Pilgrimage, Penitence, Lament, and Hope

May 1-7

Scripture:
Psalm 130

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they near the end of the semester. We ask for strength, focus, wisdom and joy for all as they press forward.
  • graduating seniors and master’s degree students. We pray for peace, gratitude, and a strong finish in their final few weeks at Whitworth.
  • any students struggling with mental or physical illness. We ask that God would provide hope, healing and necessary support.
  • Saturday’s Springfest celebration, when the Whitworth community and surrounding neighborhoods join together to play and enjoy the arrival of spring.
  • the faithful service of all the staff and faculty who are retiring this year. We offer them our thanks as we pray for peace, joy and a sense of being honored as we celebrate and send them off to the next chapter of their lives.
  • end-of-the-year projects for students who have invested in making the world a better place. Their projects include Ethiopia Night, WhitTED, and the Campout in the Loop. We ask that these students would be transformed though their experiences and that those exposed to their work would be transformed, as well.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith teaches in our series Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and reflective Morning Prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, it is true that at times we have not revered you as we should. Help us to understand who you are in our lives. You are holy and full of grace. You have seen our hearts and searched within us. In spite of all our iniquities and for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Mediator, you bring us hope. For that we are so thankful. Lead us forward in your grace into closer communion with you and into truer obedience as we walk on this pilgrim’s journey by the power of the Spirit. Amen.

April 24, 2017 / Whitworth University

Praise and Penitence before the Great Creator and Lawgiver

April 24-30

Scripture:
Psalm 19

This week we pray for…

  • prospective Whitworth students and their families as they make decisions by the May 1 enrollment-deposit deadline about where they will attend college. Our prayer is that they will have clarity about Whitworth’s distinctive mission and will know with certainty whether Whitworth is a good fit for them.
  • our students, no matter where they are on their faith journey, to grow in trust, knowledge and obedience to the God made known in Jesus.
  • our students to be equipped, encouraged and empowered from day to day as they meet challenges in their everyday lives.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and our reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • all who support Whitworth financially and for all who serve in the institutional advancement office, particularly as we celebrate our annual Day of Giving on Tuesday.
  • Friday’s Take Back the Night gathering observed along with campuses around the nation. We ask that Whitworth and all university campuses would be places of safety from sexual assault for all students.
  • all who will be attending and participating in Whitworth’s 47th annual luau, hosted by Na Pu’uwai ‘o Hawaii, Whitworth’s Hawaiian club, on Saturday evening.
  • the Whitworth community’s ongoing efforts to be good stewards of the environment and the earth’s resources, particularly as various student groups engage in Sustainability Week events.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we love to watch the sky you have created – we are amazed by the vastness of it compared with our smallness. You reign above all, and are yet so close to us. Your glory is revealed in the firmament, in the formation of clouds, in the sun and the colors we see. We lift our eyes, O Lord, to the heavens above, and we are reminded of your magnificence, your power, your greatness. We cannot forget how small we are and how much we need you. And for that we are forever grateful.

April 17, 2017 / Whitworth University

The Joy of Deliverance

April 17-23

Scripture:
Psalm 118

This week we pray for…

  • graduating seniors who are anxious about their next steps after Whitworth. We ask that they would know and trust in God’s peace, love, and provision. We also pray that they finish their Whitworth careers well.
  • the many music and theatre students who are performing in a variety of settings as we near year’s end. We pray for joy and thankfulness as they exhibit the ways in which they and their gifts have grown and developed.
  • the Whitworth University Board of Trustees, which will gather for its annual spring meeting on campus this week. We pray for wisdom, encouragement, and joy for the trustees and for President Taylor as they continue their good work of helping Whitworth fulfill its mission faithfully.
  • Whitworth’s track & field team, which is competing in the NWC Track & Field Championships at Whitworth. We ask that they will work hard, grow in strength and maturity, and feel gratitude and joy for their gifts and the opportunity to use them.
  • all of our students as they continue to move toward the end of the spring semester. We ask that these students would find a rhythm of work, worship, rest and play that honors God and allows the students to flourish.
  • warmer spring weather and the new life and vitality it brings to all.
  • good learning and growth for all those who will hear Simpson-Duvall Lecturer, historian, former Whitworth chaplain, and bestselling author Ronald C. White, Jr., as he presents “Ulysses S. Grant: A Fresh Look at American Leadership.”
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship Service as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship Service for music and communion; and reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • prospective students and their families as they continue to process their university choices. We ask that God would provide for them and guide them. We also pray that God would provide for the Whitworth Class of 2021.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we give you thanks because you are good, and your love is eternal. In our distress we call to you, and you set us free. We are deeply grateful to know that we can trust in you, as we see so clearly in the resurrection of Jesus, even when we are surrounded by our enemies. You, oh God, are powerful and strong, and you have saved us. Amen.

April 10, 2017 / Whitworth University

Cry To and With Jesus in the Darkness

April 10-16

Scripture:
Psalms 22

This week we pray for…

  • the Whitworth community as we journey through Holy Week, identifying with and meditating upon Jesus’ suffering in our place and then rejoicing in his victory over sin, death, and evil on Easter Sunday.
  • communion with God, surrender, trust, and resurrection life by the power of the Spirit.
  • the many wonderful churches in the Spokane/Whitworth area. We pray for guidance, protection, and vibrancy for them as they serve God, particularly during this Holy Week.
  • students to look to God and God’s Word when they are confused, finding peace and comfort in Jesus.
  • perseverance, love, wisdom, and creativity for Whitworth faculty as they teach day in and day out.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series, Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • the President’s Coffee, as President Taylor hosts and welcomes staff, recognizes new employees and staff years of service, provides updates on the university, and shares a devotional.
  • Tuesday’s “On Mission” training and presentation, sponsored by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, in which Zaza will share about a ministry she leads that serves 20,000-plus people, mostly women and children, in North Africa, and discusses ways in which the American church can partner with this ministry and learn from its example.
  • the many Whitworth students who serve as leaders in various youth ministries in the area. We particularly pray for the leaders who serve in Capernaum (Young Life’s ministry for young adults and high school students with disabilities) and for the annual Capernaum talent show on the Whitworth campus on Wednesday.
  • safety in travels, meaningful community, and worship in Spirit and truth for students over this long Easter weekend.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for being our salvation and hope in the midst of the brokenness of our world. Thank you most of all that no matter what we see or experience, we know you are faithful because of who Jesus is and what Jesus has done. We cry out for your light and redemption in a broken world, and we trust in our resurrected Lord, who will one day make all things new. Thank you for the solemnity and the joy of this week. May we commune with you and love others by the power of your Spirit. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

April 3, 2017 / Whitworth University

“Trust In the Midst of Darkness”

April 3-9

Scripture:
Psalm 16

This week we pray for…

  • focus, strength, wisdom and provision as students reengage after Spring Break in their curricular and extra-curricular activities of the semester.
  • strong, healthy and life-giving relationships throughout our Whitworth community that witness to, and participate in, the love of Jesus in word and deed.
  • the Whitworth forensics and debate teams as they train and compete, including this week’s exhibition debate with the Irish National Team at Whitworth. We pray for growth and development as men and women who will be able to use their abilities to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • the many indoor and outdoor options that URec offers for students throughout the year to develop fit lifestyles, have fun together and enjoy God’s amazing creation, including two camping trips this weekend and a bouldering competition on campus.
  • the admissions staff as they continue to expose prospective students and families to all Whitworth has to offer.
  • all the prospective students and parents who will be attending Sunday and Monday’s Bucs Bound admitted student event, that God would lead them and provide for them in their college discernment process, and that God would provide for the Class of 2021 that will start this fall.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Mindy Smith teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and our reflective morning-prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • the 2017 Gordon S. Jackson Symposium on Media Law and Ethics that is this year exploring the challenges of verification, fact-checking, “real vs. fake news” through both a legal and ethical lens. We pray that through this event, and others like it, Whitworth would integrate our commitments to Christ and engagement with culture in a way that benefits the world around us and witnesses to God’s kingdom.
  • all those mourning the loss of Professor Emeritus Noel Wescombe who retired from the Whitworth faculty in 2015 after more than two decades of exemplary service in the psychology department. We pray particularly for Saturday’s memorial service and for Noel’s wife, Cathie, and his daughters, Meghan and Natalie, in this time of grief.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are confident in you, we trust in you for our safety. You are our Lord, and we know that all good things come from you. We are thankful, because you give us everything that we need and our future is in your hands. We are grateful that you show us the path that leads to life, and in your presence we are filled with joy and peace. May all the world know the joy and peace of Jesus our Lord. Amen.

March 27, 2017 / Whitworth University

“SPRING BREAK”

March 27-April 1

Scripture:
Psalm 11 – In the Lord I take refuge.

This week we pray for…

  • all students during this week of Spring Break, that they would find rest where they are weary and rejuvenation where they need renewed energies.
  • safety, fun, community, joy, wonder, and gratitude, wherever Spring Break plans take students.
  • the students and staff going on Impact service and learning trips this week to Spokane, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala, that they would listen, learn, and love well, that they would grow in their sanctification by the Spirit of God, and that God would inspire them with his heart for this world God loves.
  • the 75+ students and staff going to serve at Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch camp with 4 other universities this week, for meaningful Christian community, for growth with Jesus, and for the accomplishment of good work as the camp prepares for summer.
  • for renewal for faculty and staff most of whom will experience a different rhythm but continue to work during Spring Break, that they will find what they need during this week and finish the school year well.
  • safety, hard work, and growth in grace and maturity for spring student athletes, that no harm will befall them or their opponents, and that they will bear witness of the goodness and love of Christ in their athletics.

Thanksgiving:
Father God, we praise you for a new season! All around us is evidence, of not only your existence, but that you are a good God. You are the creator and sustainer of all we can see and cannot see. You are the source of our lives. You teach us what real love is. We thank you and praise you this day through Jesus Christ our Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit.

March 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

Trust In God, Our Good Shepherd

March 20-26

Scripture:
Psalms 23

This week we pray for…

  • our students to develop and use their gifts in service to God and others.
  • the love of God, revealed in Jesus, to be made known in word and deed to all in the Whitworth community.
  • peace and wholeness for students, staff and faculty who are struggling with mental or physical illness.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald teaches in our series, Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; reflective morning prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • our students as they reach Spring Break. We ask that they travel safely and that they experience community, delightful adventures, refreshment, and increasing love for God and others during this time.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, you never promised us that the journey toward the new Heaven and new Earth would be easy, quick, or without overwhelming seasons and circumstances. But you have promised never to leave or forsake us, even in the darkest valley. That’s all we really need to know: that you are close and that you love us. Even when you have to discipline us, we trust your love and goodness, for truly you are our Shepherd. Amen.

March 13, 2017 / Whitworth University

God’s Hatred Toward Evil

March 13-19

Scripture:
Psalm 137

This week we pray for…

  • our students during this Lenten season; we ask that Lent will provide them with an opportunity to reflect upon their life patterns, to pray more deeply, and to be generous to those in need.
  • our students as they approach midterms. We ask that they will have peace, strength, joy, and the ability to learn well.
  • our student-athletes as they practice and participate in upcoming competitions. We pray that they will continue to give their all, will grow in maturity and community, and will draw close to God through their participation.
  • Campus Worship:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, as Forrest Buckner teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event
    • Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective morning-prayer services.
  • the second annual Diversity Monologues event at Whitworth, as eight students speak about how they have come to know hope from their distinct and diverse perspectives. We pray that Whitworth would continue to be a place where students of all backgrounds could find a place of belonging, love, and meaning.
  • the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement’s On Mission training event, during  which Carla, a missionary from Partners International, will share from many years of experience in Central Asia about how the holistic gospel is building bridges to communities and how the same can happen here.
  • the Whitworth Multicultural Visit Program as we invite high school juniors and seniors to share their diverse backgrounds and unique experiences while getting to know Whitworth.
  • all the admissions staff members who host the “Why Whitworth?” days on campus that continue throughout the spring, helping prospective students experience all that Whitworth has to offer.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that you are a God of justice. We know that someday, all wickedness will cease and you will judge every evil deed. We are thankful that you are a God of justice and righteousness, the true King who will put everything to rights one day. We trust in your goodness and judgment, even while we wait for you to make your righteous reign fully known.

March 6, 2017 / Whitworth University

Intimate Relationship with the God Who Knows Me

March 6-12

Scripture:
Psalm 139

This week we pray for…

  • students to persevere and focus in their studies, making the most of this opportunity to learn.
  • students and faculty who are studying abroad all over the world this semester. We ask for their safety, community, growth, and love of the culture and people in the areas where they are studying.
  • students who are participating in the spring Whitworth Theatre performance, Go, Dog. Go! We ask that they would share their work with joy and continue to grow into the men and women God has made them to be through this experience. We also pray that the performance would be a joyful gift to the broader Spokane community.
  • the student-leadership application and interview process that is currently under way. We ask that you will bless this search to fill the important resident assistant, cultural-diversity advocate, campus-ministry coordinator, health-education advocacy team, and student government (ASWU) positions in the residence halls and student life for next year. We pray for God to raise up the right students for these roles and for guidance by the Spirit for all who will be participating in the decision-making.
  • all who will hear from Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar Lecturer Kristen Johnson as she presents on campus and lectures about a biblical theology of justice, including her evening lecture, “Justice and Our Calling: From Genesis to Revelation.”
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship, as President Beck A. Taylor, teaches in our series, “Encountering Jesus in the Psalms: Living Honestly with God”; Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna worship event; Wednesday’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering; Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and communion; and our reflective morning-prayer services on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • prospective Whitworth students and their families. We ask that God would call together the students for the Whitworth Class of 2021.

Thanksgiving:
We thank you, our God, that you have made us and that you know us. Thank you for the comfort of knowing that we cannot flee from your presence or hide from your love. Remind us and all people of your great goodness. Grant that we would not seek to flee from you, but would instead trust in you and your love, made known most clearly in Jesus.