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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.

April 6, 2015 / Whitworth University

Celebrating Christ’s Resurrection

April 5-12

“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.’”
Matthew 28:5-7

This week we pray…

  • that as the pressure of the semester mounts after Spring Break, every member of the Whitworth community knows the peace and power that come through the Christian hope of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.
  • for the president’s cabinet and for staff members and all others who are working diligently to prepare for next week’s board of trustees meeting.
  • for Faculty Assembly, on Monday, as our teachers gather to discuss ways in which they can continue to lift up and extend the Christian educational mission of the university.
  • for Tuesday’s President’s Coffee with Beck Taylor, a time for staff to meet with the president, meet new employees, listen to updates on the university, and share in a devotional.
  • for Community Worship, on Tuesday, as Kent McDonald shares with us from Matthew 7:7-14 on the privilege of expectant prayer and trusting in our gracious God to meet our needs with divine presence and provision.
  • for Matthew V. Wells, Ph.D., from the University of Kentucky, who will speak Tuesday on “Aesthetics, Culture, and Empire after the Han.” Professor Wells will explore medieval China from exhilarating new angles in comparison with Western notions of the Middle Ages and will discuss whether China has actually had what we consider to be a medieval period.
  • for the Whitworth Choir as the group presents its Spokane spring concert at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, downtown. May these gifted students experience joy as they perform, using their God-given talents.

Gracious God, we are so thankful that we can come to you and present our petitions. As we seek and find you, Lord, we appreciate the love that you have for us. During this Easter season, help us to know the hope of Christ’s Resurrection as we continue to rely upon you for our daily provision.

March 30, 2015 / Whitworth University

Holy Week: Receiving the Gift of God’s Forgiveness in Jesus Christ

March 29-April 5

“Do not judge, or you will be judged.”
Matthew 7:1.

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
Luke 23:34

This week we pray for…

  • the entire community as, during this Holy Week, we remember the sacred events of Jesus’ Last Supper, Crucifixion, Burial, and Resurrection.
  • our “Why Whitworth” admissions events on Monday and Wednesday, as prospective students and their parents visit our campus for an admissions presentation, lunch, a campus tour, a class visit, a parent seminar, a student panel and a residence hall tour. May each prospective student be guided to the right school for her/his college studies.
  • the grand opening, on Monday, of the Dornsife Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement, as the university celebrates this gracious gift to sustain our ongoing efforts to connect with the local community in order to promote the common good of the Spokane region.
  • Stephaine Nobles-Beans and those who convene to hear her Tuesday at Community Worship. Stephaine will speak from The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 7:1-6, regarding the great gift of God’s grace in Christ and how that grace can flow through us to others who feel cut off from God.
  • Tuesday‘s Women and Gender Studies Program guest Andi Ziesler, who will lecture on the topic, “Don’t Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice.”
  • Tuesday’s presentation by Jess Walter, Whitworth’s writer-in-residence for spring 2015. Jess’s works has been on the New York Times bestsellers list, and he has been a finalist for the National Book Award. As a part of our 125th-anniversary celebration, Jess’s presence provides a model for diligently exploring the gift of writing.
  • Maundy Thursday’s Community Worship, where we’ll remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, as he gathered with them around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Lord, forgive us for the times we have failed to show mercy to others, even as we have been the recipients of extravagant mercy ourselves. We are sorry, because we know that you have so much more to be disappointed about in us than we do in others. Please remove any bitter or critical spirit that infects our character. Through your Holy Spirit, form in your people the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control that show your presence and your transforming presence in our lives. May the fruit of the Spirit be developed in our lives during this Holy Week. We pray in Jesus’ Name.

Lord You gave us an example to imitate. We celebrate the gift of the love of Jesus, given to us for our nourishment, given to us as an example of self-less love. This Maundy Thursday proves to us that your love is unconditional, your body broken for us, your blood shed for us. We are so grateful help us to remain faithful and to love others in the same way that we have been loved by you. Where charity and love are found, there is God.

March 16, 2015 / Whitworth University

Do Not Worry

March 15-22

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”
Matthew 6:25

During this seventh week of the semester we pray for…

  • students, as they complete midterm exams, assignments, and papers before spring break; we ask that that they will have discipline in their studies and wisdom in their learning.
  • Tuesday’s community worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaches from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 6:25-34, on the importance of trusting God in all circumstances.
  • the university’s Wednesday Endowed Poetry Reading, with Tod Marshall, professor of English at Gonzaga University. Marshall will read from his recently published third book, Bugle. May the Whitworth community grow in appreciation for the beauty of the written and spoken word through this presentation.
  • Associate Professor of History Patrick Van Inwegen’s Nonviolent Defense and Conflict Resolution class will open its public display on global military spending and alternative ways to use military funding. This presentation, open through April 2, will aid the Whitworth community in reflecting on the use of human and financial resources as tools for faithful stewardship.
  • Thursday’s Women’s History Month panel on significant women in the history of Whitworth will be presented as a part of the university’s 125th-anniversary celebration. May the community listen with open minds and receptive hearts as we honor those leaders who have contributed to the development of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart Christian mission.
  • Friday’s “Why Whitworth” Day, as more prospective students and their families visit the university. As the May 1 decision deadline draws near for final decisions about enrollment, we ask for each applicant to have clear discernment as s/he chooses the best school for him or her. May God guide them all.
  • the Whitworth University Choir as they travel along the West Coast all next week, March 21-28, on their spring concert tour. May they experience travelling safety, deepening community, and deep joy as they perform.
  • Spring Break travel safety for all the members of the Whitworth community as we journey in service to others and to seek renewal for our minds, bodies and spirits.

Note: There will be no On Bended Knee during Spring Break, March 21-28. Please look for the next posting on Monday, March 30. Thank you for your continued prayer for the Whitworth community.

Lord, we are so thankful that we can bring our worries to you. We are grateful that your promises are trustworthy and that you provide everything we need. Help us to trust you fully to take care of us, and let us never doubt that you are our loving Provider.

March 9, 2015 / Whitworth University

‘Treasures In Heaven’

March 8-15

“Store up for yourself treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:20-21

In this sixth week of the semester we pray for…

  • our students as they develop the skills of discussing the gospel, and the grace and truth of Jesus for the world, with great compassion for others and sensitivity to the leading of God’s spirit in those conversations.
  • faculty and staff who support and lead our students each day; we ask that their lives will communicate that same grace and truth of Jesus, especially for those who feel deeply burdened and alienated from God’s love.
  • Tuesday’s Community Worship as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches from Matthew 6:16-21 regarding the transformation of our hearts to value our relationship with God above all other human pursuits or temptations.
  • James R. Edwards, Whitworth’s Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology, as he presents his final lecture, on Wednesday, as occupant of the chair. Jim will explore both the changes and the continuities of the the first 75 years of Christian history as the early church moved from its roots in rural Jewish Galilee to the Greek-speaking urban world of the Roman Empire.
  • Thursday’s Faculty Scholarship Forum, as Associate Professor of History Tony Clark speaks about the ministry of the Franciscan order in China during the 19th Century.
  • Mabel Elsom, the anti-human-trafficking coordinator at Spokane’s Lutheran Community Services as she speaks Thursday on “Human Trafficking in the 21st Century,”
  • the Catholic Student Fellowship, which, on Friday, will lead the community in the Stations of the Cross, the traditional Catholic prayer service to commemorate Jesus’ journey to the cross.
  • prospective students and admissions representatives, as numerous student-recruitment events take place on campus Saturday and Sunday. Whitworth will host potential applicants for the M.A. in Theology Program as well as a large group of prospective undergrads who will be here for this academic year’s final Honors Colloquium.
  • the family, friends, colleagues and former students of Hugh Johnston, who died last week at age 95. Hugh was a longtime chemistry professor at Whitworth (1957-81) who was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary, a member of the Boppell family who also taught at Whitworth (1941-61). During his retirement, right up until a few weeks before his death, Hugh volunteered in the library, helping out each week in the archives. A memorial service for Hugh will be held in Seeley Mudd Chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14. Bill Robinson will officiate and Brent Edstrom will provide music.

Lenten Prayer:
During this Lenten season, we are deeply aware that our hearts are wayward, often distracted and too easily satisfied with “treasures” that, in the end, are as worthless as idols. We are so thankful that your spirit can and does mold our hearts to be attuned to your will. Teach us to seek not the treasures of the world but those things that are eternal, for true treasure lies within them. We make our prayer in the name of the One who loved us so much that he gave his life for our salvation, our Lord Jesus. Amen.

March 2, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Lord’s Prayer

March 1-8

“This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name….”
Matthew 6:9-13

This fifth week of the semester we pray for…

  • our students. As they face the challenges of each day, we ask that the word of God and the reality of Jesus’ presence will provide hope.
  • for the many members of the Whitworth community – faculty, staff, students, board members and their families – that continued healing will come to each one suffering with serious illness.
  • President Beck Taylor as he preaches at Tuesday’s Community Worship on the section of the Sermon on the Mount dealing with the Lord’s Prayer.
  • Tuesday’s meeting of The Whitworth Foundation’s board of directors. Please ask that each board member will have the wisdom to steward the resources entrusted to him or her to support the university’s Christian mission.
  • William H. Struthers, Professor of Psychology at Wheaton, who will lecture on “Digital Sexuality and Christian Faithfulness,” on Wednesday. Struthers, who is the author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain, will explore Christian narratives about sexuality that cultivate faithful relationships.
  • Thursday’s Community Worship, as Whitworthians gather for reflection and prayer and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • our Missions Fair, Thursday and Friday, as representatives of 24 mission agencies interact with students, staff and faculty about opportunities to serve the cause of the Gospel throughout the world.
  • Whitworth Theatre’s spring production, These Shining Lives. Please pray that our student actors will find joy and fulfillment in the expression of their God-given talents.

Gracious God, we are so thankful that we can come to you in prayer in our times of need. Jesus’ model of prayer guides us in our petitions as we seek your will to be done in our lives, in this community, and in our world, just as it is in heaven. We know that when we pray you will hear and answer according to your gracious will. Teach us to pray with humility and boldness as our trust in you deepens through the exercise of prayer.

February 23, 2015 / Whitworth University

Turn the Other Cheek

Feb. 22-March 1

“But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also….”
Matthew 5:39 (NRSV)

“If someone strikes you, stand there and take it…no more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously.”
Matthew 5:39-42 (The Message)

During this fourth week of the semester, we pray for…

  • students to be disciplined in their use of time, resources, and relationships, especially in terms of their relationships with one another, as they pursue an education of mind and heart.
  • Monday’s Faculty Assembly and Friday’s Faculty Development Day: important gatherings for faculty as they hone their skills to help students develop intercultural competency based on our Christian mission.
  • Monday’s Simpson-Duvall lecture, with Yale University Professor of Religious Studies Kathryn Lofton presenting “Do not Tamper with the Clues: What Goldman Sachs Can Tell Us about Religion.”
  • Tuesday’s President’s Coffee, as Beck Taylor hosts a gathering to allow the community to meet new employees and honor current employees for years of service. Beck will also offer some Whitworth updates and share in a devotional.
  • Tuesday Community Worship as Kent McDonald (Theology) preaches from Matthew 5:38-48 on retaliation and reconciliation. Podcasts of the sermons are posted online at
  • Professor of History Dale Soden, as he speaks Tuesday on “The Civil Rights Movement in the Pacific Northwest.”
  • Thursday thru Saturday’s BELIEF conference, held on campus, where current students host high-schoolers and provide their guests with a vision for the possibility, opportunity, and importance of a college education.
  • Vadana Asthana, Ph.D., professor at Eastern Washington University, as she speaks Thursday from her recent book Water Security in India: Hope, Despair and Challenges of Human Development.
  • The second of our three Honors Colloquia, Saturday-Sunday, as students compete for scholarships while learning about the programs and experiences available through a Whitworth education.

Lenten Prayer:
Lord, we turn again to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, and we ask that you would convict and purge us of our appetite for retribution and retaliation when we’re wronged by others. We know that retaliation is the way of the world, not the Way of our Master’s cross. Yet we are prideful people who, when our inflated egos are wounded, return wrongs with words and actions fueled by hearts inflamed with revenge.
Lord, we desperately need your attitude, an attitude that refuses to cling to our self-centered claims of personal “rights” and submits to obedience through humility. This was your way – the Way of the Cross. Fill us now afresh with your Holy Spirit, that we might be filled with your attitude and might glorify your name. Amen!

February 16, 2015 / Whitworth University

Be Reconciled to One Another

Feb. 15-22

“First be reconciled to one another, and then come and offer your gift in worship. Come to terms quickly with your accuser…”
Matthew 5:24-25

During this third week of spring semester, we pray for…

  • our students. During the Lenten season, which begins this week, we ask that they will set aside time to reflect on Jesus’ deep love for each of us and to seek the Holy Spirit’s leading in their transformation to being more like Jesus.
  • Tuesday’s Spring Volunteer Fair. This will be a chance for students, faculty, and staff to meet with local organizations that need volunteers! The fair will provide great opportunity for interested students and others to find ways to serve the Spokane community.
  • Community Worship, Tuesday, as we continue the spring-semester series on the Sermon on the Mount. Pray for Campus Pastor Mindy Smith as she preaches on Jesus’s command to us to be reconciled to one another. May hard hearts be softened and broken relationship healed.
  • Tuesday’s Camp Fair, as representatives of various Christian camps discuss the possibility of our students serving this summer in their ministries. May each student receive specific guidance for his or her summer calling to serve others in the name of Jesus.
  • Tobin Schearer, a history professor from the University of Montana, who will present a lecture Tuesday on the topic “Why Ferguson Matters to Whitworth.” Tobin’s expertise is on the Christian foundations of the Civil Rights Movement. Please pray, too, that our community is willing to accept the challenges of seeking to be faithful to Jesus’s calling to love all persons – because each one is created in God’s image.
  • Ash Wednesday services will be held at 7:40 am and noon, with the imposition of ashes as a reminder of our need to enter into individual and communal repentance during this Lenten season.
  • Wednesday’s Study-Abroad Fair, which will feature information regarding all study- abroad opportunities for the 2015-16 academic year. May faculty, staff, and students be led by God’s Spirit to engage in educational opportunities in order to develop intercultural competence, a key element in Whitworth’s 2021 Strategic Plan.
  • Ben Lowe, who is with the Evangelical Environmental Network, as he speaks about his recent book, Doing Good Without Giving Up: Creation Care and Climate Action. May God’s Spirit prompt all who hear Ben to pursue creation stewardship as an expression of Christian commitment.
  • Thursday’s Student-Teaching-Commission Service, as education majors are sent out to teach this semester in schools all over the Spokane region. May they embody the love of Jesus into their classrooms as they instruct students.
  • Director of World Relief Spokane Mark Kadel, who has spent more than 20 years working with refugees and individuals experiencing persecution. He is currently overseeing the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Spokane. Mark will lecture on “The Untold Story of the Syrian Refugee.” Please pray, too, that the community will listen with hearts open to God’s leading them to support refugees in our community.
  • our Friday Catholic Student Fellowship, which will lead the community in the Stations of the Cross, a traditional Catholic practice of walking with Jesus on the road to Calvary. May the community be reminded of the immense suffering Jesus endured for our salvation.

Lord, we rejoice in the reconciliation brought about for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. We know that reconciliation with others can be difficult, and for some it may even be impossible. But we are so thankful for the example your of your Son, who teaches us that we can forgive one another and be exemplars for the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

February 9, 2015 / Whitworth University

Salt & Light

Feb. 8-15

“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:13-16

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

  • our students, as they begin spring semester. We ask that they will develop the rhythms of study, recreation, and rest that will help them to flourish intellectually, relationally, and spiritually.
  • Ronald Green and Nathan Palpant, as they conduct the Monday Seminar on Suffering and Bioethics. Ron is Professor of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College, and Nathan is a Whitworth alum who serves now as instructor at the University of Washington Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.
  • Tuesday Community Worship, as Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches on Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus’ command to be salt and light.
  • Tuesday’s discussion with Brother Emile of the Taizé community in France, who will speak about the ways in which Christian worship shapes our lives to conform us into the image of Jesus.
  • Thursday’s worship service, at which Brother Emile will share with us in Taizé worship and we will gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • Thursday’s presentation by Stephen T. Davis, M.Div., Ph.D., a distinguished Whitworth alumnus and the Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy at California’s Claremont McKenna College. Stephen’s lecture title is “Happiness in Life: Epictetus and Christianity.”
  • the admissions staff throughout the weekend as they guide prospective students at a “Why Whitworth” Day on Friday, and then host the first Honors Colloquium for admitted students who are selecting the school they will attend next fall. May God give all these students wisdom in their selection process.
  • Friday’s Leadership Fair, as current students begin the process of pursuing student leadership positions available on campus.
  • Friday’s 18th annual Gospel Explosion in the Whitworth Chapel, as churches from the Spokane community gather for an evening of worship, Still Praising His Name After All These Years!

Lord, help us to remember that salt and light add to the human experience. When in proper balance, they do not draw attention to us: They enhance what is already there. We are thankful that living as people of faith does not require us always to speak, proclaim and announce, but that we can bring flavor and enlightenment to others by our attitudes and dispositions. Help us to follow Jesus as our lives communicate the good news of the gospel. Amen!


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