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February 8, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Calling of Peter

Feb. 8-14

Scripture:
Mark 1:14-20

This week we pray for…

  • our students to come to know the true meaning and purpose of their lives and to be reminded continually of their need for our Savior.
  • students who are experiencing despair. We ask that they would find the encouragement they need and that they would feel the love of God in their lives.
  • Campus Worship:
    • for Tuesday’s community-worship service as we begin the spring semester with the theme Tasting the Goodness of the Lord: Growing Alongside Peter. Forrest Buckner will preach on Mark 1:14-20 this week.
    • for Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna service, as participants discover the renewing grace of Jesus Christ through Scripture, reflection, and song.
    • for the Ash Wednesday service that marks the beginning of Lent, which invites us to reflect upon and share in Christ’s sufferings as we look toward his death on our behalf and his Easter Sunday Resurrection.
    • for a special Ash Wednesday student-led AWAKE service as students gather to explore who God is, who we are, and why that matters, through Scripture, community, and song.
    • for Thursday’s community-worship service as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper and commission this semester’s student-teachers into their ministry in classrooms throughout the Spokane area.
  • the Why Whitworth program and the first Honors Colloquium Scholarship Weekend, as we welcome prospective students to Whitworth, knowing that God will lead some of them here this fall and beyond, providing both for their families and for Whitworth.
  • our 19th annual Gospel Explosion, with the theme I Gotta Praise, I Gotta Praise, And I Gotta Let It Out, I Gotta Praise! We pray for the local choirs, praise teams, and students who will participate in leadership this year.
  • Saturday’s celebration of the life of Wanda Cowles, to be held at 2 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium, where members of Wanda’s family and the community will gather to remember and trust in the hope of the Jesus’ Resurrection as we commemorate Wanda’s rich life and legacy.

Thanksgiving:
Loving God, as you called Peter, we thank you for calling us. Open our hearts to spread the good news, the Gospel, and to continue to follow you. Give us the courage to speak the name of Jesus to those who are close to us and to those who are far away. And please grant us the generosity and the deep desire to share your love with those who need it most.

February 1, 2016 / Whitworth University

Tasting the Goodness of the Lord: Growing Alongside Peter

Feb. 1-7

Scripture:
1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation – if, indeed, you have tasted that the Lord is good.

This week we pray for…

  • the entire Whitworth community. We ask God’s blessing as spring semester begins and the campus celebrates Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day on Feb. 4.
  • new students, including transfers and international students, who are just beginning their academic careers at Whitworth.
  • our residence life staff as they welcome students returning from Jan Term break and as they continue to cultivate a culture of welcome, community, and fun in the residence halls this spring semester.
  • our faculty as they enjoy the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, which celebrates faculty scholarly accomplishments during the previous academic year.
  • the prayer service for faculty, staff and students that takes place 7:30-7:50 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This service resumes with Director of Campus Worship Ben Brody leading the community in scripture-reading, silence, prayer and song.
  • our men’s and women’s basketball teams as they play Whitman and Pacific, our track and field team as they compete in Pullman, and our men’s and women’s swimming teams as they prepare for the upcoming championships. We ask that they continue to grow as men and women of faith and character through their competition and preparation.
  • Friday’s memorial service for Associate Professor of Psychology Adrian Teo, our dear friend and colleague. Whitworth will celebrate Adrian’s life, remember his legacy, mourn his loss, and affirm the hope of the resurrection that we have in Jesus Christ. Let us continue to remember the Teo family in our prayers.
  • our faculty and staff as they welcome students back to campus. We ask that they would have eyes to see these students as God does, energy to serve them well, guidance to lead wisely, and compassionate hearts to love them in the way of Jesus.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we praise you for your faithfulness to us, most clearly revealed in Jesus Christ. Help us to count our blessings and to be assured of your love. Thank you for giving us the ability to demonstrate your goodness, Father. Please bestow your grace on us today to help us manifest that goodness in the world.

January 26, 2016 / Whitworth University

Plans to Succeed

Jan. 25-31

Scripture:
Psalm 20:4
May he grant you your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your plans.

This week we pray…

  • for students and faculty who are returning from their off-campus Jan Term classes, that they will be able to re-enter life here and share their experiences well.
  • for peace and learning for students as they complete their Jan Term finals.
  • for all the good seeds that were sown during Jan Term, that they would grow and bear fruit in the lives of students.
  • for students to find time for renewal and rest before entering into the spring semester.
  • for safety for students who are travelling during Jan Term break.
  • that every student will have the opportunity to grow and develop spiritually as well as intellectually in his or her time at Whitworth.
  • for students’ finances, health and spiritual wellness; in the midst of all the busyness, that burdens will be lifted off their shoulders.
  • for student athletes as they travel and participate in various sports and continue to show the Whitworth Pirate spirit.
  • with thanks for wonderful student-led Jan Term worship and community gatherings that occurred during the month.
  • for faculty and administrators of our university, that they may have wisdom in all that they undertake. Give them the courage to live out their faith as a beacon of light in higher education.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful for Jan Term. Thank you for fulfilling the many plans that you have laid out for our lives. We are excited about the spring semester, anticipating all that you will do in this new season. We trust in you.

January 18, 2016 / Whitworth University

Trusting In the Lord

Jan. 18-24

Scripture:
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they near the end of Jan Term; we ask that they will complete their assignments and prepare well for their exams.
  • students who will be returning from Jan Term travels as well as new students who will arrive for spring semester.
  • students, faculty and staff who may be ill; we ask that all recover fully.
  • wisdom and guidance for the Whitworth University Board of Trustees and the President’s Cabinet as they gather this week for their regular winter meeting.
  • safe travels as our athletics teams compete with regional rivals; we ask that our student-athletes will continue to show great sportsmanship and to grow as individuals and in community.
  • our community’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., as we remember and reflect upon King’s important legacy through a variety of events through the week.
  • faculty and staff as they prepare for the spring semester with returning and new students.
  • our grounds crew, as its members continue to keep our campus safe and looking beautiful during the winter season.
  • Wednesday evening’s final Jan Term campus worship, a student-led service of singing, prayer, Scripture, and reflection followed by a fun time for community building. The theme this week is “Costly Love for Neighbors in the Footsteps of Christ.”
  • Whitworth’s Student Symposium Lecture, which features independent scholarly research from the best and brightest Whitworth students.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, help us to continue to trust in you. Rather than indulge our tendency to lean to our own understanding, please allow us to realize that, in acknowledging you, we will always see our path made straight. We depend on you for all our daily needs, and we are most thankful for your love and care.

January 11, 2016 / Whitworth University

Knowing God’s Plan

Jan. 11-17

Scripture:
Jeremiah 29:11
“For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for your welfare and not for your harm, to give you a future with hope.”

This week we pray for…

  • our students to build up their faith, to make time to pray and meditate upon the Word of God, and to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • our students to continue to build healthy and trustworthy relationships during Jan Term, on campus or on trips away from campus.
  • our students to be confident that they will find their vocations and discern their calling as they move forward in the new year.
  • students who may be having financial struggles; we ask that their need will be met and the stress will be lifted from their shoulders.
  • with thanksgiving for our dedicated staff, who consistently work behind the scenes to make Whitworth a safe, beautiful, warm, and well-functioning place, even in the cold and dark days of Jan Term!
  • faculty members who are teaching in Jan Term; we ask that they will feel and exhibit strength, wisdom, and love as they work closely with students during this brief but time-intensive term.
  • the memorial exhibition of the work of Associate Professor Emeritus Pauline Haas, who died last year. We ask that the Cowles Gallery exhibition, which features Pauline’s paintings and drawings from the Whitworth Permanent Art Collection and highlights her impact on Whitworth students over the past 50 years, will be an inspiration to the community during its final month.
  • Wednesday’s Jan Term evening worship service. This student-led service, during which we’ll reflect upon the majesty and power of God, provides a time of reflection through praise, worship, and sharing God’s word.

Thanksgiving:
Lord we thank you each and every day. You know the plans for our lives when we don’t. We can rest in the knowledge that you know what is best for our lives, and we can be full of hope about our future in and with you.

January 5, 2016 / Whitworth University

Forgetting the Past, Looking to the Future

Jan. 4-10

Scripture:
Isaiah 43:18-19
Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old. I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

This week we pray for…

  • students as they return from break and begin Jan Term classes, that they would be rejuvenated from their break and ready to engage in the learning and community opportunities that Jan Term affords.
  • students to grow deeper with Christ and continue to recognize God’s call on their lives during this Jan Term.
  • safety and rich experiences for students and faculty members who are on Jan Term study-abroad programs.
  • every student at Whitworth to feel included as they experience God’s specific love for them in a variety of ways.
  • student athletes, as they participate in various sports, to continue to display the Whitworth Pirate spirit, and to continue growing in maturity, in community, and with Christ through their athletic endeavors.
  • the student-led Jan Term Campus Worship Wednesday-evening service, a time of praise, worship and sharing the Word of God. Our theme is “Rejoicing in the Light of the World,” and this week we are exploring how we worship God in the everyday.
  • family, friends and students of Whitworth Associate Professor of Psychology Adrian Teo, who ended his earthly journey and battle with cancer on Christmas Day. With them, we rejoice in the hope of the resurrection while mourning the loss of a wonderful man. We pray for the Whitworth memorial service that will be held in early February.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so grateful that we don’t have to remember the former things in our lives, but we can see that you make all things new. We thank you for new beginnings, and for all that you have for us in the coming year.

December 14, 2015 / Whitworth University

Entering God’s Rest

Dec. 14, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016

Scripture:
Hebrews 4:9-10
So then, a Sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his.

This week we pray for…

  • our students to have the mental, spiritual, and physical strength to endure this Finals Week (Dec. 13-18) and finish well.
  • seniors who are graduating at the end of this semester. We ask that they will feel God’s presence and call in this time of finishing at Whitworth and beginning a new chapter of their lives.
  • students heading home and to other locations for the Christmas holidays. We pray that they will travel safely and that they will find much-needed rest and enjoyment with family and friends.
  • Whitworth’s men’s and women’s basketball teams as they travel and compete in tournaments over Christmas Break. We ask for their safety and fellowship, as well as for their strong representation of Pirate spirit.
  • safety and respite for those who work at Whitworth University who are traveling to see family and friends during the holiday season.
  • campus worship: We ask for blessings on the annual candlelight nativity service in the chapel, which will feature the nativity story, the men’s chorus, and the Lord’s Supper as we reflect upon and celebrate the birth of our Savior.
  • Friday’s staff Christmas party and staff-development luncheon, as we rejoice in Emmanuel – God with us – and continue to engage in learning about the complete student experience at Whitworth.
  • unity and community across differences at Whitworth, particularly in light of the division and hatred that continue to arise across our nation.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that we can rest in your perfect peace. When life gets so busy and the world seems to move faster and faster, help us to slow down and to have that Sabbath rest in You. Thank you for loving us and for making rest a part of your plan.

December 7, 2015 / Whitworth University

New Creation: The Messiah Reigns

Dec. 7-13

Scripture:
Galatians 6:11-18

This week we pray for…

  • students to have wisdom to know the meaning and purpose of their learning, so that their knowledge, understanding, and skills may be used to the fullest.
  • those who have been sick and hospitalized in our Whitworth community. We ask for continued healing and recovery.
  • college campuses nationwide as communities grapple with the reality of ongoing racism and stand against it; for the Whitworth community as we continue to move forward in our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion in hopes that every student will thrive here.
  • Light the Way, an annual celebration of faculty and staff who go above and beyond their work and make a financial gift in support of the Whitworth mission. We ask that those who see the luminaria on the Hello Walk might pause a moment to think of their generous colleagues and their dedication to Whitworth.
  • the President’s Christmas reception and dinner as Beck and Julie Taylor gather with the Whitworth community for food, fellowship, and festivities.
  • all who attend and perform in the annual Christmas Festival Concerts on the 12th and 13th in Spokane. We ask that the glorious music would help them experience the wonder and joy of the miracle of Christmas.
  • this Advent season, as we prepare for and celebrate the coming of the Savior.
  • the final week of campus worship for this semester – for Tuesday’s community chapel service, as we gather in worship for music, prayer, and our final message from Forrest Buckner from the book of Galatians; for Hosanna, as our students gather for a time of reflection, worship, praise and sharing the Word of God.; for Wednesday’s AWAKE, as students gather for prayer, praise, and the power of God’s Word; and for Thursday’s community worship service, where we’ll celebrate the Lord’s Supper and enjoy fellowship through diverse worship styles.

Thanksgiving:
God, we are grateful for this Advent season: We wait in great anticipation for the One who reigns to all generations and over the nations. Thank you for the Messiah, our Savior and our soon-coming King, who is clothed with majesty and kingdom authority. He reigns.

November 30, 2015 / Whitworth University

Living As the People of the Messiah

Nov. 30-Dec.6

Scripture:
Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

This week we pray for…

  • students who may be going through economic challenges at this time and that their financial obligations will be met.
  • students to make choices to trust God in big and small ways and for increasing desire for prayer, worship, and community.
  • the art exhibitions on campus. That those who experience them would find delight in the wonderful gift of art.
  • campus worship: Tuesday’s community chapel service as we gather in worship for music, prayer, and a message from Campus Pastor Mindy Smith from Galatians. For Hosanna, as our students gather for a time of reflection, sharing scriptures and worship. For Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering as students gather to learn who God is, who they are, and why that matters. For Thursday’s community chapel service of worship as we gather around the Lord’s Table.
  • “The Whitworth Life: Whitworth’s Untold Stories,” as Whitworthians from different parts of the university share true stories about important moments in their personal and professional lives.
  • Why Whitworth, as prospective students and their families tour our campus and learn about Whitworth.
  • Whitworth Act Six First-Year Seminar Presenters. Act Six Scholars will present how faith intersects with their own personal leadership.
  • the Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale by the Whitworth Women’s Auxiliary and the Winterfest Arts and Crafts Sale. A time of sharing in the Christmas spirit.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so grateful that we are a part of the family of believers. May we continue to do good toward others, showing the love of Christ. We are so thankful that each and every day we have the opportunity to share the good news, the gospel of Jesus Christ.

November 23, 2015 / Whitworth University

Oh, Give Thanks Unto The Lord!

Nov. 22-29, 2015

Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 5:18
In everything, give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

This week we give thanks for…

God’s incredible provision and protection during the windstorm of 2015 – for no injuries, no trees hitting dorms, incredible attitudes by students and staff, wise and swift leadership decisions, the ways in which the community sacrificially and joyfully loved one another through the storm and aftermath, power being restored to campus within 24 hours, a wonderful Windstorm Worship gathering on the day after the storm, and so much more.

We pray for…

  • utility and public-service workers as they continue to restore power to Spokane (including the homes of many staff, faculty, and off-campus students).
  • students, staff, and faculty as they get reoriented into their normal rhythms (for a few days, before Thanksgiving Break). We ask that they would know God’s peace and perspective in the midst of the disruption.
  • students heading into Thanksgiving Break. We pray that they will have a refreshing, joyful time with family and friends and will travel safely.
  • students who are not able to go home for Thanksgiving. May they know the gift of community and surrogate families in this time.
  • music students who are performing various recitals and concerts over this week and the next few weeks. We pray for their growth, gratitude, and joy through these events.
  • Tuesday’s community chapel service as we gather in worship for music, prayer, and a Thanksgiving message from Coordinator for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Stephy Nobles-Beans, ’01.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for taking care of Whitworth during the windstorm and its aftermath. Thank you that you are the loving and sovereign God, in whom we can trust in the midst of the storms of life. In this time of Thanksgiving, we also remember those who regularly know the darkness, cold and hunger that a storm brings. May we not be complacent: May we have compassion, and may we be concerned enough to help, not just in word but in our deeds. Thank you that You are the giver of all good gifts. Amen.

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