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February 5, 2018 / Whitworth University

Your Kingdom Come: The Book of Revelation for Today

Feb. 5-11

Revelation 1:2-3

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they enter their first full week of classes of the spring semester, that they would be ready to learn, work hard and engage well with their courses.
  • Community, belonging and meaningful friendships for all students, particularly for those transfer students who are starting at Whitworth this semester.
  • Faculty as they begin the new semester, for deepened love for students, passion for learning and creativity to teach well.
  • Winter athletics teams as they engage in postseason competitions this week and in the coming weeks. We pray for perspective, unity, safety, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • The first week of our campus worship programs of the semester:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to grow in their faith and in the knowledge of Christ as we explore our theme for the semester, “Your Kingdom Come: The Book of Revelation for Today.” We pray for Forrest Buckner, dean of spiritual life and campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing and share Holy Communion. This Thursday we pray especially for the commissioning service for our student teachers as we celebrate the ways that we can serve God in various vocations.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering providing space for worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters and invite others to do the same.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum lunch and presentation gatherings that will occur this semester and begin this week. We pray that God would be equipping and empowering scholar-teachers here at Whitworth who contribute to the common good of society and glorify God through their scholarship.
  • Friday’s 21st Anniversary for the Gospel Explosion led by Coordinator for Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Ministries Stephaine Nobles-Beans, as local choirs and praise teams from Whitworth and the Spokane community gather in the chapel for an exuberant night of praise.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that we have the opportunity to read your Word. Thank you for the promise that we are blessed to hear it and obey it, for the time is drawing near. May we worship you alone this week, and may you lead us in love for others by your grace. Amen.

January 29, 2018 / Whitworth University

Filled to the Fullness of God

Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Ephesians 3:17-19: So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

This week we pray:

  • For the entire campus community as we start the Spring Term together by celebrating Opening Convocation and Founder’s Day on Feb. 1. We give thanks for the mission of Whitworth to equip our diverse student body to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity that has been faithfully pursued for 128 years. As Whitworth continues forward with that mission, we pray for unity across difference, common commitment to learning and growth, and openness to be transformed by God’s Spirit in Christ.
  • With gratitude for retired Whitworth chaplain and professor, the Rev. Ron Frase, Ph.D., as he receives Whitworth’s Distinguished Ministry Leadership Award. We are grateful for the ongoing legacy of honoring God, following Christ and serving humanity that he and his wife, Marianne, have left at Whitworth, particularly in his pioneering of and leadership of the Central America Study Program that God has been using to shape Whitworth students since 1977.
  • For students returning to campus for spring semester, for safe journeys and that God would be preparing them for all that he has in store for them as they enter into this new term of learning, serving, growth and community.
  • For students facing financial challenges looking at the new semester. We pray for God’s provision for them and their families.
  • For students to have the courage to use their gifts to bring life and God’s love to others.
  • For student-athletes as they travel and participate in various events on and off campus.
  • For the Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon as Whitworth celebrates scholarly and community accomplishments during the previous academic year. We pray that faculty would continue to have the strength to pursue their academic goals toward the end that God would be glorified and the common good would be advanced through their scholarly contributions.
  • For the Spring New Student Orientation event for new freshmen and transfer students entering Whitworth in Jan Term or spring. We pray for belonging, community and encouragement for those new students.
  • For Morning Prayer, as a small group of students, staff and faculty join Christians around the world in lifting up their hearts to the Lord with a brief service of Scripture, silence, prayer and song led by Ben Brody, director of campus worship and professor of music, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful as you pour your love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and for pouring it out into the lives of those around us. We are grateful to be instruments of your grace so that your love will be felt in clear and unmistakable ways by those whom our lives impact. Amen.

January 22, 2018 / Whitworth University

End of Jan Term

Jan. 22-28

2 Peter 3:18: But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

This week we pray for:

  • Students to finish their Jan Term courses strong, working hard and learning through the final day this Thursday.
  • Jan Term class groups traveling back from abroad (and other off-campus locations), for safety, peaceful re-entry, and solidification of all that they have learned and ways they have grown over the past month.
  • Students to be inspired to follow Christ and love others on and off campus.
  • Jan Term break, for safety for those traveling, encouraging time with family and friends, and choices that honor God.
  • That faculty and staff will be strengthened as they prepare for the Spring Term and the many tasks that lie before them.
  • Our final Jan Term Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday as we gather for worship together through music and testimony, particularly as we hear a monologue from a student about human trafficking and consider how God is inviting us to engage with this contemporary tragedy.
  • Spring athletics teams as they officially open practice for their seasons, for their coaches to be filled with God’s wisdom and love, for the teams to grow together in Christ-centered community, and for the student-athletes to be transformed by God’s grace through their involvement this season.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful that your grace spills over into our lives daily and that you invite us to grow in the grace that has been so freely bestowed on all who believe in your free gift of salvation. We are grateful that we have the opportunity to dig our roots down deeply into the depths of your Word as you reveal to us the enormity of your grace, which is higher than the heavens and deeper that the ocean depths. Lead us forward this week in that grace and use us to share it with others in word and deed. Amen.

January 15, 2018 / Whitworth University

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 15-21

Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

This week we pray for:

  • The observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 15, including:
    • Whitworth community members who will join the MLK march and rally in downtown Spokane.
    • Whitworth’s MLK Day public lecture by Kate Shuster, “On Allyship: Why we Teach the Movement.”
    • Justice and freedom from oppression in our country and world, particularly for our African-American brothers and sisters. We pray with gratitude for those who sacrificed for justice, and we pray that the Whitworth community could be a forerunner in striving for God’s heart for all things to be right through its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Tuesday evening’s Jan Term Community Worship service as we celebrate God’s work through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and as Stephaine Nobles-Beans leads us in a reflection about “Where we go from here” on the 50th year since Dr. King’s death.
  • Our students as they continue Jan Term classes, that they will work hard, learn well, and be transformed in mind and heart.
  • Students to be empowered to live in the love of God, and to seek peace together on our campus.
  • Student-athletes traveling to compete this week, for safety, community, commitment and growth into the men and women that God made them to be.
  • For faculty and staff as they teach, help, support and guide students in various ways during Jan Term.
  • Students who may be going through a time of loneliness or crisis in their lives, and that they find the necessary support in this time of need.
  • Jan Term Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday evening as we gather for worship, testimony and the Lord’s Supper (on Thursday).
  • The annual Whitworth Board of Trustees winter gathering. We pray with gratitude for the faithful support and guidance of the board, and we pray for ongoing wisdom, unity and provision as the trustees continue to help Whitworth fulfill its mission.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that you will one day right the wrongs that are taking place in our world. We pray that you would give justice and peace to all those that have been cruelly and unfairly treated. May you redeem the injustice and carelessness that they have endured just as you redeemed the injustice of the cross of Christ. Inspire us today and this year to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.

 

January 8, 2018 / Whitworth University

Growing with God

Jan. 8-14

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
– 2 Peter 3:1

This week we pray for:

  • Our students, faculty, staff and administrators as we enter into a new year, that the whole Whitworth community (individually and corporately) would take steps of faith and obedience this year by God’s grace.
  • Grounds and facilities staff who labor to keep campus safe and operable during the cold and snowy winter months, for strength, joy and an awareness of God’s presence in their work.
  • Various discussions and events this week on campus in preparation for the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. We pray that God would continue to grow and transform the Whitworth community to be one that lives in the reality of the reconciling work of Jesus Christ and witnesses to God’s heart for justice to those near and far.
  • Students and faculty who are traveling on off-campus study programs, for safety, rich learning, fun, formation and community.
  • Students to make wise decisions in studies, relationships and time.
  • Students, staff and faculty to be bold, humble and winsome witnesses to the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed.
  • Jan Term Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday evening as we gather for worship, testimony (on Tuesday), and the Lord’s Supper (on Thursday). We pray that students would be hungry to “Grow with God” as we highlight different ways we can do so at each service.

Thanksgiving:
Almighty God, as we enter a new year and a new season, please grow us closer to you. Inspire us and strengthen us to make choices to avail ourselves to your transforming grace. Make us people who more and more wholeheartedly love you and love others. Grow us up in you, Lord. Amen.

January 3, 2018 / Whitworth University

All Things New!

Jan. 3-7

Scripture:
Ezekiel 36:26
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you!

We pray for:

  • All students and faculty who are participating in the Jan Term courses led by Whitworth faculty in the following locations: Italy, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom, Guatemala (start of the Central American Study Program), Costa Rica, Panama, Ireland, Greece, Hawaii, Tanzania, China, and Tall Timber Camp in Washington’s Cascades. We pray for safety, love for one another, humility in regards to a new culture, a deep desire to learn, and an openness to the God who is the Creator and Sustainer of every country and people in the whole world.
  • Students who are taking courses at Whitworth for Jan Term. We pray for community, joy, deep learning and growth in Christ.
  • Students who are struggling with depression or other mental illness during this season of little sun. We pray for hope, freedom, peace, love, safety and God’s light for them.
  • Campus Worship this week as students and Campus Ministry staff gather together for worship, community and the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening.
  • Whitworth winter-season athletes who return to competition this week. We pray for character development, growth into the men and women God made them to be, love for one another and joy as they continue to work hard together.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff members, including the student workers, who consistently and joyfully provide food service to the Whitworth campus. We pray that God would strengthen them, provide for them, draw them close to God and guide them on their journeys.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, God, for the new year. Thank you for fresh starts and new life that we remember this time of year and that remind us of the true fresh start and new life that we have in Jesus. We surrender this coming year to you. Teach us to use our days wisely in love for you and love for others so that you may be glorified in all we do. Amen.

December 11, 2017 / Whitworth University

Christmas Candlelight Service: “Immanuel: God With Us”

Dec. 11-Jan. 2

*Note: On Bended Knee will resume on Jan. 3, 2018

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they take final exams this week, for strength and focus to finish well and keep learning well.
  • Students over Christmas Break. We pray for safety in travels, enriching rest, and wonderful time with family and friends. We also pray that they could continue to move forward in who God has made them to be as they step out of the Whitworth rhythm.
  • Students who are not able to go home over break and for students for whom going home feels overwhelming or stressful. We pray for God’s provision, protection and peace.
  • Monday’s annual Christmas Candlelight service as the Whitworth community joins to celebrate the joy of Jesus’ birth in Scripture, prayer and song.
  • Tuesday’s Longest Night service as students come together for a reflective prayer and worship service of lament and hope, particularly for those who are mourning in this Christmas season.
  • Faculty as they administer finals and complete their grading for the semester, that they would know God’s strength and joy in their work.
  • Staff and faculty who are making final preparations for the various Jan Term study options that will occur just after the new year.
  • Staff and faculty to have a wonderful Christmas and new year, that they would enjoy sweet communion with God and connection with loved ones. We pray with gratitude for their service to God in Christ here at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you that through your Son, “Immanuel,” you are with us. Thank you for the miracle of the Word made flesh. You tell us that you will never leave us nor forsake us, that you are with us always; for this Lord we are so thankful. May we walk in the light of Christ this Christmas season and always. Amen.

December 4, 2017 / Whitworth University

The Humble Jesus is the Powerful I AM

Dec. 4-11

Scripture:
John 18:4-8

This week we pray:

  • For students to have strength and discipline through this last week of classes and finals preparation and that they would look to God as their center and source.
  • For the students who serve in residence halls as resident assistants, campus ministry coordinators, Cultural Diversity Advocates and ASWU senators, that God would give them wisdom, strength, affirmation and extravagant love as they continue to fulfill their important roles on campus.
  • For all the participants in the Christmas Festival Concerts in Spokane as Whitworth musicians share their gifts and invite the local community into this Advent season through the beauty of music.
  • For Monday’s Overflow gathering hosted by students and faculty from the theology department as Pat Sittser, Mark Baird and Jayme Koerselman lead the discussion on faith and mental health, “Where is God in the darkness?”
  • For those who are participating and performing in A Festival of Short Plays on Wednesday, a time of excitement and enjoyment as students display their talents.
  • With gratitude for Professor of History Arlin Migliazzo and Director of International Education and Special Programs for the Off-Campus Programs Office Sue Jackson as they both celebrate their retirements after 30-plus years of service to God and students at Whitworth.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Dean of Spiritual Life and Campus Pastor Forrest Buckner concludes our rich series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering, particularly as it moves to the Multipurpose Room in the HUB as a way to help make AWAKE more accessible to students who are just beginning their exploration of Christian faith.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are deeply grateful that you are the powerful I AM. No one is like you. You are great, and your name is mighty in power. Your power created the Earth, and your wisdom founded the world. We are thankful that whatever happens in our lives and our world today, we know that you are the powerful I AM who came to us as the humble Jesus. Amen.

 

 

November 27, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Vine

Nov. 27-Dec. 4

Scripture:
John 15:1-17

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they return from the Thanksgiving holidays, that they are refreshed and ready to finish the semester well.
  • Students to be formed by God’s Spirit as they study and learn. Instead of just seeking a specific grade, we pray that students would grow in their vocation and purpose as they engage with their studies.
  • Faculty to have the strength, creativity and genuine care they need to continue in their good work of providing an education of mind and heart through the end of the semester.
  • The annual Christmas Festival Concert in Seattle as Whitworth choirs and musicians share their gifts and invite people into this Advent season through the beauty of music.
  • Students who have been struggling with physical or mental illness, that they would find healing and peace along with the ability to complete their necessary work.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forums as they continue to provide grass-roots support for faculty scholarship, serving as a forum for presentation of research and growth in collegial relationships.
  • Why Whitworth program visitors, as prospective students and their families visit campus, that God would provide for them in their discernment process and that God would bring to Whitworth the group of incoming students that God wants here.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are so thankful that by your grace, we have become a true branch on the vine that is you, a branch that bears much fruit by your grace. Give us the strength to abide in you and thus be a fruitful branch for the good of the world out of the abundance of your grace. Amen.

 

November 20, 2017 / Whitworth University

I AM the Way, the Truth and the Life

Nov. 20-26

Scripture:
John 14:1-7

This week we pray:

  • For safe travels over the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • For students to experience rest, rejuvenation and good connections with family and friends during the holidays.
  • For students who are not able to go home for Thanksgiving. We pray that they would find a place of belonging during this break and know God’s gracious love for them.
  • For staff who will be keeping the campus safe and running over this Thanksgiving week, that they would find strength, peace and contentment as they serve God by serving in their role at Whitworth.
  • For student-athletes as winter sports teams travel and compete. We pray for safety, God-centered hard work, humility, community, growth as well-rounded men and women, and development in their journeys of faith.
  • For Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “God Made Known: Jesus’ I AM statements in the Gospel of John”
    • Monday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • With thanksgiving for God’s provision for and blessing of Whitworth University for the past 128 years, providing for the Christ-centered education of mind and heart to thousands of students over the years.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, our world is hurting and broken. Particularly in this Thanksgiving week and holiday season, we pray for those who have lost loved ones. Please comfort them in their grief and loss, cover them with your peace and presence, as only your Spirit can do. Thank you that in the midst of the myriad paths we face in life and in the face of challenges, You are the Way, the Truth and the Life. Thank you that you remind us throughout your Word, we do not face the storms alone, but you are always with us. We confess our need for you. We ask you to forgive us for trying to figure everything out on our own, for not trusting that you are more than able and powerful to work on our behalf. Forgive us for picking back up what we already determined to lay down at your feet. Give us the ability to trust you more, give us a heart that finds rest in your presence, give us the wisdom to seek peace and pursue it, remembering it’s only to be found in you alone, because you are the great I AM. Amen.