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May 7, 2018 / Whitworth University

Renewal of All: The New Heaven and the New Earth!

May 7-13

Revelation 21:1-8; 22:1-7

This week we pray for:

  • Students, that the Lord’s presence generates calm and confidence as they complete their last week of classes before finals. We pray that their hearts will be quieted from any distractions and that they will be focused.
  • Graduating students to be reassured that this ending opens a door to great opportunities in their lives. We pray that they turn to God in this season, trusting him to guide them in their calling to love him and love others as they respond to him in trust toward that purpose.
  • Students who are returning from study-abroad experiences, including the 12 students returning from the Central America Study & Service Program, that they could find the support they need, process well, and share boldly the ways they have been transformed through their experiences abroad.
  • Brenda Salter McNeil’s Friday conversation with the Whitworth community as this national leader in the area of reconciliation brings her expertise and biblical call to reconciliation to the Whitworth campus. We pray that Whitworth community members would obediently receive reconciliation with God and thus courageously pursue reconciliation with each other across various divisions that wrack our nation and world.
  • The ongoing search for the new campus pastor for discipleship & residence hall ministry as the final two finalists visit campus for their interviews this week. We pray for the committee to know God’s leading and the unity of the Spirit as they discern together. We also give thanks for the wonderful work God has done through the Rev. Dr. Mindy Smith as a campus pastor here for the past 10 years and give thanks for her new role as the associate director of the Office of Church Engagement here at Whitworth.
  • The final week of campus worship:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship as we complete our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion in our final chapel together.
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
King of kings and Lord of lords, thank you that you have revealed to us the end of this story, namely a new heaven and a new earth where you dwell with us in the renewal of all things. Thank you for the hope of the resurrection of Jesus and the promise that evil will one day be no more. May your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. Come Lord Jesus. Amen.

April 30, 2018 / Whitworth University

Judgment, Wrath and Salvation

April 30-May 6

Revelation 15:1-8, 19:11-16

This week we pray for:

  • Students, for perseverance as they move toward the end of the semester and, for graduating seniors, the end of their careers at Whitworth.
  • Whitworth students who are performing in music recitals this week, for peace and joy in the process.
  • The counseling center and health center staff as they care for students’ health and well-being. We give thanks for them and pray for God’s blessing on their work.
  • Student-athletes as they complete spring practices and competitions in various sports, that they will continue to grow in wisdom, stature, and favor with God and people through their participation.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion together.
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • Springfest, an ASWU-hosted event for students, faculty and family to join together for community fun in the spring sun before the final two weeks of the semester.

Thanksgiving:
O Lord God, sovereign and true, we thank you that you will not allow sin and rebellion to remain forever. We praise you because you are the great Judge of all the earth, and you will always do right. We praise you that knowing that we ourselves deserve to fall under your judgment, you instead extend to us your endless mercy in Jesus Christ. Amen.

April 23, 2018 / Whitworth University

A Tale of Two Cities: Babylon and the New Jerusalem

April 23-29

Rev. 18; 21:9-27

This week we pray:

  • For students to grow closer to Jesus and be transformed by God’s Spirit.
  • For students to get rest and find balance as they meet various obligations, including classes, relationships and work during the final few weeks of the semester.
  • For the President’s Leadership Forum at the Spokane Convention Center on Tuesday as Katherine Boo, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of the New York Times best-selling book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, speaks for Whitworth and Spokane community leaders. We also pray for Boo’s presentation on the Whitworth campus on Monday, that the community would be encouraged and inspired.
  • With thanksgiving for Act Six Cadre 12 as seniors present their capstone projects this week. We give thanks for the ways that God has transformed and equipped these student leaders and for how he is sending them out to participate in his work in their communities after they finish at Whitworth.
  • For the Spokane Intercollegiate Research Conference hosted at Whitworth on Saturday, which provides an opportunity for students from universities across Washington and from multiple majors and disciplines to present their research and scholarship, receive meaningful feedback, and develop scholarly community. We pray for all the participants to grow in their scholarly acumen, feel welcomed, and grow in their ability to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Mindy Smith preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion together.
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • For the senior art and graphic design majors who have works in the senior art exhibit. We pray for those soon-to-be graduates, that they would continue to cultivate these gifts of art for God’s glory and for the good of the world.
  • For admissions and financial aid staff as they near the May 1 milestone date for the next incoming class of first-year students. We pray for God’s provision for Whitworth and for God’s peace and wisdom for families who are still making decisions.
  • For the various concerts this week and next, including the Jazz Combo, Men’s Chorus, Whitworth Choir and Wind Symphony, for the students to worship God through their music and grow in community, excellence and integrity through the performances.
  • For the Faculty Scholarship Forum this week as faculty share their scholarship, learn from colleagues and receive feedback regarding research.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we are thankful for our nation, and ask for you to guide and protect us. Send your Spirit throughout the land and touch the hearts of those that are called by your name. Guide our leaders and lead us to worship you as King even as we live as responsible citizens of our earthly communities. May your Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

April 16, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Evil Triad: The Dragon and the Two Beasts

April 16-22

Revelation 12-13

This week we pray:

  • For students to know God’s strength in their studies, God’s love in their living communities, and God’s call in their acts of service toward others.
  • For Monday’s third and final installment of the President’s Colloquy on Civil Discourse, as plenary speaker Erica Salkin (Communication Studies), and discussants Kathy Lee (Political Science), Mike Ingram (Communication Studies) and Will Kynes (Theology) present on the topic, “How Free Should Free Speech Be?” We pray that the Whitworth community could grow in speaking civilly and constructively across differences, for the good of the Whitworth community and for the good of the world.
  • For the annual Gordon Jackson Conference on Media Law & Ethics, as former Washington Times reporter Julia Duin addresses modern media ethical challenges through a Christian lens, particularly engaging with the Oscar-nominated movie The Post. We pray that God would use the event to equip Whitworth and Spokane community members to serve the common good through the media.
  • For the Northwest Entrepreneur Competition collaborative student startup competition hosted at Whitworth on Tuesday. As students engage in the exercise of implementing their innovative ideas for new businesses, we pray that they would grow in hearing God’s call on their lives to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity by stewarding and developing their business skills and ideas.
  • For all of the senior music majors giving their senior recitals over this week and the coming weeks. We pray for peace, joy, gratitude, hard work and a great sense of accomplishment as they present.
  • For Spokane’s 22nd annual African American Graduation Celebration hosted at Whitworth on Saturday, for joy, community and gratitude for all the wonderful community members who are graduating and those celebrating the graduates.
  • With gratitude for the wonderful library and academic support staff who equip students to find and utilize the resources they need for learning well. We pray for wisdom, joy and love as they do their work.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Kent McDonald preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion together.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving: 
Heavenly Father, we thank you that even though evil powers in our world stand in opposition to you and your kingdom, that we know the Lamb who was slain and has conquered all evil. We thank you for your strength given by your Spirit to stand in opposition to the evil powers of political and economic idols that beckon to us in the world. Strengthen us today that we could live as faithful witnesses opposing evil, even if that is costly for us, because we know that we will receive a white robe from the Lamb of God in the end.

April 9, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Witness of the Church to the Truth, even in Suffering

April 9-15

Revelation 11:1-13

This week we pray:

  • For students to find comfort in God and his Word, discovering hope even in distress.
  • For students to be compassionate in heart and full of energy and zeal as they seek to learn the ways of God’s world and come to understand how their gifts may serve their best purpose.
  • With deep appreciation for our committed and generous Board of Trustees members as they participate in their spring meetings here on the Whitworth campus this week. We pray for an awareness of God’s presence and leading as they engage with the campus community and participate in the governing activities of the university.
  • With gratitude as we gather for a ceremony of blessing for the new Beeksma Family Theology Center and renovated chapel that will be opening this fall (and that is currently under construction). We pray that God would use the addition and the renovation to invite more and more students to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity with their whole lives.
  • For Monday’s Staley Lecture by Robert W. Heimburger, “God and the Illegal Alien,” in which Heimburger will discuss the Christian response to illegal immigration.
  • For all those participating in the theatre department’s spring main-stage production of Argonautika. We pray with gratitude for the gift of the arts, and we pray for joy, community and growth into the men and women God made them to be for all the students involved.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Mindy Smith preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God and to celebrate Communion.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving: 
Lord, we are grateful that your power is revealed in our suffering as you grant us grace to endure. We are thankful that we can stand strong in our trust in you, even in suffering. Nourish our hope in you and your victory gained through the suffering of the cross, for you are our savior, our protector and our provider. Amen.

 

April 2, 2018 / Whitworth University

The Diverse and Numerous People of God

April 2-8

Revelation 7:1-17

This week we pray:

  • With joy and gratitude for the victory over sin, death and evil obtained in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We pray that every Whitworth community member could walk in the way of the cross and resurrection, moving forward in faith, hope and love as we trust in our resurrected Lord alone.
  • For students as they return from Spring Break and Easter weekend, for safe travels and for the strength they need to re-engage with their studies and work for the second half of the semester.
  • For our student-athletes who continue to travel, practice and compete this month. We pray for community, joy, growth as men and women, and an awareness of God through their participation.
  • For the efforts of Whitworth’s admissions and financial aid teams as they continue to engage prospective students and families. We particularly pray for this weekend’s Bucs Bound event for admitted students that is bringing more than 170 high school seniors to campus. We pray that God would lead prospective students and families in this discernment process while also providing for the enrollment needs of the university.
  • For this week’s visit from the accreditation group from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for their normally scheduled seven-year reaccreditation visit. We pray with gratitude for Whitworth’s 128-year commitment to an excellent mind-and-heart education.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series on Revelation on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to worship God (including a performance by the Whitworth African women’s choir, Shades of Africa) and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Almighty God, through your Holy Spirit you created unity in the midst of diversity; we acknowledge that human diversity is an expression of your manifold love for your creation. We confess that in our brokenness as human beings we turn diversity into a source of alienation, injustice, oppression and wounding. Empower us to recognize and celebrate differences as your great gift to the human family. Enable us to be the architects of understanding, respect and love. Through the Lord, the ground of all unity, we pray. Amen.

March 26, 2018 / Whitworth University

Spring Break – God’s Rest

March 26-April 1

Hebrews 4:3: For we who have believed enter into God’s rest.

This week we pray:

  • With gratitude for this Holy Week in which we remember Jesus’ suffering in our place and on our behalf. We pray for a renewed awe at the gift of God’s grace revealed in Christ and at the miracle of the resurrection. We pray for the entire Whitworth University community to know the power of the resurrection of Jesus and be transformed by his Spirit to serve God in word and deed.
  • For all the students staying on campus during Spring Break. We pray that they would find rest where they are weary and restoration where they need renewed energies to return to their studies and other activities.
  • For safety for the students who are traveling away from the Whitworth campus. We pray for community, joy, love for others, abiding in Christ, and rich memories with God and friends.
  • For the Whitworth forensics team that is competing in and hosting the nearly 400 students participating in the International Public Debate Association National Tournament at Whitworth this week. We pray that all of the guests would feel welcome and get glimpses of God’s goodness in their time at Whitworth. We also pray for the Whitworth team, that they could give their all and grow further into the men and women God made them to be.
  • For the nearly 100 Whitworth students serving at the annual Young Life Work Week at Washington Family Ranch in central Oregon with 200 other students from Pacific Northwest universities. We pray for all of the students to grow closer with Jesus and in community through the experience and for the seeds from camp to find fertile and protected soil as they finish up at camp Tuesday and move on to other spring break activities.
  • For faculty to find refreshment, renewal and time to catch up during spring break.
  • For student-athletes competing all over the country this week, that they will bear witness to the love of Christ and grow as men and women as they compete and travel.

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 of all we can see, and of what we cannot see. Even in an urban world we are immersed in the beauty of your creation. We love you and bless you. Your kindness is felt and needed. We are grateful for you and for our promised salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, we are amazed by you.

March 19, 2018 / Whitworth University

Who is Worthy?

March 19-25

Revelation 5

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they complete midterms before Spring Break, that they will use their time wisely and continue to learn and grow in their studies.
  • The General Education Review process as faculty meet this week to consider the various general education models that have been developed over the past few months. We pray for wisdom, insight and unity by God’s Spirit as they consider the direction for this vital element of Whitworth’s academic requirements.
  • The nearly 100 Whitworth students going to serve at the annual Young Life Work Week with 200 other students from Northwest universities. We pray for productive preparation of camp for summer, for great community among the students, and for all of the students to grow closer with Jesus through the experience.
  • The Dornsife Center for Community Engagement’s Put Down Roots local service-learning trip, as students spend the first part of their Spring Break learning about and serving at various Christian ministries that are doing great work in Spokane.
  • Students who are not looking forward to Spring Break, that they would find God’s encouragement and presence in their time of need and that people around them would reach out in concrete acts of love.
  • This season of Lent, as we all reflect upon the miracle of Jesus’ condescension as a human into our suffering and pain. We pray that we would draw near to Jesus as we prepare for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Forrest Buckner continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to for a special presentation of Jesus’ suffering in Mark 13-15 by Professor of Engineering & Physics Steven Zemke and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, you alone are worthy, for the heavens declare the glory of God and the earth unites with them in a magnificent chorus of praise to your holy name. There should be no greater proclamation of your grace and glory, no more worthy declaration of your wonder and praise than the worship that rises from the lips of sinners, saved by grace, for you have redeemed us by your blood and clothed us in your own garments of righteousness. You deserve our ceaseless praise and glory into the eternal ages to come. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen.

March 12, 2018 / Whitworth University

Perspective: What is Most Real in the Universe

March 12-18

Revelation 4

This week we pray for:

  • Students to desire to seek God through Scripture, prayer, worship, service and various other spiritual practices.
  • Students who may be financially struggling, that doors will be opened and their financial needs met.
  • Student-athletes as they continue to compete in various sports this spring semester, for perseverance, community, joy, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Facilities, custodial, security, trades and grounds staff who consistently labor to make campus safe, functional and beautiful. We pray for safety, an awareness of God’s presence in their work and joy as they quietly serve our campus community.
  • The Teaching Roundtable as faculty gather on Tuesday to present and discuss innovative teaching methods and ideas to enhance teaching and learning at Whitworth.
  • Tuesday’s Staley Lecture, “Wisdom Personified as a Woman: An Odyssey across Texts and Testaments,” presented by Christine Yoder, professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, that the Whitworth community would grow in depth of knowledge of Scripture and wisdom of how to live that Scripture out in our contexts today.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as Campus Pastor Mindy Smith continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Third Annual Diversity Monologues, as nine Whitworth students share their stories that critically reflect upon their diverse experiences of coming to know beauty. We pray that God would use this event in Cowles Auditorium to grow our campus community in empathy, understanding and love.
  • Whitworth’s 48th Annual Luau, as our many Pacific Islander students, families and alumni prepare a delicious Hawaiian meal and celebrate their culture through music and dance.
  • This weekend’s Multicultural Visit Program that welcomes high school juniors and seniors (and their parents) who come from multicultural backgrounds and/or are the first in their families to attend college for an overnight visit to learn about the programs offered at Whitworth. We pray for wonderful connections with the Whitworth community through the current student mentors and interactions with staff and faculty across the university.
  • The admissions and financial aid staff as they continue to share the vision of Whitworth with prospective students, including this week’s Why Whitworth visits.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, that our sins have been washed away forever. We pray that as we live the Christian life we may be continuously cleansed through the washing of the Word of God – for Your Word is pure and wholesome; Your Word is light and life, and it is real to us. Sanctify us by Your Word of grace. We are grateful that as we look deeply into Your Word of truth, the more we are washed and cleansed by the written Word of God, and the more we will come to see the lovely face of the living Word of God, our beautiful Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

March 5, 2018 / Whitworth University

Conviction: Lukewarm No Longer

March 5-11

Revelation 3:14-22

This week we pray for:

  • Perseverance for students as they continue in their studies, that they would work hard and learn well, finding both their minds and hearts changed in the process.
  • Students to continue to discover meaning and purpose so that their knowledge, understanding and skills may help others for God’s glory.
  • Student Life staff members who provide vital extracurricular support and guidance for students. We pray for strength, wisdom and deep love as they work in their various roles with students and each other.
  • The Outdoor Recreation trips that continue to occur this week and throughout the semester. We pray for safety, rich community, a deepened appreciation for God’s creation and fun together.
  • The wonderful Sodexo staff who joyfully provide food for the campus community every day in the HUB. We pray for them to know God’s strength, joy and blessing as they serve.
  • For campus worship this week:
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as the faculty, staff and students gather in worship and as President Beck A. Taylor continues our series on Revelation by preaching on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, as students gather 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.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s reflective Morning Prayer services.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, you have created us with the capacity for deep affections – to love, to desire, to delight, to excite, to grieve, to laugh, to enjoy, to fear and to be thankful. You have made us this way so that we may glorify you by finding you as our fountain of everything, but at times our affections for you are grievously tepid while our selfish interests steam. Help us, Lord, not to be lukewarm but to be like a fountain of life sharing your goodness, mercy and amazing grace. May we be like a mighty geyser bursting forth into this world! Amen.