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November 9, 2015 / Whitworth University

True Freedom – the Law of Love

Nov. 8-15

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

This week we pray for…

  • students who are registering for the spring semester; we ask that they may have wisdom and know God’s leading regarding majors, minors, and vocation.
  • students who are having financial struggles. We ask that their need will be met and we pray for each of them to be reassured that the Lord is the source of all their sustenance.
  • our student-athletes. As winter sports begin and fall sports come to a close, we pray that they will find their identity and purpose in Christ and that they will grow in community.
  • the Veterans Day Service held here at Whitworth. We approach this service with gratitude to the many men and women who have served and protected our country and with prayers for families and loved ones of those who have sacrificed their lives.
  • community worship: We ask God’s blessing on Tuesday’s community chapel service as we come together in fellowship, praise and worship, and to hear the Word of God as Forrest Buckner shares with us from the Book of Galatians. We pray also for Hosanna, as our students gather for a period of reflection, worship, and sharing the Word of God; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering, which combines community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
  • the Native American Faculty & Staff Luncheon and evening lecture for Native American Heritage Month. We pray that the community will be attentive and engaged as guest speaker Randy Woodley presents traditional indigenous knowledge that may have value in teaching and learning for universities.
  • lecturer and artist John Holmgren, as he shares his explorations of, connections to, and experiences of place, landscape, environment, time and memory.

Lord, we are grateful for the freedom that you have given us. We are thankful that we no longer desire the things of this world, but that we want to love others as you have loved us. May we serve one another with a spirit of humility, and may we show the love that we have to others who are in need of that love.

November 2, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Gift of Transformation

Nov. 1-8

Galatians 5:5
For through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.

The week we pray for…

  • students returning from Fall Break. We pray that they are well-rested, refreshed and renewed as they head into this traditionally challenging season of the academic year.
  • a welcoming, hospitable spirit here on campus so that everyone who is a part of this community will feel and experience God’s love.
  • students to continue to build healthy relationships with their classmates, faculty and staff, as all encourage and support the development of Christian faith in members of our community.
  • student-athletes, as they travel and compete; as fall comes to a close and winter sports begin, we ask for continuing community, fun, growth with Jesus, and movement toward maturity.
  • campus worship: We pray for Tuesday’s community chapel service as we come together to praise, worship, and hear the Word of God from the book of Galatians; for Hosanna, as our students gather for at time of worship, sharing Scriptures, and reflection; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering that fosters community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s community chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
  • Woodlawn’s first lunch discussion, at which we’ll ask the question, “What does Christian faith have to do with racism and racial reconciliation?”
  • the majors fair, which gives Whitworth students a great opportunity to talk with advisors about different majors here at our campus;
  • Pirate Night, Whitworth’s annual auction to help support our wonderful student-athletes.
  • Our Why Whitworth event, as we welcome prospective students and their parents to campus.
  • the Lindaman Chair Symposia Lecture and its accompanying exhibit in the library, “China’s Christianity,” which highlights the historical growth of Christianity and missionary efforts in China. 
  • the entire Whitworth community as we engage as administrators, faculty, and students in a mid-course recalibration of our Whitworth 2021 Courage at the Crossroads 10-Year Strategic Plan. Throughout the year, we will examine how we might adjust our objectives and key performance indicators to meet our goals in the second half of the plan’s life.

Lord, we thank you that through the Spirit we are transformed.  We are no longer burdened by the yoke of bondage. We now embody the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus, and we are free to tell everyone this good news!

October 26, 2015 / Whitworth University

Living as Freed Children of God

Oct. 26-Nov. 1

Galatians 4:8-5:1

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they prepare for Fall Break. We ask that they will be refreshed and energized and that they will get some much-needed rest.
  • our students (including student-athletes) who will be traveling over Fall Break. We pray for their safety and ask that they find fun, refreshment, and awareness of God’s loving presence, and that they make great memories.
  • Faculty Development Day, during which faculty seek to understand their students better in order to increase student learning.
  • faculty members as they meet for the teaching roundtables at FDD, presenting teaching methods and discussing how to enhance teaching and learning at Whitworth.
  • our career services office as its staff members work with students and alumni at all stages in their vocational-discernment and job-search processes.
  • Epoch Award and Christianity Today Award winner and Whitworth alum Jena Lee Nardella, ’04, as she presents a lecture, “One Thousand Wells,” Tuesday evening on campus.
  • weekly campus worship: We pray for Tuesday’s community chapel service as we worship together and hear the message, from Galatians, by Forrest Buckner; Tuesday night’s Hosanna, as our students gather for an interactive time of communal worship; Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; Thursday’s community chapel, which provides the opportunity for the entire university community to come together to strengthen our spiritual focus.
  • the many Bible studies that take place each week on and off campus (led by students, faculty members and campus-ministry staff) to foster community, honesty, and growth with Jesus.

Living God, we thank you for the freedom that you have given us in and through Jesus. Thank you that we are no longer slavishly bound to make ourselves right before you through our own merits, nor are we slaves to the old sinful ways in which we sought to find abundant life. Thank you that as your children, we are set free by Jesus to live in the joyful abundance of his grace and to join God in his redemptive, freedom-bringing work in this world by the Holy Spirit. Amen.

October 19, 2015 / Whitworth University

Children of God in Christ and by the Spirit

Oct. 18-25

Galatians 4:1-7

This week we pray for…

  • our students, who are facing midterm exams; please ask that they will have peace, focus, encouragement, and perseverance.
  • Whitworth students, faculty and staff who have endured trials; we ask that they will be comforted in their time of need.
  • Pirate student-athletes as they travel to compete in various sports, representing the Whitworth community. Pray they’ll have fellowship and fun, that they’ll develop as people and grow with Jesus; pray, too, for our coaches to have the wisdom and strength to lead our these hard-working athletes.
  • our ongoing campus worship services: at Tuesday’s community chapel service, where Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor will preach from the Book of Galatians; Tuesday night’s Hosanna student-led worship and reflection; Wednesday’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and Thursday’s chapel service, as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
  • prospective students as we welcome them and their parents to Whitworth. Pray that God would provide peace and wisdom to those families and that God would continue to lead future Whitworthians to this place.
  • Whitworth Theatre’s fall production, as students present William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Pray for strength, joy, and hearts of worship as students, staff, and faculty perform during the weekend.

Lord, thank you for all that you are doing in our lives. We are so glad that we are your children and that each and every day we are led by the Spirit of the Most High. As we follow your direction, we are grateful for all that you do for and through us.

October 12, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Grand Narrative: Abraham, Salvation, and the One People of God

Oct. 12-18

Galatians 3:15-29

This week we pray for…

  • students who may be struggling with their classes or courses. Please pray for wisdom and strength as they listen to lectures and complete assignments.
  • students to grow closer with Jesus, knowing more clearly the truth and reality of who Jesus is through their time at Whitworth.
  • Tuesday’s Teaching Roundtable discussion, during which faculty will support one another and share innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning. These discussions occur regularly throughout the academic year.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring a community lecture by Nydia Martinez, “Honoring Diversity or Homogenizing Identities?” on Tuesday evening.
  • the President’s Leadership Forum, featuring New York Times columnist and author David Brooks. Pray both for the breakfast, which brings members of the Spokane community to the downtown Convention Center and for Brooks’s Monday-afternoon presentation to the Whitworth community.
  • the Whitworth University Board of Trustees as they are on campus for their fall meetings. Please pray with thanksgiving for the deep commitment of these trustees to Whitworth and its mission as well as for their conversations and decisions as they provide important leadership for the university.
  • our small groups as they enter their third week of meeting together to share life and engage with Jesus. Pray for student small-group leaders and small-group coordinators in each dorm along with campus-ministry staff members Allison Maus and Rev. Mindy Smith as they guide the leaders.
  • ongoing campus worship at Whitworth, including Tuesday’s community chapel service as Stephy Nobles-Beans preaches from the Book of Galatians; Tuesday-night’s student-led Hosanna worship service; Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching; and Thursday’s chapel communion service.
  • Family Weekend, as parents are reunited with their children and celebrate the completion of the first month-and-a-half of the school year. Pray especially for good connections, communication, and time together for those parents and students (particularly for families with freshmen).
  • our fall theatre production, William Shakespeare’s Richard III. Please ask for strength, joy, and hearts of worship as students, staff, and faculty complete their preparations and present the play a number of times throughout the weekend.

Lord we are so grateful that we are saved through faith in your Son, Jesus Christ. All the promises that Abraham claimed now belong to us. We are no longer Jews or Greeks or slaves or free people or even merely men or women, but we are all the same: We are Christians. We are one in Christ Jesus. And for this we are thankful.

October 5, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Gospel of Belief: All Nations Will Be Blessed

Oct. 5-11

Galatians 3:1-14

This week we pray for…

  • our students’ physical and mental well-being as they continue to work hard at their studies.
  • our students to continue to choose relationships wisely and to nurture them intentionally; we ask that every student would find a place of belonging at Whitworth.
  • Whitworth’s Faculty Assembly, as faculty members collaborate to advance the university’s mission.
  • the President’s Coffee for Staff, as Whitworth President Beck Taylor recognizes staff members’ years of service.
  • Monday’s inclusive-university-classroom workshops and lecture for the Whitworth community. Our presenter will be Dena Samuels, Ph.D., author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World.
  • Tuesday’s community chapel service, as we come together to hear the Word of God from Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner, who will preach from the Book of Galatians; for Hosanna, as our students gather for a time of reflection, sharing scriptures, and worship; for Wednesday night’s AWAKE gathering for community and teaching in Jesus’ name; and for Thursday’s chapel service as we gather for fellowship, reflection, and the Lord’s Supper.
    prospective students as they are welcomed to Whitworth to tour the campus and attend an admissions presentation, parent presentation, and student panel.
  • for rehearsals and performances filled with joy, gratitude, community, and worship, as the Whitworth Symphony Orchestra performs with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony.
  • Saturday’s event celebrating the 100-year-anniversary of the Whitworth Auxiliary, at which the community will give thanks for a century of commitment and good works in support of Whitworth and its mission.

Lord, we are so grateful that because we are in relationship with you, the blessings that you promised the children of Israel are ours. And we thank you for the fact that through the Holy Spirit and through faith, we can claim these promises in your Son, Jesus Christ.

September 28, 2015 / Whitworth University

Sheer Grace

Sept. 28-Oct. 4
Galatians 2:20
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they continue to invest time and hard work in their studies; we ask that they will be motivated to stay focused and on track.
  • Tuesday’s chapel service, as the entire community seeks to grow in faith and in the knowledge of Christ.
  • Hosanna, Whitworth’s student-led ministry that seeks, each Tuesday evening, to allow students to engage in authentic worship while incorporating service elements in both new and familiar ways. All are invited to share in this special community as we discover the renewing grace of Jesus Christ through Scripture, reflection, and worship.
  • the Fall Volunteer Fair, on Wednesday, as students, faculty, and staff meet local organizations that need volunteers. The fair is a great opportunity for students to find ways to plug into and serve the Spokane community.
  • the Whitworth Student Symposium, a five-part lecture series featuring the independent scholarly research of Whitworth students. Previous lectures have featured the appropriate scope of self-defense legislation, the legitimacy of intelligent-design theory, philosophical approaches to disagreement, and divestment as a response to anthropogenic climate change.
  • Wednesday’s AWAKE service which focuses from the perspective of college students on gospel, worship, and fellowship. AWAKE is also the home of Whitworth’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, but all are invited.
  • Thursday’s community worship service, as we gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, as we learn and grow in our various gifts, and as we offer our lives to God through diverse worship styles. Services are led by Whitworth University choirs, sacred dancers, and many other members of the Whitworth community.
  • Why Whitworth visit days, as we welcome prospective students to our campus with an admissions presentation, lunch, a parent seminar, a student panel, and tours of our residence halls.

Lord, we are so thankful as men and women of God to participate with Christ in self-sacrifice. We are crucified to our own desires and life plans, and we live no longer for ourselves, but for Christ, with whom we are now one.

September 21, 2015 / Whitworth University

God’s Good News

Sept. 21- 27

Galatians 1:6-2:14

This week we pray for…

  • students, that God will give them wisdom, knowledge and understanding in their classes.
  • our freshmen as they get started here – for community, belonging, discernment about what to commit to, and excitement about their classes.
  • Carl E. Olson, Catholic theologian, author and editor of Ignatius Insight and Catholic World Report. On Monday he will speak on Theosis in a lecture titled, “God, Grace and Partaking in Divine Nature.”
  • the Whitworth community as we gather for Tuesday’s Chapel Worship, as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner preaches from Galatians, and for Hosanna’s student led worship, prayer and reflection Tuesday night.
  • Community Building Day on Wednesday, which provides an opportunity for approximately 1,000 Whitworth faculty, staff, and students to engage in service throughout Spokane County.
  • Awake services as students gather for a time of fellowship, fun, worship and scripture on Wednesday.
  • Whitworth Associate Professor of History Anthony Clark, Ph.D., as he presents his first public lecture as Lindaman Endowed Chair on the topics of religious freedom and the reign of God. Clark’s talk will explore Christian understandings of the reign of God in a world seemingly torn apart by sectarianism and religious difference.
  • Chapel worship on Thursday as the community comes together around the Lord’s Supper.
  • the new Diversity Cabinet as members begin their important work of leading the campus in the implementation of the Institutional Diversity Committee’s recommendations that will help Whitworth better live out its Christ-centered mission in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Lord you are so merciful. Thank you for providing grace and mercy; You are a good God that comes to those that need You. Let Your desires be our desires, that we will not stray away from this Good News, this Gospel you have so freely given to us. Provide your grace through protection from the harm that seems to come to us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We are grateful for the strength to get through each day, because You are there to provide it for us and we are so thankful.

September 14, 2015 / Whitworth University

The Gospel of the Messiah

Sept. 14-20

“Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Galations 1:1-5

This week we pray for…

  • faculty and students as they begin a new year of classes. We ask that they would have the wisdom, focus, and energy to teach and learn well to God’s glory this year.
  • The first week of campus ministry programs for this year:
    • Chapel Worship: On Tuesdays we gather to share the Word of the Lord as Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner speaks to us from the Book of Galatians, and on Thursday we gather for the Lord’s Supper and to commission this year’s student-teachers.
    • Hosanna, a student-led Tuesday-evening ministry that seeks to create a space to invite students to reflect and worship.
    • AWAKE, a student-led fellowship group that meets on Wednesday evenings and seeks to introduce students to Jesus and to help them grow with Christ.
  • members of the Whitworth faculty and staff community who are struggling with new and ongoing health concerns.
  • the Class of 2019 – nearly 600 freshmen and nearly 700 new students (including transfers) overall.
  • the safety and success of our admissions team as they travel all over the country. We ask God to call together the students whom he would have them recruit for the Whitworth Class of 2020.
  • our current students. We ask that they will use their wisdom and knowledge to make decisions about their classes and their majors.
  • our student-athletes as they participate in sports on and off campus and continue to display the Whitworth Pirate spirit.
  • Kathryn Lee, Ph.D. (Political Science) as she presents the 2015 Constitution Lecture: “From Selma to Shelby County v. Holder: Voter Suppression in 21st Century America”.

Lord, thank you for the Gospel of the Messiah, who brings us grace and peace. We are grateful that He gave himself for us and delivered us from our sins so that we may walk in total victory. We can be confident and assured that the Deliverer has come, to bring us this Gospel, this good news. And we are so thankful.

September 7, 2015 / Whitworth University

Called by the One Triune God

Sept. 7-13

Ephesians 4:1-6
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called. One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

This week we pray for…

  • first-year students as they adjust to their first full week of college life. We ask that they find ways to persevere in their classes and also find time to rest.
  • our students to have spiritual comfort, guidance, courage and inspiration as they experience God’s faithfulness.
  • our residence halls and those who lead them. We ask that all students will feel welcomed and at ease in the activities taking place in their dorms as well as throughout the broader campus.
  • Sunday’s Catholic worship service, the Orientation Weekend service, and the final goodbyes for freshman parents.
  • Tuesday’s Plug-In-Picnic, as clubs and organizations give students the opportunity to become involved throughout the Whitworth community.
  • Wednesday’s multicultural reception in Hendricks Hall, as students locally and globally gather to welcome new and returning students to our campus.
  • Wednesday evening’s ordination and installation of Dean of Spiritual Life Forrest Buckner into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
  • Thursday’s Opening Convocation, as Whitworth President Beck Taylor welcomes students, faculty and staff to ask God’s blessings on the academic year.
  • our student-athletes, as they prepare to play the many sports available on our campus, and for their safety as they travel.
  • Friday’s Church Ministry Fair, where church representatives will come to know our students and will share about the vision and mission of their churches, giving students opportunities for internships and collegiate fellowship.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new academic year. Thank you for each student who walks the Whitworth campus. Thank you for loving them and calling them closer to you. May this be an academic year in which every student knows the unity of being called and loved by the One Lord, One Spirit, and One Father. Amen.


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