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April 4, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Ascension!

April 4-10

Scripture:
Acts 1:3-11

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they move forward into the second half of the semester; we pray that they will persevere and grow in their faith through the journey.
  • our students as they navigate today’s digital culture; we ask that they would have wisdom and discernment in how to receive the gifts of the digital world without being mastered by it.
  • current and former faculty and staff who are struggling with serious illness; we ask that they would know God’s loving and powerful presence.
  • campus worship gatherings this week: morning prayer on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; Tuesday and Thursday community worship; Hosanna; and AWAKE.
  • visiting Whitworth alumna Laura Thaut Vinson, Ph.D., as she lectures from her extensive fieldwork on religious identity and communal violence in Nigeria.
  • the admissions office’s third annual Multicultural Visit Program (MVP), as Whitworth welcomes 70 high school juniors and seniors primarily from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds; we ask that our visitors will experience God’s welcoming and empowering love in the Whitworth community.
  • Whitworth’s incoming freshman class – the Class of 2020; we pray that God will call the students that he wants in this class, providing both for the needs of Whitworth and for the prospective students and their families.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you that you are the Lord of heaven and earth. To you be glory and praise for ever. From the darkness of death, you have raised Christ to the right hand of your majesty on high. Help us to remain faithful. May we be ready to follow The Way and to be brought into the glory of his presence. We rejoice with songs of triumph!

March 28, 2016 / Whitworth University

Peter’s Restoration

March 28-April 3

Scripture:
John 21:1-19

This week we pray for…

  • students who are returning from Easter celebrations with family and friends and for those who have lost loved ones recently or who are away from family; we ask that they will know God’s loving presence.
  • our community to walk the way of Christ’s cross together and to move boldly forward into God’s purpose for each of us and for Whitworth University; we ask this, trusting in God alone through the resurrected Messiah in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • our student-athletes, as they compete near and far in the month of April; we ask that they would travel safely, would grow in community, would give their all, would develop in character, and would glimpse God’s greater purposes for them through their participation.
  • Campus-worship gatherings this week: morning prayer on Monday, Tuesday, and Friday; Tuesday community worship, as Beck preaches; and Thursday community worship and communion, Hosanna, and AWAKE.
  • the annual Bruner-Welch Professor of Theology Lecture, presented this spring by current Bruner-Welch Chair Adam Neder, who will offer a reflection on the art of teaching Christian theology.
  • Whitworth’s Diversity Monologues, as Michael Benitez, Jr., Ph.D., hosts eight Whitworth community members who will share the ways in which they have come to experience community here at Whitworth.
  • our ongoing Academy of Discipleship Program, through the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, which serves ministries and Christian organizations by training leaders, especially lay leaders, in theology and ministry.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for putting a new song in our mouths and praise in our hearts. We are grateful to know that you are the one who restores us and renews us. You are the one who says, “If you love me, feed my sheep.” And Lord, we are willing to share this good news – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

March 21, 2016 / Whitworth University

O, Give Thanks!

March 21-27 (Spring Break)

Scripture:
Psalm 118-1-7

This week we pray for…

  • the Whitworth community to know and experience firsthand by the Spirit God’s extravagant love, revealed in Jesus’ death, and God’s abundant victory, revealed in Jesus’ resurrection.
  • joyful celebrations of Easter that look to Christ in faith and rejoice in community.
  • students on Spring Break; we ask that they will travel safely and return to us refreshed, renewed, and restored.
  • Spring Break service and mission trips to Jamaica, downtown Spokane, a nearby Young Life Camp, Seattle, New York City, and Thailand.
  • students who are not able to get away for Spring Break; we ask for their peace, rest, community, and joy.
  • students who may be struggling and discouraged; we pray that they will be reminded of God’s faithfulness and mighty deeds.
  • Whitworth President Beck Taylor, as he continues to seek wisdom, understanding and knowledge in his leadership at Whitworth.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we give you thanks. You are good to all of us, and your love endures forever. We are so grateful that you are with us continually, and that you, O Lord, are our help.

March 14, 2016 / Whitworth University

Peter Rejects Jesus

March 14-20

Scripture:
Mark 14:26-31

This week we pray for…

  • students who want to serve others; we ask that the gifts and talents they have will be used for the glory of God.
  • students to share compassionately the love and truth of Christ in word and deed.
  • students to find the time to pray and seek the Lord, even in the midst of the busy week leading up to Spring Break.
  • those who will be traveling during Spring Break, including students and faculty on week-long service trips to Jamaica, Seattle, New York City, and Thailand. We pray also for those who will be working close to Whitworth – in Spokane and at a nearby Young Life camp.
  • students who are not able to get away for Spring Break; we ask that they will enjoy peace, rest, community, and joy.
  • God to provide the students that Whitworth needs in our incoming freshman class, and we ask that God will provide for the families who are currently making these important decisions.
  • Whitworth faculty as they continue to develop, present, and discuss innovative methods to enhance teaching and learning for our wonderful students.
  • campus worship gatherings this week: morning prayer, Tuesday and Thursday community worship, Hosanna, and AWAKE.
  • author Sarah Bessey as she shares a lecture with our community about being both an evangelical Christian and a feminist.
  • The counseling & health center, as the good folks there continue to help students navigate through the semester and as the Lord gives them wisdom and knowledge to care for our students.
  • Whitworth and the Spokane community, as we continue to partner with the police department in bridging gaps through trust and collaboration.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, thank you for never rejecting us – because there have been times that we have rejected you. Remind us each and every day of your love for us, and keep us mindful that you will never leave us nor forsake us.

March 7, 2016 / Whitworth University

The Suffering Messiah

March 7-13

Scripture:
Mark 8:27-38

This week we pray for…

  • our students to find purpose in their studies and extracurricular activities.
  • the student leadership-selection process, as student life selects next year’s residence assistants; we ask that God would call forward students who can play this important role in the dorms.
  • wisdom for Whitworth administrators as they guide the university to continue to be a place where students grow to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.
  • campus worship gatherings this week, including Tuesday and Thursday community worship, Hosanna, and AWAKE.
  • the missions fair, as we welcome representatives from various Christian organizations to talk with students about their work sharing the gospel around the world; we ask that God would inspire students to join in Christ’s ministry of reconciliation both locally and abroad.
  • The Whitworth Theatre spring production, Enchanted April. We ask that the students, staff, and faculty involved would have fun, would grow in community, and would present the show as a worshipful expression of their gifts and passions.
  • Chap Clark, professor and chair of the Fuller Seminary Youth, Family, and Culture Department, as he presents a lecture for the Whitworth and Spokane communities and teaches a youth-ministry-training day, hosted by the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement, for Spokane youth ministers.
  • the Whitworth students who are so ably representing Whitworth in national competitions, including the men’s basketball team, the forensics team, and members of the swimming teams and the indoor track and field team.
  • this year’s final Honors Colloquium, as we welcome prospective students and their families to learn more about Whitworth; we ask that God will guide them in this college search process.
  • the celebration of George F. Whitworth’s 200th birthday, with thanksgiving for the university’s founder and for the gathering of Whitworth alumni to affirm Whitworth’s rich heritage and exciting future.

Thanksgiving:
Lord, we thank you for being our Messiah, “Christ the Anointed One,” and for suffering for us because you love us. We thank you that one day you will return in glory to set all things right. In the meantime, may all the world come to know and trust you, our Lord and Messiah.

February 29, 2016 / Whitworth University

Jesus, the Lord of Creation

Feb. 29-March 6

Scripture:
Mark 6:45-52

This week we pray for…

  • our students, as they move beyond the exciting beginning of the semester into the less-exciting but busy days ahead; we ask that they will be able to stay focused on what is most important.
  • continued strength for our faculty and staff as they teach, lead and serve our Whitworth students.
  • our student-athletes; as our winter teams compete in playoffs and spring teams begin competing, we ask that they will continue to strive to be their best and to develop as men and women of character, according to God’s design.
  • campus worship offerings this week, including Tuesday and Thursday community worship, Hosanna, and AWAKE.
  • faculty assembly, as its members gather in conversation on matters affecting the welfare of the university.
  • families of potential Whitworth students who are receiving their financial aid packages; we ask that they would find the provision they need and that God would help them bring their students to Whitworth this fall.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, that you are the Lord of Creation. You are the beginning and the end, the first and the last. You are the author and the finisher of our faith. We are so grateful that even when our faith is weak, you are strong enough to carry us. Help us to trust and lean on you even more with water-walking faith.

February 22, 2016 / Whitworth University

Jesus, the Powerful and Loving Shepherd

Feb. 22-28

Scripture:
Mark 6:30-44

This week we pray for…

  • students who are struggling in their Christian walk; we ask that their hearts may be encouraged and their faith may be strengthened.
  • students who face challenges. May their every financial, emotional, physical and spiritual need be met.
  • members of student leadership as they continue to lead and influence others within the student body.
  • potential student leaders (RAs, small-group coordinators, cultural-diversity advocates, and others) who are currently applying and interviewing for 2016-17 positions. We ask that God would call forward and raise up the best student leaders for this campus.
  • student-athletes as they compete; we ask that they be filled with the strength, courage and endurance to reach their full potential.
  • campus worship offerings this week, including community worship, Hosanna, and
    AWAKE.
  • The lecture/event “Why Black Perspectives Matter,” with speaker Kellie Carter Jackson, Ph.D., assistant professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, as she and the Whitworth community share in this courageous conversation.
  • students, faculty and staff as they gather at the spring volunteer fair to meet with local organizations that seek volunteers from our community to serve within the Spokane area.
  • financial aid staff as they finalize F.A. offers for the members of the Class of 2020.
  • Honors Colloquium II, as we welcome prospective students and their families to learn more about Whitworth; we ask that God will lead and guide them throughout their academic careers.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, for being our Shepherd, the One who takes care of our every need. We are grateful for Your peace, protection and guidance as we go through each day. Help us to be consciously aware that we cannot do anything without you, and encourage us to keep an open mind and an appreciative heart to love one another as you have loved us.

February 15, 2016 / Whitworth University

Jesus, the Healer and Deliverer

Feb. 15-21

Scripture:
Mark 5:1-20

This week we pray for…

  • our students as they move forward into the spring semester believing that God will continue to show up in ways they didn’t think possible.
  • our students who face important decisions in their lives; we ask that they will seek direction and wisdom from God, knowing that they are never alone.
  • our students who will be learning about 2016-17 study-abroad options at Tuesday’s Study Abroad Fair; we ask that God will give them and their families wisdom regarding these exciting and transformative opportunities.
  • our students who are considering what they will do this summer. We ask that they would trust God and know peace as they sort through the options, including the various summer-camp options that will be represented at Thursday’s Camp Fair.
  • God’s blessing on services scheduled for this week:
    • Tuesday’s community worship service, as Forrest Buckner will be preaching on Mark 5:1-20;
    • Tuesday’s student-led Hosanna Service, as Whitworthians encounter the renewing grace of Jesus Christ through Scripture, reflection, and song;
    • the AWAKE service, as students gather to explore who God is, who we are, and why that matters, through Scripture, community, and song;
    • Thursday’s community worship service, where students, staff and faculty will gather around the table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.
  • our admissions staff as they continue to share with prospective students, through a variety of programs, visits, and personal interactions, about the joy and excitement of attending Whitworth.
  • our delightful Sodexo staff and student workers, who consistently and joyfully provide wonderful food service to the Whitworth campus community.

Thanksgiving:
Thank you, Lord, for being our Healer and Deliverer. We are grateful that you love us enough to heal the broken-hearted and to bind up our wounds. Help us to remember and trust in your promises. We praise you, and we give thanks in your great and mighty name.

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.