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Prayer of Invocation

Karen Peterson Finch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Theology

Karen Peterson FinchThe prayer that I will offer this morning has been woven together from prayers offered at two previous inauguration ceremonies in Whitworth's history: that of Robert H. Mounce in 1981 and Arthur J. De Jong in 1988. I use these words to remind us that this day is part of a long tradition of faith and learning, and that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

Please join me in prayer:

Our God, we gather as Your people have gathered throughout history to acknowledge Your Lordship and our dependence on You for life and all that sustains it. We thank you for the freedom to meet together, to speak our beliefs and to worship You. We thank You for companions and mentors who equip us for the journey of learning and the challenges of living our faith responsible and honestly. On this day in particular we thank you for Your servant, Beck Taylor, whom You have brought here to serve us with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. May we not forget that each of us—staff, students and faculty—has been called and uniquely gifted by You to serve alongside Beck, guided by his leadership. May our unity as we learn, teach and relate to one another bring honor to Your name.

Above all, God, we pray that we would not cling selfishly to the heritage and beauty of this community, but that Your Spirit would mobilize us to share our riches with the entire world as an act of praise to Your character and Your mighty works in Christ. As we celebrate Whitworth University this afternoon in song, prayer and spoken word, we trust in the continuing work of Your Holy Spirit in and among us. You have given us so much, O God; give us one thing more: grant us thankful hearts.

All this we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.