These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercessions for weekly worship. The prompts are prepared by several leaders in the ELCA and reflect current world and national events. You are encouraged to adapt and add other concerns for your local context, including staying informed of events and concerns in your synod.

Intercession prompts:

For all affected by ongoing wildfires in the western United States…
For continued relief efforts following earthquakes in Haiti and Mexico…
For relief efforts following Hurricane Ida, Tropical Storm Nicholas, and other major storms…
For the work of Lutheran Disaster Response…
For the Afghan people and all living there during this time of political turmoil and conflict…
For our Jewish siblings, who have recently observed the holy day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement…

Other notable events and observances:

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
Autumnal Equinox (September 22)

Suggested hymns and prayers:

A prayer for those affected by wildfires (ACS p. 50)
Holy God, in you alone we find safety and shelter. Be a sure refuge to all suffering from wildfires. Grant courage, protection, and favorable weather to firefighters and emergency responders; embrace with supportive communities all who are newly displaced or homeless; comfort those grieving all that has been destroyed and give patience to those who are anxious, not knowing when relief will come. Heal your whole creation, that out of flame and ashes new growth will spring forth. We pray through Jesus Christ, our life and our strength.

Hymn suggestion in times of natural disaster:
ELW 632 O God, Our Help in Ages Past
ACS 1022 God, Bless the Hands

Hymn suggestions for peace among nations and peoples:
ELW 713 O God, of Every Nation
ACS 1051 For the Troubles and the Sufferings


ELW = Evangelical Lutheran Worship
ACS = All Creation Sings: Evangelical Lutheran Worship Supplement

Additional topical prayers are found in Evangelical Lutheran Worship (pp. 72–87) and All Creation Sings (pp. 46–55), as well as in other resources provided in print and online at

Crafted intercessions for every Sunday and festival are provided in the Sundays and Seasons worship planning guide published in-print and online by Augsburg Fortress.

Prayer Ventures, a daily prayer resource, is a guide to prayer for the global, social and outreach ministries of the ELCA, as well as for the needs and circumstances of our neighbors, communities and world.

Image from All Creation Sings, © 2020, Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Used with permission.