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.
For newly installed bishops in the ELCA…
For synods meeting in assembly this season…
For the festival of Michael and All Angels and for all messengers of the gospel…
For our Jewish neighbors observing the festival of Sukkot, the third of their high holy days…
For all refugees and for those seeking asylum at the US border…
For equitable vaccine access during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic…
For those who feel unsafe in their homes or in their relationships…
Other notable events and observances:
National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
Festival of Michael and All Angels (September 29)
Suggested hymns and prayers:
A prayer for those who suffer abuse and violence (ACS p. 53)
Mighty Jesus, living Word, soothe the bodies, souls, and minds of the victims of sexual violence / domestic violence / _________ . Bring them peace, hope, comfort, and strength. Bring abusers to justice and prevent them from causing further harm. Stir up the heart of your church gathered here and around the world, that we value justice and healing over silence and shame. Show us the way to your righteousness, led by the voices of those who suffer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
A prayer for refugees, migrants, and immigrants:
Holy God, as you have accompanied your people through times of captivity, wilderness, and exile, shelter and sustain all those who flee persecution, oppression, warfare, violence, hunger, and poverty. Open our hearts and homes, our gates and doors, so that they find safety, peace, and welcome—a place to live in freedom and without fear; through Jesus Christ, our refuge and our hope. Amen.
Hymn suggestion for those on difficult journeys:
Come to Me, O Weary Traveler (ACS 1017)
Gentle Joseph Heard a Warning (ACS 1060)
Hymn suggestion for those who serve the community of faith:
Will You Let Me Be Your Servant (ELW 659)
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 sundaysandseasons.com.
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.
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