These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercession 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 veterans of war as we observe Veterans Day this upcoming week…
For refugees, especially those recently arrived from Afghanistan…
In gratitude for the gifts and heritage of of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, and in humility for injustices and harm perpetuated against tribes and communities…
For participants in the UN Climate Change Conference, climate justice efforts, and care of creation…
For newly elected local and state leaders…
For those whose mental health is affected by shortening days and the time change…
Other notable events and observances:
National American Indian Heritage Month (Month of November)
All Saints Sunday (November 7th)
Veterans Day (November 11th)
Suggested hymns and prayers:
Prayer resources for COVID and All Saints Sunday:
A prayer for veterans (ELW Prayer Book for the Armed Services, p. 66)
Almighty and ever-living God, we give you thanks for the men and women who have served and defended our country and the values of freedom and justice we hold so dear. Help us be mindful of the sacrifices they made and the hardship endured by their families and friends, so that we never take for granted the privileges they have secured for us. Hear us, we pray, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
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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