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 equitable access to healthcare and medical resources…
For attendees of the Astroworld festival and the families of those who died there…
For those suffering severe flooding in the states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in India…
For all victims of senseless acts of violence and destruction…
For all in search of warm places of shelter as the weather turns…
For justice-seekers working in healthcare, housing, food and nutrition, and education…
In thanksgiving for the harvest that has been gathered and for the hands that worked the fields…
Other notable events and observances:
National American Indian Heritage Month (Month of November)
Veterans Day (November 11)
International Day of Tolerance (November 16th)
Transgender Week of Visibility (November 13-19)
Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20th)
Suggested prayers and hymns:
A prayer of thanks for the harvest (ELW pg. 81)
Most gracious God, according to your wisdom the deep waters are opened up and clouds drop gentle moisture. We praise you for the return of planting and harvest seasons, for the fertility of the soil, for the harvesting for the crops, and for all other blessings that you in your generosity pour out on all people. Give us a full understanding of your mercy, that our lives may show respect and care for your creation; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hymn suggestions for justice:
What Does the Lord Require of You? (ACS 1057)
Build a Longer Table (ACS 1062)
When the Poor Ones (ELW 725)
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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