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 all affected by flooding in the Pacific Northwest…
For all who are lonely or grieving a first holiday without a loved one…
For those in power, whose decisions effect the well-being of others…
For all who are experiencing anxiety and worry…
For all who struggle with strained family relationships…
For lament over injustices perpetuated against American Indian and and Alaska Native peoples…
Other notable events and observances:
National American Indian Heritage Month (Month of November)
Transgender Day of Rememberance (November 20th)
Clement, Bishop of Rome (November 23rd)
Miguel Augustin Pro (November 23rd)
Justus Falckner, Jehu Jones, William Passavant (November 24th)
Thanksgiving Day, USA (November 25th)
National Day of Mourning (November 25th)
Isaac Watts (November 25th)
Suggested prayers and hymns:
ReconcilingWorks offers a prayer for Transgender Day of Remembrance (https://www.reconcilingworks.org/tdor-prayer/)
A prayer for Thanksgiving Day (from Bread for the Day: Year B 2021, pg. 359)
God most provident, we join all creation in offering you praise through Jesus Christ. For generations the people of this land have sung of your bounty. With them, we offer you thanksgiving for the rich harvest we have received at your hands. Bless us and the food we share with grateful hearts. Continue to make our land fruitful, and let our love for you be seen in our pursuit of justice and peace and in our generous response to those in need. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hymn Suggestions for Transgender Day of Remembrance:
God Weeps with Us Who Weep and Mourn (ACS 1054)
Sometimes Our Only Song Is Weeping (ACS 1050)
O God, Why Are You Silent? (ELW 703)
Hymn Suggestions for Thanksgiving & Harvest:
ELW 697 For the Fruit of All Creation
ELW 684 Creating God, Your Fingers Trace
ELW 822 Oh, Sing to the Lord
ACS 1065 Can You Feel the Seasons Turning?
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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