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.

Intercession prompts:

For the victims of the Oxford High School shooting and all victims of gun violence…
For peace between nations…
For equity and justice for all peoples…
For all affected by flooding in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia…
For human rights activists and organizations…
For judges, lawyers, and all who make far-reaching and life-impacting decisions…

Other notable events and observances:

Human Rights Month (Month of December)
Hanukkah (through December 6)
Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna (December 6th)
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan (December 7th)
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7th)
UN Human Rights Day (December 10th)

Suggested prayers and hymns:

Prayer for the oppressed (ELW pg. 79)
Look with mercy, gracious God, upon people everywhere who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companion. Rouse us from our complacency and help us eliminate cruelty wherever it is found. Strengthen those who seek equality for all. Grant that everyone may enjoy a fair portion of the abundance of the earth; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn Suggestions for Human Rights/Justice:
ELW 709 When Our Song Says Peace
ELW 713 O God of Every Nation
ACS 1062 Build a Longer Table


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.

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