Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – December 26, 2021

Posted on December 23, 2021 by ELCA Worship

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 continued relief and recovery efforts after tornadoes and storms…
For those separated from loved ones and congregations revising and canceling plans in order to stay healthy during this season of Covid…
For all approaching a new year with hope and optimism…
For all who struggle with addiction, disordered eating, or body image…
For healthcare workers and support staff in their second pandemic winter…
For the very young and all others who are unable to access or receive vaccines…
For everyone who envisioned this holiday season differently than how it turned out…

Other notable events and observances:

Human Rights Month (Month of December)
Kwanzaa (December 26-January 1)
John, Apostle and Evangelist (December 27)
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs (December 28)
Stephen, Deacon and Martyr (December 29)
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (December 31 and January 1)
Name of Jesus (January 1)


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.

Image from All Creation Sings, © 2020, Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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