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 those affected by snow, ice, and wind during recent winter storms…
For victims of the tragic house fire in Philadelphia…
For political unrest in Kazakhstan…
For the newly baptized and those preparing for baptism and affirmation of baptism…
For researchers and public health officials working to mitigate Covid variants and case count spikes…
For congregations, businesses, and institutions revising and canceling plans in order to stay healthy during this season of Covid…

Other notable events and observances:

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (Month of January)
Baptism of Our Lord (January 9)

Suggested prayers and hymns:

A prayer for those preparing for baptism (ELW p. 75)
Merciful and most high God, creator and giver of life, you have called all people from darkness into light, from error into truth, from death into life. Grant grace to name(s) and bless them. Raise them by your Spirit. Revive them by your word. Form them by your hand. Bring them to the water of life and cup of blessing, that with all your people they may bear witness to your grace and praise you forever, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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.