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 rescue and recovery efforts in Southern Africa following Tropical Storm Ana…
For ongoing rescue and relief efforts in Tonga…
For the work of the Coast Guard and other search and rescue personnel, and for family members of those missing following a ship capsize off the coast of Florida…
For peacemaking and deescalation efforts between Russia and the Ukraine…
For severe and extreme winter weather events across the United States…
For access to shelter, heat, and food for those without homes or reliable incomes…
For schools, businesses, hospitals, and other services strained by increased Covid case counts…
For law enforcement, social workers, advocates, and all who work to rescue and support victims of human trafficking…

Other notable events and observances:

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month (Month of January)
Black History Month (Month of February)
Presentation of Our Lord (February 2)

Suggested prayers and hymns:

A prayer for peace among nations (ELW p. 76)
Gracious God, grant peace among nations. Cleanse from our own hearts the seeds of strife: greed and envy, harsh misunderstandings and ill will, fear and desire for revenge. Make us quick to welcome ventures in cooperation among the peoples of the world, so that there may be woven the fabric of a common good too strong to be torn by the evil hands of war. In the time of opportunity, make us be diligent; and in the time of peril, let not our courage fail; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymns for creation & crisis
Each Winter As the Year Grows Older (ELW 252)
Eternal Father, Strong to Save (ELW 756)
Though the Earth Shall Change (ACS 1035)


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

Further assistance for composing prayers of intercession can be found here: Resources for Crafting Prayers of Intercession

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.