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 Afghan refugees arriving in the United States…
For all affected by flooding and landslides in Brazil; for the displaced, the grieving, and all providing assistance and support…
For the work of the United Nations Security Council…
For the safety and wellbeing of all Olympic athletes; for the host city, Beijing…
For peace and security among HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) communities facing bomb threats this past week…
For the ELCA National Youth Gathering planning team and those who were registered to attend, at the recent difficult decision to cancel this summer’s Gathering…
For equitable distribution and effective use of N95 masks and COVID-19 home tests…

Other notable events and observances:

Black History Month (Month of February)
Lunar New Year (February 1)

Suggested prayers and hymns:

A prayer for faithful living in society (ACS p. 50)
Sovereign God, your Son Jesus lived within the structures of society even as he spoke truth to those in power and challenged systems of oppression. Empower us to be courageous disciples and responsible citizens. Grant that our life in the public realm be grounded in love for our neighbors, care for the most vulnerable in our midst, and respect for the common life we share, following the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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 sundaysandseasons.com.

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.

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