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 people of Ottawa, Ontario as protests against Covid-19 restrictions continue…
For justice for Amir Locke and for boldness in countering racism and disrupting implicit bias…
For ongoing reformation in the church, especially the rising call to #reformation2022 by women of African descent throughout the ELCA…
For lives and property endangered by bushfires in Western Australia…
For peace among the nations, especially de-escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine…
For those facing severe hunger after recurrent droughts impacting Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia…
For congregations and church leaders experiencing burnout, restlessness, and decision fatigue…
We give thanks for Spirit-led commitments to making worship accessible for all people…
For the dedication and witness of librarians, authors, and local, independent bookstores…
For your wisdom to prevail, O God, as a Supreme Court nominee is chosen…

Other notable events and observances:

Black History Month (Month of February)
Parinirvana—a Mahayana Buddhist festival that marks the death of the Buddha (February 15)
Commemoration of Martin Luther (February 18)

Suggested prayers and hymns:

A prayer for healing from prejudice & racism (ACS p. 51)
Good and gracious God, you invite us to recognize and reverence your divine image and likeness in our neighbor. Enable us to see the reality of racism and free us to challenge and uproot it from our society, our world, and ourselves. 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.

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