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.
For an end to the continued violence and war in Ukraine…
For those recovering in the aftermath of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, including our siblings in the Florida-Bahamas Synod and the Caribbean Synod…
For the ministries of American Indian and Alaska Native siblings in our church, and for all relationships of reconciliation with indigenous communities…
For the Supreme Court of the United States as it begins a new term…
For the social and political unrest in Iran and for all who strive for gender equality and human rights…
For the work of scientists, including the recent recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, who help us to learn more about our universe and God’s creation…
Other notable events and observances:
Day of Thanksgiving (Canada) (October 10)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (US) (October 10)
Teresa of Ávila, teacher and renewer of the church (October 15)
Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month (through October 15)
LGBTQIA+ Heritage Month (through October 31)
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (through October 31)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (through October 31)
Suggested hymns & prayers:
A prayer for the Day of Thanksgiving (ELW p. 61)
Almighty God our Father, your generous goodness comes to us new every day. By the work of your Spirit lead us to acknowledge your goodness, give thanks for your benefits, and serve you in willing obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
A prayer for those affected by natural disasters (ACS p. 49)
Save us, O God, for the waters are rising, and there is no firm place to stand. Life as we know it has been swept away. Draw near to us in this time of need and be our protection. Support us as we rebuild what has been ruined. Do not let us drown in our sorrow, but raise us to new life in your promise of rebirth, already claimed for us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Hymn of lament for creation and a changing climate:
Can You Feel the Seasons Turning (ACS 1065)
Hymn from an indigenous culture (Dakota):
Many and Great, O God (ELW 837/WOV 794)
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.
Follow this link to access resources to assist worshiping communities as they respond to the crisis in Eastern Europe. Several prayers are provided that could be used during the prayers of intercession or at other times, in public worship or for devotional use at home or in other settings.
Further assistance for composing prayers of intercession can be found here: Resources for Crafting Prayers of Intercession
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.