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 who are unemployed, underemployed, or experiencing financial hardship…
For those experiencing famine in Somalia and all who experience hunger and malnutrition…
For the people of Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Honduras impacted by Tropical Storm Julia…
For nations in leadership or regime transition, and for upcoming elections…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…
For musicians, cantors, choirs, and instrumental ensembles who lead our assembly in worship…

Other notable events and observances:

James of Jerusalem, martyr (October 23)
Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, Paul Gerhardt, hymnwriters (October 26)
Simon and Jude, apostles (October 28)
LGBTQIA+ Heritage Month (through October 31)
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (through October 31)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (through October 31)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Prayer of the day for Simon and Jude, apostles: (ELW p. 58)
O God, we thank you for the glorious company of the apostles, and especially on this day for Simon and Jude. We pray that, as they were faithful and zealous in your mission, so we may with ardent devotion make known the love and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn text by Philipp Nicolai:
O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright! (ELW 308)

Hymn text by Johann Heermann:
O God, My Faithful God (ELW 806)

Hymn text by Paul Gerhardt:
Evening and Morning (ELW 761)

Hymn suggestions celebrating those who lead our assemblies in song:
My Life Flows On in Endless Song (ELW 763)
Let Streams of Living Justice (ELW 710, especially stanza 3)


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

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

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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