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.

Election Day Resources:

ELCA prayer and worship resources for Election Day are available here.

Intercession prompts:

For the global missionaries of our church, including pastors, educators, medical personnel, and Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)…
For our nation’s veterans, all who have experienced the violence of war, and those who strive for peace…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…
For those injured and those grieving loss of life in the aftermath of the tragic Halloween festivities in Seoul, South Korea…
For those grieving loss of life following the bridge collapse in Morbi, Gujarat, India…
For our national and local elections and those who will be elected to public office this week…

Other notable events and observances:

American Indian Heritage Month (November)
All Saints Sunday (November 6)
John Christian Frederick Heyer, died 1873; Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, died 1719; Ludwig Nommensen, died 1918; missionaries (November 7)
Election Day (USA) (November 8)
Martin, Bishop of Tours, died 397 (November 11)
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, teacher, died 1855 (November 11)
Remembrance Day (Canada)/Veterans Day (USA) (November 11)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Hymn suggestions for All Saints Sunday:
Rejoice in God’s Saints (ELW 418)
For All the Saints (ELW 422)
Give Thanks for Saints (ELW 428)
Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In (ACS 950)
Making Their Way (ACS 979)
Death Be Never Last (ACS 1030)

Hymn suggestion connected to Veterans Day or Remembrance Day:
O God of Every Nation (ELW 713)

Prayer for responsible citizenship (ELW p. 77)
Lord God, you call your people to honor those in authority. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, participate in wise decisions for our common life, and serve our neighbors in local communities. Bless the leaders of our land, that we may be at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth; through 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

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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