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 rail workers and all struggling to make a just wage…
For those who are alone or grieving during this season…
For people, plants, and animals in the path of Mauna Loa and Mount Semeru’s eruptions…
For the celebration of the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe…
For political turmoil and transition, especially in Peru…
For those without homes who face harsh climates and harsh local governments…
For those who are overworked and for those who are underemployed…
For an end to human trafficking and modern slavery…

Other notable events and observances:

Human Rights Day (December 10)
Nobel Prize Day (December 10)
Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12)
Lucy, martyr, died 304 (December 13)
John of the Cross, renewer of the church, died 1591 (December 14)
Las Posadas (December 16)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Prayer for preservation and healing from exploitation (ACS p. 47)
Holy Spirit, you move through all creation with sighs too deep for words. Open our hearts to listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. Speak through your church to rebuke the forces that seek to exploit your planet. Join our human prayers with the voices of all creation and move us to honor you by preserving the gifts of nature that reveal your glory. Amen.

Hymns for hope and liberation
Freedom is Coming (ACS 903)
In Silence We Wait (ACS 998)


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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