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Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – December 4, 2022

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 rebuilding and recovery work following tornadoes in the southern United States…
For families grieving children killed in a school bombing in northern Afghanistan…
For an end to continued war in Ukraine…
For an end to gun violence in our nation…
For nations and governments in leadership transitions…
For all who are struggling with and recovering from RSV, Covid, and other illnesses…
For strength and stability in marriages and all partnered relationships…

Other notable events and observances:

Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, died 1552 (December 3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3)
John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, died around 749 (December 4)
Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died around 342 (December 6)
Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, died 397 (December 7)
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7)
Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
Human Rights Day (December 10)
Nobel Prize Day (December 10)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Prayer for families (ELW, p. 83)
Triune God, whose will it is that humans live in community, bless family life everywhere and fill all homes with respect, joy, laughter, and prayer. Strengthen the commitment of [partners and family members] to one another, that they may mirror your covenant faithfulness; pour out your Spirit on [caregivers], that through them their children may taste your unconditional love; and empower all family members to live in your grace and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our 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 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

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.

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – November 27, 2022

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 mourning loss of life, home, and livelihood in the aftermath of the recent earthquake in Indonesia…
For the loved ones of those killed and for others who were injured in the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night, and for our siblings in the LGBTQIA+ community…
For the ordination and consecration of Bishop Shannon Rogers Duckworth as the 12th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana and our full communion partners in the Episcopal Church…
For students, teachers, seminarians, professors, and support and administrative staff preparing for the end of the fall semester…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…

Other notable events and observances:

Note: This past Sunday was Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance dating back to 1999 as a day to honor the memory of transgender persons whose lives have been lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. As a church body publicly committed to eradicating gender-based violence (see “Faith, Sexism, and Justice: A Call to Action” [2019]), we deeply regret and apologize for this omission in last week’s prompts for prayers of intercession.

American Indian Heritage Month (November)
Andrew, Apostle (November 30)
Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, died 1552 (December 3)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3)
John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, died around 749 (December 4)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Prayer for greater understanding and accompaniment of persons with disabilities (ACS p. 52):
Creator God, you made us all in your image. Help us to embrace one another as you do, beloved and blessed; not in need of fixing, but need of authentic welcome. Bring healing where it is desired, affirmation where it is lacking, and awareness to all. Open our hearts to receive the gifts and needs of all people, and to become communities where everyone can find a place. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. (ACS, p. 52)

Hymn suggestion for a time of lament:
When Our World Is Rent by Violence (ACS 1052)

Hymn suggestions for a time of lament, especially appropriate for Advent:
Lost in the Night (ELW 243)
Each Winter As the Year Grows Older (ELW 252)

 

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.

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.

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

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – November 20, 2022

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.

Feedback invited

We would especially value your feedback regarding how these prompts for the prayers of intercession are used in your context by your responding to a brief survey.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M6HNQT6

The survey will close on November 23, 2022. Thank you! 

Intercession prompts:

For worship leaders and musicians preparing for Advent and Christmas…
For those traveling this Thanksgiving holiday, those who will spending the holiday alone or with one less place setting this year, and those for whom holiday gatherings bring grief or anxiety…
For those who grow, distribute, sell, and prepare our food, and the land from which it grows…
For those struggling and working to rebuild in the wake of flooding and natural disasters…
For those grieving in the aftermath of the University of Virginia shooting and for an end to gun violence…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…

Other notable events and observances:

American Indian Heritage Month (November)
Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday (November 20)
Clement, Bishop of Rome, died around 100 (November 23)
Miguel Agustín Pro, martyr, died 1927 (November 23)
Day of Thanksgiving (USA) (November 24)
Justus Falckner, died 1723; Jehu Jones, died 1852; William Passavant, died 1894; pastors in North America (November 24)
Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, died 1748 (November 25)
Native American Heritage Day (November 25)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

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.

Hymn suggestions for the Day of Thanksgiving:
Many and Great, O God (ELW 837)
Now Thank We All Our God (ELW 839, 840)
For the Beauty of the Earth (ELW 879)
Thank You, Lord (ACS 1092)

 

Hymn suggestion for Christ the King, written by Isaac Watts:

Jesus Shall Reign (ELW 434)

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.

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.

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

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – November 13, 2022

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.

Feedback invited

We would especially value your feedback regarding how these prompts for the prayers of intercession are used in your context by your responding to a brief survey.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M6HNQT6

The survey will close on November 23, 2022. Thank you! 

Intercession prompts:

For newly elected and re-elected public officials and a willingness to reach across party lines for the well-being of all people, especially the most vulnerable…
For deepening political divisions within our communities, nation, and families…
For those who are unemployed or underemployed…
For residents of Florida and the Bahamas, as Tropical Storm Nicole makes landfall and intensifies…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…

Other notable events and observances:

American Indian Heritage Month (November)
Elizabeth of Hungary, renewer of society, died 1231 (November 17)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

Prayer for those affected by heavy rainfall or flooding (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.

Prayer of the day for renewers of society (ELW p. 60)
O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served, and to give his life for the life of the world. Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help. Through us give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, peace to the troubled, and rest to the weary, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Hymn suggestion for common purpose following an election:
Commonwealth Is God’s Commandment (ACS 1036)

 

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.

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.

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

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – November 6, 2022

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 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

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.

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession – October 30, 2022

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 those grieving in the aftermath of the shooting at Central Visual and Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, Missouri…
For all affected by school shootings and acts of violence…
For the leaders of nations and all diplomats and peacemakers…
For our upcoming national and local elections and election judges who will serve at the polls…
For the victims of human trafficking…
For relief and peaceful resolution to the ongoing violence in Haiti…
For an end to the continued war in Ukraine and all places of war and conflict…

Other notable events and observances:

Reformation Day (October 31)
All Saints Day (November 1)
Día de los Muertos (November 1-2)
Martín de Porres, Renewer of Society (November 3)
LGBTQIA+ Heritage Month (through October 31)
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (through October 31)
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (through October 31)
American Indian Heritage Month (November)

Suggested hymns & prayers: 

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.

Prayer resources in response to gun violence:
Service after a Violent Event (ACS p. 64-66)

Hymn suggestions for Reformation Day:
A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (ELW 503, 504, 505)
Thy Strong Word (ELW 511)
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (ELW 517)
The Church of Christ, in Every Age (ELW 729)
Listen Now for the Gospel (ACS 972)

 

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.

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.

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