For those who care for, harvest and share seasonal products…
For Communities in Eastern Kentucky Affected by Flooding…
For communities across the western United States facing expanding wildfires…
For Collective Engagement in the ELCA Truth Seeking and Revealing Initiative
For those who suffer from insomnia…
For students, teachers and school staff preparing for the start of the school year…
For those who gather for the Church Assembly…
Pray for the Church Assembly
As the ELCA prepares for Church-wide Assembly in August, prayer requests are available and can be incorporated into worship six weeks before and one week after Assembly. Find the full list of petitions here.
Petition of August 7:
Pray for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and its members as they gather this week in their church-wide assembly. Inspire the celebration of the various works of God throughout the church. Breathe your peace into the work to which you have called us and the deliberations that will take place. Shape the work of the church according to your will for the whole world.
Other notable events and celebrations:
August 8: Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
August 10: Laurent, deacon, martyr
August 11: Clare, Abbess of San Damiano
August 13: Florence Nightingale, renovator of society
August 13: Clara Maas, renovator of the company
Hymns and Suggested Prayers:
A prayer for the gifts of agriculture (ELW p. 78)
God, our creator, you ordered the sowing and the harvest, the sun and the rain. Give all who work the land just compensation for the work of their hands. Grant that the people of this nation and of all nations give thanks to you for food, drink and all that sustains life; can carefully use the land and water from which these good things come; and can honor the workers who produce them; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Health Care Providers (ELW p. 85)
Merciful God, your healing power is all around us. Strengthen those who labor among the sick; give them courage and confidence in everything they do. Encourage them when their efforts seem futile or when death wins. Increase their confidence in your very power to overcome death, pain and crying. May they be grateful for every sign of health you give, and humbled by the mystery of your healing grace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A prayer for the mission of the church (ELW p. 75)
Gather your church, O God, into one great company of disciples, following our master Jesus Christ together in all walks of life, serving together in Christ’s mission in the world, and witnessing together your love wherever you will send; because of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.