Prayers for April

The synod encourages congregations to continue praying during Sunday worship for the renewal of the church by praying for congregations of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, other synods, and people throughout the world.

April 6

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Holy God, we thank you for the witness of Christians, known and unknown, in Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Romania. Be their guide and support, through the one who gave himself for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

April 13

Sunday of the Passion
With great rejoicing and shouts of Hosanna! we say blessed are you who comes in the name of the Lord. Give us the courage to follow you on this Palm Sunday as we prepare to walk in the shadow of the cross – moving from death to resurrection.

April 14

Monday in Holy Week
As we embrace each person in their wholeness, give thanks for the work of the Ethnic Specific and Multicultural Ministries team, which assists the ELCA in becoming more culturally diverse.

April 15

Tuesday in Holy Week
Pray for the many forms of spiritual education provided through this church, from Sunday school for preschoolers to adult Bible study, that people of all ages will be nurtured in faith, grow in knowledge and will be inspired and empowered to live as disciples of Jesus Christ.

April 16

Wednesday in Holy Week
Give thanks for the ministry of Rev. Philip and Lou Marie Knutson, ELCA missionaries in South Africa where Philip is the regional representative for Southern Africa.

April 17

Maundy Thursday
Pray that in our daily lives, when it would be easier to give in to frustration and anger, we will remember Jesus’ new commandment given to the disciples as the Last Supper – “that you love one another. Just as I have loved you” (John 13:34).

April 18

Good Friday
Living in a suffering world, we give thanks for the cross, a reminder that even in our darkest hours, as in Christ’s suffering and death, God’s grace and love prevails.

April 19

Vigil of Easter
On this night God brings us from death to life, through fire and water, from sorrow to joy. Give thanks to the Lord your God for the water of baptism and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

April 20

Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday
Alleluia! Jesus is risen! He is risen indeed! We offer you our thanksgiving and praise your holy name, O Lord of life.

April 21

Easter Monday
Lift up in your prayers the vision of the ELCA: We are claimed, gathered and sent by God to proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, to serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and to strive for justice and peace in all the world.

April 27

Second Sunday of Easter
We lift up to you, Lord God, the members of the emerging Christian communities in Africa. We especially remember your people in Botswana, South Sudan, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

For additional prayers please visit the ELCA Prayer Center.