Luke 7: 36-38, 48-50
Narrator: One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster jar of ointment. She stood behind him at his feet, weeping, and began to bathe his feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair. Then she continued kissing his feet and anointing them with the ointment. Then Jesus said to her,
Jesus: Your sins are forgiven.
Narrator: But those who were at the table with him began to say among themselves, ‘Who is this who even forgives sins?’ And he said to the woman, ‘
Jesus: Your faith has saved you; go in peace.
Prayers of intercession
Narrator: Let us pray. We pray for those with not enough to eat. We think especially of the people of Gaza and of Libya.
Jesus: Jesus says ‘I am the bread of life’.
We pray for those who feel alone or outcast. We think especially of those who have moved to a new area & those who have no home.
Jesus says ‘I am with you always’.
We pray for those who serve others. We think especially of the rescue and police services, and the armed forces.
Jesus says ’Love one another as I have loved you’.
We pray for those who long for forgiveness. We think especially of those in prison and those who have been victims of crime. We continue to pray for the people of Cumbria.
Jesus says ‘Your faith has saved you: go in peace’.
We pray for those who seek peace. We think especially of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel & Palestine.
Jesus says ‘My peace I leave with you’.
We pray for those we know who are ill. We think especially of (any who are in the prayer box or on the list)
Jesus says ‘Your faith has made you well’.
We offer all these prayers in the name of Jesus and in the power of his Spirit. Amen.