John 18:38-19:42

Grace

To learn how to pray.
Readings

Devotion 1

Wait: Spend some time waiting on God, begin with confession and reflect on your love for Jesus.
Three times Pilate declares Jesus ‘not guilty’, then sentences him to death.
Ask:
  • What powers are pushing Pilate into this massive injustice?
  • Where do we see similar in the world around us? And how are we part of this same system of injustice?
Share:
  • Share communion.
  • Pray for one another.

Devotion 2

Wait: Take time to reflect on the cross. Sit in silence or choose a song to listen to.
Read: John 19:16b – 30 as a Lectio Divina.
1) Have one person read the verses through twice.
2) Speak out any words or phrases that stand out to you.
3) Read through the verses again.
4) What thoughts, feelings, and impressions do you sense? Share them.
5) Read the verses a final time.
6) What challenges or encouragements emerge? Share them with the group.
Share: Carefully share Communion together. ‘For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.’ 1 Corinthians 11:26
Pray: End with the Lord’s prayer

Devotion 3

Wait: Spend some time waiting on God. He is in control.
Ask:
  • What stands out as you hear today’s passage?
  • Blood and water – what does this vivid image conjure in your heart and mind?
Share: Communion
Pray: Spend time praying for each of those present in the room and for the wider UNOH team.

Devotion 4

Wait: Spend some time waiting on God. ‘It is finished’ v30
Ask: Spend some time reflecting on the whole week of readings. What has God been working in you this week? Share this with the group.
Share: Communion
Pray: You may want to pray the following prayer as call and response.
DELIVER US AND GIVE US PEACE
Lord Jesus,
by your cross and resurrection
deliver us
by your witness to the truth
deliver us
by your passion and death
deliver us
by your victory over the grave
deliver us
from the lust of power
deliver us
from the conspiracy of silence
deliver us
from the worship of weapons
deliver us
from the slaughter of innocents
deliver us
from the nightmare of hunger
deliver us
from the peace that is no peace
deliver us
from security that is no security
deliver us
from the politics of terror
deliver us
from the plundering of the earth’s resources
deliver us
from the dispossession of the poor
deliver us
from the despair of this age
deliver us
by the light of the gospel
give us peace
by the good news for the poor
give us peace
by your healing of our wounds
give us peace
by faith in your word
give us peace
by hunger and thirst for justice
give us peace
by the coming of your kingdom
give us peace
Amen.

 —John Davies, England

From Let Justice Roll Down: A Worship Resource for Lent, Holy Week and Easter, edited by Geoffrey Duncan; published by Pilgrim Press (August 2004).  Posted on the Education for Justice website.