Read out load John 14-27 and then pause. Then read the following slowly aloud:
Hear Jesus saying 'My peace I give to you - not as the world gives, do I give... My peace - not the world's peace...'
Peace in the world usually signifies a period without conflict - liable to be shattered at any moment - transient, negative, precarious, decaying...
God's peace is lasting, positive. Jesus says: 'I am the Prince of Peace..., I myself am Peace. I made peace through the blood of the Cross. It is there I can bring the fragments of life together.
It is there I can bring the fragments of your life together, making you whole, at one, at peace with yourself and others.
And I am alive. I journeyed through death. So I am your living peace here and now, every day, whatever happens, so don't let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
Read John 20:19-23. ’After the resurrection Jesus came and stood among the disciples and said; 'Peace be with you. As the Father sent Me even so send I you.'
He is here among us. What is He saying to you? Are you willing to be sent as His messenger of peace - near, far, anywhere?
‘They were filled with joy at seeing the Lord. Then He breathed on them and said: 'Receive the Holy Spirit.' ’
We find it hard to receive. Let's help each other. When ready, open your eyes and look at each other. Say to the person sitting next to you, by name: …, Jesus says to you 'My peace I give to you' and ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'
Then, praise and worship Him in any way appropriate and natural to the group.
A time of sharing and testimony could follow before moving on to intercessions for peace.
Other Peace Scriptures
John 14:27; John 20:19-23; Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20; Philippians 11:6-7;
Jeremiah 6:14, 8:15; Matthew 10:34.