Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Jesus deck in chapel worship

I used the Jesus Deck in worship at College Chapel today. As it always does, for some people, the card they chose speaks to them quite profoundly and the ensuring conversations are rich, full of God entwining with a person’s story.

For those who not aware of the Jesus Deck, it is a set of cards originally designed as a Christian education tool in the 1970’s. The designs are quite dated, which in themselves becomes part of their charm. In recent years, some Christians realised that for many people outside the church the reading of tarot cards has enormous interest. The Jesus Deck offers a point of connection, an opportunity to dialogue, a starting point around the Biblical story for conversation and exploration. (For more on the use of the Jesus deck, go here or here, or buy the book Beyond Prediction: The Tarot and Your Spirituality.)

The Jesus Deck is quite hard to get (I got mine a few years ago via the internet) and a group are trying to organise a reprint. If you’d like to be part of that, contact them on jesusdeckinfo at gmail dot com.

Anyhow, back to chapel. As the lectionary text for this Sunday was John 3:16, I was looking for a way to engage people with the whole of the Jesus story. The Jesus deck, with its rich range of examples, was perfect. As people entered, I invited them to take a card, which they sat with as the worship began. During the worship, I invited them to reflect on the card. As we came to communion, I invited them to lay their card on the communion table. Thus as we “remembered” the life of Jesus around bread and wine, we also had this visual reminder, these cards scattered on the communion table.

And, as we finished, some folk naturally just stayed standing around the communion table, sharing their card and how it connected with their life story.

For another example of using the Jesus Deck in worship, see here.

Posted by steve at 06:37 AM


  1. love this, thank you, as one who uses the Jesus Deck I really appreciate this post.

    Comment by sally — March 14, 2012 @ 6:40 am

  2. sorry I didn’t stay to share those stories – I had to write a poem that emerged from my reflections on the deck and the projected image. thank you. the poem is on my blog now –

    Comment by sarah — March 14, 2012 @ 9:48 am

  3. Thanks sarah. Wonderful to be part of a chapel that takes you to these sort of creative places 🙂


    Comment by steve taylor — March 14, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  4. As you will be aware by now the Jesus Deck has been reprinted and is available from The Diocese of Chelmsford UK
    I am collecting stories of its use in various settings. do get in touch via the Jesus Deck blogspot or the Jesus Deck facebook page. Penny.

    Comment by Penny Horseman — October 4, 2012 @ 12:42 am

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