BURIED HOPE

The journey that Jesus and His followers went on over Holy Week is one that can speak directly to many of our circumstances if we allow it. It speaks to the realities of a life of faith and the circumstances and challenges that we face. This year, instead of a Good Friday service, we are encouraging you to meet with your family or other community to explore this journey together and we have prepared a variety of resources that will help you explore our theme of ‘Buried Hope’. It’s really easy to take part and we have designed activities appropriate for all ages.

The Garden of Gethsemane

As we observe Jesus praying with His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, we have the chance to consider how we can journey through pain well with God and others.

The Cross

At the Cross we come face to face with a God who suffers with us. Whether you are facing buried hopes in your own life or you are seeing it in the lives of others, come and meet with Christ together.

Resurrection Morning

Between the Cross and Resurrection we see different pictures of what it means to engage with God in our sorrows and struggles. Here we see what hope can look like in the waiting.

For Families with Kids and Teens:

Good Friday is a great opportunity for parents to minister to children about basic principles of the Christian faith. If you are spending Good Friday with kids or teens, click the button below to visit the family section. 

Where to Start

  1. Find a group of people to meet with.
  2. Decide on a time and location, it could be someone’s home, a coffee shop, or somewhere else.
  3. Before you meet take a look at the resources available and decide which will work best for your group/family. We recommend taking at least one activity from each section but it’s up to you!

Pray Together

Instructions:

When we pray the words that others have prayed before us, we remember that no matter how unfamiliar, lonely, or difficult the journey is, we do not go through it alone. Both God and generations of Christians have been where we are now. Read this prayer together, as one or alone, and receive it as a prayer over you as you bring your buried hope before The Lord.

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.

—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ excerpted from Hearts on Fire