Easter 2020 - Enduring Hope
Living with great expectations
“…because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation…..” – 1 Peter 1:3 (NLT)
Just like new shoots push their way to light and life through the charred bark of a burnt tree, the risen Jesus gives humanity its brightest sign of hope - a reason to live with great expectation.
Easter always presents a wonderful opportunity to connect with our immediate communities through special services and activities. This year, it once again comes at a time where many in our communities may be looking towards the church for guidance and messages of hope.
The UCA Synod of South Australia would like to assist congregations to reach those in their communities through an Easter campaign. This year, we would like to encourage them to look beyond the grief of tragedy to where hope can be found and where expectation lies in welcome.
For much of history, Good Friday was known as Black Friday, because according to Mark 15:33 the world quite literally went dark around the time that Jesus died on the cross. It’s easy to see only darkness in death, or only despair when tragedy strikes and all hope seems lost. Those who loved and followed Jesus at the time must have failed to see any hope in His crucifixion, too.
But mere days later, with His resurrection, Jesus taught us to look beyond the darkness and despair. He restored hope, not just for those followers at the time but for every person who has ever lived, past, present and future. Out of the darkness and despair of His death grew the brightest signs of hope that humanity has ever experienced.
We can have enduring hope and live with great expectation: because of what He has done in the past when He died for our sins as Saviour, because of what He is doing in the present and what He will do in the future based on His promises to us.
We believe that this is a message for our communities to treasure.
The Easter campaign will work slightly differently this year. The SA Synod Communications and Events Team would like to encourage everyone to share this Easter message of enduring hope with their family, church and the wider community.
While we will still provide themed postcards, posters and PowerPoint slides, the campaign will also feature a suite of other resources which congregations can use for free to promote their Easter events. These resources are specifically designed so that congregations can amend, print and promote their events themselves.
Share your story about “Enduring Hope” by posting your message on social media (i.e. Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) using the hashtag #EnduringHope. Let us know that you have posted by tagging us @UnitingChurchinSouthAustralia.
There are two ways to make the best use of the Easter campaign materials:
|Option 1 (Do It Yourself)||Option 2 (Assisted)|
Resources available for the Easter campaign:
- PowerPoint Templates
- Invitation card (business card size)
- Email banners
- Social media images (Facebook Frames & Lent series posts)
- Moderator’s Easter message video