In his Charge to Synod (Sep 2019) Bishop Philip defined three key attributes for us as Family of God and Followers of Jesus:
In addition, it is hoped that the Diocese will develop its own Lenten study series to underscore the Bishop's Charge. (to be advised).
FInally, as always, we urge you to join the global prayer movement Thy Kingdom Come.
If you are looking particularly at the theme of prayer we recommend the following:
Thy Kingdom Come
"Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The hope is that:
Due to popular demand, the Diocese of Auckland will be once again be offering the Lent Calendar created in 2016. Over the course of the six weeks of Lent, "A Journey to Easter" will explore the themes in Matthew 6:1-21: almsgiving, prayer, forgiveness, fasting and treasure. Each week starts on Monday with a short bible reading followed by a couple of questions to help you engage with the text. The calendar takes between 3-5 minutes per day and can be done individually or with a group. There is an accompanying Facebook page: A Journey to Easter, where you can join with others undertaking this process and receive daily reminders.
The calendar can be found at www.lent.nz and will go live the Friday before Ash Wednesday. Then, when we arrive at Easter, “A Resurrection Journey” will lead participants all the way to Pentecost, exploring a number of resurrection narratives from Scripture. www.resurrection.nz