The five Rhythms of Grace encourage us to live as believers in the real world, not in some kind of holy huddle.
The term, Rhythms of Grace, is taken from Eugene Peterson’s (google him) translation of Matthew 11:28: “Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.”
It’s a series of statements that sound quite highbrow, but really are just a good way of learning how to follow Jesus without embarrassing God.
By God’s grace, I will seek to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
By God’s grace, I will be open to the presence, guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
By God’s grace, I will set aside time for prayer, worship and spiritual reading.
By God’s grace, I will endeavour to be a gracious presence in the world, serving others and working for justice in human relationships and social structures.
By God’s grace, I will sensitively share my faith with others: participating in God’s mission both locally and globally.
These five rhythms are not rules that dictate behaviour, but a starting point to help us to understand who we are, and what we need to do to grow as disciples of Christ. Remember, this is a journey we walk together.
The Rhythms of Grace have been developed by the Community of St. Chad in Lichfield Diocese. We’re really grateful to them for the prayer and thought that they’ve put into the development of them.