The Rhythms of Grace

 

Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.

We welcome Christians from all traditions who long to grow in holiness and depth of discipleship and who like ancient Celtic peregrini are prepared to journey with others in the footsteps of Christ. We have drawn inspiration from the Community of St. Chad, in Lichfield Diocese and it is from the Community of St Chad that we draw the five Rhythms of Grace.

The Rhythms of Grace unite Peregrini in a common commitment to a missional and spiritual lifestyle.

The term, Rhythms of Grace, is taken from Eugene Peterson’s translation of Matthew 11:28: “Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” It is used here, to denote a series of aspirational statements that, when embraced, will nurture spiritual growth, foster Christian discipleship and enable missional encounter.

  • Rhythm One: By God’s grace, I will seek to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.
  • Rhythm Two: By God’s grace, I will be open to the presence, guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Rhythm Three: By God’s grace, I will set aside time for prayer, worship and spiritual reading.
  • Rhythm Four: 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.
  • Rhythm Five: By God’s grace, I will sensitively share my faith with others: participating in God’s mission both locally and globally.

The five Rhythms are not rules that dictate how people behave, but rather a starting point for a process of self-examination that can help us to understand who we are, and what we need to do to grow as disciples of Christ.