Rhythms of Grace

Abide is the Missional Community of St James & Emmanuel, Didsbury

Abide has been going now for six months and finds its identity in two places.  Firstly in gatherings and then secondly in a missional lifestyle focused around the ‘Five Rhythms of Grace’.  They gather every second Tuesday for a shared meal and then on the fourth Sunday of each month for an experimental service, alongside this they are involved in various missional activities in our locality.

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."

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.

These five rhythms are not rules that dictate behaviour, but a starting point to help to understand who we are, and what we need to do to grow as disciples of Christ.

The Rhythms of Grace have been developed by the Community of St. Chad in Lichfield Diocese.

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