What is Rhythms for Life?

Who are you becoming? And how will you get there?

Spiritual transformation is not a one-size-fits-all journey. Each of us has a particular identity, gifts, values, roles, and purpose. We each need distinct spiritual rhythms that are designed to help us live out that vocation and calling.

Rhythms for Life empowers you to craft a life of more intentionality in following Jesus and becoming Christlike in ways that fit who we are. First we discover who God made us to be, in all of our distinctiveness. Then we enter into spiritual practices that flow out of that particular sense of identity, with fourfold rhythms that point us upward to God, inward to self, withward in community, and outward in mission. Our vocation is our identity uniquely lived out before God, bringing our being and doing together.

You can live a life that is more aligned with who you are meant to be. Discover spiritual rhythms that move at the pace of grace and align you with your unique identity and calling in Christ.

Craft your Rhythm for Life in Community

Rhythms for Life was originally developed within St. Peter’s Fireside. This book is truly a product of the church for the church. As a community, we encourage everyone to craft a Rhythm For Life. However, we encourage you to do it with others. Seasonally, we host groups of people who engage Rhythms for Life together over a ten-week period. Or you are welcome to invite a handful of people to work through the Rhythms Together process together.

Rhythms for the COVID-19 pandemic

If you’re struggling during this COVID-19 season, we suggest the following communal Rhythm to help ground us as a non-anxious presence for the good of our city.

As always, start simple. Choose one practice, a few, or all of them. But do not turn them into a checklist or a bar to achieve. Focus on the practices that keep you grounded in Christ, period. This is not a season for renewed self-improvement. But as always, our call is to be present to the presence of Jesus.

Up – Upward to God

One — Begin and end with presence instead of screen

Before you do anything else or touch a screen, begin your day with God in prayer, meditate upon Scripture, and be present to the presence of Jesus. End your day in the same way. Try out the Daily Offices as a habit, and set your alarm to pray for the world and COVID-19 at 12:12pm. Try lighting a candle at the end of the day to meditate upon the light of Christ as the hope of the world.

Two — Cultivate Gratitude

Cultivate gratitude. Use a gratitude journal in the morning or evening. Develop habits of sharing moments of thankfulness with friends or family. Gratitude cultivates a worldview of grace—receiving all of life and salvation as a gift.

Three — Keep Sabbath

Resist the urge to “make the most” or “maximize” this season. Commit to a full day of rest in which you cease from work, social media, and news for 24 hours. The Sabbath keeps us in sync with the rhythms of God’s creation.

In — Inward to Self

Four — Self care

Take care of yourself by getting up and going to bed at the same time every day. Shower. Get dressed and ready for the day even though you’ll be staying home. Keep your environment clean and tidy. Try to find simple ways to move for 20-30 minutes a day. All these things impact our mental health. Read this article for more ideas, or, this great resource for mental health from Anne Shannon (RCC).

Five — Limit media and escapism

It’s difficult not to constantly check the news or refresh our feed. The temptation to scroll is endless. Consider limits around your consumption. Perhaps 30-45 minutes a day at a specific time during the day. Take note when you’re using anything as a way to escape and try to be present to what is going on within you at that moment.

With — Withward in Community

Six — Prioritize intentional connection

We are made for relationship. This is a time to press into our interdependence. Identify a few core people and be intentional about how often you’ll connect with one another. Share openly about your experience during this season. Prioritize your virtual community group meeting and virtual worship on Sundays.

Out — Outward in Mission

Seven — Expand your circle

People will feel increased loneliness and isolation during this time. How can you increase your circle? How can you connected with them? Be creative.

St. Peter's Fireside

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