New Day Rule Of Life

Our Rule of Life is based Wesley’s General Rules, the membership vows of the United Methodist Church and St. Benedict’s Rule. The New Day Lead team meets twice a month in a covenant group for accountability and support in following the rule of life. The rule of life and covenant group questions are below. We believe this rule opens our eyes to God’s grace, balances life and enables us to pursue holiness in all aspects of daily living.

PRAYERS

  • We will pray daily
  • We will use a variety of forms of prayer such as the reflective reading of Scripture and other spiritual texts, confession, the prayer of examen, intercession, journaling, and contemplation
  • We will fast from food once a week (either a full or partial fast)

PRESENCE

  • We will practice a contemplative stance in order to be present to God, the world, and ourselves
  • We will be hospitable to our neighbors in our families, neighborhoods and workplaces
  • We will be hospitable to our faith community through participation in our worship, fellowship and mission

GIFTS

  • We will honor and care for the gift of the earth and its resources, practicing ecologically responsible living, striving for simplicity rather than excessive consumption
  • We will practice generosity in sharing our material resources, including money, within and beyond this community
  • We will use our spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to serve God within and beyond this community

SERVICE

  • We will serve God and neighbor out of gratitude for the love of God
  • We will practice mutual accountability with a covenant group within the community, for how we serve God and neighbor
  • We will practice regular Sabbath as a means of renewal so that we can lovingly serve God and neighbor

WITNESS

  • We will practice racial and gender reconciliation
  • We will resist evil and injustice
  • We will pursue peace with justice
  • We will share the redeeming, healing, creative love of God in word, deed and presence as an invitation to others to experience the transforming love of God

I commit to this rule of life and to the well-being of this community, out of gratitude to God who forgives, heals, and makes all things new. May my life be a blessing within and beyond God’s church, for the transformation of the world.

Covenant Group Questions

Prayers

  • How did you experience prayer since we last met?
  • How did you experience fasting since we last met?
  • How can we support you in the development of your prayer practices? 

Presence

  • In what ways were you present to your inner life? Your significant others? Your work or school associates? Your neighbors?
  • How did you practice hospitality to your neighbors in your family, neighborhood, and workplace since we last met?
  • How have you been present to our faith community through participation in our worship, fellowship and mission since we last met?

Gifts

  • Since we last met how have you honored and cared for the gift of the earth and its resources? How have you practiced ecologically responsible living, striving for simplicity rather than excessive consumption?
  • In what ways have you practiced generosity in sharing your material resources, including money, within and beyond this community since we last met?
  • How have you used your spiritual gifts, talents and abilities to serve God within and beyond this community since we last met?

Service

  • As you served God and neighbor since we last met, how have you nurtured a spirit of gratitude within yourself?
  • In what ways have you struggled with temptation and sin since we last met?
  • How have you practiced Sabbath for your own rest and renewal since we last met?
  • How can we support you in your journey toward wholeness and trust in God’s love until we meet again? 

Witness

  • In what ways have you been an active agent of reconciliation since we last met? How can we support you in this process?
  • In what ways have you engaged in resistance against evil and injustice since we last met? How can we support you in this process?
  • In what ways have you shared the redeeming, healing, creative love of God in word, deed and presence as an invitation to others to experience the transforming love of God, since we last met?

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