I’ve been using the Northumbria Celtic Prayer pattern for a couple of months now. I finally broke down and bought the book that has it all together, without having to go online. Richard Foster wrote the Forward to the book. As he visited the community, he shared 3 commitments they have in the community:
1. Taking vows of availability and vulnerability. These extend both vertically and horizontally.
2. They dedicate themselves to a way of life that is anchored in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7 of the NT. The sermon is should not be ‘relegated to another dispensation or viewed as utopian sayings to be admired in the abstract.’ The community has taken the courage to live these among the current pressures of the culture we find ourselves in.
3. A daily rhythm of prayer. No matter where you find these folks, in crowded places, in school, or in homes- there is a pause to keep a steady gaze towards God with Celtic fixed hour prayer.