• Rhythms

    The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – May 2017

One of the most difficult and yet beautiful steps in our maturity as disciples of Christ is the embracing of our disabilities. The scriptures are incredibly clear that it’s in our weakness that His strength is displayed and yet we continue to act as if this journey is about our strength instead of His.

He calls us to embrace our weakness. He calls us to live in light of our disabilities.

The following book is designed to help us address two of the most destructive of our disabilities; our forgetfulness and our blindness.

Our forgetfulness robs us of living in light of His grace, His provision, His love, and His presence. We have the capacity to walk out of an incredible experience with Him and in a moment to believe the lie that He is distant. We need to develop rhythms in our lives and day that call us to remember the reality that we live and move and breathe in Him.

Rhythms also help us address our blindness because they draw us into a conversation with Him that does not cease. Rather than simply speaking to him once a day or once a week, we intentionally schedule times throughout our day to reignite our conversation with Him if by chance it has ceased. We seek to live our lives listening. We seek to live our lives attune to the voice that awakens us to the truth of God. We seek to pray without ceasing as we engage Him throughout our day rather than wasting our conversation by talking to ourselves.

Throughout history those who have known God well, those who have walked with Him, have lived lives with rhythms that called them back frequently to the one they loved most. We seek to do the same. We hope you’ll join us.



Each month we choose one passage on which to meditate for the month. We read this passage every day at a scheduled time and ask God to help us understand it better by allowing it to sift through the lives we lead. Our return to it over and over keeps the truth fresh in our minds as we experience the world around us and allows it to come alive. We seek to listen as the Spirit uses it to enlighten our experience of the journey with Christ.

Throughout this month we will be meditating on:

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 

For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. 

2 Corinthians 5:16–6:2



Each month as we meditate on truth, we come to God with a question for Him to speak into during our month. We can learn truth intellectually, but we need the Spirit to speak truth into our hearts for us to awaken to it. Bring the following question to God. Wait for Him to answer throughout your month. Allow the Spirit to do what only He can do.

Where am I still living like the old person?

Who am I in your eyes?

How can I embrace the new person I am today?



In memorizing God’s word we allow the Spirit to bring truth into our lives at any moment as He calls us back to a passage at just the right time in just the right situation.

This month our memory verse is:

So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!   

2 Corinthians 5:16–17



In God’s pursuit of us He has given us an incredible gift of the Scriptures. The Scriptures are given to allow us to know Him. They introduce us to Him. They allow us to see His heart, purpose, and plan. Each year we read through the New Testament together as a family to pursue the one who has pursued us. To subscribe to our reading plan simply visit the site below where you can sign up to receive the daily reading every weekday morning in your inbox.

Bible Reading Plan



God calls us to fight for people in prayer. The power of prayer is far beyond our understanding, and in faith we bring before God those we fight for. In order to fight well, we’ve designated certain days to certain prayer requests. This allows us to be intentional and obedient in prayer.

Monday – Friends who don’t know Christ
Tuesday – Family
Wednesday – Church
Thursday – Dinner Group
Friday – City and nation
Saturday – World
Sunday – Co-workers



One of the great gifts that God has given us is the ability to learn from others who are on this journey with us. As we are on our way we often have the opportunity to do just that through reading or audio books. Each month we tackle one book that ties into our contemplative passage.

Monthly Book:   “Fresh Faith” by Jim Cymbala


Developing healthy rhythms in your life is about finding a schedule that works for you. It’s about figuring out how to incorporate all that we’ve talked about into your daily, weekly, and monthly experience. It’s about prioritizing and consistently pursuing the one who loves you most. Many of us follow the daily rhythm below, but feel free to adjust it based on your daily flow and expectations.

Morning:

  • Bible Reading Plan
  • Personal Prayer

Commute:

  • Monthly Book

Lunch:

  • Meditation Passage
  • Meditation Question

Before Bed:

  • Memorization
  • Intercessory Prayer Schedule


The Lord’s Supper is another rhythm of remembrance and a rhythm we can experience in community. Each month in your dinner group you’ll walk through our monthly communion practice that ties into our meditation passage for that month as well as our memory verse. The leader will walk you through the following questions.

As you begin communion this month, read through our meditation passage together. (See above)

Leader: “How have you seen God make you new?”

Leader: “How have you seen God make others in this group new?”

Hand out the bread and cup.

Leader: As we take the bread, we remember that our old self died with Him on that cross. – Take the bread.

Leader: As we take the cup, we remember that we have been made new with Him by His resurrection. – Take the cup.

Have each person pray a one sentence prayer thanking God for how they’ve been made new!



Fasting is a practice that allows us to contain the appetites of our flesh while feeding our appetite for the one who loves us most. In denying the appetite for food, we learn that we are stronger than our flesh while at the same time feeding our appetite for Christ, reminding ourselves of where the desires of our heart are actually found.

This month we will be fasting on Thursday May 18th.

We will be abstaining from any food and will drink only water from the moment we wake until sunset.

As you move through the day allow your hunger to remind you of your salvation. Allow it to remind you that you are a new person no longer enslaved to the urges of your flesh. Allow it to cause celebration in your day and life!



It’s in silence and solitude that we create space for God to speak to our soul. Those who pursued God often did so in the wilderness. This quarter, we invite you to take a day and find a space you can enjoy in solitude and silence. Try to spend at least four hours walking through this rhythm.

In solitude take the time to reflect on your salvation. Find a place where you can see the new birth of spring and summer.

Write down all that has changed in you since your salvation.

Write down the things you can see in yourself.

Write down the things God has said have changed about you.

Celebrate that God is bringing you to new life just like the nature you see around you emerging from winter.

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