The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – June 2017
The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – June 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.
Throughout this month we will be meditating on:
The LORD, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance. Our God approaches, and he is not silent. Fire devours everything in his way, and a great storm rages around him.
He calls on the heavens above and earth below to witness the judgment of his people. “Bring my faithful people to me— those who made a covenant with me by giving sacrifices.” Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude.
“O my people, listen as I speak. Here are my charges against you, O Israel: I am God, your God! I have no complaint about your sacrifices or the burnt offerings you constantly offer. But I do not need the bulls from your barns or the goats from your pens. For all the animals of the forest are mine, and I own the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird on the mountains, and all the animals of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it. Do I eat the meat of bulls? Do I drink the blood of goats?
Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High.
Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” Psalms 50:1–15 NLT
Where am I living like I am big and you are small?
What am I believing I can do alone?
This month our memory verse is:
Then he said to me, “This is what the LORD says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. Zechariah 4:6 NLT
Monday – Friends who don’t know Christ
Tuesday – Family
Wednesday – Church
Thursday – Dinner Group
Friday – City and nation
Saturday – World
Sunday – Co-workers
Monthly Book: “Power Through Prayer” by E.M. Bounds
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.
As you begin communion this month, read through our meditation passage together. (See above.)
Leader: “Where in your life has God revealed that you are trusting your strength, not His?”
Leader: “What do you need to bring to Him tonight?”
Hand out the bread and cup.
Leader: As we take the bread, we remember that He gave His only son for us so that we would never doubt His love and provision.
Leader: As we take the cup, we remember why we can come to Him as His children and ask Him to work in our lives.
Spend time as a group praying for God to provide space for our church family to continue increasing our impact in our community!
This month we will be fasting on Thursday June 22nd.
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!
In solitude take the time to reflect on God’s provision.
Create a list of all that you have to be grateful for:
Bring before Him your needs
Bring before Him the need that our church family has for space.
Celebrate God’s provision in the past and the future!