• Rhythms

    The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – February 2019

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 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:

 When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

 

Ephesians 3:14–19

 


Each month as we meditate on truth, we come to God with questions 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 questions to God. Wait for Him to answer throughout your month. Allow the Spirit to do what only He can do.

How has God provided and created Home for me?

 

How has God welcomed me home?

 

Was I able to live from that home yesterday?

 

How can I live from that home 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:

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 

Ephesians 3:17



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

Monthly Book: No monthly book this month.


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.)

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

Leader: How does it feel to be home?

Do you experience that same feeling with God? Why or why not?

What do we need to remind ourselves of so that we can actually find our home in him?

(Hand out the bread and cup.)

Read the meditation passage again.

Leader: “As we take the bread, we remember that he was cut off from home in order to lead us home.”

(Take the bread.)

Leader: “As we take the cup we remember that his blood was shed to ensure that we would be welcomed home with open arms.”

(Take the cup.)

Spend time thanking him for the home we have in Him!



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, February 20th.

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

It’s often the old appetites that pull us back into the old. We’ve been made new, but our flesh still has those old cravings. As you experience the craving of hunger remember the old you want to leave behind.

As you move past the craving celebrate the reality that God has made it possible for you to move past those other cravings in your life as well. Allow it to motivate you in that fight, to strengthen your resolve, and to encourage you that you can do it!


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.

If possible, spend your solitude time at home this month. Don’t work on anything. No laundry. No cleaning. Just be home. Relax. Enjoy what it means to be home.

 

Reflect on how God has made it possible for you to experience home not only when you are home, but wherever you might be. Talk with him about how he’s given you:

 

Belonging – You are forever part of his family.

Security – Nothing can separate you from his love.

Identity – You are a child of the king no matter what.

 

Enjoy home. Celebrate home with Him!

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