• Rhythms

    The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – April 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:

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 

 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:1–11 NLT



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.

What was it like to give up all the glory to be one of us?

How did you live as a servant to the ones you created who hated you?

Who am I viewing as below me?

Who do I need to serve 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:

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 

 Philippians 2:3–4 NLT



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:   “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” by Tim Keller


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: “What do you think it was like for Jesus to leave that behind?”

Leader: “Tonight we’re going to think of others as more important than ourselves. We’re going to take our meal to someone else who needs it. Before we go, we’re going to remember how He served us.”

Hand out the bread and cup.

Leader: As we take the bread, remember that He lowered Himself to be broken the way we deserved to be broken. – Take the bread.

Leader: As we take the cup, remember that His blood was shed like a criminal in our place. – Take the cup.

Have someone thank God for the way He served us in both His life and death.

Take what you were planning to share as a meal and give it to someone in need. If you need ideas, contact our church office and we can share with you families in need.



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 Wednesday April 12th.

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 don’t just refrain from eating. Purchase the meal you would have eaten and give it to a co-worker, friend, or someone in need. Serve them what you deserved yourself.

Allow your hunger to awaken you to how He sacrificed for and served you!



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.

As you move into your time of solitude return to the contemplative question. Imagine what it was like to leave such glory to become a servant.

Ask God to reveal your pride.

Confess the glory and honor you hold onto instead of serving others.

Give Him your life and trust Him with your honor!

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