The Community Rhythms of Hoboken Grace – November 2020
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:
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:19–25 NIV
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.
Where in my life am I not trusting your forgiveness?
Where am I hesitating to come to you?
Where am I not experiencing the incredible hope that you’ve given me?
How can I encourage others towards love and good deeds 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:
“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
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. To help in establishing these rhythms, we also created a way to set-up daily reminders through the Hoboken Grace App. Once you download and open the app, just go to the top left hand corner, then settings, notifications and click to turn on rhythms. You will be sent reminders in the morning, at lunch and right before the end of the work day. Many of us follow the daily rhythm schedule below, but feel free to adjust it based on your daily flow and expectations.
End of Work Day:
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: God is welcoming us to enter His presence today without hesitation. Where do you need to trust His forgiveness and the sacrifice of Jesus on your behalf?
Are you viewing yourself as clean or are you believing the lie that you still carry your sins?
(Hand out the bread and cup.)
Read the meditation passage again.
Leader: “As we take the bread, we remember that Jesus was the ultimate, only, and final sacrifice for our sin. It is finished.”
(Take the bread.)
Leader: “As we take the cup we remember that Jesus’ blood washed us completely clean. We stand before God pure and righteous because of this incredible sacrifice!”
(Take the cup.)
Boldly take your requests to Him as a group trusting that He welcomes you as His children!
This month we will be fasting on Thursday, November 19th.
As you fast today allow the cravings of your body to remind you that the satisfaction of your soul is readily available. Allow your temporary need to draw your attention to the fact that your soul is eternally satisfied because of what Jesus has done for you. Every time you long for food let it motivate you to drink deeply of His presence in your life. Don’t move past the moment. Reflect on the reality that you get to consistently experience God in your life and allow yourself to engage Him without hesitation!
If possible find your way to a secluded quiet place.
What would it look like if you truly believed that you were completely forgiven? What would it look like if rather than questioning your relationship with God you focused on how you could motivate others to experience what God has made available to you? What would change if you were unwavering in your confidence that He welcomes you into His presence?
Who in your life needs you to spur them on to love and good deeds? Make a plan of how you can live that out this week.