2021 Recommended Rhythm of Life
1.Practice “Life Together”
Gathering regularly in community and times of worship is key to growing in our “others life”. This is where we believe spiritual growth and formation happens best, in the context of a meaningful and authentic Christ centered community. This is what we call “Life Together”.
Hebrews 10:25 “…not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Acts 5:42 “They met day after day, in the Temple courts and from house to house.
Acts 20:20 “You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.”
Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
We have many different ways to connect in community and gather in worship together. Live online, on our patio outside, inside the Chapel or catch us on youtube during the week. Connect with others through community groups, serving on a team, classes, open communication, spiritual friendships & intentional neighboring.
- Worship from home, online on Sundays HERE
- Join us inside or on the outside Patio on Sundays
- Connect with us online throughout the week on YouTube or a podcast app.
- Worship through generosity at SocietyChurch.com/give
- Community Groups are an ongoing opportunity to connect with others and grow in your faith and formation as we follow Jesus together.
- Midweek Chapel– A quarterly time of worship, contemplative prayer & communion.
- Serve on a team. Sign up to serve on a team at SocietyChurch.com/serve.
2. Practice “Daily Office”
Daily Office is a specific time set aside to meet with God, to take up office time with the Lord. It’s purpose is to connect us with the presence of God amidst the everydayness of life. Jesus is often found with his disciples at the Temple, they are there teaching and to participate in the daily calls to prayer. The early apostles also often went to the Temple to pray during these hours.
- Ancient Jewish Calls to Prayer- Morning, Afternoon and Evening call to prayer at the Temple
- Ancient Christian Calls to Prayer- 8 times a day, starting at 2am going until 7pm. Begun in the 400’s as set times of prayer each having its own time, name and focus.
- Ideas for developing a daily office today- morning, afternoon, evening
3 Daily Office Distinctives:
- Attention: Focus of the mind and heart upon God’s presence- This can be reading or listening to scripture, reading or listening to others thoughts and reflections on scripture. Set a specific time or times to turn your attention towards God. (Romans 12:1-2)
- Communication: Intentional direct communication with God- A time of prayer that involves both listening and speaking to God. PRAY- pause, rejoice, ask, yield. (Philippians 4:4-9)
- Integration: Discerning something to apply or carry with you back into your Inner, Outer or Others life. Is there any specific point of action this might be leading to in your day? (James 1:22-25)
Daily Office Ideas & Resources:
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality/Relationships Day by Day
- Sign up for a free copy of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day HERE
- Lectio 365 App– Daily Office with Scripture, Guided prayer and Lectio Divina
- Lectio Divina (other contemplative prayer exercises)
- PRAY- Pause, Rejoice, Ask, Yield
- SOAP- Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
- Divine Hours
- Contemplative at Home Podcast (or something similar that leads you through a form of Attention, Communication, Integration)
- Find out about more Daily Office Recommended Resources HERE
3. Practice “Weekly Sabbath”
Developing a Sabbath Practice. Sabbath translated from Hebrew means to STOP or CEASE.
I have found that I can do daily office, prayer, church, community group, scripture memory, study the Bible and read theology for hours, do lectio divina, Fast, pray in dust and ashes. But if I don’t STOP and get the rest my soul needs, on a regular, ongoing, weekly basis I will likely not show up with the spiritual energy required of me to be a loving, kind, peaceful, gentle, kind, patient, faithful, self controlled Christ follower.
Stress left unattended, or a rhythm of overwork does violence to our soul and spiritual life. It is no small misstep. Sabbath is where we were intended to work from, not for. I never have time for Sabbath. At the end of my week there is always a list of to do’s left to be done, there are always emails and texts I didn’t find the time to reply to, there are always people and opportunities I have to put off in order to be able to STOP and find rest.
4 Sabbath Distinctives from Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero:
Stop- The very meaning of the Hebrew word Sabbath is stop or cease. This means STOP working, those demands, requests, emails, and needs will be there tomorrow and the day after and the day after that. In fact they will never stop! Sabbath is not done out of convenience or being absolutely finished with what needs to get done. Sabbath is a practice out of necessity to live into a future reality of complete delight in God and renewal of our world.
Rest- Consider these as sabbath practices that can help you to find rest: napping, working out, going for long walks, reading a novel or non work related book, recreation, watching a good movie, going out for dinner. Whatever is going to allow you the time and space to experience restfulness. Anything that creates restlessness, consider it something to avoid.
Delight- Sabbath delight invites us to healthy play. The word chosen by the Greek Fathers for the perfect, mutual indwelling of the Trinity was perichoenisis. It literally means “dancing around.” Creation and life are, in a sense, God’s gift of a playground to us. Whether it be through sports, recreation, dance, games, looking at old family photographs, or visiting museums, nurturing our sense of pure fun in God also is part of Sabbath.
Contemplate- Pondering the love of God remains the central focus of our Sabbaths. Throughout Jewish and Christian history, Sabbath has included worship with God’s people where we feast on his presence, the reading and study of Scripture, and silence. For this reason, Saturdays (if your tradition gathers on that day) or Sundays remain the ideal time for Sabbath keeping whenever possible. Every Sabbath also serves as a taste of the glorious eternal party of music, food, and beauty that awaits us in heaven when we see him face to face (Revelation 22:4). On every Sabbath, we experience a sampling of something greater that awaits us. Our short earthly lives are put in perspective as we look forward to the day when God’s kingdom will come in all its fullness and we will enter an eternal Sabbath feast in God’s perfect presence. We will taste his splendor, greatness, beauty, excellence, and glory far beyond anything we ever experienced or dreamed.
- Learn more about practicing a sabbath HERE
- Do less by not clicking HERE 🙂
4. Practice a “Spirit Led Life”
Acts 1:4-5, 8- “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…..but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit?
Spiritual Empowerment (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18)
Personal Transformation (Galatians 5:22-26)
In the illustration below, think about this path as a journey walking towards the sun. The shadow is meant to be behind you as you journey towards Christ. Then when darkness comes, those dark valleys of life, we allow God to be a lamp to our feet (one step at a time) and a light to our path (provision of vision and direction). Along the way we experience the Spirit Led mission of God all around us in the people we meet, the projects we work on and the formation we experience both individually and communally. The mission is to make disciples of Jesus. Not followers of us, or “believers” but active participants in the life of Christ, “followers of the way” (Acts 9:2, 19:9, 24:14).
How do I live a spirit led life?
Not interested in God or what God might be doing in your life where interests are directed by self, often resulting in discord, confusion and frustration.
Attempting to live the Christian life on your own strength where interests are still directed by yourself and will still lead to discord, confusion and frustration.
Living a life where your interests are directed by the Spirit which will lead to harmony with God’s plan and clarity of mind and heart about God’s purposes.
Additional Recommended Resources:
- Rhythm Teaching Series- This was a series we did in January 2020 all about establishing a life giving rhythm for life and faith.
- Society Church’s Connect Booklet – our connect booklet is a resource meant to help with your spiritual growth here at Society Church.
- A Rule of Life Workbook– a helpful resource to think through and write out your own rule of life for 2020 and beyond.
- Celebration of Discipline– a classic book that gives ideas of different practices that can be incorporated into your rule of life.
- Emotionally Healthy Spirituality– a great resource for discovering a holistic faith and practices on how to embrace it.