We believe that church is a community of people rather than a building or a Sunday service. Thus while Sunday worship is very important to us, it doesn’t represent all of our common life together. We therefore, by God’s grace, desire to corporately and individually develop a “Rule of Life” – a balanced rhythm of life and relationships that incorporates weekly movements of up, in, out, and down.
Up movements are opportunities for devotion to God, bringing our worship, praise, and thanksgiving to God in our Sunday Worship/Mass but also in all aspects of our lives as we seek to bring Him glory and thanksgiving in innumerable ways.
In movements are opportunities for devotion to each other – loving and caring for our own community through pastoral care, healing prayer, and spending time together. In movements are also opportunities for individual transformation through discipleship and spiritual formation activities, such as Bible and theology discussions, prayer, spiritual direction, and engagement with various spiritual practices.
Out movements are opportunities for showing compassion towards others by serving our community and sharing the Good News of Jesus. Out movements are also opportunities for living out our call and vocation in our places of work and our homes, as well as finding ways of participating in Christ’s reconciliation of the world.
Down movements are intentional times of re-creation or Sabbath rest – of down-time with our Lord and relationship-building with our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
(The Up, In, and Out movements are drawn from Mike Breen’s idea of missional communities.)
Living out our Rhythms in Fall 2015
While living out our rhythms may look a bit different in each season, this is what it looked liked this Fall.
Our “up” rhythms consisted of our weekly Sunday worship services.
Our “in” rhythm of spiritual formation included times of prayer and teaching, including an introduction to the Examen and to the Season of Advent.
Our “in” rhythm of study included discussing N.T. Wright’s Simply Jesus and then during Advent discussing classic religious short stories such as the Other Wise Man, the Gift of the Magi, and Papa Panov’s Special Christmas.
Our “out” rhythm included serving with St. Frances Center, Street Life Ministries, Operation Christmas Child, the local school systems, and Bethlehem AD.
In addition to our monthly rhythms, Community of the Way follows the rhythms of the ancient Church Year, which takes us through Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time each year. To find out more about the Church Year, check out this helpful video.