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This summer Rhythm is facilitating three study groups on different themes and topics. Each group will focus on a significant discipleship topic and we’d love for you to participate! Each person will need to register for each group by contacting the respective contact person.
Sabbath and Rest
Wednesday’s, 6:45–8:30 pm (June 13 – August 2)
Do you have the STBs? Are you Stressed? Tired? Busy? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these, you may have the STBs. There’s good news, God has provided a treatment, a rhythm of rest, called the Sabbath the practice of resting. Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moral laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or buy beer on Sundays. This study will challenge traditional conceptions of the Sabbath, providing you with a robust theology and practical tools. God doesn’t just want us to live fragmented lives, but rather he wants us to become a whole person and a whole society. With this perspective, Sabbath can be the starting point for a life that breaks the restless cycle of a demanding culture and allows you to focus on what is truly important: God, people, and His creation.
The Book of Colossians
Thursday’s, 7–9 pm (June 14 – August 3)
In the book of Colossians, Paul addresses problems the Church faces and encourages believers to remain devoted to the exalted Jesus. Because of Jesus’ position as the firstborn and head of the body and because of His resurrection, they are reconciled to God, free from the law and able to live transformed lives. They are joined to Jesus as new creations and are part of His new multi-ethnic family. As members of the new humanity, no part of their human existence remains untouched by the loving and liberating rule of Jesus. Their suffering, temptation to compromise, moral character and the power dynamic in their home must all be re-examined and can be transformed.
This group will meet at Whole Foods in South Miami (6701 Red Rd). Contact John for more information.
Restorative Justice & Jubilee
Tuesday’s, 7-9 pm (July 3 – July 31)
This class will develop an understanding of biblical ethics that centers on God’s plan to preserve the spiritual, social, and economic welfare of his people. The focus of study will be anchored in the Old Testament concept of Jubilee and the elements of Old Testament law that are intended to intersect the community spiritual, social, and economic life of God’s people. Biblical textual and contextual study will be a core discipline of the course.
*** Rhythm is hosting this as a satellite course at the Center for Social Change (2103 Coral Way). The live presentation will occur in Tampa, FL and Rhythm will participate via satellite feed. Contact Lauren for more information and to sign-up.
Rhythm is excited to have Mark Scandrette with us on April 29th. Mark is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Mark has written numerous books that can be found HERE.
Join us at 10:30 am on April 29th as Mark shares his own journey of raising a family in the urban core of San Francisco and what it can look like for a family to flourish in the way of Jesus.
If you are new to Rhythm we’d love to connect with you! Newcomers Lunch is specifically designed for people who have recently connected to Rhythm and want to learn a bit more about our story, vision, and ways to integrate into the life of the community.
Come have lunch, meet the pastors, and make some new friends!
Please email Lauren Fernandez by Friday, June 8th for more information and to attend on Sunday, June 10.
We invite you to journey with us during the season of Lent. Beginning in the fourth century, the church began observing Lent as a forty-day period of reflection and preparation for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a time of repentance, of considering Christ’s sufferings, and rethinking how we are called to take up our own crosses and follow Jesus.
We also encourage you to download this Lent Devotional Guide that our community is using this Lenten season. Each day has its own Psalm to use for prayer and a scripture passage to meditate on. Take a few minutes each day to spend time with Jesus during this season, opening up your heart to his presence as he journey’s to the cross.
The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, February 11th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s budget and financial vision for 2018 and will be creating a space for dialogue and prayer about the direction God is leading our church. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch!
Please RSVP HERE
GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre
In September 2017 Rhythm’s leadership began a public search process for a half-time pastoral role. Over the past four months, both the temporary Search Team (ST) and Guidance Team have spent considerable time, prayer, and dialogue in the pastoral search process.
Rhythm’s GT and temporary ST are excited to announce that we unanimously recommend that Lauren Fernandez join Rhythm’s pastoral team!
We believe Lauren is a fantastic candidate for this pastoral position and believe God has led her to serve and lead Rhythm during this season of our church’s life. We are thankful for God’s quick provision for Rhythm and are excited to take the next faith step as a community!
Both the GT and ST are very encouraged by the spirit of unity and enthusiasm within the leadership throughout the search, interview, and hiring process. In Christian tradition, unity is a fundamental marker that God’s direction has been discerned. Please pray that we continue “being one in spirit and of one mind” (Philippians 2:2) as we seek God’s direction for our community.
Please read Lauren’s bio and Q&A about her pastoral role.
The word agape means “unconditional love.” The Agape Meal celebrates that we are people who are unconditionally loved by God and called to spread his love to the world. We spend time with one another eating potluck dishes, worshipping, praying, and talking about what it means to live into our community’s Rule of Life.
The next Agape Meal is Friday, December 1st, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Center for Social Change on the 5th floor (2103 Coral Way, Miami, FL 33145).
Everyone is welcome to come and participate at the Agape Meal, but we especially encourage those who consider Rhythm to be their “home church” to be at the meal.
Email Matt Alexander if you have any questions. Sign-up on the link below to bring or make a dish to share and we’ll see you at the Agape Meal!
Please join Rhythm for a 5-week session, every other Sunday morning beginning on October 22 at 9 am to discuss Dr. Brenda McNeal’s book Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities Towards Unity, Wholeness, and Justice.
With all that is going on in the world we want to continue to discuss, plan, and take action as a multicultural community to help our hearts heal and other brothers and sisters who may be experiencing catalyst events of crisis. Join us as we work through this book and create ways to move Miami communities towards unity, wholeness and justice.
The meeting dates are:
A LITANY FOLLOWING HURRICANE IRMA
Lord, we stand in your presence today, a people, a city, a state struggling to return to normal. Not alone, but together. Beyond color and class, nationality and ideology. Beyond any and all dividing lines. In the uncertainty and upheaval of this week; we stand united. We ask you to join us in this time, Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.
We pray for all those affected by Hurricane Irma as it swept through our region. Especially those displaced or whose belongings and memories have been ravaged by wind and water. For those in the direct path of the storm, in the Keys, the West Coast and the Caribbean; for those in river-flooded areas across North Florida; for those waiting to return to their residences; for those who have lost their livelihood; for those most vulnerable, the poor, the undocumented, the elderly, the homeless and the newly homeless — Lord God, to all those most greatly impacted, grant the comfort and strength needed to lift their heads in hope, trusting your peace and provision to meet them in the days and weeks to come.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.
We pray in gratitude for all those who have and continue to come to the aid of our city, our state and its people, to restore power, clear the streets, deliver necessities and tirelessly provide critical services. Grant them energy and focus, guide their minds and their hands to work swiftly and safely. Bless the homes that have opened their doors. May they all be instruments of your greater work in our midst.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy.
Lord, we pray for your Church. In your grace and power, embolden your people Lord, to be the hands and feet of Christ as our state rebuilds. Work within us, around us, and through us; that signs of your love and goodness would spread for miles in every direction.
Lord, hear our prayer.
You have been our shelter through the storm. Pour down your Spirit upon your people like a healing ray of sun. Renew us all in faith as the clouds part, and your blue sky looks down upon our city once again.
As we work together, may enemies become neighbors, neighbors become friends, friends become family. And may it be to your glory. Lord, hear our prayer. Amen.
This week Monday 9/18 through Friday 9/22 Wellspring therapists will be available from 9 a.m-1 p.m taking calls from those in our community who need emotional support after Irma. These consultations are provided at no cost to you and are confidential. Our offices in Homestead, Palmetto Bay, Kendall, and Coral Gables are fully operational and appointments are available by phone or email. To make an appointment, please call our main office at 786-573-7010. For email responses to any of your questions, please send them to email@example.com. We hope to continue to serve you and your family during this difficult time.
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