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Journeying with Jesus

February 7th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

 

Family Meeting

January 18th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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

Welcome Lauren!

December 4th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Agape Meal

November 9th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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!

POTLUCK SIGN-UP

Racial Reconcilation

October 10th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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:
10/22
11/5
11/19
12/3
12/17

Contact Jennifer Estime of Lauren Fernandez to join the group or for more information.

Prayer After the Storm

September 18th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Free Counseling This Week

September 18th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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 info@wellspringmiami.org.  We hope to continue to serve you and your family during this difficult time.

Learn more about Wellspring Counseling.

Hurricane Irma

September 6th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Due to worsening conditions of the weather caused by Hurricane Irma, we are canceling our regular Sunday morning worship for September 10 @ 10:30 am.

If you need help with hurricane shutters or anything else, you can contact us at 305-791-3252. Please prepare well and stay safe.

Take on the Rule of Life

August 24th, 2017

Rhythm Team

We’re inviting anyone who wants to make a public commitment to following Jesus with Rhythm to take on our Rule of Life during worship on Sunday, October 1.

We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to a local expression of Christ’s body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When someone asks how they can “be a part of Rhythm,” our first response is simply to say, Come have a seat at the table. We’d love for you to take part in everything we do. If you want in, you’re in. However, if the question they’re asking is “How do I commit myself to this community and its way of life?” – then we encourage them to consider taking on our Rule of Life.

In 2012 a group of about 20 leaders in Rhythm gathered to discuss and discern what it could mean for us to have a robust community life centered around Jesus. Rhythm chose to develop a Rule of Life to express the shape of our life together. We believe the church is not a club bound by exclusive membership – instead, it is a community in mission bound together by the good news of Jesus and his kingdom. We are to be “partners in the gospel” (Philippians 1:5), called to a shared life and a shared mission.

The Rule of Life is not a binding set of “rules”, nor does it in any way create an exclusive club. Instead it is our attempt to articulate the core elements of following Jesus and growing together. Confirmed annually (and throughout the year for new friends joining us), it is a commitment to anchor one’s life in the concrete practices of loving God and loving others (the rhythm of worship and mission), to follow Jesus Christ in the core issues of practical living (money, sex, power), and to do all of this together (not simply as individuals but as a community). This is a commitment of grace that we hope you will receive freely and joyfully. 

We encourage you to download our Rule of Life Guide & FAQs for the fuller context and explanation.

Please email Chelsea no later than September 24 confirming that you will be taking on the Rule of Life.

The Rule

✠ Because God is to be worshipped and treasured above all things, we commit to loving God in all aspects of our life, and pursuing Him individually and communally through spiritual practices and holy habits including prayer, scripture, gathered worship, and Sabbath rest.

✠ Because God’s desire is to bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, we commit to being on mission with God through approaching our work in the world as sacred, loving and blessing our neighbors, and sharing the good news of the gospel with others.

✠ Because Jesus is Lord, we commit to following Him in all areas of life including our money, our sexuality, and our power, and to showing our city how money, sex, and power can be used in life-giving ways.

✠ Because the Trinity binds us together in community, we commit to doing life together, pursuing spiritual friendship with one another, and reconciling in a way that honors Christ and each other.

 

Supper Clubs

August 14th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Supper Clubs are spaces of formation, community, and mission. It’s a community that loves each other like family, challenges one another to grow in Jesus, and lives on mission together. Rhythm’s Rule of Life is our primary formational tool that we utilize in Supper Clubs. We grow as apprentices of Jesus as we practice his way with others, instead of trying to do it on our own. Supper Clubs are spaces of safety and stretching – it’s safe to be vulnerable, but the stretching happens as we take new challenging steps with Jesus. We need a space to be stretched in actually practicing the way of Jesus.

Supper Clubs are not primarily a Bible study, although we will be talking about Scripture and how it impacts our lives. Supper Clubs are not primarily a prayer group, although we will spend time in prayer and opening ourselves to the Spirit. Supper Clubs are not primarily a sharing group, although we will be sharing what we’re learning. 

Supper Clubs are discipleship spaces for holistic growth in Christ – our head, hearts, and hands.

These groups are closed – it’s a semester by semester commitment, so please prioritize the times that your group meets. Supper Clubs meet every other week, beginning the first week of September and normally have 10-12 people.  Each group is responsible for dinner and everyone is expected to participate in helping provide the meal. And there’s homework. Your growth will be directly tied to your investment in the homework.

Email Matt Alexander if you are interested in learning more about being part of a Supper Club this spring!