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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 fall!

Let’s Dance

August 10th, 2017

Rhythm Team

The Christian life isn’t about believing all the right stuff or living by a set of moral principles. That doesn’t come close to capturing what being a Christian is all about. The Christian life is much more like being swept into a divine dance with the living God. The Divine Dance is a mentorship program to help those who want to be baptized or who have never been mentored in the Christian life, understand and more fully experience this dance they’re now a part of.

Each person going through this program is given a “dance instructor.” This is a normal, everyday man or woman from our congregation who has experience in living the Christian life. You can’t learn how to dance with only books; you learn through observing good dancers and trying it for yourself. Similarly, the manner in which most of us became Christian was by looking over someone’s shoulder, emulating some admired older Christian, and saying yes to and taking up a way of life that was made real and accessible through the witness of someone else. So the best way to learn the divine dance is through practicing with those already moving to God’s groove.

Over a three month period, the dancers and instructors will be working through a one-page list of learning activities – or to keep the analogy going, dance exercises. These range from studying scripture together to serving soup to the poor. The goal is not just to learn about the faith but to live it out together.

The Divine Dance is kicking off in mid-September for the fall! If you’re interested in doing the Divine Dance in the fall, email Matt Alexander for more information.

We Are Family

August 9th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Jesus and the writers of the New Testament use a metaphor to describe the identity and purpose of the church: FAMILY. The people of God are like a really healthy, vibrant family who do life together in a beautiful way. Healing and growth happens in this family. Purpose and unity occur in this family. Honesty and authenticity mark this family. Generosity and abundance extend from this family.

Theologian Christine Pohl says that Christian communities that live like families can bring about transformation and healing in the world.

“Communities in which we grow and flourish last over time and are built by people who are faithful to one another and committed to a shared purpose. A combination of grace, fidelity, and truth makes communities safe enough for people to take the risks that are necessary for growth and transformation. It also makes it possible for groups to handle disagreements without being torn apart and to minister to the world in ways that are far greater than the sum of the individuals involved.” [Pohl, “Living Into Community”]

Rhythm desires to be a church where people do not merely attend, but belong. Join us as we start off a new semester looking at Jesus’ vision and purpose for his church. If you want to go deeper in this series, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.