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February 16th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is preparing to make a new transition to a new space on Sunday, March 17. As we prepare for this move, we’re reminding one another of the most core, basic elements that must come with us.

Join us for this 4-week series about the basic rhythms of discipleship and the call to follow Jesus in Miami.

Check out the supplemental resources for the series below:

Worship and Hunger (UP)

Worship & Hunger handout

Personalizing the Lord’s Prayer

Desert Day guide

Lectio Divina

5 Questions

Community and Vulnerability (WITH)

Community & Vulnerability handout

One-Another’s

Spiritual Friendship guide

Surrender and Trust (DOWN)

Surrender & Trust handout

Truth and Lies About Money

Family Genogram

Power Inventory

Mission and Compassion (OUT)

Mission & Compassion handout

MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

MLK “Letter from Birmingham Jail” audio

Bible Project “Biblical Justice” videos & podcast

2019 Pledge

January 10th, 2019

Rhythm Team

We are excited for all that God has in store for us in 2019! Our calling is to be a church that loves God, loves Miami, goes deep in discipleship, and bridges the divisions of this world with the grace and faithful love of Christ. Make sure to watch the short video of Matt sharing more about the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge on our website to learn more about what’s in store for us in 2019.

Our hope is that the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge would help you (and us) plan and engage with your Participation, Presence, and Partnership in 2019.

We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you are going to be involved in a Missional Church, where you are going to serve, and the amount you are going to financially give in 2019. Please indicate this on the form below. 

The deadline for the pledge is Sunday, January 27 so please complete this by that date. You can do this in 3 different ways:

  1. Complete the hard-copy form drop in the Generosity Box on Sunday
  2. Complete the hard-copy form and mail to our PO Box
  3. Complete the form online (see link below)

Thank you for being part of Rhythm and investing in the kingdom of God this year!

Rhythm’s Guidance Team
Matt Alexander          Lauren Fernandez        Natalie Freitas
Paul Olver                   Angel Pittman               Liz Sastre

 

2019 PLEDGE FORM

Family Mtg

January 10th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, January 20th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s vision for 2019, the budget for this year, and some other exciting news! If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch, so bring $5 cash to help cover this expense if you are able!

RSVP quickly so we can plan accordingly! Thanks!

GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre

A MORNING WITH KEISHA POLONIO

January 8th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Join us at Public Worship on Sunday, January 13th as we welcome guest preacher Keisha Polonio! Keisha currently serves as the Associate Director and Coaching Director of the Underground Network in Tampa, FL. She is a certified leadership coach and a sought after public speaker. Keisha also served for several years as the Director of Created Women, a ministry committed to serving vulnerable women caught in the sex industry. She lives in Tampa with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Jarron and Evan. You can learn more about Keisha’s work and her story here.

Rhythm ladies, we are also hosting an informal gathering with Keisha on Saturday evening of January 12th to dialogue around being women in leadership and to encourage one another! All women are welcome to join. For details on this gathering, click here to check out the Facebook event!

Christmas Celebration

December 19th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Join us at 10:30 am this Sunday, December 23, as we celebrate the coming of the Christ-child and reflect on what this means for our lives, our city, and our world today. This will be a great morning to bring friends and family. Candles will be raised, good cheer spread, and Joy to the World sung.

Come early and stay late – a lite breakfast will be available before the worship service.

Rhythm Christmas Party

November 19th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Save the date for Rhythm’s Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16th at 6 PM! An evening of good food, celebration, community, and fun surprises, everyone from the Rhythm community is welcome to join! There will also be activities provided for children.

The party will be held at the Center for Social Change, 2103 Coral Way, Miami 33145.

Please RSVP with Lauren Fernandez by December 7th and let us know if you have children who will be attending.

NO PUBLIC WORSHIP

October 31st, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm will not be meeting for Public Worship this Sunday, November 4 because we will be in LaBelle, FL on the Pilgrimage Retreat!

See you next Sunday, November 11 to continue in our sermon series on Acts!

Poured Out

October 24th, 2018

Rhythm Team

“Poured Out” was written and crafted by Terri Dewey as she prepared to preach on Acts 2. You can listen to the sermon audio here.

Poured Out

the presence of God has left the building

the Spirit has been given

…to daughters, sons, servants and slaves,
immigrants, outsiders, the barren,
widows and divorced, abused, neglected,
the single and the spouses,
pastors and politicians,
janitors and judges,
the oppressor and the oppressed

the presence of God has moved outside walls
…across borders, political parties & behind enemy lines
        into the hood and outside the corner store, 

            beyond the box of religious duty & fearful obedience

the wind blew and filled the whole house
the breath of heaven was a violent, crazy sound
         not restrained and timid
the fire of the holy, good, beautiful, lovely and sweet
that only could be encountered from a distance
came to rest like a tiny flame on every single person

the Spirit was given
     all of them were filled
the Spirit poured out
     and all began to speak
     in languages, in words, in power
the language of each pilgrim 

who came from all the world

to worship in one temple, one city, one holy ground
but every Jewish pilgrim, from every nation, heard the sound
the presence of God outside
          outside the walls
          outside what they had been taught
          outside their systems
          outside the holy temple
the presence of God encountered
          right on the street
           the common somehow sacred
           where heaven meets with me

where the Spirit of the Lord is…
          there is forgiveness and there is freedom
          there is healing, a home where we belong

our human spaces changing
          through our risen King
          and these wonder-things
          point us back to You
          so we will worship
                  when we serve, or when we sit
                  when we give, when we forgive
                  when we work, and when we rest

the sinful now forgiven
Your temples washed in You
Your Spirit has been given 
            and what we know
            is what we will speak
            what we have seen 
            is what we can speak
 Your temples, we can speak
            we work, we dance, we sing
            we are alive

            holy, breathing things

You are crafting us together
             Your people, we gather, we go
              we pray, we eat, we sing
Your presence left a building
              You’re living now in me 

Vowed Community Renewal

September 16th, 2018

Rhythm Team

We are inviting anyone who wants to commit to following Jesus with Rhythm to do so during Public Worship on Sunday, October 7.

We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to following Jesus with a local expression of his Body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When you ask how can I “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 you’re asking is “How do I live as a disciple of Jesus, commit myself to this community, and participate in the mission?” – then we invite you to consider becoming part of the Vowed Community.

Joining the Vowed Community is a great step to take if you are a follower of Jesus and see Rhythm as your “church home.” The Vowed Community are the people in Rhythm who are ready to say, “This is my church! I want to follow Jesus with these people and to invest in this community.”

Below are two documents that help to articulate more about Rhythm and what it means to join the Vowed Community:

Joining the Vowed Community 101 gives a basic overview of Rhythm’s history, purpose, the Rhythm of Life, and the commitments of being part of the Vowed Community. Everyone considering making this commitment needs to read this short document.

Joining the Vowed Community 201 is a deeper explanation of Rhythm’s theology, core convictions, leadership structure, and strategy. This is a much longer, more detailed document.

On Sunday, September 23 we are facilitating a Q&A luncheon for anyone considering joining the Vowed Community. The pastors will spend time sharing about Rhythm’s history, values, and purpose and answer any questions. If you want to attend, please email Lauren no later than Friday, September 21.

If you have made this commitment in the past and do not have any questions, then simply communicate with one of the pastors about continuing your commitment.

Whether you are renewing your commitment or joining for the first time, please confirm with one of the pastors of your final decision by Sunday, September 30.

September 10th, 2018

Rhythm Team

DNA is deep inside each one of us – it’s what makes us who we are. Every person has unique DNA and so does every church. Rhythm has a unique story, identity, and purpose that gives us clarity about who we are but also what we’ve been called to do together in Miami.

Join us for this four-week series in September as we refresh our minds and hearts in what it looks like to be a disciple-making church together.

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