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Advent: Preparing for Kairos

November 27th, 2017

Rhythm Team

The New Testament uses two words for “time” – chronos and kairos. Chronos is where the word “chronological” comes from. When we ask, “What time is it?” we’re talking about chronos time.

But kairos is referring to a different kind of time. It’s a moment in time – a moment that forms and shapes us. It is a moment or season that offers new possibilities. It is an opportune time where God is getting our attention. How we respond to these pregnant kairos moments largely shapes the type of people that we become.

During the season of Advent this year, we will explore the kairos moments for individuals and communities who experienced the first coming of Jesus. If you want to go deeper in this sermon series, we encourage you to use the Advent Devotional Guide in your daily time with God throughout the Advent season.

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.

Celebrate Easter

April 16th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Easter is not just a day in the year – it’s a season. And it deserves to be celebrated vigorously. What if we took celebrating seriously this year? What could that look like?

Check out this quote from theologian NT Wright on living into the season of Easter. Let it inspire you to celebrate and practice resurrection this year like never before.

“We should make Easter a forty-day celebration. If Lent is that long, Easter should be at least that long. We should meet regularly for Easter parties. We should drink champagne at breakfast. We should renew baptismal vows with splashing water all over the place. And we should sing and dance and blow trumpets and put out banners in the streets. And we should invite the homeless people to parties and we should go around town doing random acts of generosity and celebration. We should be doing things which would make our sober and serious neighbors say, ‘What is the meaning of this outrageous party?'”

Join us for Easter!

April 11th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Easter Sunday Worship & Lunch

Sunday, April 16: 10:30 am
Invite your friends and family to join us for our Easter worship service at 10:30 am as we celebrate the Risen King together! Then stick around for big party that includes lunch, music, an egg hunt, ice cream truck, and a bounce house for the kiddos! Easter Sunday is the biggest day of the year for followers of Christ – so get ready to party!

Holy Week & Easter Schedule

March 16th, 2017

Rhythm Team

There’s a reason why the church has always called the week leading up to Easter the “holy week.” This is the week when the self-giving love of God is made most visible, the week that Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, but then three days later was raised in new life.
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Living Into Lent

March 1st, 2017

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.

Ash Wednesday

February 22nd, 2017

Rhythm Team

Rhythm will be observing Ash Wednesday with a time of reflection, prayer and the administration of the ashes on Wednesday, March 1. This marks the beginning of the Lenten season and is a reminder of our morality and brokenness, but also of the hope that is to come.

Join us for any period of time on Wednesday, March 1st between the hours of  7:30-9:30 am and 11:30-1:30 pm at 6304 SW 78th St.

For more details email Liz Sastre.

Christmas Wishes

November 21st, 2016

Rhythm Team

Every year, Christmas just seems to sneak up on us and take us by surprise. The season of Advent helps us to slow down and pay attention to God as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. It is a season of preparation, waiting, hope, love, and joy.

The time leading up to Christmas Day is also a season of longing – longing for things to be different in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world. In this four-part sermon series, we will discuss some of the longings and desires that people have during this season.

Resurrection

March 29th, 2016

Rhythm Team

Often people think Easter as one day, but actually it’s fifty days. That’s how big the reality of the resurrection is. Holidays come and go, yet seasons allows us to linger. And we need time to linger around the empty tomb and consider what it means for us and the world. (Besides, if the darkness of Lent was forty days then you better believe the brightness of Easter will be longer.) Resurrection Sunday is an all out party – but it’s just the beginning.

Listen in on this message about how Jesus’ resurrection has altered our world forever, unleashing an explosion of power like an electrical current of love, joy, and hope running throughout and underneath reality. And the good news is that this isn’t just something we’ll experience in the future – we can tap into this resurrection power in the here and now!

Holy Week & Easter Schedule

March 21st, 2016

Rhythm Team

There’s a reason why the church has always called the week leading up to Easter the “holy week.” This is the week when the self-giving love of God is made most visible, the week that Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, but then three days later was raised in new life.
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