Posts from the ‘Liturgical Year’ Category
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.
During the four weeks preceding Christmas (December 2, 9, 16, 23), our church will be making a spiritual journey – a pilgrimage into the birth of Jesus. Join us at Public Worship on Sunday mornings as together we embark on this journey through worship and word.
This year we will be reflecting on the 4 different names the prophet Isaiah gave to the coming Messiah:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
There are many names for Jesus, but what do they really mean? Join us as we discover why He is called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. You’ll gain a new and relevant perspective on the Savior who was born in a manger over two thousand years ago.
Ways to Participate
- Advent Devotional – Use this daily resource to spend time with Jesus as we prepare for his birth on Christmas Day.
- The Weary World Rejoices – A 25-day poetry experience during Advent to help you lament the hurt and embrace the hope in our world.
- Advent Miami Instagram – Post pictures using the hashtag #miamiadvent2018 over the next 4 weeks when you see images of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love in the city.
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.
Come walk through the traditional Stations of the Cross, but in a very non-traditional way. This is a contemplative and interactive journey with Jesus to the cross through the South Miami neighborhood. The journey begins in our worship space where you can pray and receive a guide before walking through the Stations. The Stations will be available 3:00-6:30 pm and usually takes an hour to complete.
It is easy to become complacent spiritually. We get content and comfortable with God, faith, and Christianity. Be talk about previous experiences with God, but resist pressing into what the Spirit is inviting us into next.
C.S. Lewis described our tendency to be spiritually complacent in his book The Weight of Glory:
If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Jesus invites us to live lives of holy discontent – a life that consistently seeks after more of God and remains unsatisfied with our current experience of him. A lifestyle of on-going hunger, desire, and persistence in seeking and discovering God.
In this six-week sermon series, we will dive deep into the nature and character of God that we discover in the Lord’s Prayer. We are meant to pursue God passionately, finding him to be more beautiful the longer we pursue him. A growing life of prayer and intimacy with God is the birthright for every follower of Jesus. Make sure to download the 2018 Lent devotional and Personalizing the Lord’s Prayer guide to use on your own.
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 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.
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.
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?'”
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!