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The idea of a believer’s calling has been discussed and commented on countless times over the centuries, especially these last few decades as the “Who am I?” postmodern worldview slowly shapes the thoughts of today’s Christian. We often return to the question, “What was I made to do?” Modern life inundates us with the “could do’s” and “should do’s” which are presented seemingly innocent by friends, family, and sometimes strangers. To make things more difficult, some of us conjure our own ideas so naturally that we can feel pulled any which way. For others, dreaming is more an estranged practice, like a foreign language. Nonetheless, being called is a definite topic of reflection throughout Scripture which has immediate implications for every believer’s life.
In Ephesians 4, Paul writes:
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Join us for this 3-week sermon series as we explore how Jesus speaks to each of us individually, what gifts and strengths he has entrusted to us, and where we are sent to join his mission of restoration in Miami.
Learn more about the Calling Lab – an intensive workshop that Rhythm is hosting on June 16.
Jesus once said that he came to bring and offer the fullest version of life possible (John 10). In the Bible we see people flourish when they encounter Jesus no matter their past, struggles, or season of life.
God has always intended for people to live in fruitful relationship not only with him, but with others. Without other people, we cannot become who we are called to be or do what He has called us to do. These relationships are meant to be a reflection of God Himself, who exists in perfect, eternal relationship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. “God is love, and whoever abides in love, abides in God.” (1 John 4:16)
In Christ, we are perfectly loved, eliminating our fear and pride. He binds our wounds and remakes our hearts. In relationship, there is no longer a need to use others because we have everything we need in Christ. Like God, we can relate to others by giving and receiving, never taking or hoarding or flinching. Not because the world is suddenly safe, but because He always is.
Over the next six weeks, we will be asking God to help us flourish in the seasons of life we currently find ourselves in and how we can support the flourishing of others who are in different seasons. Download the resources below to help go deeper in the material and cultivate a flourishing life.
April 15 – Flourish in God
April 22 – Flourish in Grief
April 29 – Flourish in Family
May 6 – Flourish in Singleness
May 13 – Flourish in Marriage
May 20 – Flourishing Community
May 27 – Storytelling
We believe everyone is uniquely called to the mission of God and we believe mission happens in our city, not just during short-term trips overseas. But how do you know what or where you are called to? We long to awaken dreams and give everyone the resources they need to live out their calling.
The Calling Lab is a platform to help you discover your calling, to set aside a day to hear from God and be sent into that mission. Perhaps it’s to a specific people group, a neighborhood, your campus or your workplace.
On Saturday, June 16th (9-6 pm), we are partnering with the Underground Network to have the Calling Lab facilitated for the Rhythm community in Miami.
Where do you feel God is leading you? Gain insight and discernment about your calling by learning to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your unique personality and gifts.
All of us have come to points in our lives where we feel ready to serve and give but we just aren’t sure where to do it. Calling can be both an elusive and frustrating idea. Those who have clarity on calling, the place and people they know to love and serve, seem to be more confident and effective. Those of us who are still unsure can find ourselves floundering or insecure about our place in the mission of God.
Hearing God’s voice is the goal, but finding the time, listening to all the ways he is speaking and finally making sense of it all can be a daunting assignment. If you have never really sensed this kind of clarity in calling, or if you are sensing that your calling might be changing we have designed this event for you.
We hope this lab helps you learn to listen in prayer, assess opportunities, and unpack your own personality and gifts.
The Calling Lab will meet in the Executive Conference Room at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami (6200 San Amaro Dr). There is a parking lot on the south side of the building.
If you are new to Rhythm we’d love to connect with you! Newcomers Lunch is specifically designed for people who have recently connected to Rhythm and want to learn a bit more about our story, vision, and ways to integrate into the life of the community.
Come have lunch, meet the pastors, and make some new friends!
Please email Lauren Fernandez by Friday, June 8th for more information and to attend on Sunday, June 10.
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.
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!
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:
It’s time for women and men together to rediscover God’s vision for shared leadership in the Church and Christian ministry.
When we lead together, we see the family of God restored.
When we lead together, we learn a new vocabulary for mission.
When we lead together, we better reflect the person of Christ.
When we lead together, we more fully embody Jesus’ gospel.
The Summit exists to encourage and equip our sisters and to welcome our brothers as we imagine together where God is leading His Church, for the blessing of the nations.
Will you join us for this honest, grace-filled and hopeful conversation?
Rhythm Church and First Presbyterian Church of Miami are pleased to host this live-stream video presentation and workshop created by Missio Alliance.
The summit costs $20 per person (before October 27) and you can REGISTER HERE. The cost covers the cost of coffee, snacks, lunch, and a copy of the new book Emboldened: A Vision for Empowering Women in Ministry.
There are only 20 available registration spots so REGISTER NOW!
Rhythm is partnering with a network of 10 local churches in the Greater San Juan area to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. We are personally connected to the national leaders of this ministry and have complete confidence that all gifts will be used to empower Puerto Rican churches to bring healing and transformation to the country during this crisis.
These local Puerto Rican churches are asking for donations of Walgreens and/or Walmart gift cards! The cards are going to families and individuals to purchase medicine, food, and basic household supplies. Your gift will make life a bit better under still awful circumstances, and also let people in Puerto Rico know that we have not forgotten them.
For ongoing updates please follow Delia Nüesch-Olver on Facebook.
Send Walgreens or Walmart gift cards to:
Pastora Mercedes Reynoso
Hacienda Real Jazmín del Mar 322
Carolina, PR 00986
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.