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Starting & Sustaining Kingdom Justice Initiatives

April 4th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Do you desire to see your church or ministry experience more of the kingdom of God? Is your heart stirred for the broken, hurting parts of Miami? Do you have a passion to reach people across the racial and cultural divides in our culture? What does it mean for followers of Jesus to practice biblical justice?

Rhythm Church and Neighborhood Church are pleased to host a workshop on Saturday, May 18 led by Keisha Polonio on starting and sustaining kingdom justice initiatives in Miami.

 

This workshop costs $20 per person (before May 15) and you can REGISTER HERE. The cost increases to $25 per person at the door on May 18.

This workshop is open to anyone in the South Florida area including non-profit leaders, business people, pastors, church planters, artists, environmentalists, and neighborhood activists.

Keisha Polonio is the Associate Director and Coaching Director of the Underground Network in Tampa, FL. Over the past 15 years, the Underground has helped start and sustain over 200 microchurches in the Tampa Bay Area, many of them focused on a justice initiative. 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.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on the vision and theme of justice throughout the Scriptures and the need for biblical justice to be a central part of a Christian’s life with God. We will discuss and consider the challenges and opportunities in starting justice initiatives including gaining clarity on calling, developing a team, and strategic innovation. We will then discuss what it takes to sustain a justice initiative over the long haul including healthy leadership rhythms, overcoming opposition, and cultivating a vision of the preferred future.

New Location!!

March 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The space for Sunday morning Public Worship has officially changed locations!

Sunday, March 17 will be our first worship gathering at 2013 Coral Way on the 5th floor. There’s free parking on the 6th floor of the parking garage.

Check out the videos below for more information about parking and our vision for this new space!

NEW MEETING LOCATION | VISION

NEW MEETING LOCATION | PARKING (PART 1)

NEW MEETING LOCATION | PARKING (PART 2)

February 24th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is moving to a new location for Sunday Public Worship!

Sunday, March 10 will be our last Sunday at the Elks Lodge and immediately after the service we’re going to pack up all our supplies/equipment into a moving truck and transport it at our new location at the Center for Social Change (2103 Coral Way).

We need lots of help loading and unloading all of our stuff at the new location, so mark it on your calendar!

Miami Worship Night

February 20th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Join Miami churches in covering our city and communities in prayer for 24 hours. Our vision is to unite the greater body of Christ in Miami in blanketing our city with prayer, with hopeful anticipation of how God’s Spirit will move and is moving as we seek Him in faithfulness and devotion. The Bible encourages us to devote ourselves to prayer and to pray without ceasing.  These 24 hours of worship and prayer will focus on those commands and encourage and equip believers to sincerely and creatively encounter God in their own lives and prayerfully seek to bring His kingdom in our churches and city.

The sanctuary at Crossbridge Key Biscayne will be set up with prayer stations that will have different guided ways for participants to pray, listen to God, and interact with His word. Our goal is to have at least one person praying in that space for 24 hours. We encourage you to fast during this day and to sign up alone, with friends or family, or with your community group to cover one-hour slots of prayer.

There will be security staff present for all 24 hours of the event.

We will kick off the event on Friday, February 22nd at 7 PM with a communal time of prayer, and we will end it with joint worship on Saturday, February 23rd, at 6 PM, followed by a communal meal to break the fast and celebrate how God has spoken during this time.

During your registration you will be able to sign up for designated Prayer Hours as well as volunteer opportunities.

REGISTER HERE

Location:

Crossbridge Key Biscayne
160 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149

He Shall Be Called

November 25th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.
[Isaiah 9:6-7]

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.

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 

ACTS

October 2nd, 2018

Rhythm Team

The book of Acts is the story of the birth of the church but it’s really much more than that.

Acts was written by Luke and is a continuation of the story Luke is telling about Jesus. We see what God is doing through Jesus in Luke and then we see what God is doing through the church in Acts. The unifying force in both books is the Holy Spirit’s presence and power.

Join us on Sunday mornings in January and February as we journey through Acts 8-12. We are continuing in an extended sermon series through Acts, now with the second movement (chs. 8-12).

Going Deeper

Below are several ideas of ways to “go deeper” in this sermon series. These are simply suggestions – feel free to adapt, tweak, or try out other creative ideas as you process the preaching and teaching from Public Worship!

  • Watch the Bible Project’s video on Acts 8-12.
  • Read and meditate on the scripture passages from Acts listed below (these are the passages we’ll be preaching through at Public Worship this fall). Use lectio divina as a way to read and encounter God in these passages. Download a lectio divina guide.1/6       Acts 8:1-251/20     Acts 9:1-31

    1/27     Acts 8:26-40

    2/3       Acts 9:32-43

    2/10     Acts 10

    2/17     Acts 11:1-18

    2/24     Acts 12:1-19

  • Study through Acts in your Missional Church.

  • Download the Streetlights Bible app and listen through Acts!

  • Read through Acts during the fall. Journal through these questions each week:

    • What does this text tell me about who Jesus is?
    • What does this text tell me about the nature of the church?
    • How can I apply this text today?
  • Purchase a copy of N.T. Wright’s commentary on Acts and use as a study guide.

  • Download this free Acts Study Guide from the Tampa Underground.

 

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.

Raices & Roots

June 20th, 2018

Rhythm Team

The church in Colossae was doing great, but were facing cultural pressures to turn away from Jesus. Paul writes this letter to address these specific cultural pressures, challenge a deeper allegiance and commitment to Jesus as Lord in all areas of life, and recognize that God is creating his church to be a multi-ethnic and multi-class family.

The book of Colossians paints one of the most beautiful and compelling pictures of Jesus contained in the Scriptures. When Jesus is at the center of everything, when our roots go deep in him, then it has a domino effect and everything else begins to change.

In this nine-week sermon series, we will dive deep into this short letter to the church in Colassae. We are meant to treasure Jesus as the Lord of all things, find our identity in him, and pursue his reconciliation.

Going Deeper

Below are several ideas of ways to “go deeper” in this sermon series. These are simply suggestions – feel free to adapt, tweak, or try out other creative ideas as you process the preaching and teaching from Public Worship!

  • Watch the Bible Project’s video on Colossians.
  • Read and meditate on the scripture passages from Colossians listed below. Use lectio divina as a way to read and encounter God in these passages. Download a lectio divina guide.

    6/24    Colossians 1:1-14

    7/1       Colossians 1:15-23

    7/8      Colossians 1:24-2:5

    7/15     Colossians 2:6-23

    7/22    Colossians 3:1-11

    8/5      Colossians 3:12-17

    8/12     Colossians 3:18-4:1

    8/19     Colossians 4:2-6

    8/26    Colossians 4:7-18

  • Participate in the Colossians study group on Thursday nights this summer for more in-depth discussion through this powerful letter. 

  • Download the Streetlights Bible app and listen through Colossians!

  • Read through Colossians each week during the summer. Journal through these questions each week:

    • What does this text tell me about who Jesus is?
    • What does this text tell me about the nature of the church?
    • How can I apply this text today?
  • Purchase a copy of N.T. Wright’s commentary on Colossians and use as a study guide.

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