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Agape Meal

November 9th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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!

POTLUCK SIGN-UP

Racial Reconcilation

October 10th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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:
10/22
11/5
11/19
12/3
12/17

Contact Jennifer Estime of Lauren Fernandez to join the group or for more information.

SheLeads Summit

October 6th, 2017

Rhythm Team

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.

Out of these convictions, Missio Alliance has created the SheLeads Summit.

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!

Puerto Rico Recovery

October 2nd, 2017

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is partnering with the Free Methodist World Missions in Latin America 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.

For ongoing updates please follow Delia Nüesch-Olver on Facebook.

There are 2 ways you can give:

[1] Donate on-line LatinAmericaArea.com

[2] Send Walgreens or Wal-Mart gift cards to: 

Puerto Rico Hurricane Recovery
770 N. High School Road
Indianapolis, IN  46214

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.

Supper Clubs

August 14th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Supper Clubs are spaces of formation, community, and mission. It’s a community that loves each other like family, challenges one another to grow in Jesus, and lives on mission together. Rhythm’s Rule of Life is our primary formational tool that we utilize in Supper Clubs. We grow as apprentices of Jesus as we practice his way with others, instead of trying to do it on our own. Supper Clubs are spaces of safety and stretching – it’s safe to be vulnerable, but the stretching happens as we take new challenging steps with Jesus. We need a space to be stretched in actually practicing the way of Jesus.

Supper Clubs are not primarily a Bible study, although we will be talking about Scripture and how it impacts our lives. Supper Clubs are not primarily a prayer group, although we will spend time in prayer and opening ourselves to the Spirit. Supper Clubs are not primarily a sharing group, although we will be sharing what we’re learning. 

Supper Clubs are discipleship spaces for holistic growth in Christ – our head, hearts, and hands.

These groups are closed – it’s a semester by semester commitment, so please prioritize the times that your group meets. Supper Clubs meet every other week, beginning the first week of September and normally have 10-12 people.  Each group is responsible for dinner and everyone is expected to participate in helping provide the meal. And there’s homework. Your growth will be directly tied to your investment in the homework.

Email Matt Alexander if you are interested in learning more about being part of a Supper Club this fall!

Leading Towards Multicultural Ministry

May 9th, 2017

Rhythm Team

Do you desire to see your church or ministry experience more diversity? 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 reconciliation?

Rhythm Church and Touching Miami with Love are pleased to host a presentation and workshop led by Pastor Darryl Williamson on pursuing multicultural diversity in local churches and ministries.

This workshop costs $10 per person (before June 9) and you can REGISTER HERE. The cost increases to $15 per person at the door on June 10.

Anyone who is interested in these subjects is welcome to participate!

Darryl Williamson is the Lead Pastor at Living Faith Bible Fellowship in Tampa, FL, where he led the church’s transition from a primarily middle-aged African American membership to becoming multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational. Darryl and Living Faith started Arise City, a ministry focused on developing missionary leaders for the American and global urban context. Darryl has spoken at conferences in the US and West Africa on the relationship between the gospel and justice, biblical ethics, multi-cultural ministry, missions strategy, leadership development, and spiritual transformation.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will focus on two vital aspects in leading a mono-cultural church or ministry to becoming a multicultural fellowship. We will first consider how a vision is cast and communicated for a multicultural movement. Thought will be given as to how and why a multicultural focus should be central to the church or ministry’s overarching strategy and identity. We will then discuss implementation, specifically the importance of cross-cultural discipleship, developing leadership diversity, changing expectations around traditions, along with enduring doubt, opposition, and attrition.

Giving Dangerously

February 1st, 2017

Rhythm Team

Let’s be honest, talking about money is tricky business. We’re skeptical of people’s motivations, unsure of how to best handle our resources, wary of being manipulated, and fearful of not having enough. We’ve got issues when it comes to money.

Jesus’ dream and desire is for us live free, vibrant, generous lives. But what does it mean to be financially generous? What are barriers we all face towards growing in generosity? How should we practically give? How can giving impact my life? In this four-part sermon series, we will explore these questions and what it means for us to trust God with money, experience freedom, and grow in generosity.

January 2nd, 2017

Rhythm Team

To start off 2017, Rhythm is talking about what it means to a church that Loves God and Loves Miami. We live in one of the most vibrant and interesting cities in the world. Miami is known for its diversity, creativity, and beauty. But it’s also known for its seductiveness and shallowness. We’re doing a sermon series about the unique opportunities and challenges of living the faith in Miami. God loves this city and we want to participate in his healing mission here!

Along with the sermons, our liturgy in worship will be centered around following Jesus here in this place and time. We’ll also hear stories from different people in our community – some born here, others new here – about how they’re striving to see more of God’s kingdom come to our city.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am for the next four weeks!

We’re encouraging everyone to participate in this sermon series in 3 ways:

  1. Use the Miami Prayer Map to pray for the city. Put it somewhere that you’ll see it everyday and grow your heart for Miami.
  2. Participate in the social healing of God’s kingdom by inviting someone to connect with Rhythm on a Sunday morning or with your Community Group. Invite others to experience God’s community.
  3. Take a picture of you in your “parish” (work, neighborhood, or school) and post it on Facebook or Instagram with #lovegodlovemiami. To learn more about a “parish” listen to this sermon.

Rhythm Beach Day

June 9th, 2016

Rhythm Team

Join us Saturday, July 9th, for a beach day with the Rhythm family. All ages are welcome to spend the day with us at Crandon Park South on Key Biscayne from 11 am to 3 pm. It’s $5 per car to enter the park. Bring your lunch or you can buy food at the cafe. Also bring along any games you want to play – frisbee, soccer ball, volleyball, football, paddle ball, etc. Time to have a blast!