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Called

May 30th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

Calling Lab

April 12th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

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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.

REGISTER HERE

Newcomers Lunch

March 26th, 2018

Rhythm Team

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.

Easter Celebration

March 26th, 2018

Rhythm Team

Everyone is welcome to join Rhythm on Easter Sunday this year (April 1…no joke) to celebrate Jesus! Invite your friends and family to spend the morning and afternoon with us!

The service begins at 10:30 am and after we’re going to eat and hang out! We’re having a live salsa DJ, a bounce house for the kiddos, Easter egg hunt, and the best paella you’ve ever tasted.

Easter Sunday is the biggest day of the year for followers of Christ – so get ready to party!

Prayer Walks

March 1st, 2018

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is facilitating several prayer walks around Miami led by different leaders in Rhythm. Check out the details below and contact the leader to get more information.

If you’re interested in leading a prayer walk, we’d love to resource you! Contact Matt to get more information about prayer walking.

PRAYER WALKS

Downtown Miami
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:15 pm
Leader: Esther Knicely

Coconut Grove
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6 pm
Leader: John & Lauren Fernandez

Coral Gables
Wednesday, March 7 @ 7:30 pm
Leader: Terri Dewey & Marlene Riesco

West Kendall
Saturday, March 10 @ 9 am
Leader: Doug & Olivia Hale

South Miami
Saturday, March 10 @ 10:30 am
Leader: Jen Estime

Coconut Grove
Tuesday, March 13 @ 6 pm
Leader: Matt Alexander

Family Meeting

January 18th, 2018

Rhythm Team

The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, February 11th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s budget and financial vision for 2018 and will be creating a space for dialogue and prayer about the direction God is leading our church. If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch!

Please RSVP HERE

GT Members: Paul Olver, Angel Pittman, Natalie Freitas, Jason Bean, Matt Alexander, Lauren Fernandez, and Liz Sastre

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

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!

Take on the Rule of Life

August 24th, 2017

Rhythm Team

We’re inviting anyone who wants to make a public commitment to following Jesus with Rhythm to take on our Rule of Life during worship on Sunday, October 1.

We believe that God calls us to commit ourselves not only to Christ, but also to a local expression of Christ’s body, the church. Our community is one expression of the body of Christ in our city. When someone asks how they can “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 they’re asking is “How do I commit myself to this community and its way of life?” – then we encourage them to consider taking on our Rule of Life.

In 2012 a group of about 20 leaders in Rhythm gathered to discuss and discern what it could mean for us to have a robust community life centered around Jesus. Rhythm chose to develop a Rule of Life to express the shape of our life together. We believe the church is not a club bound by exclusive membership – instead, it is a community in mission bound together by the good news of Jesus and his kingdom. We are to be “partners in the gospel” (Philippians 1:5), called to a shared life and a shared mission.

The Rule of Life is not a binding set of “rules”, nor does it in any way create an exclusive club. Instead it is our attempt to articulate the core elements of following Jesus and growing together. Confirmed annually (and throughout the year for new friends joining us), it is a commitment to anchor one’s life in the concrete practices of loving God and loving others (the rhythm of worship and mission), to follow Jesus Christ in the core issues of practical living (money, sex, power), and to do all of this together (not simply as individuals but as a community). This is a commitment of grace that we hope you will receive freely and joyfully. 

We encourage you to download our Rule of Life Guide & FAQs for the fuller context and explanation.

Please email Chelsea no later than September 24 confirming that you will be taking on the Rule of Life.

The Rule

✠ Because God is to be worshipped and treasured above all things, we commit to loving God in all aspects of our life, and pursuing Him individually and communally through spiritual practices and holy habits including prayer, scripture, gathered worship, and Sabbath rest.

✠ Because God’s desire is to bring His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, we commit to being on mission with God through approaching our work in the world as sacred, loving and blessing our neighbors, and sharing the good news of the gospel with others.

✠ Because Jesus is Lord, we commit to following Him in all areas of life including our money, our sexuality, and our power, and to showing our city how money, sex, and power can be used in life-giving ways.

✠ Because the Trinity binds us together in community, we commit to doing life together, pursuing spiritual friendship with one another, and reconciling in a way that honors Christ and each other.

 

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 spring!