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The story of Jonah is often considered to be one of the Bible’s greatest children’s stories. The big storm and the big whale. But there’s a lot more to Jonah (the man and the story) than getting swallowed by a giant fish.
God called Jonah to go to the great city of Nineveh and deliver a simple message: Repent or you will die in 40 days. Jonah refused. He hated the people of Nineveh and ran from God. He didn’t want his enemies to repent and be forgiven.
In this 6-week series through Jonah we will explore Jonah’s resistance to God and people, God’s pursuit of Jonah, and the boundary-crossing love that God has for our enemies. If you want to go deeper in this series on Jonah, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
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.
Due to worsening conditions of the weather caused by Hurricane Irma, we are canceling our regular Sunday morning worship for September 10 @ 10:30 am.
If you need help with hurricane shutters or anything else, you can contact us at 305-791-3252. Please prepare well and stay safe.
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.
✠ 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.
Jesus and the writers of the New Testament use a metaphor to describe the identity and purpose of the church: FAMILY. The people of God are like a really healthy, vibrant family who do life together in a beautiful way. Healing and growth happens in this family. Purpose and unity occur in this family. Honesty and authenticity mark this family. Generosity and abundance extend from this family.
Theologian Christine Pohl says that Christian communities that live like families can bring about transformation and healing in the world.
“Communities in which we grow and flourish last over time and are built by people who are faithful to one another and committed to a shared purpose. A combination of grace, fidelity, and truth makes communities safe enough for people to take the risks that are necessary for growth and transformation. It also makes it possible for groups to handle disagreements without being torn apart and to minister to the world in ways that are far greater than the sum of the individuals involved.” [Pohl, “Living Into Community”]
Rhythm desires to be a church where people do not merely attend, but belong. Join us as we start off a new semester looking at Jesus’ vision and purpose for his church. If you want to go deeper in this series, download our Going Deeper Guide for suggestions on how to learn and experiment with the material.
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!
Dedicating a young child to God is a very special and important moment in the life of child and their family. In Rhythm’s worship service, we take time to introduce each child and their parents, affirm the parents commitment to raising the child in a Christian home, and pray over each child.
As a church community we support each family in our church and want to encourage parents to create a safe and healthy environment in their home where a child can learn about God and grow in a relationship with him. All parents who want to participate in child dedication are asked to participate in a short orientation.
If you are interested in having your baby or young child dedicated on April 30, please email Julie Heath for more information.
There’s a reason why the church has always called the week leading up to Easter the “holy week.” This is the week when the self-giving love of God is made most visible, the week that Christ suffered and died on the cross for our sins, but then three days later was raised in new life.
Rhythm’s Guidance Team (GT) is pleased to announce Matt Alexander, Rhythm’s co-founder and current Shepherding Pastor, as the new Lead Pastor of Rhythm Church. Over the last seven months, the GT has been in a season of prayer and discernment about Rhythm’s leadership. This decision involves a change in pastoral leadership structure for Rhythm and job description for Pastor Matt. The GT is humbled by how God has led and provided for our church, and excited to continue seeking God’s direction for Rhythm. This decision will help move Rhythm forward in it’s mission and vision. Please pray for Pastor Matt as he shifts his role and takes on greater responsibility.
To learn more about the GT’s discernment process as well as answers to some common questions, please read the Discernment Timeline and Common Questions.