Posts from the ‘Worship’ Category
Rhythm will not be meeting for Public Worship this Sunday, November 4 because we will be in LaBelle, FL on the Pilgrimage Retreat!
See you next Sunday, November 11 to continue in our sermon series on Acts!
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 during the fall as we journey through the first 7 chapters of Acts. We are beginning an extended sermon series through Acts, starting with the first movement (chs. 1-7).
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 1-7.
- 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.
- 10/7 Acts 1:1-11
- 10/14 Acts 2:1-41
- 10/21 Acts 2:42-47
- 10/28 Acts 3:1-4:21
- 11/11 Acts 4:32-5:11
- 11/18 Acts 5:12-42
- 11/25 Acts 6-7
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.
Rhythm is excited to have Lyle Green with us on May 13th. Lyle is a Registered Mental Health Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist with Wellspring Counseling. His many years as a counselor and pastor, equip him to support individuals and families through times of crisis or distress. Lyle has many years of experience in the field in pastoral and clinical counseling, leadership development, writing, preaching and teaching. He worked as an Associate Pastor for University Baptist Church for 10 years, and at Westminster Christian School for 18 years as a chaplain, leader and teacher. Lyle has been married to Anne for 39 years and they have an adult son.
Join us at 10:30 am on May 13th as Lyle shares what it means for a marriage to thrive and flourish.
Rhythm is excited to have Mark Scandrette with us on April 29th. Mark is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. He is the founding director of ReIMAGINE: A Center for Integral Christian Practice based in San Francisco, where he leads an annual series of retreats, Learning Labs and projects designed to help participants integrate the teachings of Jesus into all aspects of life through shared practices and intentional community experiments. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Mark has written numerous books that can be found HERE.
Join us at 10:30 am on April 29th as Mark shares his own journey of raising a family in the urban core of San Francisco and what it can look like for a family to flourish in the way of Jesus.
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!
During the four weeks preceding Christmas, our church will be making a spiritual journey – a pilgrimage to the birth of Jesus. Join us at worship on Sunday mornings as we embark on this journey through worship and word together.
We encourage you to download this Advent Devotional Guide that our community is using. Each day has a Psalm, its own scripture passage, and then time to pray for others. We’ve written a few questions at the end of the guide to help us reflect on the daily passage and how we’re experiencing God during this season. Take a few minutes to work through these questions, and if journaling is helpful for you, write your answers down.
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.