Posts from the ‘Worship’ Category
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.
Rhythm will be gathering for worship on Sunday, December 25 at 11 am to celebrate the birth of Jesus. We welcome all to come and join us for this special time of worship.
This special service is a “family service” so all of our children will participate in worship with the entire community through the entirety of the service.
There will be brunch provided before the service begins at 11 am, so come eat with us!
Every year, Christmas just seems to sneak up on us and take us by surprise. The season of Advent helps us to slow down and pay attention to God as we anticipate the birth of Jesus. It is a season of preparation, waiting, hope, love, and joy.
The time leading up to Christmas Day is also a season of longing – longing for things to be different in our lives, in our relationships, and in our world. In this four-part sermon series, we will discuss some of the longings and desires that people have during this season.
Life is incredibly messy. There’s no getting around it. At times we see unbelievable beauty in our world and lives, but there’s also a tremendous amount of brokenness and pain. Somehow both the beauty and the brokenness gets intermingled into the stuff of everyday life. And somehow God is present in all of it.
David’s story is one of the most exuberant and robust stories ever told. He was a complicated man, father, husband, shepherd, musician, poet, and king. His passion and pursuit of God has encouraged and inspired people for thousands of years. Yet David had a thick brokenness to his life – a dark shadow side that haunted him.
Join us for a new sermon series that examines 7 stories from David’s life. In a time when we desperately need to rediscover what it means to be whole human beings, David’s story gives a fresh perspective about living a full, robust life that embraces both the beauty and brokenness that is within each of us.
Rhythm’s pastors and Guidance Team are extremely excited about the 2016 fall preaching schedule and team! Check out the Fall Preaching Plan to learn more about the sermon series that we’ll be engaging in over the next few months and meet the preaching team.