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NO PUBLIC WORSHIP

October 31st, 2018

Rhythm Team

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!

Poured Out

October 24th, 2018

Rhythm Team

“Poured Out” was written and crafted by Terri Dewey as she prepared to preach on Acts 2. You can listen to the sermon audio here.

Poured Out

the presence of God has left the building

the Spirit has been given

…to daughters, sons, servants and slaves,
immigrants, outsiders, the barren,
widows and divorced, abused, neglected,
the single and the spouses,
pastors and politicians,
janitors and judges,
the oppressor and the oppressed

the presence of God has moved outside walls
…across borders, political parties & behind enemy lines
        into the hood and outside the corner store, 

            beyond the box of religious duty & fearful obedience

the wind blew and filled the whole house
the breath of heaven was a violent, crazy sound
         not restrained and timid
the fire of the holy, good, beautiful, lovely and sweet
that only could be encountered from a distance
came to rest like a tiny flame on every single person

the Spirit was given
     all of them were filled
the Spirit poured out
     and all began to speak
     in languages, in words, in power
the language of each pilgrim 

who came from all the world

to worship in one temple, one city, one holy ground
but every Jewish pilgrim, from every nation, heard the sound
the presence of God outside
          outside the walls
          outside what they had been taught
          outside their systems
          outside the holy temple
the presence of God encountered
          right on the street
           the common somehow sacred
           where heaven meets with me

where the Spirit of the Lord is…
          there is forgiveness and there is freedom
          there is healing, a home where we belong

our human spaces changing
          through our risen King
          and these wonder-things
          point us back to You
          so we will worship
                  when we serve, or when we sit
                  when we give, when we forgive
                  when we work, and when we rest

the sinful now forgiven
Your temples washed in You
Your Spirit has been given 
            and what we know
            is what we will speak
            what we have seen 
            is what we can speak
 Your temples, we can speak
            we work, we dance, we sing
            we are alive

            holy, breathing things

You are crafting us together
             Your people, we gather, we go
              we pray, we eat, we sing
Your presence left a building
              You’re living now in me 

ACTS

October 2nd, 2018

Rhythm Team

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).

Going Deeper

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.