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Rhythm Dialogue Video – 1.2

May 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Doing Justice in Community


Episode 1.2

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. Matt, Lauren, and Keisha talk in this video about why it’s crucial to practice justice with others. Biblical justice is a communal calling and not all of the weight should fall on an individual.

Keisha is leading a workshop on starting biblical justice initiatives on Saturday, May 18. REGISTER HERE and learn more.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm.

If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Check out other Rhythm Dialogue videos!

Rhythm Dialogue Video – 1.1

May 9th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm Dialogue | Jesus, Justice, & Making All Things New


Episode 1.1

Rhythm is currently in a teaching series called “Love in Public” where we’re exploring what the Bible and Jesus says about justice. Matt and Lauren talk in this video about the importance of addressing the difficult history of injustice and how the church has at times been complicit with injustice. We also point to tangible examples in Christian history where the church has faithfully journeyed with the vulnerable in their context and pursued God’s reconciling justice.

About Rhythm Dialogue: Conversation and dialogue seems to be a dying art in many places. We’re trying to cultivate authentic togetherness in Miami through conversation and community. The topics we discuss come from real questions people ask us or areas of faith that we are currently exploring in Rhythm. If you have a question or idea to contribute, let us know!

Justice Devotional

May 8th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Rhythm is in a teaching series on Sunday mornings called Love in Public: Jesus, Justice, & Making All Things New. We’ve created a devotional guide of daily Scripture readings for people to use to encounter God and the biblical vision of justice and renewal. We encourage you to spend time daily with each Scripture passage and to engage with it in a slow, prayerful way. Below are the daily readings and some basic guidelines on how to engage with them.


Lectio Divina is a prayerful way of engaging Scripture and has movements that flow naturally from one to another.

Prepare yourself to receive from God. Slow down, relax, and intentionally release the chaos and noise in your mind to him.


Read the passage slowly, allowing the words to resonate and settle in your heart. As you do, listen with the ear of your heart for a word, phrase, or detail that stands out to you.


Read the passage a second time slowly. As you do, linger on the word or phrase that stands out to you. Sit with the word or phrase and savor it as a word of God for you.


Read the passage a third time, listening attentively. Now is the moment to enter into a personal dialogue with God. There is no right or wrong way to do this.


Deeply receive God’s Word and rest in his presence and love. Give yourself some time to wait and be still before you reenter life as usual. Take God’s Word to you with you throughout the day.


MAY 5  DAY 1/ Micah 6:8

             DAY 2/ Luke 4:14-20

             DAY 3/ Psalm 146

             DAY 4/ Matthew 25:35-40

             DAY 5/ Zechariah 7:8-9

             DAY 6/ Acts 2:42-47

             DAY 7/ Deuteronomy 10:17-19

MAY 12 DAY 8/ Matthew 12:15-21

             DAY 9/ Jeremiah 22:1-5

             DAY 10/ James 1:27

             DAY 11/ Job 29:12-17

             DAY 12/ Matthew 5:3-12

             DAY 13/ Psalm 33:1-5

             DAY 14/ Colossians 1:15-20

MAY 19 DAY 15/ Isaiah 32:16-18

             DAY 16/ Matthew 23:23-24

             DAY 17/ Job 31:13-23

             DAY 18/ Mark 1:29-34

             DAY 19/ Jeremiah 9:23-24

             DAY 20/ Matthew 4:23-25

             DAY 21/ Psalm 72:1-2

MAY 26 DAY 22/ James 2:14-19

             DAY 23/ Amos 5:21-24

             DAY 24/ Matthew 5:38-48

             DAY 25/ Isaiah 58:1-14

             DAY 26/ Acts 4:34-37

             DAY 27/ Exodus 22:21-24

             DAY 28/ Romans 14:17-19

JUNE 2 DAY 29/ Psalm 85:10-13

             DAY 30/ Revelation 21:1-5

             DAY 31/ Deuteronomy 15:1-8

             DAY 32/ Luke 14:15-24

             DAY 33/ Isaiah 30:18

             DAY 34/ Matthew 6:33

             DAY 35/ Deuteronomy 24:19-22

JUNE 9 DAY 36/ Luke 10:25-37

Love in Public

April 29th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The terms “justice” and “injustice” get used a lot these days. They are used in the highest levels of government and in the grassroots work of community organizing. We hear these words used on news reports and on Facebook. Our society is very interested in “justice” but it seems like we mean and envision very different realities.

But what does God think about justice and how is this displayed through Jesus? Is the church called to pursue justice in the world? What does this mean for us individually and communally?

The philosopher Cornel West has said that “Justice is what love looks like in public.” 

The Old Testament prophet Micah said that the people of God are to “Do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God.”

Jesus said

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Beginning May 5, we are going to explore and examine what the Scriptures teach us about God’s vision of justice and how this vision affects our lives. Come hang with us on Sunday mornings and grow together!

Recommended Resources

The Bible Project: Justice

The Little Book of Biblical Justice [book]

Roadmap to Reconciliation: Moving Communities to Unity, Wholeness, and Justice [book]

Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom [book]

With Justice for All [book]

Starting & Sustaining Kingdom Justice Initiatives

April 4th, 2019

Rhythm Team

Do you desire to see your church or ministry experience more of the kingdom of God? Is your heart stirred for the broken, hurting parts of Miami? Do you have a passion to reach people across the racial and cultural divides in our culture? What does it mean for followers of Jesus to practice biblical justice?

Rhythm Church and Neighborhood Church are pleased to host a workshop on Saturday, May 18 led by Keisha Polonio on starting and sustaining kingdom justice initiatives in Miami.


This workshop costs $20 per person (before May 15) and you can REGISTER HERE. The cost increases to $25 per person at the door on May 18.

This workshop is open to anyone in the South Florida area including non-profit leaders, business people, pastors, church planters, artists, environmentalists, and neighborhood activists.

Keisha Polonio is the Associate Director and Coaching Director of the Underground Network in Tampa, FL. Over the past 15 years, the Underground has helped start and sustain over 200 microchurches in the Tampa Bay Area, many of them focused on a justice initiative. She is a certified leadership coach and a sought after public speaker. Keisha also served for several years as the Director of Created Women, a ministry committed to serving vulnerable women caught in the sex industry. She lives in Tampa with her husband Ryan and their two sons, Jarron and Evan. You can learn more about Keisha’s work and her story here.

Workshop Description:

This workshop will focus on the vision and theme of justice throughout the Scriptures and the need for biblical justice to be a central part of a Christian’s life with God. We will discuss and consider the challenges and opportunities in starting justice initiatives including gaining clarity on calling, developing a team, and strategic innovation. We will then discuss what it takes to sustain a justice initiative over the long haul including healthy leadership rhythms, overcoming opposition, and cultivating a vision of the preferred future.

New Location!!

March 13th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The space for Sunday morning Public Worship has officially changed locations!

Sunday, March 17 will be our first worship gathering at 2013 Coral Way on the 5th floor. There’s free parking on the 6th floor of the parking garage.

Check out the videos below for more information about parking and our vision for this new space!




2019 Pledge

January 10th, 2019

Rhythm Team

We are excited for all that God has in store for us in 2019! Our calling is to be a church that loves God, loves Miami, goes deep in discipleship, and bridges the divisions of this world with the grace and faithful love of Christ. Make sure to watch the short video of Matt sharing more about the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge on our website to learn more about what’s in store for us in 2019.

Our hope is that the “Love God Love Miami 2019” pledge would help you (and us) plan and engage with your Participation, Presence, and Partnership in 2019.

We are asking you to prayerfully consider how you are going to be involved in a Missional Church, where you are going to serve, and the amount you are going to financially give in 2019. Please indicate this on the form below. 

The deadline for the pledge is Sunday, January 27 so please complete this by that date. You can do this in 3 different ways:

  1. Complete the hard-copy form drop in the Generosity Box on Sunday
  2. Complete the hard-copy form and mail to our PO Box
  3. Complete the form online (see link below)

Thank you for being part of Rhythm and investing in the kingdom of God this year!

Rhythm’s Guidance Team
Matt Alexander          Lauren Fernandez        Natalie Freitas
Paul Olver                   Angel Pittman               Liz Sastre



Family Mtg

January 10th, 2019

Rhythm Team

The Guidance Team (GT) invites you to a Family Meeting on Sunday, January 20th from 12:45-2:30 PM after worship. The GT will share Rhythm’s vision for 2019, the budget for this year, and some other exciting news! If you consider Rhythm to be your church family, please do your best to attend. There will be lunch, so bring $5 cash to help cover this expense if you are able!

RSVP quickly so we can plan accordingly! Thanks!

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

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 


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 in January and February as we journey through Acts 8-12. We are continuing in an extended sermon series through Acts, now with the second movement (chs. 8-12).

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 8-12.
  • 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.1/6       Acts 8:1-251/20     Acts 9:1-31

    1/27     Acts 8:26-40

    2/3       Acts 9:32-43

    2/10     Acts 10

    2/17     Acts 11:1-18

    2/24     Acts 12:1-19

  • 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.


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