During the early weeks and months of our community forming, we began to see the need in our lives for a community “rhythm” or way of life. We were asking the question, “What would our lives look like oriented around the life of Jesus in the 21st century?” From there we committed to 5 values, what we now call our B.L.E.S.S. Rhythms:
Together we have found that these Rhythms have helped us put flesh on the skeleton of our original vision to be the church and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Living the BLESS Rhythms puts the emphasis on our everyday lives and not just on our church gathering experience. It also gives us a common way of life that can be lived in any context. It’s not about what kind of jobs or pursuits we have, it’s about how each one of us is living the Rhythms in our particular field.
The Rhythms also send us into engagement with our neighbors and coworkers. We realized that we didn’t want to be about separating ourselves from our culture and our city. Jesus was embedded in his culture and invested in his neighbors. As The Message translates John 1:14; "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood." Likewise, we seek to live intentionally within our culture, within our neighborhoods, within our relationships. Plus, we think our Rhythms are just a great way to live: intentionally bringing beauty weekly to the people and places we come in contact with, listening to the voice of our Creator and obeying him, eating meals together, studying the life of Jesus and sending each other out and affirming one another to live Jesus’ heart and passion in our city and ,ultimately, the world.