Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Nathanael Miller, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for Outreach] We all know that appearances can be deceiving. I think that the food in a fast food ad looks delicious. The perfectly crafted meal is aesthetically pleasing, with the light hitting […]

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Mark Skylling, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for The Gathering (Young Adults) Have you ever experienced the calm before the storm? Perhaps it’s the cool breeze you feel while dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Or maybe you’ve seen […]

Listen to This // Songs In the Night by Michael Van Patter

Listen to This // Songs In the Night by Michael Van Patter

  Michael Van Patter is, among many things, the Director of Worship Arts at Hope Chapel in Greensboro, NC and he’s come to be a friend. In 2013, Michael’s son, Watts came down with a fever and three days later was diagnosed with Infantile Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 10 months of age. Devastating news, this began what […]

Preparing for Worship // February 14, 2016

Preparing for Worship // February 14, 2016

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Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 6, 2015

What do a soldier, a farmer, and an athlete have in common? If it helps, visualize them walking into a bar. For starters, they are all metaphors that St. Paul uses in his second letter to Timothy. This is the final letter from a man condemned to die. These are his final words to Timothy who […]

Preparing for Worship – Sunday, June 28, 2015

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court of the United States of America ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide. Conservative Evangelicals have looked forward to this seemingly inevitable day with much trepidation, understandably. When the highest court in the land grants as a fundamental human right a ceremonious act which is a violation of a Christian’s […]

Lessons & Carols 2014 Roundup

(Post originally appeared at Goodwyrds) On December 14 in the Year of Our Lord 2014, we conducted our annual Festival of IX Lessons & Carols at Uptown Church, or as we affectionately refer to it, #L&C. If you are not familiar with this service, it comes out of the Anglican tradition, specifically King’s College in […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 4

This week we begin a new sermon series called “The Emotional Life of the Christian.”  How do emotions fit into our understanding of the sovereignty of God?  Are we supposed to submit to emotions or squash them?  Do we trust them or dismiss them? In this series we will consider that God has created us with […]

Preparing to Gather for Worship, Sunday July 28

I’m real short on time this week, but I didn’t want to let the blog post get away. This is a minimal post, but will hopefully provide enough material to prepare for worship at Uptown on your own or with your families. We are wrapping up a series we began in January on the book […]

Preparing to Gather, Sunday June 30

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Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 9

I’m very sorry for the few weeks I’ve not gotten the worship blog post out. It’s extremely encouraging to me to hear from many of you that you miss it and are desirous of it. My goal is to provide the members and attenders of Uptown Church with one way to prepare to gather each […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 19

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and previous sermons here.) THE WORD Scripture: Jeremiah 30:1-31:40  Sermon: “The New Day” SONGS Forever (Chris Tomlin) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase O Day of Rest and Gladness listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase All Things New (Red Mountain) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song of Preparation: Jerusalem, My Happy Home (arr. J. D. Goodwyne) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song for the Supper: The Feast (arr. Karl Digerness) […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 12

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and previous sermons here.)  “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 28

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and previous sermons here.)  Any parent knows the sort of patience required to raise children. Often, patience is thought of as simply turning a blind eye to personal offenses, or at its best, letting a slight “roll off.” There is a sense in which, as imperfect beings, we must do […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 21

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and previous sermons here.)  We continue to celebrate the Resurrection this Sunday and every Sunday as we come together to worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as his gathered corporate body. We are still working through the difficult prophecies of Jeremiah, and this week the Lord gives Jeremiah a […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 7

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and last weeks sermon here.)  This past Lord’s Day was the day we recognize as Easter, or Resurrection Sunday. As we observe on some Sunday’s certain events in the life of Christ, it is right and fitting that his death, burial and resurrection would be among them. But we must […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 17

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, and last weeks sermon here.) Our scripture this week contains a compelling image, that of a potter working with clay. As a sort of parable, the Lord instructs Jeremiah to go to a local potter’s house and watch him. Jeremiah sees that as the potter is fashioning the clay, […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, March 3

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, or listen to Pastor Tom’s sermon here.) I’m posting this late from the airport in Dallas, on our way to Prague to visit and participate in worship with our brothers and sisters at Faith Community Church. Please pray for us while we are there. Our trip has been rocky […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 24

(You can download last week’s bulletin here, or listen to Pastor Tom’s sermon here.) The past few weeks, the scripture texts for our sermons have been heavy on the stubbornness of Israel refusing to repent for their sins. They are blinded by their own iniquity and cannot see the destructive path their own feet tread. The […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 17

(You can download last week’s bulletin here.) We continue in our series preaching through the book of Jeremiah. Often known as the “Weeping Prophet,” Jeremiah’s entire life was one of prophesying God’s wrath and displeasure on Israel if they did not turn from their sin, and he never knew the joy of seeing them relent and restored. […]