Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 22

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 22

I consider myself to be a fairly laid-back person.  However, this changes when I am stopped in traffic. I wouldn’t classify my reaction as “road rage” – I’m not screaming over the dulcet tones of NPR’s Fresh Air coming from the speakers of my Prius (the most rage-less vehicle available) – but I become very […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 15

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 15

Unfortunately, this week’s blog post will be somewhat abbreviated. Fortunately, it is for a wonderful reason! We are getting the last preparations in line for Lessons and Carols, which is this Sunday (12/15) at 5:00 PM.  I encourage all of you to come and to bring your friends! God has gifted Uptown with many talented […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 8

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 8

My wife and I are in the process of mortgaging our home and selling all of our belongings on Craigslist in order to purchase flights home for Christmas. Despite having to fork over a small fortune to Delta Airlines, we are ecstatic at the thought of being home for the holidays. It is always great […]

Free Advent eBook From Desiring God

Free Advent eBook From Desiring God

Yesterday, Uptown Church began its congregational observation of the Advent season. Advent, however, is far more than that.  Because it deals with essential elements of the story of Christ, this is a wonderful time to celebrate every day of the advent season personally (or as a family) in order to renew the hope that is […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 1

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 1

Merry Christmas(ish)! As I write this, I have plunged headfirst into the ocean of Christmas music that is on Spotify and am loving every second of it, even Sir Paul McCartney’s wrongfully maligned “Wonderful Christmas Time.”  Frankly, if the synthesizer in that song is wrong, I’m not sure I want to be right. I apologize […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 16

After a week off of blogging, due to the increased demands of Lessons and Carols, I’m back at it with this week’s liturgy. By the by, I do intend to post a follow up to Lessons and Carols walking through the service, posting some photos and (hopefully) sound bytes in the near future. So be […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 2

This Sunday marks a beginning. It is this first Sunday of Advent, and the first day of the Christian Year. On the church calendar, time is marked not by secular or nationalistic holidays, corporate fiscal years, academic semesters, or lunar phases. Weekly time is marked by the Sabbath, and yearly time is marked by the […]