Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 18

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 18

“Without pain, how could we know joy?’ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.” – The Fault in Our […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 27

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 27

The Christian faith is a religion that, on the face of it, seems to be quite paradoxical. We believe that to live we must die and that true leaders are actually servants. We serve the God of all comfort and yet find him most intimately in suffering. We find in scripture that we must be […]

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

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

The term “semantic satiation” refers to the process in which a word or phrase temporarily loses its meaning after numerous repetition.  There is an unfortunate tendency for this to happen within the Christian life. Because of sin, our hearts can harden to the beauty of often used phrases and words such as the “love of […]

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

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

One of the great developments of the acting world within the past century was the emergence of a set of training techniques referred to as “method acting.”  The goal of these techniques is to focus an actor on the psychological and emotional identity of his or her character, producing a genuine, lifelike performance. It is […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 18

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 18

In Oscar Wilde’s, “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the book’s protagonist, at one point, shouts at a friend, “A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure. I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy […]

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, 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, 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, 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. […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 20

 We continue this week in the book of Jeremiah. Last week, Rev. Tyler Dirks painted a picture from Jeremiah of a covenant people in passionate pursuit of idolatry. This grieves the heart of the Lord, and because of his unfailing love, he will discipline and correct his own when they wander. God’s command is clear, […]

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, November 25

I hope you all have had a restful and joyous Thanksgiving. This Sunday we will give particular attention to “giving thanks” in our worship, though of course that is a necessary element in all worship. Normally we celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the 3rd Sunday of the month, but this month we celebrate it on […]

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

I’m running out of time on this post, so I don’t have much to say. I’m excited to meet with you all for worship on Sunday. I’ve read the sermon, and knowing that we come to a feast with Jesus compels me even more. So look through this order and prepare. Read Ruth 3 and […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 23

Last week, intern Cody Janiçek preached the word of the Lord to us. His sermon, called “Prone to Grumble, Lord I Feel It” is on the sermon downloads page, and is worth catching if you were not here last week. Also, reflection questions by Jason Piteo can be found here. We continue this week in our study […]

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

It is Thursday once again, and the worship service for this coming Sunday has been planned. Tonight, the singers and instrumentalists gathered to rehearse the songs they will lead. But when we say “lead,” we mean it in the way that a captain leads his team, or a general leads the charge. In other words, […]

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

Last Sunday, Senior Pastor Tom Hawkes returned to us after several weeks away, and delivered a powerful sermon on the Word of God and the critical role of preaching in the life of the church. This week, we look at a third pillar of the church, worship. Here are the scriptures, songs and sacrament that […]

Worship Elements for Sunday, July 22

THE WORD Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:5-12 Sermon: “An Inside Look at the Ministry of Paul” SONGS Worship Leader: Tom Ellis All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Beneath the Cross of Jesus listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Hark the Voice of Jesus Calling (tune of Come Thou Long) listen | […]

Worship Elements for Sunday, July 15

THE WORD Scripture: 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 Sermon: “Made Rich, We Enrich” SONGS Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne Come, Ye Thankful People, Come listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Jesus Messiah listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Be Thou My Vision listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase A Rich Young Man (offering) listen | chords | […]

Worship Elements for Sunday, July 1

THE WORD Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:12-34 Sermon: “Christ Is Raised, So Live Like It!” SONGS Worship Leader: Jeremy D. Goodwyne Worship Christ, the Risen King listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Mighty to Save listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase The Power of the Cross listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Before the Throne […]

Worship Elements for Sunday, June 17

THE WORD Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 Sermon: “Order, for Christ’s Sake” SONGS Worship Leader: Tom Ellis Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee (sans the added chorus) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Indescribable listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase This is My Father’s World listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Wonderful Maker (offertory) listen | […]