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 […]

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, 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 10

If you are interested in having a soft copy of last week’s bulletin, you can download that here. We continue this week with our sermon series on the book of Jeremiah. The themes of sin and calls for repentance continue to permeate the text. As the Lord directs Jeremiah to prophecy, we should remember that […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 11

What does it mean to bear witness or be a witness? In Christianese, that word typically connotes telling someone about Jesus. But in legal terms, a witness is someone who can provide firsthand testimonial evidence of an event taking place. So the first definition is certainly true, but makes more sense with the legal definition included. In […]

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 30

This post is coming late, but I would rather get it out there on Saturday night than not at all, in the hopes that some may find it useful tonight or tomorrow morning. Let’s prepare as we are able to meet with our Lord.  THE WORD Scripture: Ruth 2:8-18 Sermon: “The Redeemer’s Refuge” SONGS Worship Leader: […]

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 […]