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

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

 I had a very active imagination as a child and because of this spent hours upon hours playing with plastic Army men.  I had a seemingly endless number of figures and, not content with the isolated one-off battle, set up full campaigns spread out across my home in the country. These campaigns would even consist […]

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 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, 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, 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, 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, October 7

 It’s 6:30 as I write this. Musicians are coming in the building, as well as some of our sound crew for a training session. The resource center smells like pizza (a bribe for the sound crew). And the business of tonight is to prepare for Sabbath Worship. As we prepare our hearts and hands 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, September 2

Last Sunday, we finished our topical series on the church with a service on missions, and a sermon by Dr. Paul Taylor, the International Director for the Asia Pacific Region for Mission to the World. That sermon, along with the rest of the series can be found on Uptown’s Sermons page. This week we begin a […]

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, August 5

We begin this week a new short series titled “Church: The Called Community.”  God has decreed that his Church would manifest his wisdom to the world. This series will show how, through the teaching, worship, fellowship and outreach of his Church, and Uptown Church in particular, Christ calls to himself and makes holy all those who will […]

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 | […]