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. […]

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, January 27

 This past Tuesday marked 40 years since the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in this country. While some would celebrate this day, we grieve it tremendously as the single greatest example of present injustice in our land. It has been estimated that between 55 and 60 million unborn children have […]

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, January 13

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 13

 We continue this week in the book of Jeremiah. The Lord is grieved when he looks on his bride who has forsaken him. He sees whom he loves, and from whom he is owed all love and passion. But she runs wildly away from him and toward worthless idols and which are no gods at […]

Getting Ready for Sunday :: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 6

This week (this year!) we are beginning a new sermon series on the book of Jeremiah. Because God lives in covenant relationship with his people he promises us not only blessings for obedience, but just as importantly, discipline when we go astray.  The Book of Jeremiah is God’s corrective love extended to his people in the […]

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 […]

Music Monday: Wesley Randolph Eader, Of Old It Was Recorded

I came across this free album of new hymns written in an old time gospel style last night and thought I’d share it with you. This is Wesley Randolph Eader, out of Portland.  It’s fantastic so far and I hope it blesses you!

Not You, But the Church, That Is Singing

Ours is not a culture which encourages much in the way of “group singing.” Yet, scripture is rife with examples of it from the Song of Moses, and redemption from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 15) to the Song of the Lamb, and ultimate redemption from sin and death (Revelation 15). Still, we can fall into the […]

The Welcome Wagon in concert tomorrow evening!

  If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, I wanted to let you know about a great concert happening tomorrow evening at Stonebridge Church Community in North Charlotte. From their label’s site: “The Welcome Wagon is a married couple, the Reverend Thomas Vito Aiuto and his wife Monique, who execute a genre of gospel music […]

Now Will I Sing to My Well-Beloved

“Now will I sing to my well-beloved
a song of my beloved.”
— Isaiah 5:1
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IT was a prophet who wrote this, a prophet inspired of God. An ordinary believer might suffice to sing, but he counts it no stoop for a prophet, and no waste of his important time, to occupy himself with song. There is no engagement under heaven that is more exalting than praising God, and however great may be the work which is committed to the charge of any of us, we shall always do well if we pause awhile to spend a time in sacred praise. I would not wish to prefer one spiritual exercise before another, else I think I would endorse the saying of an old divine who said that a line of praise was better than even a leaf of prayer; that praise was the highest, noblest, best, most satisfying, and most healthful occupation in which a Christian man could be found. If these may be regarded as the words of the Church, the Church of old did well to turn all her thoughts in the direction of praising her God. Though the winning of souls be a great thing, though the edifying of believers be an important matter, though the reclamation of backsliders calls for earnest attention, yet never, never, never may we cease from praising and magnifying the name of the well-beloved. This is to be our occupation in heaven: let us begin the music here, and make a heaven of the Church, even here below.

-Charles Spurgeon, from the sermon “Holy Song From Happy Saints” delivered March 5, 1871