Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, October 5, 2014

The athlete and the movie star are two of the biggest types of icons in the last 50-100 years of American history. So much so that the people who are the best at what they do in these respective areas are solely known by what they do. We may know nothing about Lebron James except that he […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 10

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 10

 Prior to his election as President of the United States in 2008, Barack Obama gained national fame for his speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention in Boston, during which he asked Americans, “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or do we participate in a politics of hope?”  A politics of hope eventually became […]

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

My wife and I moved to Charlotte three weeks ago from Chapel Hill, where we were wed in late April. What better way to ease into marriage than to quit our jobs, completely uproot ourselves, and start graduate school? Needless to say, it was certainly providential that our second Sunday at Uptown corresponded with the beginning […]

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 […]

Preparing to Gather, Sunday June 30

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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 […]