Listen to This // Songs In the Night by Michael Van Patter

Listen to This // Songs In the Night by Michael Van Patter

  Michael Van Patter is, among many things, the Director of Worship Arts at Hope Chapel in Greensboro, NC and he’s come to be a friend. In 2013, Michael’s son, Watts came down with a fever and three days later was diagnosed with Infantile Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at 10 months of age. Devastating news, this began what […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 31, 2016

 Compromise sounds like a humble thing in the eyes of the world. And in many circumstances it is an honorable thing to do such as in marital conflict. However, what the world does not understand is the faithfulness of Christians to the Lord Jesus Christ and their unwillingness to compromise. The bumper sticker ‘coexist’ is a good summary […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 14, 2015

Injustice is a reality that we live with. It is part of the consequence of the fall. Yet we can not eradicate the image of God in us. Despite the injustice that we experience and that we may even bring upon others we yearn for justice to be realized. This is why gang members during the Baltimore riots this […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 15, 2015

When you fear where do you turn? Where do you look for help? In the text this week we see David fleeing from his enemies because they are after him to kill him, namely Saul. The Lord protects him in many ways. When we fear we often feel alone and far from God. God shows us […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, October 19, 2014

“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” ~ John Piper “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”  ~ Abraham Kuyper “Why is it that some Christians cross […]

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, September 21, 2014

“I heard that when white folks go fishin they do somethin called ‘catch and release.’ Catch and release? I nodded solemnly, suddenly nervous and curious at the same time. ‘That really bothers me’, Denver went on. ‘I just can’t figure it out. ‘Cause when colored folks go fishin, we really proud of what we catch, and we […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 14th, 2014

My parents told me that I often ignored their instruction at an early age. If they told me to not put my finger in a light socket I would attempt to do just that. I can remember early on my mom had just put on the stove top to get a pot of water to a boil […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, September 7, 2014

There is a recurring thought that comes to mind sometimes while I walk around my house. If I see a set of keys sitting on the downstairs desk, if I see that a cabinet door was left open or if a light was left on my initial thought is “Why did Meghan (my wife) do that, I’ll […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 24th, 2014

My wife and I have moved just once in our married life and in many ways it was tough. We lived in Memphis for two years before coming to Charlotte. While in Memphis we knew that God was calling us to ministry and that our time in Memphis would be short. At first our reaction was to keep […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 17th, 2014

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Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, August 3rd, 2014

THE WORD Scripture: Genesis 2:7-24; 3:8-19; 1 John 4:7-12 Sermon: We Are Made For Relationships SONGS Come Thou Fount (Traditional) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Brethren We Have Met To Worship (Traditional) listen |chords | lyrics/info | purchase There is a Fountain Filled With Blood (arr. Digerness) Listen | chords | info | purchase Song of Preparation & Song of Response: Oh How Good It Is (Gettys) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase RESPONSIVE READINGS/QUESTIONS 1. How […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 29th, 2014

THE WORD Scripture: Luke 22:39-62 Sermon: The King Submits SONGS Crown Him With Many Crowns listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Psalm 62 (arr. Aaron Keyes) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase We Fall Down  (arr. Chris Tomlin) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase God Moves In A Mysterious Way (arr. Jeremy Casella) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song of Preparation: In the Hours  (arr. Indelible Grace) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song of Response: Whate’er My God Ordains Is […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 22nd, 2014

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 22nd, 2014

Hey Everyone my name is Andrew Newman and I will be taking over the worship internship which means I will have the opportunity to publish the worship blog each week.  I just finished my first year at RTS-Charlotte and I plan on graduating in the next two or three years.  I was born in Greensboro, NC […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 1

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, June 1

“Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.”  – Donna Tartt, The Secret History Michaelangelo’s “David” is arresting when viewed in person. It is far taller than one would expect, and the tall dome of the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze seems to extend that statue even further. The statue of […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 25

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 25

“But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”  Luke 19:27 There are times when I read the words of Jesus and I have a little mental jolt. It is almost as if my mind leans back in a chair a little too […]

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

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

My grandfather passed away before I was born. Though I never met him, I know through the testimony of those who knew him that he was kind, generous, and devoted to family and friends. I see his influence in my mother, my grandmother, my aunt and uncle, and others in my family that knew him well. […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, May 4

The current cultural climate in the United States has an uneasy fascination with war. In some sense, many Americans are very tired of war. The specter of nine years of military intervention in Iraq and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan haunt even the most ardent warhawk. More than a decade of sending troops to the Middle […]

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, April 20, Easter Sunday

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, April 20, Easter Sunday

“(About the resurrection of Christ…) First, it proved that Jesus was indeed the divine Son of God. Paul wrote that “[He] was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead” (Rom. 1:4). Actually it was impossible for Jesus’ body to remain in […]