Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

Preparing for Worship // January 20, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) I have only seen a couple of episodes, but I am fascinated by the TV show “Hoarders.” Every episode has two people who for one reason or another cannot get rid of their possessions. You get a glimpse into their homes and see piles of […]

Preparing for Worship // January 13, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Think for a moment through your personal testimony. How did you come to know Christ? No two testimonies are exactly the same. Even if you were to ask two siblings raised in Uptown’s youth ministry – with the same home, same parents, same school, same […]

Preparing for Worship // January 06, 2019

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s hard to believe that we are already almost a week into 2019. How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming? The changing of our calendars is a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the past year and look forward to a fresh start on […]

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 30, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) My personal reading habits spoil every story I read. My book reading strategy is to read the first chapter of a book, then skip to the very last page. There are many reasons people do this, but mine is that I care for the characters […]

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 23, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Mythology has always been an interesting subject for me. In history classes growing up, I enjoyed the lectures on Greek and Roman gods because it was mostly stories and there were no dates to memorize. It’s fascinating to think about how a society would see […]

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 16, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) If I were to tell you that Mary Poppins Returns will be the greatest cinematic masterpiece to ever hit the silver screen, there is a slight chance you would believe me. You know from experience that the first Mary Poppins was a great movie. It […]

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 09, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s that time of year. If you have to ask “What time of year?” you probably haven’t turned on the radio, walked into a store, or listened to the songs we are singing this week yet. Christmas is almost here!! We are counting down the […]

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

Preparing for Worship // December 02, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) There is a common joke that it can be dangerous to pray for patience. If you pray for patience, God doesn’t give you patience – He gives you more opportunities to be patient. God brings those special people or situations in your life that just […]

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

Preparing for Worship // November 25, 2018

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Sometimes it takes a dictionary to speak “Christian-ese.” There are a lot of words that Christians throw around that no one in the world ever uses. “Fellowship,” “quiet time,” “anointed,” “communion,” “advent,” and “life group” are all phrases long time Christians probably understand, but new […]

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 16, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Nathanael Miller, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for Outreach] We all know that appearances can be deceiving. I think that the food in a fast food ad looks delicious. The perfectly crafted meal is aesthetically pleasing, with the light hitting […]

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 9, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) [This week’s worship preparation was written by Mark Skylling, Uptown’s Pastoral Intern for The Gathering (Young Adults) Have you ever experienced the calm before the storm? Perhaps it’s the cool breeze you feel while dark clouds are looming on the horizon. Or maybe you’ve seen […]

Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

Preparing for Worship // July 02, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) How do you define success? What needs to happen in your life for you to feel like you’ve made it–like you’ve arrived? Some might define success as a certain job or career path. For others, seeing your children happy and healthy might make you feel […]

Preparing for Worship // June 25, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 25, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Over spring break one year when I worked for RUF, I helped lead a mission trip to London, where we worked with a church that reaches the large immigrant population from India, Pakistan, and the surrounding countries. Many of the people that the church seeks […]

Preparing for Worship // June 18, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 18, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) It’s almost impossible to get on social media without seeing a post (or several) about the LBGT debate. I remember one time when a friend posted an article on Facebook in support of same-sex marriage with the comment, “Don’t they deserve love, as well?” This […]

Preparing for Worship // June 11, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 11, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) True forgiveness is hard. Half-hearted forgiveness is easy; simply telling the person that you forgive them is easy. Forgiveness when you’re not truly hurt is easy. But true forgiveness, laying aside the other person’s wrong in an effort to restore a relationship that has been […]

Preparing for Worship // June 04, 2017

Preparing for Worship // June 04, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Do you have certain expectations of Jesus? You’ve given your life to Him; now you should get something out of the deal, right? Do you expect Jesus to bring with Him the perfect spouse you’ve always wanted or the perfect children? Or do you expect […]

Preparing for Worship // May 28, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 28, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) Few fictional characters exhibit the pride and legalism that characterized the Pharisees better than Javert from Les Misérables. Javert is the police officer who has made it his mission to track down Valjean, a fugitive ex-convict who has turned his life around after being shown […]

Preparing for Worship // May 21, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 21, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is certainly one of the most famous stories in the Bible. Those who are raised in the church grow up hearing about this miracle that Jesus performs in order to provide food for an incredible number of people, […]

Preparing for Worship // May 14, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 14, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) So much of life is about expectations. We filter everything that happens to us through our expectations of what should happen to us. Disappointment comes because of unfulfilled expectations; joy comes from met or exceeded expectations. Take, for example, something as ordinary as going to […]

Preparing for Worship // May 07, 2017

Preparing for Worship // May 07, 2017

(Email subscribers: Click the title above to view the Spotify playlist) In the 9th grade, I had the pleasure of sitting under a Bible teacher who at my high school was famous for being crazy. She was an elderly lady with spiked hair and looked a little bit like a Disney villain. But the reason why […]