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, 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, 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

THE WORD Scripture: Matthew 18:21-35 Sermon: Forgiving One Another SONGS God Be Merciful to Me  (arr. Indelible Grace) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Oh How Good It Is (Gettys) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase By Our Love (arr. Christy Nockels) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song of Preparation: Depth of Mercy (arr. Red Mountain Music) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song for the Supper: The Feast (arr. Karl Digerness) listen | chords | lyrics/info | purchase Song of Response: Forgive Our Sins […]

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 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 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 […]

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

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

I frequently listen to a podcast from NPR that includes a section called “What’s Making You Happy This Week?”  During this section, the panelists all talk about a certain piece of pop culture or recent news that excites them.  If I were on the show, I would probably have mentioned the same thing every week […]

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, February 16

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

 Not to be outdone by the spectacles of previous awards shows, the 2014 Grammys made its mark on the pop-culture landscape by making the pinnacle of the show the mass marriage of 33 couples whose demographics were composed of both heterosexual and homosexual couples. Macklemore accompanied the ceremony with his song Same Love, which is […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 2

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, February 2

This Sunday, as we continue our sermon series in the Gospel of Luke,  we see that Christ’s Kingdom comes in power and that Christians, as members of Christ’s Kingdom, have a measure of access to that power. As Christianity is pushed to the margins of society, this is a message of great hope!   This […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 17

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, January 17

The term “semantic satiation” refers to the process in which a word or phrase temporarily loses its meaning after numerous repetition.  There is an unfortunate tendency for this to happen within the Christian life. Because of sin, our hearts can harden to the beauty of often used phrases and words such as the “love of […]

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

Reza Aslan’s book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” rode high on the New York Time’s best-seller list for parts of 2013. In this book, Aslan, a professor at the University of California-Riverside, attempts to make the case that Jesus of Nazareth was one of many failed Jewish nationalists in first-century Palestine. […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 8

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, December 8

My wife and I are in the process of mortgaging our home and selling all of our belongings on Craigslist in order to purchase flights home for Christmas. Despite having to fork over a small fortune to Delta Airlines, we are ecstatic at the thought of being home for the holidays. It is always great […]

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 17

Getting Ready For Sunday: How to Prepare for Worship at Uptown, November 17

I have a hard time sleeping on airplanes.  This was always problematic when I lived in Romania and would fly home to see my family in Mississippi. The trip from Bucharest to London to Dallas to Jackson and the drive home always equalled up to about a 24-hour day in airplanes and airport.  This meant […]

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

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

In a few minutes, my wife and I will drive to Chapel Hill so that we can participate in the ordination service of Simon Stokes, the new RUF minister at UNC-Chapel Hill.  We got to know Simon and his wife, Katie, while he was undergoing his licensure and ordination exams. For Simon, tonight is the […]