“The Christian says, ‘Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food… If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.’”
~ C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?”
~ Romans 8:35

Uptown Church
April 5, 2020

God Calls Us Into Worship

Greeting – Jeremy Goodwyne

Call to Worship – Associate Pastor, Rev. Dave Kulp

All Glory Laud And Honor

J. M. Neale | M Teschner | Theodulph Of Orleans

All glory laud and honor to Thee Redeemer King
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring
Thou art the King of Israel Thou David’s royal Son
Who in the Lord’s name comest the King and Blessed One

The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went
Our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present
To Thee before Thy passion they sang their hymns of praise
To Thee now high exalted our melody we raise

Thou didst accept their praises accept the praise we bring
Who in all good delightest Thou good and gracious King
All glory laud and honor to Thee Redeemer King
To whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring

Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!
Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest!

© Public Domain | CCLI Song # 29509

God Cleanses Us

God Be Merciful

C. Miner | R. Redhead

God be merciful to me, on Thy grace I rest my plea
Plenteous in compassion Thou, blot out my transgression now
Wash me, make me pure within, cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin

My transgressions I confess, grief and guilt my soul oppress
I have sinned against Thy grace, and provoked Thee to Thy face
I confess Thy judgment just, speechless, I Thy mercy trust

Broken, humbled to the dust, by Thy wrath and judgment just
Let my contrite heart rejoice, and in gladness hear Thy voice
From my sins O hide Thy face, blot them out in boundless grace

Gracious God, my heart renew, make my spirit right and true
Cast me not away from Thee, let Thy Spirit dwell in me
Thy salvation’s joy impart, steadfast make my willing heart

© 1998 Christopher Miner | CCLI Song # 3251755

A Prayer of Lament over the Coronavirus Pandemic


Hear our cry, Almighty God. Listen to our prayer. How long will we have to hide in our homes from this invisible enemy? Where will it strike next? And whom? And what if…? Our screens relay a continuous escalation of suffering and death around the world. Panic and anxiety abounds. Our souls are weary from the strain of the life-altering unknowns.

Heavenly Father, from the depths of our pain and confusion, we cry out to You. From fear-filled hearts and anxious minds, we plead with You. Rescue us, Father of compassion and grace. We lift up our eyes to You, Lord God, the One who sits enthroned in heaven.


On all who have contracted the virus


Lord have mercy


On all who have lost loved ones to this sickness and are in mourning and anguish


Lord have mercy


On all who are unable to earn an income because their jobs have been suspended


Lord have mercy


We cry out for healing and needed resources


We cry out for comfort and peace


On all medical professionals and caretakers attending to those infected with the virus


Christ have mercy


On all scientists and technologists striving to find a vaccine and to make it available


Christ have mercy


On all leaders of institutions and governments as they make decisions to try and contain the virus


Christ have mercy


We pray for strength in the long and exhausting hours of labor


We pray for wisdom in the research and difficult decisions


On all who have not yet contracted the virus


Lord have mercy


On the most vulnerable of our society who are unable to buy extra food or get proper medical attention


Lord have mercy


On all disciples of Jesus Christ discerning how to reflect His love to others within this crisis


Lord have mercy


We plead for protection of health


We plead for all to remain calm and kind


The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the expanse of the universe. And yet this earth is no longer as You created it to be. Holy Father, our earth groans from the devastation caused by the curse of the Fall. My God, Your Word is true. One day You will liberate creation from its bondage to decay and death.


Life is sacred and precious in your sight. You are the God Who sees us and sustains us.


Nothing can separate us from the Father’s unfailing love and kindness, not even sickness or the fear of tomorrow. You are our Light as we walk in this darkness. We will remember to celebrate the beautiful gifts You have given us in this present moment.


Almighty God, You are our Rock, our Refuge from the enemy, our hiding place.


You calm our frantic thoughts and fill our despairing hearts with joy and strength.


In Your Presence living water springs forth in the wilderness.


You restore our souls.

We Respond in Faith

10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)

J. Myrin | M. Redman

Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul I’ll worship Your holy name

The sun comes up it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

I’ll worship Your holy name
I’ll worship Your holy name

© 2011 Thankyou Music, Said And Done Music, sixsteps Music, and SHOUT! Publishing | CCLI Song # 6016351

The Feast

W. Gadsby | K. Digerness

With wondering eyes, Lord, we admire the feast prepared by grace
Come, Lord, and set our souls on fire, and fill each heart with peace
These emblems of Thy precious love, by faith may we receive
And with a solemn pleasure prove, we in Thy name believe

We eat this bread; we drink this wine
Come give Yourself to us
We know You’re here; that’s why we’ve come
To feast on Thee with love

No goodness of our own we bring; we’re sinners vile and base
Christ is our all; of Christ we sing, and long to see His face
O may we each, with heart and tongue, sing, “Worthy is the Lamb”
To Him alone the praise belongs, and we’ll adore His name

© 2004 Karl Digerness Music

The Giving of Tithes and Offerings

Song of Preparation

The Dark Before The Dawn

A. Peterson

I’ve been waiting for the sun
To come blazing up out of the night like a bullet from a gun
Till every shadow is scattered, every dragon’s on the run
I believe, I believe that the light is gonna come
And this is the dark, this is the dark before the dawn

I’ve been waiting for some peace
To come raining down out of the heavens on these war-torn fields
All creation is aching for the sons of God to be revealed
And I believe, I believe that the victory is sealed
The serpent struck but it was crushed beneath His heel

And oh I know the wind can bring the lightning
Oh I know the lightning brings the rain
Oh I know the storm can be so frightening
But that same wind is gonna blow that storm away, blow that storm away
Lord I’m waiting for a change, I’m waiting for a change

So I’m waiting for the King
To come galloping out of the clouds while the angel armies sing
He’s gonna gather His people in the shadow of His wings
I’m gonna raise my voice with the song of the redeemed
All this darkness is a small and passing thing

This is the storm, this is the storm, the storm before the calm
This is the pain, the pain before the balm
This is the cold, the cold, the cold before the warm
These are the tears, the tears before the song
This is the dark, sometimes all I see is this darkness
Can’t you feel the darkness? This is the dark before the dawn
I’m just waiting for a change, change, Lord, I’m waiting for a change

I had a dream that I was waking at the burning edge of dawn
And I could see the fields of glory and I could hear the Sower’s song
I had a dream that I was waking at the burning edge of dawn
And all that rain had washed me clean and all the sorrow was gone
I had a dream that I was waking at the burning edge of dawn
And I could finally believe the King had loved me all along
I had a dream that I was waking at the burning edge of dawn
I saw the Sower in the silver mist
He was calling me home

© 2015 Jakedog Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) | CCLI Song # 7050361

The Pastoral Prayer – Interim Senior Pastor, Rev. John Sittema

God Feeds Us With His Word

The Reading of the Word

John 6:22-71

Leader: This is the Word of the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God!

The Sermon – Rev. Mark Skylling

Feasting on the Bread of Life

Sermon Notes

God Blesses Us and Sends Us Out

Song of Response

We Will Feast In The House Of Zion

S. McCracken

We will feast in the house of Zion , we will sing with our hearts restored
He has done great things, we will say together, we will feast and weep no more

We will not be burned by the fire, He is the LORD our God
We are not consumed, by the flood, upheld, protected, gathered up

In the dark of night, before the dawn, my soul, be not afraid
For the promised morning, oh how long? Oh God of Jacob, be my strength

Every vow we’ve broken and betrayed, You are the Faithful one
And from the garden to the grave, bind us together, bring shalom

© 2015 Drink Your Tea Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) and joshmooreownsthismusic (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.) | CCLI Song # 7041364

Benediction – Rev. Mark Skylling

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