Worship is an outpouring of response from our hearts to the things God has done in our lives, recognizing that He is all-powerful, longing to draw near to Him, and He to us. It is not something we engage in only on Sundays, but in the way we live our lives.
In John 4:23-24, Jesus says “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
“Our desire is for Uptown to be a community in this modern age that honors God through the ancient practices of the Church.”
At Uptown we desire to be worshippers that worship “in spirit and truth,” but what does this mean? To worship in “spirit” means to worship with reverence, allowing our minds and hearts to be fully present, and a willingness to allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us.
To worship in “truth” means to worship according to the instructions and postures given to us by God. At Incarnation we believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the revealed Word of God containing all things necessary to salvation. Some biblical postures in worship are standing (Psalm 119:120), kneeling (1 Kings 8:54), singing (Psalm 7:17), lifting hands (Psalm 134:2) (Psalm141:2), bowing (Psalm 95:16). Engaging in the Liturgy, Holy Communion and singing the songs of the Church in a modern style are ways we put these acts of worship into action.