Author Archive for UPC 7PM Worship



Many of you have been requesting the Confession that we have been praying through the series, “Take this Job and Love It.”  Because of the large number of requests I thought I would throw it up on the blog.  It comes out of The Worship Source book which is a great worship planning and personal devotion resource.  Click the above link to buy your own copy.

You asked for my hands,

that you might use them for your purpose.

I gave them for a moment, then withdrew them,

for the work was hard.

You asked for my mouth

to speak out against injustice.

I gave you a whisper that I might not be accused.

You asked for my eyes

to see the pain of poverty.

I closed them, for I did not want to see.

You asked for my life,

that you might work through me.

I gave a small part, that I might not get too involved.

Lord, forgive my calculated efforts to serve you—

only when it is convenient for me to do so,

only in those places where it is safe to do so,

and only with those who make it easy to do so.

Father, forgive me,

renew me, send me out

as a usable instrument,

that I might take seriously

the meaning of your cross. Amen.


Worship Connect for April 18

Hey everyone! This Sunday George is kicking off our Big Time Faith series on Genesis. All the details are right here. We’re also setting aside some time in worship to celebrate the recently completed Many Rooms small groups. If you want to stop by Larson Hall earlier in the day, we’ll be having something we’re calling an Interactive Art Exhibit. You’ll have to come if you want to find out what that means.

Opening Music | Worship Team

“Glory of It All”

Welcome, Announcements, & Greeting | Ryan Church

Many Rooms Celebration

Litany of Community

Witness & Stories

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Dedication


“The Solid Rock”

Small groups slide show during offertory


Sermon | George Hinman

“Wrestling with Another” | Genesis 25:19-34


“Sweetly Broken”

Prayer | Ryan Church

Communion Words & Prayer | George Hinman

“Joy Is in Our Hearts”

“My God My Father”

Benediction | Ryan Church



Worship Connect for April 11

Hey 7 pmers! This Sunday everyone’s favorite sassy worship pastor, Dave Rohrer, is preaching, which is always a hoot. And then next week George is kicking off a new series on Genesis, “Big Time Faith.” It’s sure to be nectar (rad).

See you on Sunday!

Opening Music | Worship Team


“Came to My Rescue”

Welcome, Announcements, Greeting | Mike McEvoy

Call to Worship

“Psalm 62”

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

“Christ Without Sin”

“In Christ Alone”

Sermon | Dave Rohrer

“Taken for All We’re Worth”


“Here Is Love”

Prayer | Mike McEvoy

Communion & Prayer | Dave Rohrer

“I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say”

“In Christ Alone”

Benediction | Jaci Smith

Commissioning | Riley McCormick


The Feast and the Fast

Imagine with me, if even only for a moment, that you and I have just eaten a hearty meal.  Not just any meal, mind you, but The Meal; the last meal.  The last meal with the one we know to be the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, and our Savior.  We hear the words that Jesus says when he blesses the bread and the wine, calling it his body and blood but do not quite understand.  This is not unusual for us, he is always saying these crazy sorts of things and we pass it off as such.  But after he blesses we feast; we feast like we have never feasted before: laughing, remembering, enjoying.  Most of all, enjoying one another and the unusual kinship we have come to find around this man named Jesus. It is a meal to be remembered for the rest of our lives.

When the meal is over and we have had our fill—stomachs full with bread and wine, hurting from all of the laughing we had done and eyes becoming heavy from the wine—Jesus bids us once again to follow him.  Of course, we do, we always do.  Every time he says those words, “Follow me,” beginning even with the first time, he evokes a passion in us that is unexplainable.  His words are different than ours, they just are, I can’t explain it.  Jesus says it is because he speaks on behalf of the Father, we are not sure how that works but we believe it so deeply that it must be true.  He takes us to a place called Gethsemane.  Gethsemane is a garden but this garden is hardly a thing of beauty at this time of night; Rather it is dark, covered, and for some reason reminds us of death.

The mood some how changes, we are no longer laughing and Jesus seemed troubled.  He tells us to stay and wait with him.  The way he says it seems peculiar because we have nowhere else to go.  This one man has become our home, so of course we are going to stay with him.  He tells us to watch and pray and wandered off a little ways from us.  We do as he asks until the wine from that joyous meal catches back up with us; our eyes became heavy again and we fell asleep.  We awake to the sound of Jesus’ troubled voice.  He is not angry but sad, although seems to understand.  He asks us if we cannot stay awake long enough to pray with him.  Ah, maybe this is what he meant when he said, “stay with me.”  He wanders away and the warm feeling of wine and bread in our bellies overtakes our will to stay awake.  Jesus wakes us up a few more times, each time feeling more like a dream.  Then the last time tells us it is time to go, his betrayer is near approaching.  With these words we become fully awake, the feast is over and the fast has now begun.

join the fast tonight at 10pm in the sanctuary of UPC


Worship Connect for March 28

Hello 7 pm crew! This Sunday is Palm Sunday, which (among many things) means that we’ll be highlighting UPC’s Urban and Global Missions and taking an offering for UPC’s missions efforts–you can get the full story on the website.

See you on Sunday!

Opening Music

“Came to My Rescue”

Welcome, Announcements, Greeting | Emily Vancil

Call to Worship | Zechariah 9:9

Songs of Worship


“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

A Psalm of Thanksgiving


Sermon: “Experiencing God in Hope,” John 16:16-33 | George Hinman


“Hold On”

Confession & Assurance of Forgiveness

Prayer | Emily Vancil

Communion and Prayer | George Hinman

“Carried to the Table”


Benediction | Emily Vancil


Worship Connect for March 21

Hey 7 pmers,

The big news this week is that it’s Daffodil Sunday. There will be something like 25,000 daffodils at UPC this Sunday, and if you buy a bundle of them the proceeds will go toward Camp Side-by-Side.  Daffodil tables will be more or less unavoidable–they’ll be at the entrances to the main building.

Here’s the rundown on worship:

Opening Music


“Psalm 62”

Welcome, Announcements, Greeting | Jon Epps

Call to Worship

“Joy Is in Our Hearts”

Confession and Assurance of Forgiveness

“Not What These Hands Have Done”

Song of Worship

“It is Well with My Soul”

Sermon: Ken Kierstead, “Experiencing God in Truth” (John 16:4b-15)


“Open My Eyes”

Prayer | Jon Epps

Communion and Prayer | Dave Rohrer and John Epps

“Holy, Holy, Holy”

“Psalm 62”



Worship Connect for March 14, 2010

Dear 7 pmers,

First: This Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings time. That means that at some mysterious hour early Sunday morning, the world’s clock (minus Arizona) is going to spring forward an hour. If you don’t set your personal clock accordingly, you’re going to arrive an hour late to things. Around here, we call that “pulling a Dave Rohrer.”

Second: Next Sunday is Daffodil Sunday, where you can “buy” bundles of daffodils to support Camp Side-by-Side. (Note: legally we’re not allowed to use the word “buy”–we’re supposed to say something along the lines of “give a suggested monetary donation to us and we will, for unrelated reasons, give you a bundle of daffodils.”)

Here’s the 7 pm rundown:

Opening Music: “Our God Saves”

Welcome, Announcements, Greeting | Mike McEvoy

Call to Worship: John 15:18-20

Time of Worship

“Psalm 62”

“All Creatures of Our God and King”

“Open My Eyes”

Confession & Assurance of Forgiveness


Offertory: “Joy Is in Our Hearts”

Sermon: George Hinman, “Experiencing God in Courage”

Communion & Prayer | David Hallgren

“You Alone”

“Abide With Me”

Benediction | Mike McEvoy

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