Catchin' Fire at "Upstream"!
By the Rev. Michael Love
FUMC of Palo Alto
First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto has entered into a movement of God's Holy Spirit in launching "Upstream," a spirited, high-energy worship experience, on May 1. Every Sunday at 9 a.m. Upstream welcomes a new and growing congregation of disciples under the leadership of the Rev. Laurie McHugh and the Upstream team.
The worship experience includes:
- Music that is vibrant, soul-filled, and uplifting – on contemporary musical instruments
- Media and artistic expression that illumine our spiritual journey
- A message that is connected to the reality in which we live
- Participatory elements, interactivity, movement
Vibrant, flexible, family-friendly, Spirit-led. The exact "liturgy" of the worship may change from week to week; the music style, instrumentation, and leadership configuration may vary; how much and what kind of "movement" may fluctuate.
The details may twist, turn, and dance – but these essentials of music, media, message and movement will always be there as we strive to connect with the flow of the Spirit of God within the community.