Worship at NCC

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Worship at NCC
by William Panganiban

When our webmaster Bob Monts asked me if I could share my thoughts on Worship at our church for the NCC website, the first thing that came to mind was “That deserves an entire book!”. But given the parameters I must work with, (margins, font style, size, spacing, one page, etc.), I have given a great thought to how I could convey to you what worship through music means and how it fits into Life at Northpark.

My understanding of worship begins with my younger years in the Philippines. I had a natural curiosity, attraction, and eventual dedication to seek the God of the Bible, alongside my music training which has led to what I’m doing now as “worship leader”. (I will make sure to ask my mother one day why she paid me to take piano lessons).

Here is some of what I learned in those early days. First, worship is all about the God. Without Him, there is no one or nothing to worship. I have also learned that it is privilege to use my experience for this purpose now that I am at a later stage of life. I have learned that it is by God’s grace that one serves. I have learned that God does not give up on us even if we give up on ourselves. I have stepped down from worship ministry twice after approximately 10-year increments. I learned that God is a fisherman, who does not do catch and release. Rather he nurtures those he catches and keeps training them. Now, I can honestly say that my current tenure has been, the one I am enjoying the most. I feel like aging really has value; in that we learn from our mistakes as we grow in maturity.

In this new stage of ministry, I have been inspired to hone my craft and to continue to sharpen the musical gifts God has given me. This new stage of ministry has taught me the value of seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance. What I am learning is to differentiate between God’s will and mine. I am confident that the Lord still has plans for the music ministry to which He has called me. Yes, I feel the limitations that come with aging. The Pandemic has brought unique challenges to worship. But I believe God has never taken His eyes off Northpark Christian Church. He keeps leading us. He keeps sustaining us and is guiding us to something better. This of course involves using technology as part of the equation. You may have heard the phrase “Technology is both a blessing and a curse”. Perhaps the following will apply. One of the best experiences I have had involving music in this church was on a stormy Sunday morning when power went out just before service. We pulled together some old songs and hymns, encouraged everyone to sit close to the piano, and we sang while I played. I heard singing like I’ve never heard before or since. It was glorious! With zero tech. But tech is a vital part of contemporary worship in a post pandemic world.

During my involvement in music ministry, I have learned that worship involves more than audible music. You have heard that true worship comes from the heart. We are to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We can worship God in silence, but the word “praise” involves external and internal aspects of our bodies. It says in Scripture we are to “make, a joyful noise” (pӑtsach in Aramaic) meaning to break into a joyful sound, openly expressing our adoration, gratitude, our trust, and faith in His presence and guidance. The source of our worship is driven by His love for us; creatures at the top of the creation story, created in His image. Our praise is our response to the God, we believe Him to be. In the past this church did just that! People were truly engaged! We were a noisy bunch! Groups during the service took turns chanting “We love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus how about you?” This was done in orderliness of course. I knew then, like I know now, God likes order! My desire is to restore expressive, open, exuberant praise because I believe that is what God desires.

I know some of you actively participate in the singing but there is something holding other people back. I understand. When we were first visiting, I was one of those in the back of the room with my arms crossed, mouth hardly opening. But then I learned that I was there not to listen to the music but to be part of the music; the music that is being offered to God by the church, His people. Like you, I now ask questions such as; “Does God really care about how you and I sound when we sing during the service? Or does God care that we are a body of believers expressing corporate praise?” Our worship team has a motto. It is: “Audience of ONE”. When the congregation actively participates in singing the music and worships with their heart the ONE, then our worship team feels we have done what God has called us to do.

This is not always easy. We come from different backgrounds. This church is a diverse mix not only spiritually and culturally but also generationally. Our music should be sensitive to our diversity. Praise God for all the wonderful artists He is raising worldwide to spread the Word through song. There is so much new material out there which I believe is part of God’s battle plan and we try to incorporate these new songs into our song rotations. But it’s undeniable that people participate more if they are familiar with the songs. This is where seeking the Lord’s guidance becomes important as we try lead a diverse congregation to praise our audience of one. With God’s help, we attempt to find the perfect balance so that everyone who partakes in our worship service can say they have been in the presence of the Lord Almighty.

Worship is a vital part of Life at Northpark and our worship team is honored to have a part of leading you as you express your hearts in praise to your audience of ONE.


Thank You from KMS

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Thank You Video from

Kingwood Middle School

Love, grow, and serve are three verbs that characterize life at Northpark. One of the ways that enable us to live out these three verbs is our partnership with the Kingwood Middle School. Below is a video from the school thanking us and describing to you the ways in which we show love and serve our community partner. Through the love and service, we provide Kingwood Middle School we are able to grow. Please watch their video and consider if we are the kind of church you want to be part of.


Exchanging Time for Blessings

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Exchanging Time For Blessings

 By Steve Keyes

What’s in the giving of a gift?  Well, there is usually some cost associated with purchasing it.  Even if it’s something you’ve made, the materials weren’t free.

Then there’s the cost of your time.  How valuable is that?  How much are you worth per hour?

So, we can agree, giving comes at a cost.  Should you give and expect nothing in return?  God tells us to.  Jesus modeled what it looks like to sacrifice selflessly.  The Bible is full of characters who sacrificed for the greater benefit, each of them giving but expecting nothing in return.

But does your giving actually offer you a return?  I’d answer that question with a definite YES!

Here at Northpark Christian Church, we are deeply invested in giving.  I’m not talking about that check you drop in the offering plate, although that in turn is used to support several other giving missions.  I’m talking about specific entities, some global, but some local.  Organizations you can become involved in and witness for yourself the good you help to spread.

Each fall, we participate in Operation Christmas Child.  This program is part of the Samaritan’s Purse/Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Churches across the globe fill shoeboxes with personal items, bibles, and treats.  Samaritan’s Purse then distributes them to children in impoverished countries around the world.  Pictures posted on their website [hot link here] convey the sheer joy and appreciation these kids feel upon receipt of such ‘wealth’.  The impact on them is probably more than we in the developed world can imagine

Closer to home, Northpark has two other charitable activities which enable you to come face-to-face with the recipients.  You can see them and their reactions.  You can reach out and shake their hand.  The benefits they receive through a donation of our time and/or finances provide positive proof that Christian-spirited giving can work miracles.

One of these is our outreach to Kingwood Middle School.  The KMS outreach seeks to encourage teachers and staff at this school with cards, small gifts, and occasionally, breakfast or lunch.  Talking with these folks convinces us that our Christian love is appreciated.

Mission Northeast is in New Caney, and provides food, clothing and household goods as well as counseling services to generally lower income folks who are just trying to hang on.  Northpark supports them with periodic donations of physical goods as well as with our volunteering.  It is gratifying beyond description to meet these folks.  I’m always left with a strong sense of how deeply appreciative they are for the help they receive.

So, by all means, continue to do God’s work of spreading the Gospel through your financial donations.  But please also consider becoming involved with one of our local charitable endeavors.  The Church could use your help.  But more importantly, YOU will be blessed more than you can imagine.


If There Ever Were A Time to Pray

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If There Was a Time We Needed to Pray

It Must be Now


If you have been a part of Northpark Christian Church, you know that prayer is a vital part of Life at Northpark. If you are new to us or checking us out it is important that you know we are a praying church that takes the role of prayer seriously. We believe that prayer is essential to our growth as Christ followers and as a church.

Currently, Pastor Lonnie is leading us in a study of the Power of Prayer in which we are exploring how to tap into the power that is inherent in prayer. Often, when we hear the concept of the power of prayer talked about, we wonder about our ability to access this power that people talk about.  You may be like many and wonder if tapping into the power of prayer is a complicated thing. We live in a performance-oriented culture. We speak of best practices, getting it right, and if it’s worth doing then it must be done the right way. This leaves many thinking that before they can begin to pray effectively or powerfully that they must master the discipline of prayer. We tend to think of prayer as something that we master in the same way that we might master algebra or a foreign language. But this is incorrect thinking because prayer is not a matter of our competence. The desire to pray correctly or to know all we can about prayer may sound noble, even correct but it misses the point. Prayer is not about being in control but in surrendering control. Prayer involves not trying to demonstrate our mastery in prayer, rather prayer is acknowledging our weaknesses, our inabilities, our being unable to always be in control or in charge.

Richard Foster, in his book, Prayer: Finding the Hearts True Home writes:

In the same way that a child cannot draw a bad picture so a child of God cannot offer a bad prayer. . . In simple prayer we bring ourselves God just as we are, warts and all. Like children before a loving father, we open our hearts and make our requests. We do not try to sort things out, the good from the bad. We simply and unpretentiously share our concerns and make our petitions.

That is the real power of prayer. It is coming to God as a child comes to their parent. Powerful prayer is not worried about impressing God or anyone else. Powerful prayer comes by submitting control to our competent and caring God.

Do you desire to have prayer as a vital part of your life? I offer this final thought from Richard Foster’s book:

For now, do not worry about “proper” praying, just talk to God. Share your hurts, share your sorrows, share your joys—freely and openly. God listens in compassion and love, just like we do when our children come to us.
Powerful prayer is a prayer that is offered in surrender to God’s abilities and not our own. Don’t worry if it is right. Pray and let God do his thing.








Life at Northpark

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Life at northpark

by Mr. Bob
How do you start your Sunday morning? I start my Sunday morning with a POT of COFFEE, not just a measly cup of coffee. Yes, it is my POT cause my lovely bride has never grown up enough to drink coffee. So I start my Sunday morning with a jolt of caffeine and I read from the Old Testament book of Zechariah. I don’t drink the coffee so I can stay awake to read Zechariah. Zechariah is a book full of visions and fiery oratory designed to challenge the Jewish people to return to Him. Is it interesting to read? Yes, yes it is. 
Why do I read it on Sunday mornings? I read so that I can be ready for the adult Bible study class that happens every Sunday at 9:30 am. Currently, Alan Shive is leading us in a study of the visions and fiery oratory found in Zechariah. This study leads to interesting questions and yes the occasional rabbit trail. We usually get back on track. Those of us who come each Sunday find the information and the questions helpful to building a deeper understanding of Zechariah, in particular and the Bible in general.
So why do I share this? I share it because this class is part of Life at Northpark. I find it a good place to connect with others and get to know them. I find it stimulating as we try and find answers to questions and strengthen what we know about God and his Word. I wanted to encourage you to consider making this part of your Sunday morning and Life at Northpark. Join me this Sunday and we’ll do Life at Northpark together.