Praise

Thanksgiving 2017: Intergenerational Service: "An Expression of Thanksgiving to God"

NOCC Pastoral Staff

Periodically, the people of NOCC gather intergenerationally—meaning all ages (in this case Kindergarten and up) worshiping together.  As we close the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be gathering together in this way to express thanks to our Lord with others in the body of Christ.

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Basics of Worship

Stephen Ulangca and Randy Christian

What is worship?  When we think about worship and when we think about coming to worship our Lord, we tend to think of it as the music of the church, the singing of the church.  But is it really?  What does the word “worship” even mean?  And does it equal music?  Let us come prepared to focus on the Lord together.  Let us be able to leave all the distractions behind us, so that there’s only one thing on our minds, because it’s all about our God and not about us. 

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Prayer: "Memorial Day Weekend: Prayer Lab"

Randy Christian

Memorial Day in the US is a day to remember the sacrifice of others.  But for Christians, worship is about remembering Jesus’ sacrifice.  One of the ways to do that is to talk with him—about the sacrifice, about the life he has given us, about anything.  So, on this Memorial Day we will treat our time of worship together as a lab experience in prayer!

PRAYER Memorial Day Weekend Prayer Lab study guide

Christmas Is - Celebration

Randy Christian

For most people, the idea of Christmas being a celebration is pretty natural. After all, we have school Christmas parties, office Christmas parties, church Christmas parties, family Christmas gatherings … and we do celebrate! However, we don’t always know what we’re celebrating, and we don’t always know the right way to celebrate. For some, Christmas celebrations are among the most stressful and depressing time of the year! This shouldn’t be— and it doesn’t have to be.

CHRISTMAS IS - Celebration Study Guide

POP MUSIC: Praise Him

August 11, 2013Randy Christian

What is “praise”? Why is it so important? And how do we do it? And why would God ask us to praise Him? Music and praise have gone together for as long as history records. Music gives us an avenue for praise–and it invites us to praise Him together.

POP MUSIC: I Don't Feel Him

July 21, 2013Randy Christian

“I just don’t feel close to God anymore”. We’ve all felt this–probably even said it. Sometimes we wonder what happened, other times we wonder why He has abandoned us. This experience isn’t new–and was in fact a common theme in Hebrew music. “I Don’t Feel Him” doesn’t have to be the last word!

The FOCUSED Life - Praise and Thanksgiving

Randy ChristianTHE FOCUSED LIFE
“Praise and Thanksgiving”
November 23, 2008

Praise and Thanksgiving are not the same thing—and both are necessary to our health. Thanksgiving seems to be easy for some people, but praise is hard to do. Join us for an experience of worship through praise and thanksgiving, closing our series by focusing on praise and thanksgiving to God.
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