This guide aims to equip families, couples, and singles to conduct home worship on the Lord’s Day. Home worship cannot replace the God-ordained purpose and power of corporate worship as the church, but during this time of crisis, we hope it will be used by God to encourage believers and equip husbands, fathers, and spiritual heads to lead their family in worship.
Who should participate in home worship?
We encourage families with children of all ages to participate. We recommend conducting home worship on Sundays at 9:15am (~1 hour). It is advisable for all family members to still wake up at a reasonable hour, change out of their pajamas, eat breakfast, and then gather in the living room.
For singles, we encourage you to connect with a small group of friends over a video-conferencing platform and conduct home worship together.
Who should lead home worship?
In accordance with the pattern set in Scripture, we encourage believing husbands/fathers to lead their families in home worship. In instances where there is not a father in the home or the father is not a Christian, the mother will need to assume this role. Among smaller non-family gatherings, the group can assign the task to conduct the home worship to any believing member. If you are not in a group, the following guide can still be utilized for personal devotion.
What resources are available to help children join home worship?
Here are resources to help your children follow along with the sermon message:
- Worship with Parents Notes generic notes page for kids to use when joining parents during Worship at Home.
- 1 Thessalonians Sermon Notes with Fill in the Blanks, provided by Aaron Becker
Which language should we use to conduct home worship?
Each family should decide which language is most suitable for all family members. Mandarin and Cantonese worship guides are available.
How can I give during this temporary suspension of services?
Offerings and donations can be given online through HCC’s PayPal Giving Fund. We encourage members to stay the course of faithful generosity to the Lord and the ministry of his church.
Sunday, January 3rd, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Fred Tow)
Call to Worship
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin
Leader (L): Father, we gather together with the expectant knowledge that, through your Son, you freely pardon all who repent and turn to him.
A: We have sinned against you this week in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We have not loved you, or others, as you told us.
L: Grant us the mercy, the forgiveness, and the cleansing that Jesus gives to those who confess their sin.
- A: On that basis, grant that we may continue to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Jesus Strong and Kind | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Mark 13:9-13)
Leader (L): But be on guard. For they will deliver you over to councils,
All (A): And you will be beaten in synagogues,
L: And you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them.
- A: And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.
L: And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say,
A: But say whatever is given you in that hour,
L: For it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
A: And brother will deliver brother over to death,
L: And the father his child,
- A: And children will rise against parents and have them put to death.
L: And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake.
- A: But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his mercy to save the lost from every tongue, tribe, and nation.
- Praise God for revealing the saving work of Christ in the Bible
- Thank God for those who preach the gospel to the unreached.
- Thank God for the diversity of believers in the church.
- Pray for believers who are suffering for their faith in Christ in the world.
- Pray for God to raise up new workers to preach the gospel to the unreached.
- Pray for the preaching of your word to convert the lost and encourage believers.
- Pray for the pandemic to end so that cross-cultural workers may return to their place of ministry.
Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word
Leader asks someone to read aloud
The World Turned Upside Down (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
The Church’s One Foundation | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Now speak, Lord, and we will hear.
- All (A): Now call, Lord, and we will answer.
L: Now command us, impose on us what you will, and we will submit.
- A: None but the Lord, none but Christ, no other lord nor lover. We are yours, Lord, your own.
L: Do with your own, demand of your own, whatever you please.
A: What will you have us be, Lord, what will you have us do? That is what we will do and be.
- L+A: No longer what we will, but your will be done. Amen.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise Him all creatures here below; Praise Him above ye heavenly hosts; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
- Church Wide Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Jan 6th | 7:30pm-8:30pm
Join us this Wednesday evening for our monthly churchwide prayer meeting conducted over Zoom. We will be meeting with all the congregations at 7:30pm. To join the Zoom meeting click on this link (hcc.lv/JointPrayer)
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Jan 10th | 9:15am – 10:30am
Praise God that we can meet together! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, January 10th at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. Registrations will be tracked on a first come first served basis. Please read the precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/EnglishOutdoorService
- Vision Execution Plan – Churchwide Q&A Session | Sunday, Jan 10th | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Church members from all congregations are invited to an online Q&A session to discuss the Execution Plan that corresponds to the Vision Proposal that was emailed to you on October 26, 2020. The Execution Plan includes detailed objectives and a proposed timeline for each of the goals within the Vision Proposal. Please thoroughly read the Execution Plan and bring your questions to the upcoming Q&A session conducted by the Elders & Pastors Committee (EPC). If you would like to provide any written feedback please do so using this google doc: tinyurl.com/epcvision . You can join the Zoom meeting with this link: http://hcc.lv/VisionQA
- Family Life – Faith Path | Sunday, Jan 17th | 8:30pm – 9:30pm
The church is providing resources to equip parents to train their children spiritually from newborn to age 18. Each month, a ministry staff member will step you through the available resource for that month’s topic. Partner with us in a 12-step journey exploring discipling opportunities during various spiritual milestones in our child’s life. Join us for our inaugural topic “Parent Dedication” on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm.
- Christianity Explained Virtual Training | Sunday, Jan 31st | 2:30pm-3:30pm
You are invited to a virtual training session on using the Christianity Explained (CE) material. We’d like to see our church members equipped and prepared to study the Bible with seeker friends. One way is through training on using this evangelistic tool, which introduces the Christian faith by investigating Jesus through studying the gospel of Mark. We will hear testimonies from church members who are currently meeting with friends, even during the pandemic, to share about Jesus using CE. Look for the Zoom link in these announcements as we get closer to the date of the training.
HCC COVID-19 Relief FundThe COVID-19 Relief Fund was set up in May to provide limited financial assistance to members and regular attendees who have suffered economically due to a job loss, slashed wages or decrease in revenue. It was started with $50,000 seed money from the church reserve fund and has received $45,345 from donations. It has only distributed $5,000 because of limited applications. The Church Council has approved a transfer of $10,000 from the COVID-19 Relief Fund to the Benevolence Fund to help address community needs. Questions about COVID-19 Relief Fund may be sent to email@example.com. Please complete the fund application to apply.
- Global Outreach Spotlight for January
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
Special 2020 Year-End Financial UpdatePraise God that through your continued faithful stewardship during this pandemic year, and the substantially lower operational and ministry expenses during the 9 1/2 month shutdown, we ended 2020 with a historic Operating Surplus. The number won’t be finalized until we receive all outstanding 2020 reimbursement vouchers the next two weeks.
HCC Weekly Financial Records & Online Giving UpdatesWe want to provide access to the weekly financial records that are normally found in our church bulletins. We are thankful to God for your continued faithful giving, even during this season of hardship. For more information on how to give online and special alerts, please see and HCC Online Giving Page. Also, see the November Monthly Financial Report here
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Kids Church Online For Children
For Families with Children (3 years old to 5th Grade), HCC Children’s Ministry is providing a KidsChurch Online weekly lesson for your children. This will take the place of our weekly Kids Church or Sunday School.
Mr Frank’s suggestion is to plan your Sunday morning to hold Kids Church Online either before or after your Home Worship Time. If you plan to hold Home Worship at 9:15am as suggested, then have Kids Church Online before or after your home worship. You can allow your children to participate in Kids Church Online by themselves or join your kids. Another option is to use Kids Church Online for your kids during the sermon message portion of Home Worship.
Mr. Frank will be available online through Zoom at Kids Church Online MeetUp to say hello and answer questions. He will be online at either 10:30-11:o0am and 12:15-12:45pm each Sunday if your kids want to say hello and tell me what they think of each Sunday’s lesson. The link to the Zoom meeting will be posted after each week’s Kids Church Online.
Missed a Sunday? Access a previous worship guide in our archive page.