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.
- 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 17th, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members About Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
Call to Worship
1 Peter 1:3-5
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Living Hope| Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin (Psalm 51:1-12)
- Leader (L): Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;
- All (A): According to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.
- L: Wash away all my iniquity
- A: And cleanse me from my sin.
- L: For I know my transgressions
- A: And my sin is always before me.
- L: Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,
- A: So that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
- L: Surely I have been a sinner from birth,
- A: Sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
- L: Surely you desire truth in the inner parts;
- A: You teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
- L: Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean
- A: Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
- L: Let me hear joy and gladness;
- A: Let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
- L: Hide your face from my sins
- A: And blot out all my iniquity.
- L: Create in me a pure heart, O God,
- A: And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
- L: Do not cast me from your presence
- A: Or take your Holy Spirit from me.
- L: Restore to me the joy of your salvation
- A: And grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Assurance of Pardon
1 John 1:7-9
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
His Mercy is More | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Psalm 139:13-16; Proverbs 24:10-12)
Leader (L): For you formed my inward parts;
All (A): You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
L: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
- A: Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
L: My frame was not hidden from you,
A: When I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
L: Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
A: In your book were written, every one of them,
L: The days that were formed for me,
A: When as yet there was none of them.
L: If you faint in the day of adversity,
- A: Your strength is small.
L: Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
A: Hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
L: If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”
- A: Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
L: And will he not repay man according to his work?
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for creating and sustaining human life from conception to natural death.
- Confess that we have not valued life from the womb to the tomb.
- Thank God for the children born to the families of our church.
- Pray for our culture to see children as a blessing rather than a burden.
- Pray for parents to disciple their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- Pray for children in our church to understand and believe in the gospel.
- Pray for the couples in our church who desire children but experience infertility.
- Pray for comfort to couples who have lost children due to miscarriage.
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
Love Thy Neighbor: No Matter Their Size (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Jesus What a Friend For Sinners | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry)
- Leader (L): Heavenly Father, by Your Spirit You breathed life into Adam and made him a living being.
All (A): By Your Son, Jesus Christ, You redeemed Adam and all his descendants from sin and every corrupting effect,
L: Which at last You will remove forever when creation is restored in the Resurrection.
A: Convince us by Your Word and Spirit of the value of all human life.
L: Where life is fostered and preserved, let us give thanks;
A: Where life is vulnerable or abused, give us courage;
L: Where life is fragile and debilitated, give us compassion;
A: And where life is injured and dying, point us in hope to the Resurrection,
L: Where He who does all things well will make all things new;
A: Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. 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.
- Installation of Elders and Deacons for 2021
- Sanctity of Human Life Resources
- Books for Further Study
- Pro-Life Ministries
- Pregnancy Centers
- 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 using the link hcc.lv/FaithPath
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Jan 24th | 9:15am – 10:30am
Praise God that we can meet together! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, January 24th 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
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Jan 20th | 7:30pm-8:30pm
While this global pandemic continues, we’re going to hold a weekly English congregation prayer meeting via Zoom (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We’ll also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm. Please submit the request through a Prayer Needs Form.
- Christianity Explained Virtual Training | Sunday, Jan 31st | 2:30pm-3:30pm
You are invited to a virtual training session on using Christianity Explained via Zoom. 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. You may access Christianity Explained, available as a free resource. We will hear testimonies from church members who are currently meeting with friends, to have conversations about Jesus using Christianity Explained. Hope to see you at the virtual training! http://hcc.lv/CETraining If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Project 1024 – SignUp | Monday, February 1st
The WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team wants to connect you with other members or guests of our church to establish and/or deepen relationships within the English congregation. The goal is to stir up one another to love and good works; to not neglect to meet together; and to encourage one another while we are physically separated. This will be a monthly recurring event, and the deadline to sign up for February is February 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
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.
Don’t File Your Taxes Too EarlyIf you’re itemizing to deduct your 2020 charitable contributions to HCC, please wait until you receive your 2020 HCC Annual Offering Record later this month to meet the tax deduction substantiation requirements.
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 10:30-11:00am 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.