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 31, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members
Call to Worship
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
10,000 Reasons | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Knowing that we are all sinners saved by grace and that we regularly sin in thought, word, and deed, let us confess our sins together.
- L+All: Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way and rejected your will for our lives. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us, and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you, and to please you in every way, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Man of Sorrows | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (John 15:18-21)
Leader (L): If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
All (A): If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own;
L: But because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world,
- A: Therefore the world hates you.
L: Remember the word that I said to you:
A: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’
L: If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
A: If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
L: But all these things they will do to you on account of my name,
A: Because they do not know him who sent me.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his faithfulness when we undergo trials.
- Confess that trials cause us to question God’s will.
- Thank God that trials strengthen our faith in him.
- Pray for Mike Holberg, our supported worker, who remains in critical condition due to COVID.
- Pray for those who have lost employment to continue trusting in God’s provision.
- Pray for the persecuted church to remain faithful in its witness.
- Pray for our missionaries who serve in closed access nations.
- Pray that we would not fear ridicule when sharing the gospel with others.
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 Church That Knows How to Suffer (Minister Henry Ow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by John Bunyan, 1628-1688)
Leader (L): We have obtained grace to give ourselves to you, Lord, through your mercy, and to one another.
All (A): To have communion with one another, as saints in one gospel fellowship,
L: We agree and promise before God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ to walk together in this one gospel communion and fellowship as a church of Jesus Christ.
A: We also agree and promise, the Lord assisting, to follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which we may build each other up.
- L+A: So living and walking in love and peace, the God of love and peace may be with us. 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.
- Churchwide Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Feb 3rd | 7:30-8:30pm
Church, during these anxious days, the most important thing we can do is to pray. Our monthly churchwide prayer meeting will be conducted online via Zoom. This Wednesday at 7:30pm, use this link: hcc.lv/JointPrayer. We will begin and close our meeting bilingually, but in the middle, we will provide “breakout rooms” so you can pray in your heart language.
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Feb 7th | 9:15am – 10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, Feb 7th at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. This month we will be opening up an OUTDOOR SEATING option for only 30 attendees. Drive-in spaces will still be available for those who prefer to stay in the car. Registrations will be tracked on a first come first served basis starting each Sunday at 12:00pm. Please read the precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/EnglishOutdoorService
- Christianity Explained Virtual Training | TODAY, Jan 31st | 2:30pm-3:30pm
You are invited to a virtual training session on using Christianity Explained today from 2:30-3:30pm through 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 is February 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- Baptism and Membership Class | Sunday, February 7th – February 28th | 2:00pm- 3:00pm
Ready to proclaim your faith through baptism or just want to know more? Our Baptism Class will help you learn what the Bible says about baptism and what it means to become a member of Houston Chinese Church. The first two classes are focused on baptism (Sunday, Feb. 7th and Sunday, Feb. 14th) and the next two classes will walk through what it means to become a member of HCC (Sunday, Feb. 21st and Sunday, Feb. 28th). If you have already been baptized and would like to become a HCC member then you will only attend the last two Sunday membership classes. Contact email@example.com to find out how to attend these classes.
- English Membership Meeting | Friday, February 12th | 7:00pm – 8:45pm
Our next membership meeting will be conducted virtually over Zoom. You can join through this link: hcc.lv/Feb2021EMM. The password for this zoom meeting is HCC. On the agenda, you can expect: (1) Ministry Updates (2) Member Updates (3) Financial report (4) Q&A over the Vision Proposal and Execution Plan (5) Testimonies.
Faith Path | Sunday, February 21st | 8:30-9:30 PMIn the second monthly installment of the Faith Path series, we will explore ways to love and pour BLESSING on our children for the Lord! Join us as we discover practical ways to help our child recognize his/her value in the Lord. There will be a short group session before splitting into small discussion groups. This module is beneficial for families with children 3 and above. Join our Family Life team as we learn together on Feb. 21st: http://hcc.lv/FP-blessing
Women’s Ministry Spring Event – “Trusting God” | Saturday, March 6th | 1:30pm – 3:00pmWhat does the garden of your life your look like? Particularly, during these challenging times, is it dried and scorched or is it bright and flourishing? Join us as we “dig” into what it means to trust God in the season of life we are experiencing right now and how we can keep our garden well-watered. “Trusting God” will take place via Zoom on Saturday, March 6th. You can register at http://hcc.lv/TrustingGod until February 19th. Craft supplies for our activity will be available for drive-through pick-up at church, following a Sunday Outdoor Worship Service (Sunday, Feb 21 and Feb 28 from 10:30am-11am), or you may contact us to arrange a separate pick-up. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diaper and Baby Supplies Drive | Sunday January 31 to Sunday, February 28 | Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Sundays 9:15am – 11amare having a diaper drive for Legacy Community Health to provide diapers to low income new mothers. Sizes recommended: 0-4. Other new baby supplies are welcomed as well (e.g. wipes, creams, bottles, clothing, etc). Houston Chinese Church will have a box at the front door labeled, “HCC Diaper Drive” from Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, and Sundays during service hours. Only unopened diaper packages please (diapers in unopened plastic sleeves ok).For questions, please contact Yi Wang
- 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.
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 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.