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, February 7, 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
The Lord is My Salvation | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin (based on the Sermon on the Mount)
- Leader (L): Blessed Jesus, you offered us all your blessings when you announced, blessed are the poor in spirit.
- All (A): But we have been rich in pride.
- L: Blessed are those who mourn.
- A: But we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
- L: Blessed are the meek.
- A: But we are a stiffed-neck people.
- L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
- A: But we are filled to the full with other things.
- L: Blessed are the merciful.
- A: But we are harsh and impatient.
- L: Blessed are the pure in heart.
- A: But we have impure hearts.
- L: Blessed are the peacemakers.
- A: But we have not sought reconciliation.
- L: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.
- A: But our lives do not challenge the world.
- L: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
- A: But we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
- L: Your law is holy and your benedictions are perfect, but they are both too great for us. You alone are blessed.
- A: We plead with you to forgive our sins and give us the blessing of your righteousness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
1 Peter 3:18
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Living Hope | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Hebrews 10:19-25)
Leader (L): Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus,
All (A): By the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh,
L: And since we have a great priest over the house of God,
- A: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
L: With our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
A: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.
L: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
A: Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,
L: But encouraging one another,
A: And all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his unfailing love toward us.
- Confess that we have failed to love others well.
- Thank God for those who have demonstrated his love to us.
- Pray that God would help us find ways to love others well during this pandemic.
- Pray for our church to recover the habit of gathering together to worship
- Pray for Mike Holberg, a supported worker, in critical condition due to COVID.
- Pray for the ongoing effort to vaccinate our community from COVID.
- Pray for our church to do its part to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
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 Joy of Gospel Perseverance (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
He Will Hold Me Fast | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, cast us into whatever dangers you please, and we will cheerfully await the happy event which will at length prove the wisdom and kindness of even your most mysterious plans.
All (A): In the meantime, even as we travel in the bonds of affliction, may we see your hand in the expressions and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: Let us thank you and take courage in the humble assurance that you will stand by us in every future unknown extreme.
A: You will either display your power and goodness by raising up those around us in support – or you will display your all-sufficiency in a yet more glorious way, bearing us up when everything else fails us.
- L+A: 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.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Feb 10th | 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.
- 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.
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Feb 14th | 9:15am – 10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, Feb 14th 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
- Baptism and Membership Class | TODAY, Feb 7th – Sunday, Feb 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.
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
Diaper and Baby Supplies Drive | Until Sunday, Feb 28 | Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Sundays 9:15am – 11amWe are 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 are okay). Feel free to write a note for an expectant mother with your donation. For questions, please contact Yi Wang
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.
Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, March 21stParent Dedication is scheduled for Sunday, March 21st. Families who are interested can register here. The deadline for sign up is Sunday, March 7th. Once you have signed up please submit a photo of your family to Tina Zhao at email@example.com. A home visitation is required as part of the Parent Dedication process. Mr. Frank will contact parents with further details.
- Global Outreach Spotlight for February
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
- 2020 Annual Offering Records
Offering records have been sent from firstname.lastname@example.org to the email address we have for you in our database. If you don’t see it in your Inbox, please check your Spam or Junk email folder because the email contains your attached printout, which may make it appear to be a spam email. Direct any questions to email@example.com. (You may also request for a printed offering record to be mailed if you do not have access to a printer.)
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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- New or Visiting HCC?
If you are a newcomer or visitor of our Home Worship Guide we would love to connect you with our church community! Take a moment to fill out our Visitor Welcome Form and we will contact you.
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.