Home Worship Guide for February 14, 2021

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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 14, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Word to Members

Call to Worship

Psalm 86:8-13
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship

Worship in Song

Nobody Loves Me Like You | Song Lyrics

Confession of Sin

  • Leader (L): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
  • L + All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Psalm 39:4-7

[Leader invites one person to read aloud]

Worship in Song

Who Am I? | Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)

  • Leader (L): Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute?

  • All (A): Never!

  • L: Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her?

  • A: For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
  • L: But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

  • A: Flee from sexual immorality.

  • L: Every other sin a person commits is outside the body,

  • A: But the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

  • L: Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?

  • A: You are not your own,

  • L: For you were bought with a price.

  • A: So glorify God in your body.

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God for his holiness that sets Him apart from all creation.
  • Confess that we view people as objects to gratify our desires rather than people made in the image of God.
  • Thank God for allowing us to enjoy intimate fellowship with Him through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray that we would abstain from sexual immorality by learning to control our desires.
  • Pray for marriages in our church to flourish by keeping God central.
  • Pray for those dating and engaged to pursue sexual purity together.
  • Pray for the singles in our church with a desire for marriage to find contentment in the Lord while they await His provision.
  • Pray for the local ministry of Free the Captives that helps women to escape the sex industry.

Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word

Scripture Reading

Leader asks someone to read aloud

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8

Sermon

The Will of God For You (Minister Henry Ow) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

Your Will Be Done | Song Lyrics

Guided Prayer (by Robert Parker, 1564-1614)

  • Leader (L): Dear God, it is so hard for us to fight against ourselves.
  • All (A): It is very difficult to overcome an enemy that lies so close and hidden within us as our flesh does.
  • L: And unless you arm us with divine power, we are in great danger of yielding to this treacherous foe.
  • A: Help us to die to ourselves daily. 
  • L: Do not let us be eternally separated by the attractions of the flesh from the life that is in Christ our Savior.
  • A: Preserve us this day in your fear and favor.
  • L: And in the end bring us to your everlasting kingdom,
  • A: Through Jesus Christ, Amen.

Doxology

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.

Announcements

  • English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Feb 17th | 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 Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Feb 21st | 9:15am – 10:30am
    In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, Feb 21st at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. We will be opening up an OUTDOOR SEATING option for up to 60 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
  • Faith Path | Sunday, February 21st | 8:30-9:30 PM
    In 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
  • Baptism & Membership Class | Sunday, Feb 21st – 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 englishadmin@hcchome.org to find out how to attend these classes.
  • Diaper and Baby Supplies Drive | Until Sunday, Feb 28 | Tuesday to Friday 10am-4pm, Sundays 9:15am – 11am
    We 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
  • Lenten Devotional Resources 
    Lent is often described as a time of preparation and an opportunity to go deeper with God. It is a time for personal reflection that prepares people’s hearts and minds for Good Friday and Easter. Lent spans 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. This year, Lent is February 17th to April 3rd. HCC has prepared some valuable resources for you and your family to use for Lent.
  • Women’s Ministry Spring Event – “Trusting God” | Saturday, March 6th | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
    What 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 womensministry@hcchome.org.
  • Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, March 21st
    Parent 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 tinaz@hcchome.org. 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 treasurer@hcchome.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 treasurer@hcchome.org. (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 Updates
    We 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
  • HCC Newsletter
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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.

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