Home Worship Guide for February 21, 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:

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 21, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Word to Members

Call to Worship

Psalm 27:7-14
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship

Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed

  • Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying who we worship. Encapsulated in the Apostles’ Creed is an ancient confession of faith that countless believers, throughout the ages, have used to express and affirm the identity of our Triune God, the One God who eternally exists as Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • L + All:

    I believe in God the Father Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate;
    was crucified, dead, and buried;
    he descended to the dead*;
    the third day he rose from the dead;
    he ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy universal** Church,
    the communion of the saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

    * lit. “hades” meaning the place of the dead
    ** lit. “catholic” meaning universal

Worship in Song

Good Good Father | 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

1 Peter 2:21-25

[Leader invites one person to read aloud]

Worship in Song

Man of Sorrows | Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading (Romans 12:9-13)

  • Leader (L): Let love be genuine.

  • All (A): Abhor what is evil;

  • L: Hold fast to what is good.

  • A: Love one another with brotherly affection.
  • L: Outdo one another in showing honor.

  • A: Do not be slothful in zeal,

  • L: Be fervent in spirit,

  • A: Serve the Lord.

  • L: Rejoice in hope,

  • A: Be patient in tribulation,

  • L: Be constant in prayer.

  • A: Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God for his steadfast love toward his people.
  • Confess that we have failed to love others as Christ modeled for us.
  • Thank God for the Spirit showing us how we ought to love others.
  • Pray that our surrounding community will know Christ through our church’s love for one another.
  • Pray for those who experienced house damage due to the cold weather to remain patient while waiting for repairs.
  • Pray for God to grant our municipal leaders wisdom to know how to prevent future utility failures.
  • Pray for church members to seek out community rather than isolate themselves.
  • Pray for the timely and wise distribution of the COVID vaccine in our community.

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 4:9-12

Sermon

Now Concerning Brotherly Love (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

Jesus Paid it All | 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.

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

  • Faith Path | TODAY, 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
  • Register for Spring Book Clubs
    This spring, while our building remains closed, we will be offering book clubs in lieu of Sunday school. Clubs will be conducted virtually, beginning March through May. Use this form to sign up and find book descriptions/club schedule. See the following list for books that will be studied this spring:
    1. Your Financial Life from a Biblical Perspective (Sundays at 1:30pm)
    2. God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (Sundays at 8:00pm)
    3. The Blessing: Giving the Gift of Unconditional Love & Acceptance (Mondays at 8:30pm)
    4. Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion (Mondays at 8:30pm)
    5. None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Thursdays at 8:30pm)
  • Membership Class | TODAY, Feb 21st and Sunday, Feb 28th | 2:00pm- 3:00pm
    Interested in becoming a member of HCC? If you have already been baptized and would like to become a HCC member join our membership classes to learn more about what being and HCC member means. Contact englishadmin@hcchome.org to find out how to attend these classes.
  • English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Feb 24th | 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.
  • English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Feb 28th | 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
  • Diaper and Baby Supplies Drive | 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
  • Project 1024 – SignUp | Monday, March 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 March is March 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
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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 wantto 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.

    Winter Storm Emergency Assistance Survey – HCC Kids and Hcc.ym want to see what families may be in need of assistance after the 2/14-2/19 winter storm emergency : www.tinyurl.com/winterstorm21

    Missed a Sunday? Access a previous worship guide in our archive page.

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