Home Worship Guide for February 28, 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 28, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Word to Members

Call to Worship

Joel 2:12-13
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship

Recitation of the Westminster Creed

  • Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Let us recite together the beginning of a creed that is based on the the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

  • L + All:

    I believe in man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

    I believe that the word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy God.

    I believe God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth;
    I believe there is but one true and living God;

    That there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
    And that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory;
    I believe God has foreordained whatever comes to pass;
    That God made all things of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good;
    And that God preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions. 

Worship in Song

Oh Lord Almighty | Song Lyrics

Confession of Sin

  • Leader (L): Father, we gather together with the expectant knowledge that, through your Son, you freely pardon all who repent and turn to him.

  • A: We have sinned against you this week in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We have not loved you, or others, as you told us.

  • L: Grant us the mercy, the forgiveness, and the cleansing that Jesus gives to those who confess their sin.

  • A: On that basis, grant that we may continue to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

John 10:27-30

[Leader invites one person to read aloud]

Worship in Song

He Will Hold Me Fast | Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading (Job 19:25-27; 1 John 3:2-3)

  • Leader (L): For I know that my Redeemer lives,

  • All (A): And at the last he will stand upon the earth.

  • L: And after my skin has been thus destroyed,

  • A: Yet in my flesh I shall see God,
  • L: Whom I shall see for myself,

  • A: And my eyes shall behold, and not another.

  • L: Beloved, we are God’s children now,

  • A: And what we will be has not yet appeared;

  • L: But we know that when he appears we shall be like him,

  • A: Because we shall see him as he is.

  • L: And everyone who thus hopes in him

  • A: Purifies himself as he is pure.

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God for being our only hope in life and death.
  • Confess that we spend our days gratifying our flesh rather than glorifying God.
  • Thank God that nothing will separate us from him because of the love of Christ.
  • Pray for God to help us use our days on earth to glorify him.
  • Pray for God to comfort families who have lost loved ones due to the pandemic.
  • Pray for God to prompt our unbelieving friends to think of their mortality, so that they might be more open to the gospel.
  • Pray for spiritual revival to occur in our church and community.
  • Pray for God to bring an end to this global pandemic.

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 4:13-18

Sermon

The Fate of Those Who Die in Christ (Minister Stanley Chang) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death | Song Lyrics

Guided Prayer (by Richard Baxter, 1615-1691)

  • Leader (L): Hasten, O my Savior, the time of your return.

  • All (A): Send forth your angels, and let that dreadful, joyful trumpet sound.

  • L: Do not delay, or the living could give up their hope.

  • A: Do not delay, or this earth could grow to be like hell, and your church by divisions be crumbled to dust.

  • L: Do not delay, lest the grave should boast of victory.

  • A: O hasten that great resurrection day, when your command will go forth, and none will disobey.

  • L: That day when the sea and earth yield up their hostages,

  • A: And all that sleep in the grave awake, and the dead in Christ arise.

  • L: I entrust myself not to a grave, but to you.

  • A: My flesh will rest in hope, until you raise it to the everlasting rest. 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

  • 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. 7 Myths about Singleness (Tuesdays at 8:00pm)
    6. None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Thursdays at 8:30pm)
  • 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. To sign-up, please click here.
  • Church Wide Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, March 3rd | 7:30pm-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, Mar 7th | 9:15am – 10:30am
    In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, Mar. 7th 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, March  7th | 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
  • 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.
  • Support for the Holberg Family 
    As we send our condolences to the Holberg family, we also encourage our HCC family to prayerfully consider committing to supporting Mike’s family. You can give in a variety of ways including the Holberg’s giving site, give.cru.org/0465857 or you can go to Give.Cru.Org to search their name or use their account (#0465857). If you would like to send a check toCru, please use this address: PO Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222 and include Jenny’s account number on your check.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Financial Relief Fund Application
    Since COVID-19 has caused a destructive economic impact on individuals and families, HCC Council has decided to provide financial relief to HCC families with economic difficulty: if a family no longer has income due to a job loss during the COVID-19 pandemic, the church will give a one-time relief of two thousand dollars out of the HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund. All applicable HCC members can apply by clicking here.
  • 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.  
  • 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.

    Winter Storm Emergency Assistance Survey -HCC Kids & HCC.YM want to see what families may still be in need of assistance after the 2/14-2/19 winter storm emergency. We also want to hear your testimonies of God’s faithfulness amidst the disaster so that we can collectively thank our Lord.: www.tinyurl.com/winterstorm21

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

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