Home Worship Guide for March 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, March 21, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Word to Members

Call to Worship

Psalm 100:1-5
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 he whom 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

Great is Thy Faithfulness | 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

Hebrews 10:19-23

[Leader invites one person to read aloud]

Worship in Song

Before the Throne of God Above| Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading (Psalm 57:1-3; 9-11)

  • Leader (L): Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,

  • All (A): For in you my soul takes refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.

  • L: I cry out to God Most High,

  • A: To God who fulfills his purpose for me.
  • L: He will send from heaven and save me;

  • A: He will put to shame him who tramples on me.

  • L: God will send out his steadfast love and his faithfulness!

  • A: I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;

  • L: I will sing praises to you among the nations.

  • A: For your steadfast love is great to the heavens,

  • L: Your faithfulness to the clouds.

  • L+A: Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God for his steadfast love toward his people.
  • Confess that we prefer the refuge of the world to the refuge of God.
  • Thank God for his faithfulness to bring to completion the good work he began in us.
  • Thank God for the outdoor baptisms being conducted in our outdoor services.
  • Pray for God to bring about a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict in Myanmar.
  • Pray for God to comfort the families of those recently murdered in the Atlanta area.
  • Pray for the safe and efficient distribution of the COVID vaccine.
  • Pray for spiritual health and growth in our individual families and our church family.

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 5:23-28

Sermon

The Holy and Blameless Life (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

He Will Hold Me Fast | 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

  • Faith Path – Family Time | TODAY, Mar 21st | 8:30pm – 9:30pm
    Would you like to glean ideas to enhance your family time with your kids?  Be inspired to create ways to make family time fun yet simultaneously build faith and character.  Join us on zoom for the third installment of the Faith Path on the value, “Family Time,” on Sun. March 21 from 8:30- 9:30p.m. at http://hcc.lv/FP-FamilyTime
  • English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Mar 24th | 7:30pm-8:30pm
    While this 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, Mar 28th | 9:15am – 10:30am
    In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, Mar. 28th 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
  • Project 1024 | Thursday, April 1st
    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 April is April 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
  • Save the Date : Emotional Health For Adolescents and Young Adults | Friday, April 30 at 7:30pm – 9:30pm (English) | Saturday, May 1 at 9:00am – 11:00am (Chinese)
    Depressed. Anxious. Suffocated. Withdrawn. Lonely. Isolated. Does this describe you or someone you know? These feelings have surely been heightened during the pandemic.  How do we respond to such challenges, and how will the eternal gospel of Jesus Christ equip believers to do good for those who are experiencing these health issues? Dr. Philip Siu, MD will address these and other issues in a special Family Life conference.
  • Congratulations!
    • Join us as we celebrate the baptisms of Patrick Bi, Sharon Xie, Jamie Lu, Raymond Zou, Cory Pan, Zoe Yang, Monica Lu, Rachel Wang, and Eric NalleyThese individuals will be baptized during the English Outdoor Worship service in the weeks to come.
    • Let us celebrate and support these parents as they dedicate their children to the Lord:
  • 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
    ince 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.
  • Global Outreach Spotlight for March
    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.  
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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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