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 10:30am (~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. If you gather with others, please abide by federal guidelines, and be sure that no one present is sick or has any reason to think they have been exposed to the virus. Shared surfaces should be disinfected before and after the meeting, and everyone should wash hands thoroughly upon arrival and departure. Food and drink should be served individually, and as much distance as possible should be maintained between members and their belongings.
Who should lead home worship?
In accordance with the pattern set in Scripture, we encourage believing husbands/fathers to lead their family 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 a time of personal devotion.
Which language should we use to conduct home worship?
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 your faithful generosity to the Lord and the ministry of his church.
Sunday, March 22, 2020 | 10:30am
[Optional: Google slides version of the guide]
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
[Leader invites one person to read aloud. Afterwards, Leader prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship.]
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (Romans 12:9-16)
- Leader (L): Let love be genuine.
- All (A): Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.
- L: Love one another with brotherly affection.
- A: Outdo one another in showing honor.
- L: Do not be slothful in zeal,
- A: Be fervent in spirit,
- L+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
- L+A: And seek to show hospitality.
- L: Bless those who persecute you;
- A: Bless and do not curse them.
- L: Rejoice with those who rejoice,
- A: Weep with those who weep.
- L+A: Live in harmony with one another.
Confession of Sin
L: Let us confess our sins together before the Lord.
L+A: 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.
Word of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
[Individuals choose a request and pray aloud]
- Praise God for his immutable nature and how his greatness (power) and goodness (love) never change.
- Thank God for healthcare professionals putting their safety on the line for us. Pray for their strength and physical immunity as they continue “going to work”.
- Thank God for disease experts and researchers who are working tirelessly for a vaccine. Pray for their endurance and for a breakthrough.
- Thank God for acts of neighborly kindness and generosity. Pray that we can be channels of blessing to those in need.
- Pray for the elderly and immune-compromised in our church and community. Pray for physical protection and for their sense of fear and isolation.
- Pray for our anxieties over the volatility of the financial markets and ask for greater faith to trust in God’s fatherly care and promise to give us our daily bread.
- Pray for leaders in government, in our workplaces, in our schools, and in our church to make wise decisions in the days ahead of us.
- Pray for God to use this present crisis as a time to awaken people’s spiritual sickness by a deadlier disease called sin. Pray for opportunities to testify to the power of the gospel.
[Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word]
[Leader assigns verses and asks people to read aloud]
- Exodus 20:12
- Proverbs 10:1
- Proverbs 30:11
Honor Your Father & Mother (Minister Stanley) | Sermon Outline |
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (by George Herbert, 1593-1633)
- Leader (L): Blessed be God, the Father of all mercy, who continues to pour his benefits upon us.
- All (A): You have chosen us and called us, justified us, set us apart, and glorified us.
- L: You were born for us, and you lived for us and died for us. You have given us blessings for this life, and for a better life to come.
- A: Lord, your blessings hang in clusters, falling upon us. They break forth like mighty waters on every side.
- L: And now, Lord, you have fed us with the bread of life, your word. So we have eaten the food of angels. Bless it, Lord, make it health and strength to us, as we strive and prosper, until our obedience reaches the measure of your love – you who have done everything for us.
- A: Grant this, dear Father, for your Son’s sake, our only Savior. With you and the Holy Spirit, three persons, but one most glorious, incomprensible God, be all honor, glory, and praise forever, 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.
- The CCEF Biblical Counseling Seminar planned for April 3-4 has been canceled. We are hoping to reschedule to a weekend in late summer.
- The Joint Good Friday Service planned for April 10th at 7pm will be held virtually online. More details to come.
- The Sunrise Service planned for April 12th has been canceled.
- The baptisms planned for Easter Sunday on April 12th will be postponed to a later date.
- HCC Worship Department wants families to approach Easter with the right attitude. We will be distributing family devotion kits. To sign up and reserve a kit for your family, go to tinyurl.com/hcc-easter-fam
- The Spring 2020 Women’s event planned for April 25th has been canceled.
- The Vine Project Workshop planned for May 4th has been canceled. We are hoping to reschedule to this Fall.
- Registration for Thrive Retreat (May 22-25) is open. Go to thrive.paactexas.org. A decision will be made early April if it will be postponed or canceled.
- Since we are social distancing, members should not use or visit the church building during this time.
Kids Church Online For Children
For Families with Children (3 years old to 5th Grade), HCC Children’s Ministry is providing a Kids Church 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 10:30am as suggested, then have Kids Church Online run at 9:45-10:15am or from 11:40-12:10pm. You can allow your children to participate in Kids Church Online by themselves or join your kids.
Mr. Frank will be available online through Zoom at Kids Church Online MeetUp to say hello and answer questions. He will be online through Zoom meeting platform at either 10:15-10:30am and 12:00-12:15pm 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.