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. Due to the Stay at Home order in place, please refrain, for the time being, from visiting each other’s homes to conduct home worship.
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 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 faithful generosity to the Lord and the ministry of his church.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 | 10:30am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (James 3:4-12)
- Leader (L): The tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.
- All (A): The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body,
- L: Setting on fire the entire course of life,
- A: And set on fire by hell.
- L: The tongue is a restless evil,
- A: Full of deadly poison.
- L: With it we bless our Lord and Father,
- A: And with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
- L: From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
- A: My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Confession of Sin (by Matthew Henry, 1662-1714)
- Leader (L): Who are we, Lord God, that you have brought us here, to present ourselves before you? Who are we, that we have, through Christ, access by one Spirit to the Father?
- All (A): What are we, that you are mindful of us? Do not be angry if we take it upon ourselves to speak to the Lord of Glory. We know we are only dust and ashes.
- L: We know we are not worthy to receive the least of your mercies, or all the truth you have showed your servants.
- A: Whom have we in heaven but you? We desire no one besides you. No one compares to you.
- L: I pray that we may thirst for you and long for you in this dry and thirsty land, that we may see your power and your glory. Your lovingkindness is better than life. Our souls will be satisfied, and we will praise you with joyful lips.
- A: We put our trust in you, God. Never let us be ashamed. You alone are our rock and our salvation. We find in you our glory, our strength, and our refuge. In you, our expectation.
- L+A: We will trust in your mercy, O God, forever and ever. We will wait on you. We have hoped in your word: remember your word to your servants. Amen.
Word of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for being all-seeing, all-knowing, and all-present all over the world. He sees us in our isolation. He knows our inner fears. He is present with us even if others cannot be.
- Thank God for his mercy – in all the times he spares us from all the diseases and disasters that our sins deserve. Confess to God how often we take his mercy for granted.
- Thank God for technology that enables us to stay connected in spite of the circumstances. Pray that we maintain healthy boundaries and limits for screen usage.
- Thank God for the heroes who put their health and lives on the line for rest of us to stay home – for healthcare professionals; for first responders; for those working in the postal/delivery services; for those working in grocery and supply stores; for those working in the food industry; for those working on all levels of government; etc.
- Pray for the families in our church with children doing school at home for the foreseeable future. Ask God to help mothers and fathers to partner together and pray especially for single parents.
- Pray for Christian missionaries throughout the world, especially in areas with high rates of infection. Ask God to protect them and use them as beacons of hope and channels of blessing.
- Pray for workers in a variety of industries facing layoffs and financial hardship. Ask God to guard their hearts and minds from panic and excessive alarm.
- Pray for people who are homeless in our community. Pray for their physical health and protection. Ask God to grant us wisdom to know how to meet their physical and spiritual needs at this time.
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
- Proverbs 10:19-21
Think Before Speaking (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline |
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (by David Clarkson, 1622-1686)
- Leader: Oh the far-surpassing love of Christ! Heaven and earth are astonished at it. What tongue can express it? What heart can conceive it? The tongues and the thoughts of people and angels are far below it.
- All: Oh the height, and depth, and breadth, and length, of the love of Christ! All creation knows not how to react. Our thoughts are swallowed up.
- Leader: And there they remain until glory elevates them, when our job will be to praise, admire, and adore this love of Christ. 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.
- Churchwide Prayer Meeting | Wed, April 1st | 7:30-8:30pm
Church, during these strange and anxious days, the most important thing we can do is to pray. Our monthly churchwide prayer meeting will be conducted online via Zoom. Next Wednesday (4/1) at 7:30pm, use this link: hcc.lv/ChurchwidePrayerMeeting and follow its instructions to log in. 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. You can also phone in by dialing this number: +13462487799,,970951608#
- Easter Ideas for Children at Home
Families who are looking for ideas to engage their children at home to prepare them for Easter may contact Mr. Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas.
- Bilingual Good Friday Home Worship | Fri, April 10th
The originally scheduled Joint Good Friday Serviced planned for April 10th will now be conducted similarly to home worship with a pre-recorded bi-lingual sermon. We encourage families to participate together and for singles to virtually gather and conduct the home worship.
- Thrive Retreat | May 22-25 | Pineywoods
Registration for Thrive Retreat (May 22-25) is currently open at thrive.paactexas.org. The early bird registration price will end on March 31. A decision will be made early April if it will be canceled. If canceled, all registrants will be fully refunded.
- Christian Resources for the Whole Family
HCC has a subscription to Rightnow Media, where we have access to thousands of Christian videos for all ages. If you do not have access and would like to, please email Pastor Fred at email@example.com.
- Church Building Currently Closed
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.