Home Worship Guide for April 4, 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 (who are able to read) follow along with the order of service:

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, April 4, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Video for Resurrection Sunday

Take a few minutes to watch this short video by the BibleProject on the Resurrection of Jesus based on Luke 24. It retells the encounters of Jesus following the Resurrection and sets it all in the context of the larger gospel story. May it prepare your heart and mind to worship our Risen King!

Call to Worship

  • Leader (L): Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; the Lord is risen!

  • All (A): He is risen indeed!

  • L: The Lord is risen!

  • A: He is risen indeed!
  • L: Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? Death has been swallowed up in victory!

  • A: Christ has risen indeed!
  • L: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.

  • A: Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
  • L: The Lord is risen!

  • A: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

Recitation of the Nicene Creed

  • Leader (L): Let us now recite the Nicene Creed together. In doing so, we connect with the faithful generations of Christians who have preceded us. And we identify afresh those truths that set us apart as followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

  • We believe in one God,
    the Father, the Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth,
    of all that is, seen and unseen.
  • We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    the only Son of God,
    eternally begotten of the Father,
    God from God, Light from Light,
    true God from true God,
    begotten, not made,
    of one Being with the Father.
  • Through him all things were made.
    For us and for our salvation
    he came down from heaven:
    By the power of the Holy Spirit,
    he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
    and was made man.
  • For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
    he suffered death and was buried.
    On the third day he rose again
    in accordance with the Scriptures;
    he ascended into heaven
    and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
    He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
    and his kingdom will have no end.
  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
    who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
    With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
    He has spoken through the Prophets.
    We believe in one holy universal* and apostolic Church.
    We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
    We look for the resurrection of the dead,
    and the life of the world to come. Amen.

* lit. “catholic” meaning universal

Worship in Song

In Christ Alone | 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 1:3-5

[Leader invites one person to read aloud]

Worship in Song

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death | Song Lyrics

[For Outdoor Worshippers: Facebook Live Stream of Outdoor Baptisms]

Responsive Reading (1 Corinthians 15:12-22)

  • Leader (L): Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

  • All (A): But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

  • L: And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

  • A: We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
  • L: For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.

  • A: And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.

  • L: Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.

  • A: If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.

  • L: But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

  • A: For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.

  • L: For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God for the resurrection of Christ and the hope it provides.
  • Confess our fear of men makes us hesitant to share the gospel with others.
  • Thank God for uniting us with Christ by faith so that we no longer have to fear death.
  • Pray for peace in the country of Myanmar as violence between the military and civilians continue.
  • Pray for peace in our country and for our collective grief and fear in light of recent mass shootings.
  • Pray that God would us be faithful in proclaiming the gospel to others.
  • Pray for our members feeling spiritually distant from God due to the pandemic.
  • Pray for church leaders as they determine when and how to reopen the church building for ministry.

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

Romans 6:5-11

Sermon

Alive to God in Christ (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

Christ is Risen  | Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading

  • Leader (L): For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. This is the day that the Lord has made.

  • All (A): Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

  • L: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

  • A: But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
  • L: The Lord is risen!

  • A: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!

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

  • Church Wide Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, April 7th | 7:30pm-8:30pm
    Join us as we pray together as a church. All of our congregations will come together to pray, via zoom. We hope to see you there. (hcc.lv/JointPrayer).
  • English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, April 11th | 9:15am – 10:30am
    In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, April 11th 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. This week we will have Easter activity packs for children 5th grade and under,please indicate that you would like one when you register. 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
  • Bone Marrow Drive for Lillian | HCC Parking Lot | Sunday, April 18th at 10AM – 1PM
    On Sunday April 18th, HCC will be hosting a bone marrow drive in the parking lot after service. 7 years old Lillian who lives in Sugarland is facing her battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia head on. She and her brother both have genetic predisposition to AML. Therefore, the best chance for a cure is to have a bone marrow transplant. The drive will take place between 10 AM to 1 PM. This will be a drive-thru contactless marrow donor registry event. Please contact Michael Ong (miceong@gmail.com) and Miannen Sun (mianen2011@gmail.com) for additional information.
  • 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
  • Global 6K Run for Water | Saturday, May 22nd
    On May 22, 2021, HCC will be participating in the World Vision’s Global 6K for Water, which unites people around the world to walk/run on the same day for the same cause. When you register for the Global 6K for Water, your registration fee provides lasting clean water to one child in the developing world. Will you join us on May 22 to help end the water crisis? If you register before April 12th and use the code “CLEANWATER”, you save $15 off of the registration fee. The route will be near HCC; specifics will be determined at a later date. Please contact Michael Ong (miceong@gmail.com) for any questions. Register using this link to join the HCC team and please see the promotional video inEnglish andChinese.
  • Congratulations!
    Join us as we celebrate the baptisms of Patrick Bi, Sharon Xie, Jamie Lu, Raymond Zou, Cory Pan, Zoe Yang, Joy Xia, Monica Lu, Rachel Wang, and Eric NalleyThese individuals will be baptized during upcoming English Outdoor Services.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
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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.


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

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