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, April 5, 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
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
- Leader (L): Blessed Lord, my soul rises to you in a flame. You have said you are coming quickly, and I reply, “Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
- All (A): Come! I long to be done with the burdens and sorrows of this life.
- L: Come! I long to ascend to your presence, and see you in your courts above.
- A: Death is transformed when I see it in this light. I no longer fear the king of terrors when the King of Glory and Grace is so near.
- L: I hear with pleasure the sound of your feet approaching, nearer and nearer. Draw aside the veil whenever you please.
- A: I will long for that greater honor you have reserve for me, and the complete happiness waiting for all your people.
- L+A: All the millions of your saints, saved by your grace, will say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!”
Confession of Sin
- Leader: Let’s join together in confessing our sins:
- L + A: 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.
Word of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
Praise God that Jesus entered into Jerusalem thousands of years ago to fulfill his promise of delivering humanity from sin. May God create in us a yearning for the return of Christ, when sin and its effects such as disease will be dealt with.
Thank God for the medical researchers, who are working tirelessly to find a vaccine for the coronavirus. May the Lord grant them the energy and wisdom to continue in their work.
Thank God for those who work in essential fields to ensure that the grocery shelves are stocked, packages are delivered, trash is picked up, power continues to flow to our homes, waters continue to pour forth from our faucets, and those treating the ill.
Pray that God would use this time of silence and solitude to reveal areas of our lives that require submission to the Lord. May He also use the time to help us draw closer to Him in fellowship and intimacy.
Pray for those who have become infected by the coronavirus. Ask that their symptoms would be mild. For those who have severe symptoms, may they receive access to the medical care that they need to feel better.
Pray that God would give pregnant mothers, who may feel anxious about their child’s health and their delivery plans, a peace to know that God will care for them and their child.
Pray for healthcare workers. May God provide for them adequate personal protective equipment to protect them from the virus. Ask that God would grant them a sharp mind to know how to treat those affected by the disease and keep up with changes to medical protocols. May the Lord keep their families strong and healthy.
Pray for those who have been laid off from their jobs to the coronavirus. May the Lord grant them a peace to know that He will care for them even though it may not seem clear at the present time what that may look like.
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 10:15
- Proverbs 18:10-11
Don’t Idolize Wealth (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline |
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
- Leader (L): As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches,
- All (A): But on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
- L: They are to do good,
- A: To be rich in good works,
- L: To be generous and ready to share,
- A: Thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future,
- L+A: So that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
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.
- Update on Pearland Chinese Church’s Building Construction
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, April 8th | 7:45-8:30pm
While this global pandemic continues, we’re going to hold a weekly prayer meeting via Zoom. Each Wednesday evening for 15 minutes from 7:30-7:45pm, we’ll join with the Chinese congregations for a pastor-led update and prayer time (hcc.lv/JointPrayer). Then from 7:45-8:30pm, we’ll start a separate Zoom prayer meeting for the English congregation (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We’ll also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm.
- 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 bilingual sermon. We encourage families to participate together and for singles to virtually gather and conduct the home worship.
- 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.
- 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.
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.