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?
Each family should decide which language is most suitable for all family members. A Joint Chinese Resurrection Sunday Worship Guide is 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 12, 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
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Eternal God, You do not change. You have revealed Yourself to us in Your Word. You call us to worship You in spirit and in truth
- All (A): But we confess that we often worship a god made in our image and who we wish You to be.
- L: We frequently ask You to bless what we do, rather than seeking to do what You bless.
- A: Forgive us for seeking concessions when we should be seeking guidance.
- L: You command us to be generous with our love and resources, for the sake of the church and the lost.
- A: But we have been selfish and insensitive to the needs and opportunities around us.
- L: Display your glory before us.
- A: That we might bow before Your unspeakable majesty and so live for You now and forever in Christ. Amen.
Word of Pardon
1 Corinthians 15:19-22
Leader invites someone to read aloud
- Leader (L): The Lord is risen!
- All (A): He is risen indeed!
- L: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
- A: This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes!
- L: Christ died for our sins, in accordance with the Scriptures …
- A: … he was buried, and he was raised on the third day, in accordance with the Scriptures.
- L: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
- A: For as by 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. This is the day that the Lord has made.
- 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 the God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
- L: The Lord is risen!
- A: He is risen indeed! Hallelujah!
Worship in Song
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
Praise God that he would use the evil plan of man to crucify his Son Jesus Christ to bring about salvation for man from sin. For where humanity deserved condemnation God showed grace.
Pray that the remembrance of Jesus’s resurrection would stir within believers an anticipation for the day when they will join Christ in his resurrected state where believers will be free from sin, disease, and death.
Pray that God would comfort those who have lost loved ones to the virus and to provide from them the space to grieve. May believers remember that God is near them in this time of loss. May nonbelievers discover the comfort that the gospel provides in this time of loss.
Pray that the effects of pandemic would humble people by reminding them how little control they exercise. May this time cultivate a deeper humility within people and a greater trust in God.
- Pray that the church would exemplify charity and generosity toward its community by sharing what it has and care for others. For the church has benefited from God’s charity and generosity in Christ.
- Pray that God in his mercy would restrain the spread of the virus, so less people would be infected and suffer. For God desires none to perish but for people to come to faith in Jesus Christ, who promises to his followers eternal life.
Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word
Leader asks someone to read aloud
- John 11:17-44
I Am the Resurrection and the Life (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline |
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (adapted from “Crucifixion and Resurrection”, The Valley of Vision)
- Leader (L): O Lord, I marvel that thou should become incarnate, be crucified, dead, and buried.
- All (A): Give me to die with thee that I may rise to new life, for I wish to be as dead and buried to sin, to selfishness, and to the world.
- L: O Lord, there is much ill about me – crucify it,
- A: Much flesh within me – mortify it.
- L: Let me reckon my old life dead because of crucifixion, and never feed it as a living thing.
- A: Grant me to stand with my dying Savior, to be content to be rejected, to be willing to take up unpopular truths, and to hold fast despised teachings until death.
- L: Never let me wander from the path of obedience to thy will. Strengthen me for the battles ahead.
- A: Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.
- L: Help me to be a holy, happy person, free from every wrong desire, from everything contrary to thy mind.
- A: Grant me more and more of the resurrection life: may it rule me, may I walk in its power, and be strengthened through its influence.
- L+A: 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.
English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, April 15th | 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.
Be Vigilant about PayPal Phishing Scam Email
Since many of you now give online via the PayPal Giving Fund which is funded through your PayPal account, a fake PayPal email has been seen this week which mentions “unusual activity” in your account and asks you to click on a “Secure my account” button. Please disregard this fake email and just delete it.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 12:00-12:30pm 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.