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:
- Worship with Parents Notes generic notes page for kids to use when joining parents during Worship at Home.
- Responsive Readings, Song Lyrics, Sermon Notes, etc. for kids to use at Outdoor 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 18, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members
Call to Worship
Isaiah 55:1-2; 6-7
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed
Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Encapsulated in the Apostles’ Creed is an ancient confession of faith that countless believers, throughout the ages, have used to express and affirm the identity of our Triune God, the One God who eternally exists as Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- L + All:
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate;
was crucified, dead, and buried;
he descended to the dead*;
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal** Church,
the communion of the saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.
* lit. “hades” meaning the place of the dead
** lit. “catholic” meaning universal
Worship in Song
Behold Our God | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin
Leader (L): Father, we gather together with the expectant knowledge that, through your Son, you freely pardon all who repent and turn to him.
All (A): We have sinned against you this week in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We have not loved you, or others, as you told us.
L: Grant us the mercy, the forgiveness, and the cleansing that Jesus gives to those who confess their sin.
- A: On that basis, grant that we may continue to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Micah 6:6-8)
Leader (L): With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before God on high?
All (A): Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
L: Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
- A: With ten thousands of rivers of oil?
L: Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
A: The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
L: He has told you, O man, what is good;
A: And what does the LORD require of you
L: But to do justice, and to love kindness,
A: And to walk humbly with your God?
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God – for all of creation sings of his glory.
- Thank God for the access we have to Him in Christ.
- Pray for persecuted Christians around the world to thrive in their faith and in the cause of Christ.
- Pray for regions around the world and in our nation experiencing a recent surge in COVID cases.
- Pray for peace in our nation as recent mass shootings and police-related shooting deaths stir up pain, anger, and frustration.
- Pray that God would teach our hearts to worship him in spirit and in truth.
- Pray that our church would see the importance of gathering to worship despite the ongoing pandemic.
- Pray for spiritual revival to occur in our church and community.
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
Do We Love God? (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Turn Your Eyes | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Lewis Bayly, 1575-1631)
- Leader (L): We know, O Lord, and tremble to think, that three parts of the good seed fell upon bad ground.
All (A): Let not our hearts be like the highway. Through hardness and want of true understanding it does not receive the seed, so the evil one comes and takes it away.
- L: Let not our hearts be like the stony ground, which hears with joy for a time, but falls away as soon as persecution arises for the gospel’s sake.
A: Let not our hearts be like the thorny ground, which chokes the word and makes it altogether unfruitful because of the cares of this world and the deceit of riches.
- L: Let our hearts be like the good ground. Help us to hear your word with an honest and good heart.
A: Enable us to understand and keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience,
- L+A: For your glory and our everlasting benefit. 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.
Bone Marrow Registry Drive for Lillian | HCC Parking Lot | TODAY, April 18th at 10AM – 1PMOn 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 where you will take a swab of the inside of your cheek and return the swab to our staff. Participants must be between the ages of 18 -44. Please contact Michael Ong (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Miannen Sun (email@example.com) for additional information.
General Membership Meeting | TODAY, April 18th at 12:30pmA General Membership Meeting will be held on April 18, 2021 at 12:30pm, as a Zoom meeting when we will have an affirmation vote to approve the church vision. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
- Faith Path: Prepare to Lead | TODAY, April 18th at 8:30pm – 9:30pm | Zoom: Faith Path
Our greatest hope for our children is for them to have a vibrant, authentic relationship with our Lord and Savior. Let’s equip ourselves to facilitate our children in this journey. Join us on zoom for the fourth installment of the Faith Path series “Prepare to Lead Your Child to Christ” via Zoom: Faith Path
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, April 21st | 7:30pm-8:30pm
While this pandemic continues, we’re going to hold a weekly English congregation prayer meeting via Zoom (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We’ll also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm.
- English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, April 25th | 9:15am – 10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, April 25th at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. We will be opening up an OUTDOOR SEATING option for up to 100 attendees. Drive-in spaces will still be available for those who prefer to stay in the car. 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
- 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. If you plan to attend, please fill out the following survey so we can better speak to our congregations needs: pre-conference survey
- Project 1024 – Sign Up | Saturday, May 1st
The WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team wants to connect you with other members or guests of our church to establish and/or deepen relationships within the English congregation. The goal is to stir up one another to love and good works; to not neglect to meet together; and to encourage one another while we are physically separated. This will be a monthly recurring event, and the deadline to sign up is May 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, May 9th and Sunday, June 20thParent Dedication is scheduled for Sunday, May 9th and Sunday, June 20th. Families who are interested can register here. The deadline for sign up is Sunday, May 2nd for the May dedication and Sunday June 13th for the June dedication. Once you have signed up please submit a photo of your family to Tina Zhao at email@example.com. A home visitation is required as part of the Parent Dedication process. Mr. Frank will contact parents with further details.
Elder and Deacon Nominations | Saturday, May 10thHCC members are encouraged to pray over and provide names of qualified HCC members to be considered for the offices of elder and deacon. Open deacon positions for the 2022-2023 term include: (1) Cantonese Worship, (2) Chinese Community Service, (3) Chinese Worship, (4) English Community Service, and (5) Treasury. Please provide your suggestions no later than May 10, 2021, by using these forms: Prospective Deacon Suggestion Form (2022-2023) and Prospective Elder Suggestion Form (2022-2023). All submissions are held strictly confidential. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Global 6K Run for Water | Saturday, May 22nd
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? The 6K route will consist of 5 loops around the HCC Building on the building premises. The event will start at 8:00 AM; please arrive at the church parking lot by 7:45 AM. We will also need volunteers to help out with the event for things like water distribution along the route. Please contact Michael Ong (email@example.com) if you are able to help out or have any questions about the event. Register using this link to join the HCC team and please see the promotional video in English and Chinese. If you would like to still contribute, but not officially register, you can use this link. We encourage everyone from all ages to join in the walk even if you are unable to pay the entire registration amount. Looking forward to walking with you all for this great cause!
SAVE THE DATE: Science VBS and Kids Camp | August 2-6, 2021HCC will hold a Science VBS and Kids Camp on August 2-6, 2021 (Mon-Fri) at Pearland Chinese Church. in Pearland, TX VBS will run in the morning followed by Kids’ Camp in the afternoon. This will be open to children entering Pre-K through 5th grade in Fall 2021. More details and registration form will be available in May. If you have questions or wish to serve as a volunteer, contact Mr. Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Nalley. These individuals will be baptized during upcoming English Outdoor Services.
- Global Outreach Spotlight for April
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
- Part Time Admin Position Available
- 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.
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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.