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 19, 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
10,000 Reasons | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin
Leader (L): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
L + All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed
Leader (L): We come now to recite the Apostles’ Creed together. There are many ways to identify ourselves as God’s people. We partake in baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We sing the great hymns of the faith. We pray in the Spirit. We listen to God’s Word proclaimed. And we can also recite an ancient creed that retells God’s story of salvation. Each time we say the Apostles’ Creed together, 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 Second Person of the Triune God.
- 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
Mercy | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his sovereign power over all things – even difficult and painful things.
- Thank God for the presence of his Spirit within each of his followers, so that no matter how separated we are from others – we are not alone.
- Thank God for calling and strengthening the essential workers who are working tirelessly out there so that others can be safe at home.
- Confess how we have allowed the state of our finances to influence our joy rather than have our joy be rooted in God’s unchanging faithfulness.
- Ask for healing and the preservation of life for the sick, and plead for the curve to be flattened soon and for a vaccine to be quickly developed.
- Pray for families to cherish this additional time to build memories with each other, but also pray for families where home may not be a safe environment – asking for protection for those at risk of domestic violence.
- Ask for the healing of any relational conflict in our church, in our families, or in our personal lives, and pray for our words to be wise, self-controlled, and reconciling.
- Plead for a loving burden to share the gospel to others during this unique time, and pray for the eyes to see evangelistic opportunities and the courage to step into them with the power of the Holy Spirit.
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
- Proverbs 15:1-4
Answer Softly (Pastor Fred) | Sermon Outline |
Worship in Song
Speak O Lord | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, let your grace and your love do for us what fear of your terrors alone cannot.
- All (A): Melt our hearts by that nobler principle, and teach us to despise everything that would displease you.
L: Let our hearts respond with the same kind of compassion that motivated you, Jesus, to serve the poor.
- A: And whenever we do make mistakes, let us err on the side of compassion – a love that would never harm the worst sinner – much less the least and weakest of God’s servants.
L: We consecrate our lives to you, Lord, even to death.
- A: We will not then feel the bitterness of death half so much, when our hearts are ablaze with a zeal for your glory.
- 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.
- Pearland Chinese Church Building Construction Update #2
English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, April 22nd | 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.
- HCC Weekly Financial Records
Though we currently are not printing church bulletins, we want to provide access to the weekly financial records that are normally found in the bulletin. We are thankful to God for your continued faithful giving, even during this season of hardship.
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.
Children’s Ministry Weekly Newsletter
Children’s Ministry sends out a weekly email to parents of children 5th grade and under. If you have not received this email, contact us to add you to our mailing list 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 12:00-12:30pm 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.