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 25, 2021 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members
Call to Worship
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Recitation of the Westminster Creed
Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Let us recite together the beginning of a creed that is based on the the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
- L + All:
I believe in man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
I believe that the word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy God.
I believe God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth;
I believe there is but one true and living God;
That there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
And that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory;
I believe God has foreordained whatever comes to pass;
That God made all things of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good;
And that God preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions.
Worship in Song
O Praise The Name | 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
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Hosea 6:1-6)
Leader (L): “Come, let us return to the LORD;
All (A): For he has torn us, that he may heal us;
L: He has struck us down,
- A: And he will bind us up.
L: After two days he will revive us;
A: On the third day he will raise us up,
L: That we may live before him.
A: Let us know; let us press on to the know the LORD;
L: His going out is sure as the dawn;
A: He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
L: What shall I do with you, O Ephraim?
A: What shall I do with you, O Judah?
L: Your love is like a morning cloud,
A: Like the dew that goes early away.
L: Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets;
A: I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
L: For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,
A: The knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his Word instructing us in the way we should live.
- Confess that we prefer to live according to the wisdom of the world rather than the wisdom of God.
- Thank God for purifying us from all unrighteousness when we confess our sins.
- Pray for the preaching ministry of our church to exhort listeners and exalt God.
- Pray for pregnant moms at our church to have a healthy pregnancy.
- Pray for biblically-qualified members to be willing to serve as deacons and elders next year.
- Pray for those overseeing the logistics of when and how to reopen the church building for fully vaccinated individuals.
- Pray for the children and youth ministries as they prepare for the church building reopening.
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
Apathy Towards Ministry (Pastor Fred Tow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
I Give You My Heart | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Lord, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised goodness to your servants
All (A): You have left us nothing to ask from your hands but what you have already freely granted.
L: Establish forever the word which you have spoken concerning your servants.
A: Do as you have said, and let your name be magnified forever saying,
- L+A: “The Lord of hosts, he is the God of Israel.” Amen. Hallelujah.
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.
General Membership Meeting Voting ResultsPraise the Lord that the Proposed Vision for Houston Chinese Church has been affirmed by membership vote during the General Membership Meeting held on Sunday, April 18th. We thank everyone who participated in this meeting.
HCC Parking During Roofing Construction | Wednesday April, 21st to Sunday, May 15thFor your own safety (and your car’s safety), during HCC roof construction (4/21 to 5/15), please do not park in front and north side of the church (dumpster alley) due to debris, flying roofing material, equipment and possible nails and sharp objects on the ground. The contractors will do a complete clean up and sweep with a magnet roller after the job is completed. Thank you for your cooperation.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, April 28th | 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.
- 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. Join the conference via zoom using this Conference Zoom Link.
- 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.
- English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, May 2nd | 9:15am – 10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, May 2nd 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
Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, May 9th and Sunday, June 20thFamilies 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, (5) Chinese Family Life Deacon, and (6) 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 email@example.com
- Shearn Elementary Food Distribution | Thursday, April 29th
Shearn Elementary is having a drive through, food distribution event for the community on Thursday, April 29th. They are trying to recruit for 15 volunteers to help out from 8am -12:15pm. Some of the tasks they are needing help with would be unloading, sorting, distributing food, directing traffic and cleaning up. If you are available to help, please sign up here and also contact Yvonne Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
Women’s Online Summer Bible Study “Raised Together: A Study of Colossians”Thursdays, June 10th – July 29th, 7:30-9:00pmYou are invited to an eight-session online study, “Raised Together: A Study of Colossians” by Gloria Furman, which explores Paul’s teachings on Jesus Christ and how these foundational truths encourage us to “….walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…” We will meet online via Zoom on Thursdays, June 10th – July 29th, 7:30-9:00pm. Hope you’ll consider participating this summer! Registration will be open May 3rd – May 30th. If you have questions, please email email@example.com.
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.
- Covid Response – Plans for Reopening Facilities
After taking into account the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines and the increased availability to all adults, the Facilities Reopen Committee(FRC) consulted the Medical Advisory Committee(MAC) and the Pastoral Staff about adjusting our reopening plans. The Council has approved our recommendation for a conditional reopening starting on May 7th. Please see the full guidelines and recommendations on our COVID-19 Response Page.
- 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.
- 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.