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, May 3, 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 (from The Valley of Vision, “Love-Rest in God”)
Leader (L): Dear Lord, I depend wholly upon thee, wean me from all other dependences.
All (A): Thou art my all, thou dost overrule all and delight in me.
L: Thou art the foundation of goodness, how can I distrust thee?
A: How can I be anxious about what happens to me?
L: In the light of thy preciousness the world and all its enjoyments are infinitely poor:
A: I value the favor of men no more than pebbles.
L: Produce in me self-despair that will make Jesus precious to me,
A: Delightful in all his offices,
L: Pleasurable in all his ways,
L+A: And may I love his commands as well as his promises. Amen.
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 someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Response Reading (James 4:13-16)
Leader (L): Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” –
All (A): Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring.
L: What is your life?
A: For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
L: Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
A: As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his sovereignty – that all that he does will result in his glory and our good.
- Praise God that he is wise – that he always chooses the best goals and the best means to accomplish those goals.
- Confess to God that his people have trusted more in their plans rather than saying: “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
- Thank God that, because of Christ’s work on the cross, believers may be confident that nothing will separate them from the love of God.
- Ask God to help believers who are suffering because of the coronavirus to continue to place their hope in God even though it’s hard.
- Ask God to give our government leaders the wisdom to deal with this pandemic and the calls to reopen our communities.
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 16:1-4
Hold Your Plans Loosely (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (by Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Now speak, Lord, and we will hear.
- All (A): Now call, Lord, and we will answer.
L: Now command us, impose on us what you will, and we will submit.
- A: None but the Lord, none but Christ, no other lord nor lover. We are yours, Lord, your own.
L: Do with your own, demand of your own, whatever you please.
A: What will you have us be, Lord, what will you have us do? That is what we will do and be.
- L+A: No longer what we will, but your will be done. 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 #3
Church-wide Prayer Meeting | Wed, May 6th | 7:30-8:30pm
Join us this Wednesday evening for our monthly church-wide prayer meeting conducted over Zoom. At 7:30pm, click on this link (hcc.lv/JointPrayer) and follow instructions to join the Zoom meeting.
- English Members Meeting | Friday, May 8th | 7:00-8:30pm
Our next members meeting will be conducted virtually over Zoom. You can join the meeting through this link: https://hcc.lv/EnglishMembersMeeting. We will provide updates on (1) Ministry Under Quarantine, (2) COVID-19 Initiatives, (3) COVID-19 De-Escalation Plan, (4) Treasurer’s Report, (5) PCC Building Construction, (6) Outgoing and Incoming Members, and (7) Special Testimonies (from fellow members about “quarantine life”).
- Church Elder and Deacon Nominations for 2021-2022
Active members of Houston Chinese Church are invited to provide suggestions of qualified church members to be considered for the offices of elder and deacon. There will be separate forms, both in Chinese and in English, to provide suggestions for the elder and the deacon nominees. Further instructions and links to the online forms will be included in an email to be sent to all active church members by this Sunday, April 26. Deadline for completing the online forms is Sunday, May 17.
- Two Easy Ways for You to Support the new Pearland Church Building
As the new building is really taking shape now, HCC will continue to donate all AmazonSmile rebates it receives to the Pearland Building Fund. Just start your Amazon purchases at smile.amazon.com and choose Houston Chinese Church as your charitable organization. All products, prices, and shopping features are the same as at the regular amazon.com site, but HCC receives a 0.5% donation while the final price to you stays the same.And don’t forget that you can use a credit card to support the new Pearland Church building through the PayPal Giving Fund! Go to online giving for more information; remember to put “20” in the cents amount (e.g., $500.20“) if you are fulfilling your Pearland Pledge, or “19” in the cents amount if you have already fulfilled your pledge or don’t have a pledge but still wish to give to the Pearland Building Fund.
- 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.
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.