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, May 9, 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 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
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.
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 someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
I Will Wait For You | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (2 Peter 3:8-12a)
Leader (L): But do not overlook this one fact, beloved,
All (A): That with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
L: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness,
- A: But is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
L: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar,
A: And the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
L: Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
A: Waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.
- Confess that our grumbling reveals a distrust of God’s ways.
- Thank God that he shelters his people from final judgment.
- Pray that God would help us be messengers of the gospel to the lost.
- Pray for countries such as India that have experienced a recent surge in COVID cases.
- Pray for our cross-cultural workers on furlough to find opportunities to return to their fields of service.
- Pray for God to raise up members to serve as elders and deacons.
- Pray for our leaders as they oversee the reopening of the church building for ministry.
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 Judgment (Minister Henry Ow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
- Leader (L): Blessed Lord, my soul rises to you in a flame. You have said you are coming quickly, and I reply, “Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
- All (A): Come! I long to be done with the burdens and sorrows of this life.
- L: Come! I long to ascend to your presence, and see you in your courts above.
- A: Death is transformed when I see it in this light. I no longer fear the king of terrors when the King of Glory and Grace is so near.
- L: I hear with pleasure the sound of your feet approaching, nearer and nearer. Draw aside the veil whenever you please.
- A: I will long for that greater honor you have reserve for me, and the complete happiness waiting for all your people.
- L+A: All the millions of your saints, saved by your grace, will say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly!”
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.
Elder and Deacon Nominations | Monday, 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 2022-2023 include: (1) Cantonese Worship, (2) Chinese Community Service, (3) Chinese Worship, (4) English Community Service, (5) Chinese Family Life , (6) English Adult Education and (7) Treasury. Provide suggestions using: Prospective Deacon Suggestion Form and Prospective Elder Suggestion Form. All submissions are held strictly confidential. Deadline is tomorrow, Monday, May 10th.
Concluding Weekly Online English Prayer MeetingsFor the past 55 weeks, we conducted an online English prayer meeting and “Hangout with the Pastors” over Zoom with the aim to stay connected with one another during the pandemic through prayer and fellowship. We are so thankful for all who participated! As we incrementally move our ministries back into the building, we are trimming back some of the activities added during the pandemic. But we will still hold a monthly churchwide prayer meeting on the first Wednesday of every month.
- GoLiveServe Workplace Culture Webinar | Saturday, May 15th | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Join us virtually Saturday May 15th from 12 to 1:30 p.m. central time to explore how our ordinary work can have kingdom impact. Our panelists include a professional mediator with over a decade of international education experience, a sales strategy project manager and a Silicon Valley global store operations specialist who is a co-leader in her company’s Christian employee resource group. Our time will include a panel discussion and live Q&A. For more information, please click here and register for free.
- English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, May 16th | 9:15-10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, May 16th 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
Faith Path – Prayer | Sunday, May 16th | 8:30pm – 9:30pmOne of the greatest gifts we can pass to our children is to teach and model prayer. How do we establish a family culture of prayerfulness that our kids will cherish? Tune in to the fifth Faith Path topic titled “Prayer” on Sunday, May 16th 8:30-9:30 via zoom by using the Faith Path Link.
Parents2B Course | Mondays, May 17th – June 7th | 8:30-9:30pmThe Parents2B course will take place over 4 one-hour sessions. These sessions will prepare expectant parents and those who hope to be parents for changes that will come and for the incredible journey that lies ahead. The course will take place on Zoom.
Session 1 (May 17@8:30pm) – This session will cover information on pregnancy to labor.
Session 2 (May 24@8:30pm) – Moms2B forum hosted by MOLO. Please register for Moms2B forum and send us your questions through this link.
Session 3 (May 31@8:30pm) – Dads2B forum. This forum will be for men with pregnant wives and future dads.
Session 4 (June 7@8:30pm) – This session will cover information on labor through the first few months.
- 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 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.
PAACT Conversations: Live Panel Discussion | Sunday, May 30th | 7:30pmPartnership of Asian American Churches in Texas (PAACT) will be hosting a live panel discussion to address the recent attacks against Asian Americans prevalent in the news and help us to process and respond from a Christian worldview. Follow the PAACT Facebook page where you can watch and submit questions to the panelists.
- 2021 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship | Monday, June 18th
Houston Chinese Church is inviting interested applicants to apply for 2021 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship. For details see the application form. The application deadline is May 31st.
Women’s Online Summer Bible Study | 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 Thursday nights. Hope you’ll consider participating this summer! Register using our online registration form, which will be open May 2nd – May 30th. Email us with any questions.
Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, June 20thFamilies who are interested can register here. The deadline is Sunday, June 13th for the June dedication. Once you have signed up please submit a photo of your family to Tina Zhao. A home visitation is required as part of the Parent Dedication process. Mr. Frank will contact parents with further details.
- Emotional Health Family Life Conference Recordings Available
Praise God for the success of the recent Emotional Health conference on April 30-May 1. HCC is providing the Family Life conference material as a resource for all the members of our congregations! These recordings will be available on our website: Emotional Health Resources here.
Parking During Roofing ConstructionFor your safety (and your car’s safety), during our roof construction (4/21 to 5/15), 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. Contractors will do a complete clean up and sweep with a magnet roller after the job is completed. Thanks for your cooperation.
- Global Outreach Spotlight for May
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
- 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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Church Reopening Updates & Announcements
- COVID Response: Plans for Reopening Facilities
Please see HCC Facilities Reopening Usage and Preparation Guideline as we have updated the “Facility Sanitization Plan” section to provide better ventilation to our classrooms. Please also take the time to sign the HCC COVID-19 Waiver (digital or physical copy) before you enter the building.We love to hear your suggestions and will do our best to respond to your questions. Please direct them to our office: email@example.com.
- Reopening: Preparing for Indoor English Service Survey
if you haven’t done so already we invite you to take a survey that will help church leaders prepare to move the English outdoor worship service back indoors. Please take a moment to fill out this survey (married couples should take the survey individually).
- Nursery Reopening
Nursery for children 0-35 months old will plan to reopen on the weekend of 5/14-16. Friday night Nursery will have two classes (Babies/Crawlers and Toddlers/Twos) while Sunday morning Nursery will have three classes (Babies/Crawlers, Walkers/Toddlers, and Two’s). Reservation is required as space will be limited. All caregivers will be fully vaccinated adults. More details available on our website. You can also direct questions directly to Mr. Frank. The original plan to resume Nursery on 5/7-5/9 weekend has been postponed due to campus facilities not being ready yet.
- Children’s Ministry Current Reopening Plan
As the church building reopens for ministry and activities, Children’s Ministry will also take steps to resume indoor in-person activities in stages. This reopening plan may be subject to change. See the chart available on our website. You can also direct questions directly to Mr. Frank.
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.