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 10, 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
Confession of Sin (by Matthew Henry, 1662-1714)
Leader (L): Who are we, Lord God, that you have brought us here, to present ourselves before you? Who are we, that we have, through Christ, access by one Spirit to the Father?
All (A): What are we, that you are mindful of us? Do not be angry if we take it upon ourselves to speak to the Lord of Glory. We know we are only dust and ashes.
L: We know we are not worthy to receive the least of your mercies, or all the truth you have showed your servants.
A: Whom have we in heaven but you? We desire no one besides you. No one compares to you.
L: I pray that we may thirst for you and long for you in this dry and thirsty land, that we may see your power and your glory. Your lovingkindness is better than life. Our souls will be satisfied, and we will praise you with joyful lips.
A: We put our trust in you, God. Never let us be ashamed. You alone are our rock and our salvation. We find in you our glory, our strength, and our refuge. In you, our expectation.
L+A: We will trust in your mercy, O God, forever and ever. We will wait on you. We have hoped in your word: remember your word to your servants. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Response Reading (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
Leader (L): Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
All (A): For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow.
L: But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
A: Again, if two lie together, they keep warm,
L: But how can one keep warm alone?
A: And though a man might prevail against one who is alone,
L: Two will withstand him –
A: A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God that he will do what he has said and fulfill what he has promised in his Word.
- Thank God for his grace to open his people’s eyes to their sinfulness and need for a savior.
- Thank God for how he disciplines his people out of love so that they would learn to walk in his ways.
- Ask God to forgive us when we disbelieve his word because it doesn’t align with our desires.
- Pray that God would help us to trust in his faithfulness so that we would obey his commands.
- Pray that God would help us to share the gospel with our neighbors.
- Pray that God would comfort those in isolation who are struggling with loneliness.
- Pray that God would give wisdom to our church leaders as they carefully determine when and how to reconvene ministry in the church building.
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 18:24
- Proverbs 17:17
- Proverbs 27:6, 9, 17
Stick Close To Your Friends (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (by Robert Hawker, 1753-1827)
Leader (L): Lord Jesus, where you go I will go, and where you dwell I will dwell:
All (A): For I am no longer my own but am bought with a price.
L: Therefore I will glorify God in my body, and in my spirit, which are yours.
A: Lord give me grace to take you as my own.
L: And while you are still saying to me, and to your church, “I have called you friends,”
A: May I say, “This is my Friend, and this is my Beloved, O daughters of Jerusalem!”
- 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.
English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, May 13th | 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.
In our prayer meeting, we’ll provide an opportunity for members to share immediate prayer needs for either themselves or someone else. Please submit the request through a Prayer Needs Form. There is also an option to submit questions for the English staff to answer during the optional hangout time.
- 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.
- Women’s Online Summer Bible Study | Thursdays, starting on June 11 | 7:30-9:00 PM
“The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets” – Join us for a nine-session online study (via Zoom) that dives into the challenging prophetical books of Isaiah through Malachi with the aim of understanding not only what God had to say to His people through these prophets in their own day, but also what he has to say to His people today. Go here to register online.
- HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund
Given the devastating economic impact that COVID-19 is having on individuals and families, HCC Council has approved the formation and initial funding of the HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is aimed to provide limited financial assistance to members and regular attendees who have suffered economically due to a job loss, slashed wages and/or decrease in revenue/customers. Please complete the fund application, which opens on May 11. If you would like to donate to increase the size of available funds, you may do so via the HCC PayPal Giving Fund or check by placing “.02” (two cents) at the end of the amount you would like to give (the memo line for paper checks should read: “HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund”). May this relief fund provide some support and be an expression of member care for what is undoubtedly a very challenging season for those who have been affected by this crisis. Questions about this fund may be sent to: email@example.com.
- Yes, You Can Still Mail in a Paper Check Offering (but not cash!)
Please address the envelope: Houston Chinese Church, Attn: Treasurer; 10305 Main St, Houston, TX 77025-5509, and write “For Deposit Only to Houston Chinese Church” on the back of your check. Some people like to wrap a piece of paper around their check so that it is not visible through the envelope but that is optional. We process the offering checks once a week on Wednesdays now so your check will get credited to the following Sunday if received Thu-Sat.
- 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.