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 16, 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
Reading of Scripture
Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. So let us read together Philippians 2:5-11 and exalt Christ our Lord, the object of our worship.
- L+A: Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Worship in Song
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
2 Corinthians 8:9
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (1 Chronicles 29:10-14)
Leader (L): Blessed are you, O LORD, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.
All (A): Yours, O LORD is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty.
L: For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.
- A: Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all.
L: Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.
A: In your hand are power and might,
L: And in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.
A: And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.
L: But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly?
A: For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for all of the earth’s bounty belongs to you.
- Confess that we prefer to withhold our possessions rather than share with those in need.
- Thank God for not withholding his Beloved Son to save us from our sins.
- Pray for our church to develop a generous heart toward the needy.
- Pray that God would grant our leaders wisdom to steward our church resources to accomplish kingdom purposes.
- Pray for our church leaders to oversee wisely the reopening of our church building in June for worship services.
- Pray for our college graduates to find spiritual communities after college.
- Pray for the churches in our community to work together in the proclamation of the gospel.
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 Giving (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
O Come to the Altar | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Robert Parker, 1564-1614)
- Leader (L): Show me how to love the Word, that my bold love for you would increase.
- All (A): Remind me that the fashions of the world pass away, and their momentary glory will vanish into emptiness and nothing.
- L: Draw my heart to you and set my mind on things that will last forever.
- A: Help me love you fiercely, and cleave to you with a perfect heart. May nothing here satisfy my soul.
- L+A: Protect us through the rest of this day, that we may fall into no temptation, and no danger of soul or body, for the sake of Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer. 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.
Faith Path – Prayer | TODAY, 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.
- English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, May 23rd | 9:15-10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, May 23rd 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
- Elder and Deacon Nominations | Monday, May 24th
**NEW UPDATE*** Elder and Deacon Nominations have been extended until May 24. A second Treasurer position has been added. HCC members are encouraged to pray over and provide names of qualified HCC members to be considered for the offices of elder and deacon. Overviews of all the deacon positions are provided on the nomination form. Please provide your suggestions no later than Monday, May 24, 2021, by using these forms: Prospective Deacon Suggestion Form (2022-2023) and Prospective Elder Suggestion Form (2022-2023). Submissions are held strictly confidential. If you have any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 included as part of the Parent Dedication process. Mr. Frank will contact parents with further details.
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.
DCamp & Impact 2021 Register Now | DCamp: July 18 – 21 | Impact July 21-25We are looking forward to having camp this year if the circumstances allow for it. Be sure to mark your calendars with the camp dates. Discovery Camp will be July 18-21, 2021 and Camp Impact will be July 21-25, 2021. 2021 DCamp and Impact registration is now open! For all camp information and to register online, please go to: dcampandimpact.weebly.com.
- 2021 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship | Monday, July 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 July 18th.
- 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.
- 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.
- Congratulations to all the 2021 Graduate
Join us as we celebrate our 2021 graduates!
- 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.
- HCC Newsletter
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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.
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.
Missed a Sunday? Access a previous worship guide in our archive page.