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 17, 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
Leader (L): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
L+All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12)
Leader (L): Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
All (A): For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,
L: Nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
A: It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
L: For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
A: For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
L: Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
- L+A: Amen.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God that his works are always good.
- Confess that we work to benefit ourselves rather than others.
- Thank God for the work of Jesus on the cross that benefited many.
- Ask that God would help his followers to model Christ’s sacrificial service when they work.
- Ask that God would protect essential workers as work in hospitals, grocery stores, meat processing facilities, logistics, and etc.
- Ask that God would help researchers to develop a vaccine against the coronavirus.
- Ask that God would help our government leaders to exercise wisdom as they develop plans to reopen the country.
- Ask that God would help our church leaders to develop a plan to reopen our 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 24:30-34
Learn from the Sluggard (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, cast us into whatever dangers you please, and we will cheerfully await the happy event which will at length prove the wisdom and kindness of even your most mysterious plans.
All (A): In the meantime, even as we travel in the bonds of affliction, may we see your hand in the expressions and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: Let us thank you and take courage in the humble assurance that you will stand by us in every future unknown extreme.
A: You will either display your power and goodness by raising up those around us in support – or you will display your all-sufficiency in a yet more glorious way, bearing us up when everything else fails us.
- 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.
- Pearland Chinese Church Building Construction Update
English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, May 20th | 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.
- PAACT Pastor’s Panel LIVE | Friday, May 22nd | 8:00-9:00pm
The Partnership of Asian American Churches in Texas (of which HCC is a member) will hold a live-streaming event on facebook.com/paactexas. Seven pastors from churches in Austin, Dallas, and Houston will discuss the church’s response to the COVID crisis and the increasing reports of discrimination towards Asian Americans. You can view the online event and submit questions on the Facebook event page.
- Concert for Preschoolers | Wednesday, May 27th | 11:00am
Gather your family to watch an online concert for young children, featuring Yancy’s Little Praise Party songs. Yancy is a worship leader, producer and songwriter of kids worship music. She travels the globe doing family concerts and training worship leaders. Notable among her many music that makes Jesus loud are the series: “Kidmin Worship” (preteen/elementary) and “Little Praise Party” (young children). Concert will be on Zoom and on the HCC Facebook page. Click here to register for the Zoom link.
- 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.
- 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 prospective elders and prospective deacons. The deadline for completing the online form is TODAY.
- 2020 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship
Houston Chinese Church is inviting interested applicants to apply for 2020 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship. For details, please contact the Church Office (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) to request the application form. The application deadline is June 21.
- 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.
- Pearland Building Campaign: 2-for-1 Gift Match
All new pledges of any amount made to the Pearland Building Fund between now and 6/30/20 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $220,000. Fill out a pledge form. Please fulfill pledges by 12/31/20. If donating by check, please write “Pearland Gift Match.” For Paypal Giving Fund, add “21“ in the cents amount (ex. $500.21).
- 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.
- Congrats to the Class of 2020 Graduates
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.