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 23, 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 Westminster Creed
Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Let us recite together the beginning of a creed that is based on the the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
- L + All:
I believe in man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
I believe that the word of God, contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy God.
I believe God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth;
I believe there is but one true and living God;
That there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost;
And that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory;
I believe God has foreordained whatever comes to pass;
That God made all things of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good;
And that God preserves and governs all His creatures and all their actions.
Worship in Song
In Christ Alone | Song Lyrics
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
His Mercy is More | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (1 Peter 2:9-10)
Leader (L): But you are a chosen race,
All (A): A royal priesthood,
L: A holy nation,
- A: A people for his own possession,
L: That you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness
A: Into his marvelous light.
L: Once you were not a people,
A: But now you are God’s people;
L: Once you had not received mercy,
A: But now you have received mercy.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for His bountiful love and grace toward us.
- Confess our self-sufficiency and our lack of dependence on the Lord.
- Thank God for providing us with His inerrant Word, which is our manual for life.
- Pray that we respect the Lord and honor His name as we acknowledge that He is a just God.
- Pray that God’s children use their unique gifts and passions to serve the Lord. May we serve Him cheerfully.
- Pray that we have a greater self-awareness of our sinfulness and our need to fear the Lord.
- Pray for church leaders to wisely oversee the reopening of our church building in June for worship services.
- Pray for the mission conference for the Cantonese congregation this weekend. May they develop a greater compassion for the lost.
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 Righteousness (Minister Stanley Chang) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
He Will Hold Me Fast | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by John Bunyan, 1628-1688)
Leader (L): We have obtained grace to give ourselves to you, Lord, through your mercy, and to one another.
All (A): To have communion with one another, as saints in one gospel fellowship,
L: We agree and promise before God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ to walk together in this one gospel communion and fellowship as a church of Jesus Christ.
A: We also agree and promise, the Lord assisting, to follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which we may build each other up.
- L+A: So living and walking in love and peace, the God of love and peace may be with us. 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.
Membership Class | Sunday, May 23rd & Sunday, May 30th | 2:00pm- 3:00pmReady to become a HCC member? Join us for membership class to learn what it means to become a member here! Contact email@example.com to find out how to attend these classes.
- 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
Parents2B Course | Mondays, May 24th – 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 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.
- English Outdoor Service Registration | Sunday, May 30th | 9:15-10:30am
In-person worship service with will be held on Sunday, May 30th 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
- Outdoor English Service – Trial Run | Starting Sunday, June 6th | 7:30am
For those not yet ready to return indoors for the 9:15am English service, on June 6th we will trial run a second service outdoors in the parking lot from 7:30-8:45am. No registration is required. Only outdoor seating will be available, so please bring your own folding chair. Masks are encouraged but not required. We will reevaluate at the end of June to determine whether to extend this service until unvaccinated persons are able to enter the building according to our De-escalation Plan.
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.
- Project 1024 – Sign Up | Tuesday, June 1st
The WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team wants to connect you with other members or guests of our church to establish and/or deepen relationships within the English congregation. The goal is to stir up one another to love and good works; to not neglect to meet together; and to encourage one another while we are physically separated. This will be a monthly recurring event, and the deadline to sign up for June is June 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
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 included as part of the Parent Dedication process. Mr. Frank will contact parents with further details.
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.
- Thank You for Your Faithful Service
Our church bookkeeper, Conita Tse, will retire from her position at the end of June after serving faithfully for 20 years. We are in the process of finding a replacement for her, details to follow. Join us in thanking her for her many years of service and when you see her thank her for all that she has done!
- 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.
- HCC Newsletter
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Church Reopening Updates & Announcements
- Indoor Worship Service | Sunday, June 6 | 9:15 am
English Indoor Worship service will beginning on Sunday, June 6th. Members who have been vaccinated and signed the HCC Covid 19 – Waiver will be allowed into the building.All people age 2 and over are required to wear mask inside the building and social distancing will be observed inside the building. The service will also be available through livestream if you register. Registration link is coming soon. Thank you for your cooperation!.
- 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.