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 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.
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 24, 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 shown 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
1 Timothy 1:15
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (1 Timothy 6:6-10)
Leader (L): Godliness with contentment is great gain,
All (A): For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.
L: But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
A: But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare,
L: Into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
A: For the love of money is a root for all kinds of evils.
L: It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
- A: But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Amen.
Installation of Minister Mark Poon
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his loving concern and providential care over all creation.
- Confess our lack of contentment with what God has given us.
- Thank God that, through Christ, he supplies all of our greatest and deepest needs.
- Thank God for providing our Cantonese congregation a minister in Mark Poon. Pray for him and his family as they adjust to living in Houston and serving in our church.
- Pray for those who have lost their jobs – for their peace of mind and their pursuit of gainful employment.
- Pray that we would learn to grow more content and live more simply.
- Pray that we would use this time to slow down the pace of life and spend more time with God and loved ones.
- Pray that God would provide enough test kits to determine the spread of the coronavirus and a vaccine to limit the spread.
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
Seek Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Pastor Fred) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Guided Prayer (by Lewis Bayly, 1575-1631)
Leader (L): We know, O Lord, and tremble to think, that three parts of the good seed fell upon bad ground.
All (A): Let not our hearts be like the highway. Through hardness and want of true understanding it does not receive the seed, so the evil one comes and takes it away.
L: Let not our hearts be like the stony ground, which hears with joy for a time, but falls away as soon as persecution arises for the gospel’s sake.
A: Let not our hearts be like the thorny ground, which chokes the word and makes it altogether unfruitful because of the cares of this world and the deceit of riches.
L: Let our hearts be like the good ground. Help us to hear your word with an honest and good heart.
A: Enable us to understand and keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience,
- L+A: For your glory and our everlasting benefit. 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 27th | 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.
- 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). The 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Love Gift Campaign
As we continue to find ways to serve and care for our neighbors, both near and far, during this time, HCC is participating in the Love Gift campaign. The campaign’s aim is to deliver care packages to the poor who are affected by COVID-19 in SE Asia. “Each love gift package…contains rice, oil, food items, soaps for handwashing, and vitamins to strengthen their immunity.” The cost of each love gift is $22 USD. If you or your small group would be interested in helping HCC send care packages please make checks payable to Crossroads Publications with “LOVE GIFT PACKAGE” in the memo line or send donations via Paypal to email@example.com. For additional payment options and information, please visit bit.ly/36kErC9. If you have any questions, please contact Meredith Whaley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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” on the check memo line. For Paypal Giving Fund, add “21“ in the cents amount (ex. $500.21).
- HCC Weekly Financial Records and Offering Update
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 and HCC Offering Update. 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.