Home Worship Guide for May 30, 2021

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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:

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 30, 2021 | 9:15am

[Google Slides version of the guide]

Special Word to Members

Call to Worship

Exodus 34:6-7
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship

Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed

  • Leader (L): As we respond to the call to worship, we begin by identifying he whom we worship. Encapsulated in the Apostles’ Creed is an ancient confession of faith that countless believers, throughout the ages, have used to express and affirm the identity of our Triune God, the One God who eternally exists as Three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • L + All:

    I believe in God the Father Almighty,
    maker of heaven and earth.

    I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
    who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary.
    He suffered under Pontius Pilate;
    was crucified, dead, and buried;
    he descended to the dead*;
    the third day he rose from the dead;
    he ascended into heaven,
    and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
    From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

    I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    the holy universal** Church,
    the communion of the saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting. Amen.

    * lit. “hades” meaning the place of the dead
    ** lit. “catholic” meaning universal

Worship in Song

I’ll Fix My Eyes | Song Lyrics

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

1 Peter 3:18
Leader invites someone to read aloud

Worship in Song

Living Hope | Song Lyrics

Responsive Reading (2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)

  • Leader (L): God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,

  • All (A): And to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us,

  • L: When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,

  • A: Inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God

  • L: And on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

  • A: They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction,

  • L: Away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might,

  • A: When he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints,
  • L: And to be marveled at among all who have believed,

  • A: Because our testimony to you was believed. 

Group Prayer

Individuals choose a request and pray aloud

  • Praise God that He is a covenant-keeping God and we can find security in Him.
  • Confess that we focus on our temporary plans instead of God’s eternal plan.
  • Thank God for preparing a place for us in heaven where there will be no more sorrow or suffering.
  • Pray that we will keep watch for His second coming. May we be intentional in looking for opportunity to spread the Good News.
  • Pray that God will give us boldness as we pursue justice and righteousness.
  • Pray that we would hate what is evil and cling to what is good.
  • Pray for next Sunday as the church building reopens for worship services that many will come to praise His name. 
  • Pray for the Women’s Bible Study as they start in June. May the ladies bond closer to the Lord as well as to one another.

Leader concludes with a prayer for our hearts to humbly receive the reading and preaching of God’s Word

Scripture Reading

Leader asks someone to read aloud

Malachi 4:1-6

Sermon

Apathy Towards the Day of the Lord (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline

Worship in Song

Christ Our Hope in Life and Death | Song Lyrics

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.

Doxology

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.

Announcements

  • PAACT Conversations: Live Panel Discussion | Sunday, May 30th | 7:30pm
    Partnership 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.
  • Parents2B Course | Mondays, May 31st – June 7th | 8:30-9:30pm 
    The 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Live Stream of English Service
    In-person indoor worship service with will be held on Sunday, Jun 6th. A live stream link is available via registration. You can register during the week for the service on Sunday and a confirmation email with the link and password will be sent to you. Register here for the next Sunday Service
  • Women’s Online Summer Bible Study | Thursdays, June 10th – July 29th | 7:30-9:00pm 
    You 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.
  • 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.
  • Register for Parent Dedication | Sunday, June 20th
    Families 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 21-25
    We 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
    Subscribe here to receive weekly newsletters with announcements, opportunities, and updates.

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: hccoffice@hcchome.org.
  • 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. FrankThe original plan to resume Nursery on 5/7-5/9 weekend has been postponed due to campus facilities not being ready yet.
  • No In-Person Friday KidMin | Summer 2021
    As the church building reopens there will be no in-person Kids Ministry activities (3yo & up) on Friday nights during the summer. The nursery will be open to those who register, please visit our website page for more information.

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.

  • Register Now for Science VBS and Kids Camp | August 2-6, 2021 
    HCC 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 2021.2021 Science VBS+Kids’ Camp registration is now open! Register here. If you have questions or wish to serve as a volunteer, contact Mr. Frank at frankt@hcchome.org.

Missed a Sunday? Access a previous worship guide in our archive page.

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