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 31, 2020 | 10:30am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
Psalm 84:1-2; 10
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
I Will Wait for You | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin (based on the Sermon on the Mount)
Leader (L): Blessed Jesus, you offered us all your blessings when you announced, blessed are the poor in spirit.
All (A): But we have been rich in pride.
L: Blessed are those who mourn.
A: But we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
L: Blessed are the meek.
A: But we are a stiffed-neck people.
L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
A: But we are filled to the full with other things.
L: Blessed are the merciful.
A: But we are harsh and impatient.
L: Blessed are the pure in heart.
A: But we have impure hearts.
L: Blessed are the peacemakers.
A: But we have not sought reconciliation.
L: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.
A: But our lives do not challenge the world.
L: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely says all kinds of evil against you because of me.
A: But we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
L: Your law is holy and your benedictions are perfect, but they are both too great for us. You alone are blessed.
A: We plead with you to forgive our sins and give us the blessing of your righteousness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Living Hope | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (Psalm 112)
Leader (L): Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!
All (A): His offspring will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
L: Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.
A: Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
L: It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
A: For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever.
L: He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
A: His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
L: He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.
- A: The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his wisdom to know the right thing to do and when to do it.
- Confess that we too often live our lives based upon our wisdom rather than the wisdom of God.
- Thank God for how Jesus has shown us what it looks like to live wisely.
- Ask God to help his people to use their words to encourage rather than hurt.
- Ask God to help his people to glorify God through their work.
- Ask God to help his people to be content with what God has given them.
- Ask God to teach his people what it means that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
- Ask God for justice, peace, and healing during this time of racial tension across our country.
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
Admire this Woman of Wisdom (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Show Us Christ | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Lord, you are God, and your words are true, and you have promised goodness to your servants
All (A): You have left us nothing to ask from your hands but what you have already freely granted.
L: Establish forever the word which you have spoken concerning your servants.
A: Do as you have said, and let your name be magnified forever saying,
- L+A: “The Lord of hosts, he is the God of Israel.” Amen. Hallelujah.
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.
- Update on Building Construction for Pearland Chinese Church
- COVID-19 Congregational Survey
As the church makes plans for eventually reopening our building, regathering for Sunday services, and restarting in-person ministries, we would like congregational input. If you are a church member (or regularly attend our services or groups), please complete this survey by June 8th.
- Churchwide Prayer Meeting | Wed, June 3rd | 7:30-8:30pm
Church, during these strange and anxious days, the most important thing we can do is to pray. Our monthly churchwide prayer meeting will be conducted online via Zoom. This Wednesday at 7:30pm, use this link: hcc.lv/JointPrayer and follow its instructions to log in. We will begin and close our meeting bilingually, but in the middle, we will provide “breakout rooms” so you can pray in your heart language.
- 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. For more information, visit the Summer Bible Study website here. REGISTRATION ENDS TONIGHT @ 11:59pm.
- Summer Book Clubs
This summer, we will be offering book clubs in lieu of Sunday school. A book club involves a facilitator leading a small group through a book after June 7th until the end of August. The facilitator will determine the day, time, and frequency. Sessions will last approximately an hour. Participants will be expected to purchase a copy of the book. The following book clubs will be available:
- Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (Jason Tarn)
- Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Henry Ow)
- Trusting God by Jerry Bridges (John Hsieh)
- Basic Christianity by John Stott (Dan Tung)
- Operation World by Patrick Johnstone (Alice Ho)
Instructions on how to sign up will be made available this week via email to members and on our website.
- SAVE THE DATE: @Home VBS in June
Children’s Ministry is working on a F.A.I.T.H. Science VBS @Home for Families to be held on June 15-19, 2020. This will feature church-supported, parent-led, Gospel-centered, fun-filled teaching and activities. More details to come later.
- 2020 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship
HCC 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.
- COVID-19 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 send donations via the following methods:
- Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Checks payable to “Crossroads Publications” / Memo Line: LOVE GIFT PACKAGE / P.O.Box 3356, Los Altos, CA 94024
- Direct Deposit – Memo Line: LOVE GIFT PACKAGE / Account Name: Crossroads Publications / Routing #121137522 / Account #1890775164
- Additional payment options and information. For questions, please contact Meredith Whaley.
- Pearland Building Campaign: 2-for-1 Gift Match
So far, there have been $129,100 in new pledges towards the matching campaign. As a reminder, 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 – click link below for special updated note
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.
- Home Worship Post-Service Survey
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.