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 husband, 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, June 7, 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): Father, we gather together with the expectant knowledge that, through your Son, you freely pardon all who repent and turn to him.
A: We have sinned against you this week in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We have not loved you, or others, as you told us.
L: Grant us the mercy, the forgiveness, and the cleansing that Jesus gives to those who confess their sin.
- A: On that basis, grant that we may continue to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Worship in Song
Responsive Reading (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
Leader (L): Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom,
All (A): Let not the mighty man boast in his might,
L: Let not the rich man boast in his riches,
A: But let him who boasts boast in this,
L: That he understands and knows me,
A: That I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth.
L: For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.
Recitation of the Apostles’ Creed
Leader (L): We come now to recite the Apostles’ Creed together. There are many ways to identify ourselves as God’s people. We partake in baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We sing the great hymns of the faith. We pray in the Spirit. We listen to God’s Word proclaimed. And we can also recite an ancient creed that retells God’s story of salvation. Each time we say the Apostles’ Creed together, we connect with the faithful generations of Christians who have preceded us. And we identify afresh those truths that set us apart as followers of Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Triune God.
- 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
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for how he sanctifies his people through trials and tribulations.
- Confess that trials, like the ones our nation is going through, often cause us to doubt God’s good will.
- Thank Christ for demonstrating faithfulness in the midst of his trials and ours.
- Ask that God would give healing and help to those who are sick or have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
- Ask that God would help us empathize with those hurting and feeling helpless in the face of recent injustices.
- Ask that God for justice, peace, and healing during this time of racial tension in 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
The Test of Faith (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
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.
- 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.
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, June 10th | 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.
- Summer Book Clubs
This summer, while our building remains closed, we will be offering book clubs in lieu of Sunday school.
- Selected Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: Mondays, 8-9:00pm beginning 6/8
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm beginning 6/9
- Trusting God by Jerry Bridges: Mondays (bi-weekly), 8-9:00pm beginning 6/8
- Basic Christianity by John Stott: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am beginning 6/13
- Operation World by Patrick Johnstone: Sundays (bi-weekly), 7-8:00pm beginning 6/14
For sign up for a book club today: hcc.lv/SummerBookClubs
- Summer College Fellowship Bible Study
If you are a college student in Houston this summer, then I’d like to invite you to our bible study through the book of Judges. Together, we’ll discover how God demonstrates his grace to his people despite their repeated disobedience. We meet on Fridays at 7:30pm via zoom using this link. If you have any questions, then please email me at email@example.com.
- F.A.I.T.H. Lab @ Home VBS on June 15–19
There will be a parent-led, home-based, science-filled, Bible-centered Vacation Bible School on June 15-19. Kids and parents will go thru five (5) Steps of VBS activities (music, science devotion, sink or float, science project, and science game). We will also have a combined gathering via Zoom at 6:00-6:30pm each evening. To sign up, click here. Disclaimer: This is not a screen time activity just for kids. Parents or older siblings required for participation.
- 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 (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.
- 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 email@example.com
- 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 $138,800 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.