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 14, 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
Indescribable | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin
L: Let us confess our sins together before the Lord.
L+A: 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 one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Romans 7:15-25)
Leader (L): For I do not understand my own actions.
All (A): For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
L: Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.
A: So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
L: For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh.
A: For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.
L: For I do not do the good I want,
A: But the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.
L: Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
A: So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.
L: For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,
A: But I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
L: Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?
A: Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
L+A: So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. Amen.
Worship in Song
O Praise the Name | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for how every good and perfect gift comes from him.
- Confess that we fail to see how our evil desires leads us into temptation.
- Thank God for how Jesus, through His Spirit, enables His people to resist temptation.
- Pray that God would help us to recognize and avoid sin.
- Pray that God would help us empathize with those who are hurting.
- Pray that God would help those who are ill or have lost their jobs during the pandemic.
- Pray that God would grant our governmental leaders wisdom to address the injustices in our communities.
- Pray that God would grant our church leaders wisdom to determine when and how to reopen our church building.
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
Blessed Endurance (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains is Right | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)
Leader (L): Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
All (A):Your kingdom come, your will be done,
L: Your will be done,
A: On earth as it is in heaven.
- L: Give us this day our daily bread,
A: And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
L: And lead us not into temptation,
A: But deliver us from evil.
- L+A: For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. 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.
- Update on the Pearland Building Construction
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, June 17th | 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, you are invite to a 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, please email email@example.com.
- 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 has been $162,100 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.
- HCC Kidmin emails. For more information on children’s ministry programs, make sure you are receiving HCC Kidmin emails. To subscribe, send request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.