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 21, 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
Enough | 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 one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Isaiah 55:6-11)
Leader (L): Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
All (A): Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
L: Let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
A: And to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
L: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
A: For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
L: So are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
A: For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,
L: Making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
A: So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
L: It shall not return to me empty,
A: But it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
- L: And shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Worship in Song
Your Will Be Done | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for how His Word creates, convicts, and challenges us.
- Confess for how we have separated knowing God’s Word from doing God’s Word.
- Confess for the times we are not quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.
- Ask God to comfort those who are sick, in pain, or grieving.
- Ask God to give peace to those who feel anxious and scared about the future.
- Ask God to bring healing to our fractured and divided society.
- Ask God to deepen our empathy for the marginalized and oppressed, like orphans and widows.
- Ask God to guard our hearts from the staining influence of the world.
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
To Hear is to Obey (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Speak O Lord | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (Robert Hawker, 1753-1827)
Leader (L): Lord Jesus, we seek you and your favor beyond all the riches of the earth, and all the enjoyments of the world.
All (A): Lord, help us never to forget that it was your favor that brought you down from heaven.
L: Your favor that prompted you to die, to rise again, for poor sinners.
A: Your favor which makes you wash us from all our sins in your blood.
- L: All of your grace here, all the glories of redemption hereafter –
A: Everything was bought and the result of your favor.
L: Precious Lord, please show us your renewed favor, day by day.
A: And let those visits from you be so gracious, so sweet, and so continual,
- L+A: That we may think or speak of nothing else. 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, June 24th | 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.
- Nomination for Chinese Community Service Deacon for 2021-2022
Active members of Houston Chinese Church are invited to provide suggestions of qualified church members to be considered for the office of Deacon/Deaconess for Chinese Community Service. There is a form, both in Chinese and in English, to provide suggestions for the deacon/deaconess nominee. Further instructions and links to the online forms were sent in an email to all active church members this past Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Deadline for completing the online forms is Sunday, June 28, 2020.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 TODAY, 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.
- Update on Pearland Building Campaign: 2-for-1 Gift Match
Only 10 days remain in our 2-for-1 Gift Match campaign! New pledges that make it in by the 6/30/20 deadline will be matched dollar-for-dollar while there are still funds left in the $220,000 Matching Funds set aside by some generous HCC members to encourage a strong finish. We are up to $184,968 in new pledges now. Please fill out the simple pledge form and fulfill your pledge by 12/31/20. If donating by check, write “Pearland Gift Match” on the check memo line. For Paypal Giving Fund, add “21“ in the cents amount (ex. $500.21).
- Special 3rd Quarter Bonus Available for Donors Using PayPal Giving Fund
If you have a Discover credit card, log in to your account and activate the special 5% rebate for up to $1500 in purchases made through PayPal from July 1 to Sept 30. Link your Discover card in PayPal and use it to make your PayPal Giving Fund offerings or pledge fulfillments. (You might even consider gifting this extra bonus to our Pearland Building Fund or COVID-19 Relief Fund.)
- HCC Weekly Financial Records
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. 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 email@example.com.
- 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.