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 28, 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
O Praise the Name | Song Sheet
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.
All (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.
L+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 one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Psalm 139:13-18)
Leader (L): For you formed my inward parts;
All (A): You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
L: I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
A: Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
L: My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret,
A: Intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
L: Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
A: In your book were written, every one of them,
L: The days that were formed for me,
A: When as yet there was none of them.
L: How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
A: How vast is the sum of them!
L: If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
A: I awake, and I am still with you.
Worship in Song
Jesus Paid It All | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for how each person is fearfully and wonderfully made.
- Confess that we fail to love people as fellow image-bearers.
- Thank God that His salvation is available to all regardless of background.
- Pray for those who are ill, especially the high number in our city recently hospitalized.
- Pray for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in our city to be reversed and for conditions to improve.
- Ask God to help us identify any prejudices in our hearts that need confession and repentance.
- Ask God to teach us to be peacemakers in this time of racial tension in our country.
- Ask God to ease tensions in Hong Kong; between China and India; between South Korea and North Korea.
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
Love Your Neighbors (Pastor Fred) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Mercy | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Now speak, Lord, and we will hear.
- All (A): Now call, Lord, and we will answer.
L: Now command us, impose on us what you will, and we will submit.
- A: None but the Lord, none but Christ, no other lord nor lover. We are yours, Lord, your own.
L: Do with your own, demand of your own, whatever you please.
A: What will you have us be, Lord, what will you have us do? That is what we will do and be.
- L+A: No longer what we will, but your will be done. 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 Pearland Chinese Church Building Construction
- Churchwide Prayer Meeting | Wed, July 1st | 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.
- 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. The deadline is TODAY, 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
- The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
- Trusting God by Jerry Bridges: Mondays (bi-weekly), 8-9:00pm
- Basic Christianity by John Stott: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am
- Operation World by Patrick Johnstone: Sundays (bi-weekly), 7-8:00pm
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 invited 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.
- HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund
The HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund aims 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 if you have such a need. If you would like to donate to the fund via the HCC PayPal Giving Fund, place $ .02 (two cents) at the end of your donation amount. For mailed checks include “HCC COVID-19 Relief Fund” in the memo. Send questions to email@example.com.
- COVID-19 Love Gift Campaign
The COVID-19 Love Gift Campaign aims to deliver care packages to the poor who are affected by the pandemic 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. 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.
- Special Notice to Those Mailing Offering Checks
Be sure to write “For Deposit Only to Houston Chinese Church” on the back of your checks. We had some church mail compromised this past week. Please review your checking account the next two weeks to confirm that your recently mailed check was received and deposited by HCC. Offering checks are processed on Wednesdays, so checks received on Thursday-Saturday will not be deposited until the following week.
- Update on Pearland Building Campaign: 2-for-1 Gift Match
Praise God, we have now met and exceeded our $220,000 Gift Pledge matching goal! With the new Gift Pledges that came in this past week, we are now at $225,068 and will receive the entire $220,000 match! We are now down to the last 15% of the $4.1 million cost to open the Pearland Chinese Church debt-free so additional new pledges are certainly welcome, but they will not be matched at this time. You can fill out this 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 to Donors Using PayPal Giving Fund
If you have a Discover credit card, log in to your account and activate the special 5% rebate on 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.