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, July 5th, 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
Is He Worthy? | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin
Leader (L): Eternal God, You do not change. You have revealed Yourself to us in Your Word. You call us to worship You in spirit and in truth
All (A): But we confess that we often worship a god made in our image and who we wish You to be.
L: We frequently ask You to bless what we do, rather than seeking to do what You bless.
A: Forgive us for seeking concessions when we should be seeking guidance.
L: You command us to be generous with our love and resources, for the sake of the church and the lost.
A: But we have been selfish and insensitive to the needs and opportunities around us.
L: Display your glory before us.
A: That we might bow before Your unspeakable majesty and so live for You now and forever in Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Romans 4:2-3; 18-25)
Leader (L): For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say?
All (A): “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
L: In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told,
A: “So shall your offspring be.”
L: He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body,
A: Which was as good as dead
L: (Since he was about a hundred years old),
A: Or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
L: No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God,
A: But he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God,
L: Fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
A: That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
L: But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone,
A: But for ours also.
- L: It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,
A: Who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
Worship in Song
Jesus Strong and Kind | Song Sheet
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 the Lord for his mercy to save undeserving sinners like us.
- Thank the Spirit of God for his help in our weakness and our waiting.
- Pray that we will live out our Christian faith in acts of love and compassion.
- Pray for God to slow the spread of the coronavirus in our city, in our country, and around the world.
- Pray for God to bring healing and unity in a fractured and frustrated nation like ours.
- Pray for God to ease tensions in Hong Kong; between India and China; between North and South 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
Putting Faith to Work (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Before the Throne of God Above | 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.
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, July 8th | 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 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.
- Update on Pearland Building Campaign: 2-for-1 Gift Match
Praise God, we now have $232,868 in Gift Pledges and will receive the entire $220,000 match! This gets us close to almost the last 10% (not “15%,” as stated incorrectly last week) 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 Nursery Coordinator
Ms. Bin Zhu, Nursery Coordinator, has stepped down from her staff position in Children’s Ministry effective June 15, 2020. Ms. Bin and her family are moving to Memphis, TN. Pray for a smooth transition and safety in travel.
- 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 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.