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 19th, 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
10,000 Reasons | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin
Leader (L): Knowing that we are all sinners saved by grace and that we regularly sin in thought, word, and deed, let us confess our sins together.
L+All: Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way, and rejected your will for our lives. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us, and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you, and to please you in every way, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (1 Corinthians 2:6-13)
Leader (L): Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom.
All (A): Although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.
L: But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God,
A: Which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
L: None of the rulers of this age understood this,
A: For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
L: But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
A: What God has prepared for those who love him” – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
L: For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
A: For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him?
L: So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
A: Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God,
L: That we might understand the things freely given us by God.
A: And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit,
- L: Interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
Worship in Song
Jesus What A Friend For Sinners | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his wisdom – that he knows what to do in every situation to bring about the greatest good.
- Confess that we often act out of self-interest and not out of a concern for the interest of others.
- Thank God for Christ demonstrating what it means to selflessly serve others.
- Pray that we would become wise and helpful counselors.
- Pray that we would seek wisdom from above and not settle for earthly wisdom.
- Pray for the spike in COVID-19 cases in our city to be reversed and for conditions to improve.
- Pray for the protection of healthcare workers as they treat COVID-19 patients.
- Pray for the anxiety of families and students as they prepare for the upcoming school year.
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
Two Wisdoms (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by George Herbert, 1593-1633)
- Leader (L): Blessed be God, the Father of all mercy, who continues to pour his benefits upon us.
- All (A): You have chosen us and called us, justified us, set us apart, and glorified us.
- L: You were born for us, and you lived for us and died for us. You have given us blessings for this life, and for a better life to come.
- A: Lord, your blessings hang in clusters, falling upon us. They break forth like mighty waters on every side.
- L: And now, Lord, you have fed us with the bread of life, your word. So we have eaten the food of angels. Bless it, Lord, make it health and strength to us, as we strive and prosper, until our obedience reaches the measure of your love – you who have done everything for us.
- A: Grant this, dear Father, for your Son’s sake, our only Savior. With you and the Holy Spirit, three persons, but one most glorious, incomprensible God, be all honor, glory, and praise 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.
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, July 22nd | 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 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.
- 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.