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 26th, 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
Show Us Christ | 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 (Ephesians 2:12-19)
Leader (L): Remember that you were at that time separated from Christ,
All (A): Alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise,
L: Having no hope and without God in the world.
A: But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
L: For he himself is our peace,
A: Who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility
L: By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances,
A: That he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,
L: And might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.
A: And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.
L: For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
A: So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.
Worship in Song
Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me| Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise him for being a God of peace who is able to unite those with little in common and a lot in contention.
- Confess that our selfishness and pride is often the cause of conflict with others.
- Thank God for making peace with us and between us through the blood of Christ.
- Pray for God to teach us contentment in Christ and help us to rejoice at the success of others.
- Pray for disputing nations to resolve differences through diplomacy rather than armed conflict.
- Pray for governing authorities to addresses differences in policy with wisdom and peaceableness.
- Pray for fellow Christians to express our opinions over contentious issues with humility and love.
- Pray for those who are sick with COVID and for a merciful end to this pandemic.
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
Conflict and Its Causes (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
His Mercy is More | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Robert Parker, 1564-1614)
- Leader (L): Dear God, it is so hard for us to fight against ourselves.
- All (A): It is very difficult to overcome an enemy that lies so close and hidden within us as our flesh does.
- L: And unless you arm us with divine power, we are in great danger of yielding to this treacherous foe.
- A: Help us to die to ourselves daily.
- L: Do not let us be eternally separated by the attractions of the flesh from the life that is in Christ our Savior.
- A: Preserve us this day in your fear and favor.
- L: And in the end bring us to your everlasting kingdom,
- A: Through Jesus Christ, 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 Building Construction
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, July 29th | 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.