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, August 2nd, 2020 | 10:30am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Fred)
Call to Worship
1 Peter 1:3-7
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Living Hope | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (Luke 12:13-21)
Leader (L): Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
All (A): But he said to him, “Man, who made me judge or arbitrator over you?”
L: And he said to him, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness,
A: For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
L: And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,
A: And he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
L: And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones,
A: And there I will store all my grain and my goods.
L: And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years;
A: Relax, eat, drink, be merry.”
L: But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you,
A: And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?
- L: So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
- L + All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Man of Sorrows | Song Sheet
Recitation of the Nicene Creed
Leader (L): We come now to recite the Nicene 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. We can also recite an ancient creed that retells God’s story of salvation. Each time we say the Nicene 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 worshipers of a Triune God.
- L + All:
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy universal* and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
* lit. “catholic” meaning universal
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for how he sovereignly directs all things to accomplish his good will.
- Confess the ways in which we forget life’s uncertainty and brevity when making plans.
- Thank God for how he reveals our idols when our best-laid plans are disrupted.
- Pray for our church – for our faith to be strengthened and fellowship to be preserved in spite of the separation.
- Pray for the development of a vaccine for COVID-19 and a speedy end to the pandemic.
- Pray that the radio ministry of our missionary, James Hwang, would continue to reach the lost in East Asia.
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
If The Lord Wills (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Your Will Be Done | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, cast us into whatever dangers you please, and we will cheerfully await the happy event which will at length prove the wisdom and kindness of even your most mysterious plans.
All (A): In the meantime, even as we travel in the bonds of affliction, may we see your hand in the expressions and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: Let us thank you and take courage in the humble assurance that you will stand by us in every future unknown extreme.
A: You will either display your power and goodness by raising up those around us in support – or you will display your all-sufficiency in a yet more glorious way, bearing us up when everything else fails us.
- L+A: 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.
- Churchwide Prayer Meeting | Wed, August 5th | 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.
- English Membership Meeting | Friday, August 7th | 7:00-8:45 pm
Our next members meeting will be conducted virtually over Zoom. You can join the meeting through this link: hcc.lv/EnglishMembershipMeeting. On the agenda, you can expect: (1) Ministry Updates, (2) Treasurer’s Report, (3) Pearland Update, (4) Q&A with the Pastors & Elders, (5) Outgoing and Incoming Member Updates, and (6) Testimonies.
- Recipients of Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship
On behalf of Elder Cherng Ching and Helen Huang, and in memory of their daughter Carol, HCC Community Service department has chosen the following students to receive a $1000 Carol Huang Memorial Scholarship award for 2020. The recipients are: Philip Lu, Luke Tan, Nathan Tan and Rex Zhao from HCC, Grace Huang from WHCC. May God continue to bless these young persons in their college life.
- Search for Church Administrator and English Administrative Assistant
For almost twenty years, the church has been blessed to have a faithful and capable Church Administrator like Roy Chen. As his retirement approaches at the end of the year, we have begun a search for his replacement. We are also thankful for Katie Lu and the two years she served as our English Administrative Assistant. With the increased demands at home during this pandemic, she will be stepping down in mid-August. Please pray for the search process for both positions and feel free to pass along the job profiles to prospective candidates. Both profiles can be found here.
- Temporary Children’s Ministry Admin Position Available
Children’s Ministry is accepting inquiries and applications for temporary employment as Children’s Ministry Admin. The temporary position will be available from end of August thru November, 2020 to cover the position during the maternity leave for Ms. Christine Chang, Children’s Ministry Admin Staff. Preliminary inquiries, job description and request for application should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteer for Awana 2020-21
HCC Awana is looking for “Awana Listeners” for Fall quarter while Awana meets Online during our temporary coronavirus church closure. Awana Listeners serve our clubbers by listening & helping them memorize their Bible verses for Awana Club via Zoom during Friday Night Awana Online. Email Ministry Director Winnie Poon, email@example.com, for more info.
- Prayer for HCC Supported Missionary
The Global Outreach department would like to encourage our church members to pray regularly for our supported missionaries. This month, we’re highlighting James Hwang. He serves in a radio ministry seeking to share the gospel to the lost in East Asia. For more information on how you can pray, please use this link.
- Alert for Those Donating Through the PayPal Giving Fund
There has been a recent increase in spam emails that report that your PayPal account has been restricted or locked because of some issue, and the email may announce that “Your PayPal Account is Under Review,” or something similar. Do not fall for this, and do not click on any button the email instructs you to click on! Otherwise, you may be exposing your computer to malicious software viruses. If you closely examine the “From:” email address, you will see that the sender is not really the “firstname.lastname@example.org” or whoever they claim to be.
- 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.