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 9th, 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
Who Am I? | 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 (Luke 6:20-26)
Leader (L): And Jesus lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
All (A): “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
L: Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
A: Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
L: Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
A: Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
L: But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
A: Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
L: Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
A: Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
Worship in Song
Is He Worthy? | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God that Christ has secured our inheritance in his kingdom by his own blood.
- Confess the ways in which we selfishly seek to expand our own kingdom rather than God’s.
- Pray that we would better comprehend the infinite riches we have in Christ.
- Pray for our mouths to be kept from grumbling and complaint.
- Pray for our hands to be loose around our possessions and open to generosity.
- Pray that escalating conflicts between nations and in our nation would find peaceful resolution.
- Pray for those affected by the Beirut explosion – for physical and emotional healing.
- Pray for a quick and 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
Woe to the Rich (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
I Will Wait For You | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (1 Timothy 6:17-19)
- Leader (L): As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches,
- All (A): But on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
- L: They are to do good,
- A: To be rich in good works,
- L: To be generous and ready to share,
- A: Thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future,
- L+A: So that they may take hold of that which is truly life.
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 Building Construction of Pearland Chinese Church
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, August 12th | 7:30-8:30pm
While this pandemic continues, we are holding a weekly prayer meeting via Zoom. Each Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm, we will gather online to pray (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We will also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm.
- 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.
- Pearland Building Campaign – Fundraising While You Shop
You can easily raise hundreds of dollars by using gift cards to make purchases instead of credit cards or cash. There are over 750 retailers that participate in this program. Please click here for instructions.
- Update on the Adopt-A-Verse Bible Translation Project
Last September, as a church, we raised funds to help translate the Bible into the three languages of the Patip 2 Cluster within a Southeast Asian nation. Praise God that the New Testament (for 2 of the 3 languages) is currently being proofread, and there is steady progress on the Old and New Testament for the third. Sunday school curriculums are being prepared with the help of a local church, and the translation team recently preached on 1 Corinthians 12 in the local language with positive response from the congregation. Please remember the translation project in your prayers!
- 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.