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 16th, 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
Jesus Strong and Kind | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Father, we gather together with the expectant knowledge that, through your Son, you freely pardon all who repent and turn to him.
- All (A): We have sinned against you this week in our thoughts, our words, and our actions. We have not loved you, or others, as you told us.
- L: Grant us the mercy, the forgiveness, and the cleansing that Jesus gives to those who confess their sin.
- L+A: On that basis, grant that we may continue to worship you in Spirit and in truth, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
1 John 1:7-9
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Job 1:13-22)
Leader (L): Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,
All (A): and there came a messenger to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,
L: And the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
A: While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
L: While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
A: While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,
L: And behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”
A: Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.
L: And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
A: In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.
Worship in Song
Your Will Be Done | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his goodness – that all his ways are good even if we do not understand.
- Confess our sinful impatience when experiencing hardship and suffering.
- Thank God for his attentiveness to the cries of his people when we are oppressed.
- Pray for the ability to respond to the difficulties of life with patient endurance.
- Pray for missionaries based out of Hong Kong who are facing increased security risks and uncertainties.
- Pray for our government leaders to speak with wisdom and restraint – to offers words of healing and inclusion.
- Pray for families as they prepare for the school year to begin with new challenges – whether in-person or online.
- Pray for our members to remain connected and encouraged in spite of the prolonged separation.
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
Patient Endurance (Minister Stanley) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
His Mercy is More | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Lewis Bayly, 1575-1631)
- Leader (L): We know, O Lord, and tremble to think, that three parts of the good seed fell upon bad ground.
All (A): Let not our hearts be like the highway. Through hardness and want of true understanding it does not receive the seed, so the evil one comes and takes it away.
- L: Let not our hearts be like the stony ground, which hears with joy for a time, but falls away as soon as persecution arises for the gospel’s sake.
A: Let not our hearts be like the thorny ground, which chokes the word and makes it altogether unfruitful because of the cares of this world and the deceit of riches.
- L: Let our hearts be like the good ground. Help us to hear your word with an honest and good heart.
A: Enable us to understand and keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience,
- L+A: For your glory and our everlasting benefit. 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, August 19th | 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.
- Fall Book Clubs
This fall, while our building remains closed, we will be offering book clubs in lieu of Sunday school. Clubs will be conducted virtually, beginning the first week of September until the end of November. See the signup form for book descriptions and club schedules.
- Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Ted Tripp: Mondays, 8:30-9:30pm
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer: Mondays, 8:00-9:00pm
- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney: Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00pm
- Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas: Thursdays, 8:00-9:15pm
- The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges: Saturdays, 10:30-11:30am
- The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis: Sundays, 1:00-2:00pm
Sign up for a book club today: hcc.lv/FallBookClubs
- HCC Online Bookstore
We recently partnered with 10ofThose.com to customize an online bookstore for the church. We curated a list of good Christian books that we would recommend – all at a discounted price. Shipping for orders within the contiguous 48 states is only $1 per order. Most of the book club books are available there. Visit our online bookstore at 10ofthose.com/houstoncc
- Project 1024 Sign-Up
The WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team would like to connect you with other members or guests of our church to establish and/or deepen relationships within the English congregation. The goal is to stir up one another to love and good works; to not neglect to meet together; and to encourage one another while we are not able to do so in person on Sundays. This will be a monthly recurring event, and the deadline to sign up for September is September 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- 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
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 requests 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 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.
- 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.