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 30th, 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]
Worship in Song
Jesus, Paid It All | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (Psalm 86:3-13)
Leader (L): Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.
All (A): Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
L: For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
A: Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my plea for grace.
L: In the day of my trouble I call upon you, for you answer me.
A: There is none like you among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like yours.
L: All the nations you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.
A: For you are great and do wondrous things; you alone are God.
L: Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
A: I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart,
L: And I will glorify your name forever.
- A: For great is your steadfast love toward me; you have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God that every good and perfect gift comes from him.
- Confess that we find it easy to criticize than to express thanks.
- Thank God for sustaining us through life’s highs and lows.
- Pray for recovery in the communities of East Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Laura.
- Pray for an end to the California wildfires and that lives and livelihoods would be spared.
- Pray for healing in the community of Kenosha, WI, and for justice and peace to prevail.
- Pray for our students as they adjust to either in-person or online instruction this fall.
- Pray for our members to remain connected and encouraged as the pandemic continues.
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
1 Thessalonians 5:9-18
Ceaseless Gratitude (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Jesus, Thank You
Guided Prayer (by Robert Parker, 1564-1614)
- Leader (L): Show me how to love the Word, that my bold love for you would increase.
- All (A): Remind me that the fashions of the world pass away, and their momentary glory will vanish into emptiness and nothing.
- L: Draw my heart to you and set my mind on things that will last forever.
- A: Help me love you fiercely, and cleave to you with a perfect heart. May nothing here satisfy my soul.
- L+A: Protect us through the rest of this day, that we may fall into no temptation, and no danger of soul or body, for the sake of Jesus Christ our blessed Redeemer. 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, September 2nd | 7:30-8:30pm
Church, during these 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. 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.
- Relief Efforts for Beirut
Two catastrophic explosions at the Port of Beirut on August 4th left as many as 500,000 people in urgent need of food, clothing, and accommodation. Local churches in Lebanon are assisting with relief efforts but are limited by the economy and pandemic. We have a chance to support those churches in their efforts to supply daily necessities. Our goal is to help 100 people with 2 hot daily meals ($3/meal) for a week ($42/person). To contribute, please visit ananiashouse.org and click on “Relief for Beirut” near the top of the page or make check payable to Ananias House, ATTN: Relief for Beirut, P.O. Box 941292, Houston, TX 77094. Be sure to include “HCC Lebanon Relief” in the memo/notes field.
- 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
- Project 1024 Sign-Up
The WARM (Welcoming and Receiving Ministry) team wants 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 physically separated. 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.
- 2020-21 Awana Online Registration
AWANA registration is now live at tinyurl.com/hcckids2020-21. Registration is not considered complete without online payment of the $75 registration fee. (Late fee of $20 applies beginning Sept. 6th.) Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HCC Awana will meet online until further notice.
- Community Bible Study – Registration Open
The church had arranged to host a Community Bible Study (CBS) class for Houston Central, starting in September. But due to the pandemic, CBS will be meeting online on Thursdays throughout the school year. This year’s focus will be the Book of John. Classes for children are still available but with limited capacity. The first class begins on September 10th at 9:15am. To register, visit houstoncentral.cbsclass.org or contact Lynn McCarley at 713-204-1515.
- Search for Church Administrator and English Administrative Assistant
We are presently in the search for a full-time Church Administrator and a part-time English Administrative Assistant. Please pray for the search process for both positions and feel free to pass along the job profiles to prospective candidates.
- HCC Weekly Financial Records
We want to provide access to the weekly financial records that are normally found in our church bulletins. 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 KidsChurch 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.