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.
What resources are available to help children join home worship?
Here are two resources to help your children follow along with the sermon message:
- Worship with Parents Notes page for kids to use when joining parents during Worship at Home.
- Sermon Notes for Pastor Jason’s Message on Miach 0906, provided by Aaron Becker.
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, September 6th, 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
Raised to Life | 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.
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.
- 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
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Jesus, Thank You | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (2 Peter 3:3-4; 8-13)
Leader (L): Know this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
All (A): They will say, “What is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.”
L: But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years,
A: And a thousand years as one day.
L: The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,
A: Not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
L: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and the heavens will pass away with a roar,
A: And the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
L: Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,
A: Waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
L: Because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved,
A: And the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!
- L: But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise the Lord that he is both a just and merciful God.
- Confess that our desire for prosperity is stronger than our desire for godliness.
- Pray for recent events in our nation (pandemic, fires, hurricane, civil unrest, etc.) – for healing, wholeness, and true peace.
- Pray that these recent events in our nation would make non-Christians more open to the gospel.
- Pray for the church to wholeheartedly pursue the agenda of God’s kingdom in truth and righteousness.
- Pray for each of us to daily confess our sins and turn from our transgressions.
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
A Lament for the Idolater (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
His Mercy is More | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, let your grace and your love do for us what fear of your terrors alone cannot.
- All (A): Melt our hearts by that nobler principle, and teach us to despise everything that would displease you.
L: Let our hearts respond with the same kind of compassion that motivated you, Jesus, to serve the poor.
- A: And whenever we do make mistakes, let us err on the side of compassion – a love that would never harm the worst sinner – much less the least and weakest of God’s servants.
L: We consecrate our lives to you, Lord, even to death.
- A: We will not then feel the bitterness of death half so much, when our hearts are ablaze with a zeal for your glory.
- 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.
- Update on Pearland Chinese Church’s Building Construction
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, September 9th | 7:30-8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm, we will gather on Zoom to pray (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm.
- Online Women’s Ministry Fall Event: Blessed to Be a Blessing | Sat, October 3rd | 1:30-3:30 PM
During these present uncertain and tumultuous times it can be a challenge to remember the ways that God blesses us. It can be an even greater challenge to see how we can be a blessing to others. Join us for the Online Women’s Ministry Fall Event, “Blessed to be a Blessing,” as a sister shares and encourages us to recognize God’s purposes in blessing His children. You may register using the Fall Event Registration Link now until Sunday, September 20, 11:59pm.
- 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. Sign up for a book club today: hcc.lv/FallBookClubs
- 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.
- 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.
- HCC Chinese School Registration
The HCC Chinese School will start online to begin the 2020-2021 school year. Classes begin on Sunday, September 13th. Students must be at least 6 years old on September 1st, 2020. The tuition for the full school year is $150 (NOT including book fees). Please register on our web page. We welcome those who have a passion to teach Chinese and have teaching experience to join our team. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- 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
We are excited to welcome Amber Cheng on board as the new part-time English Administrative Assistant. She can be reach at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are still in the search for a full-time Church Administrator. Please pray for the search process and feel free to pass along the job profile 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.