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 resources to help your children follow along with the sermon message:
- Worship with Parents Notes generic notes page for kids to use when joining parents during Worship at Home.
- Sermon Notes for Sept. 13 Sermon with Fill in the Blanks (provided by Aaron Becker).
Which language should we use to conduct home worship?
Each family should decide which language is most suitable for all family members. Mandarin and Cantonese worship guides are available.
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 13th, 2020 | 10:30am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
1 Peter 2:4-6; 9
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Is He Worthy | Song Sheet
Confession of Sin (based on the Sermon on the Mount)
- Leader (L): Blessed Jesus, you offered us all your blessings when you announced, blessed are the poor in spirit.
- All (A): But we have been rich in pride.
- L: Blessed are those who mourn.
- A: But we have not known much sorrow for our sin.
- L: Blessed are the meek.
- A: But we are a stiffed-neck people.
- L: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
- A: But we are filled to the full with other things.
- L: Blessed are the merciful.
- A: But we are harsh and impatient.
- L: Blessed are the pure in heart.
- A: But we have impure hearts.
- L: Blessed are the peacemakers.
- A: But we have not sought reconciliation.
- L: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.
- A: But our lives do not challenge the world.
- L: Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
- A: But we have hardly made it known that we are yours.
- L: Your law is holy and your benedictions are perfect, but they are both too great for us. You alone are blessed.
- A: We plead with you to forgive our sins and give us the blessing of your righteousness. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
1 Peter 2:22-25
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Responsive Reading (Psalm 13)
Leader (L): How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
All (A): How long will you hide your face from me?
L: How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
A: How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
L: Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
A: Light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
L: Lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
A: Lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
L: But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
A: My heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
L: I will sing to the LORD,
A: Because he has dealt bountifully with me.
Worship in Song
Man of Sorrows | Song Sheet
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Confess how we feel forgotten by God whenever trials occur.
- Pray that our response to trials wont bring shame but glory to Christ.
- Thank God for his mercy and faithfulness even when we shame him.
- Pray for an end to the devastating forest fires on the West Coast.
- Pray for the development of a safe and efficient vaccine to the coronavirus.
- Pray for God to hasten the day we can gather again in-person to worship.
- Pray for the children and youth ministries to thrive in their current virtual format.
- Pray for our college ministry to effectively reach new students and form a strong community.
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 Rebuke of the Oppressor (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Whate’er My God Ordains is Right | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Robert Parker, 1564-1614)
- Leader (L): Dear God, it is so hard for us to fight against ourselves.
- All (A): It is very difficult to overcome an enemy that lies so close and hidden within us as our flesh does.
- L: And unless you arm us with divine power, we are in great danger of yielding to this treacherous foe.
- A: Help us to die to ourselves daily.
- L: Do not let us be eternally separated by the attractions of the flesh from the life that is in Christ our Savior.
- A: Preserve us this day in your fear and favor.
- L: And in the end bring us to your everlasting kingdom,
- A: Through Jesus Christ, 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, September 16th | 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.
- Connect Fall Kickoff Event: COVID Unwind | Sat, September 26th | 7:00-8:30 PM
Connect is hosting a virtual kickoff called “COVID Unwind” on Saturday, September 26th from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM on Zoom. To “unwind” means to rest after a stressful experience, and we hope you can join us for a time of guided reflection & sharing. We want to provide an open space for folks to unpack some of the things that may have been going in the past six months or so. Please visit our Facebook page “HCC Connect Ministry” for the Zoom link and more details.
- 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.
- 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 $95 registration fee. Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, HCC Awana will meet online until further notice.2020-21 Awana Online Registration
- 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
- 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.
- Church Administrator Search Update
We are excited to welcome Amber Cheng on board as the new part-time English Administrative Assistant. She can be reached 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.