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 on Pastor Jason’s Message on Micah 09/20 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 20th, 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): Let us confess our sins to the Lord, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
- L + All: Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Raised to Life | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (Luke 1:46-55)
Leader (L): My soul magnifies the Lord,
All (A): And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
L: For he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
A: For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
L: For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
A: And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
L: He has shown strength with his arm;
A: He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
L: He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
A: He has filled the hungry with good things,
L: And the rich he has sent away empty.
A: He has helped his servant Israel,
L: In remembrance of his mercy,
- A: As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for Jesus Christ, the bread of life, who satisfies all of our spiritual needs.
- Confess that our grumbling and complaining reveals our discontentment.
- Thank God for the forgiveness in Christ that we receive when we confess our sins.
- Pray for the Spirit to reveal to us any thoughts or deeds displeasing to God.
- Pray for believers to cultivate healthy spiritual rhythms and practices during this pandemic.
- Pray for an end to the destructive fires on the West Coast
- Pray for believers to put their confidence in Christ rather than the outcome of the upcoming election.
- Pray for our church to maintain our unity and to effectively minister to each other during this ongoing 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
A Castigation of the Corrupt (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Mercy | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Richard Alleine, 1610-1681)
Leader (L): Lord, you are God, and your Words are true, and you have promised goodness to your servants
All (A): You have left us nothing to ask from your hands but what you have already freely granted.
L: Establish forever the Word which you have spoken concerning your servants.
A: Do as you have said, and let your name be magnified forever saying,
- L+A: “The Lord of hosts, he is the God of Israel.” Amen. Hallelujah.
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.
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- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wed, September 23rd | 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.
- Meet & Greet Deacon and Elder Nominees | Sun, September 27th | 6:00-7:00pm
Join the community in getting to know the Deacon and Elder nominees for 2021-2022. This Meet & Greet event will be held virtually (hcc.lv/MeetGreet) on Sunday, September 27th from 6:00 to 7:00pm.
- Project 1024 Sign-Up | Thurs, October 1st
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 is October 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- 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.
- General Membership Meeting | Sun, October 4th | After Congregational Home Worship
A General Membership Meeting will be conducted virtually on Sun, October 4th. More information about the nominees, including a bio and photo, will be sent by Sept 20th and a meet and greet will be held on Sept 27th. As required by the HCC Constitution, we need more than 50% of active membership to meet a quorum. Registration for the General Membership Meeting is required in order to determine a quorum. Please register at hcc.lv/GMMRegistration by Sun, September 27th and a link to the Zoom meeting will be provided.
- 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 4, 2020 have 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 their power is limited by the economy and pandemic. Our goal for HCC is to help 100 people with 2 hot daily meals ($3/meal) for a week ($42/person). To contribute online, please visit ananiashouse.org and click on “Relief for Beirut” near the top of the page. Be sure to include “HCC Lebanon Relief” in the notes field.
- 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.
- 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.