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 Message on Micah 10/11 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, October 11th, 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
Glorious Day | 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 (Matthew 2:1-6)
Leader (L): Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying,
All (A): “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we say his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
L: When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him;
- A: And assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him,
L: “In Bethlehem of Judaea, for so it is written by the prophet:
A: “And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for being a just and compassionate king over us.
- Confess for how we rebel against God when we doubt his goodness.
- Thank God for adopting rebels like us through Christ’s work on the cross.
- Pray for believers to anticipate the return of King Jesus to bring peace to the land.
- Pray for believers to remain united in Christ despite the political tensions in our country.
- Pray for our church leaders to exercise wisdom as they plan for COVID-safe outdoor gatherings.
- Pray for the communities affected by Hurricane Delta.
- Pray for the development of a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.
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 Ruler of a Remnant (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Is He Worthy?| 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 | Wednesday, Oct. 14th | 7:30pm-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.
- Drive-thru Coffee/Prayer | Saturday, Oct. 17th | 9:30am-11:30am
The ministry staff would like to invite you to drive by the HCC campus to grab a cup of coffee, have a donut, and ask one of the staff to briefly pray for you while remaining in your car. The staff would love to encourage you by praying for you in person. They will be wearing masks and encourage you to as well. If interested, just drive up to the front doors of the HCC main building, grab a cup of coffee and donut from one of the ministry staff, then pull forward to the back parking lot to one of the prayer stations. We’d love to see you there this coming Saturday!
- Baptism & Membership Class | Sunday, Nov. 8th – Sunday, Nov. 29th | 9:00am-10:15am
Ready to proclaim your faith through baptism or just want to know more? Our Baptism Class will help you learn what the Bible says about baptism and what it means to become a member of Houston Chinese Church. The first two classes are focused on baptism (Sunday, Nov. 8th and Sunday, Nov. 15th) and the next two classes will walk through what it means to become a member of HCC (Sunday, Nov. 22nd and Sunday, Nov. 29th). If you have already been baptized and would like to become a HCC member then you will only attend the last two Sunday membership classes. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to attend these classes.
- Save the Date: Zoom Retirement Appreciation | Saturday, Nov. 14th | 2:00pm-2:30pm
Our beloved brothers Roy Chen and Minh Lam are retiring Dec. 31, 2020. We will have a Zoom appreciation for them Saturday Nov. 14, 2020 at 2:00-2:30 PM. Any families, fellowships, or persons who want to send a prerecorded 2-3 minute video of appreciation, send your video to Dean Yeh at email@example.com. We will include the videos as time permits.
General Membership Meeting Voting ResultsWe praise God and are thankful to announce that all elder and deacon nominees for 2021-2022 have been affirmed by a membership vote during the General Membership Meeting held virtually on Sunday, October 4. We thank everyone who participated in this meeting. The number of active members to reach a quorum is 326 members, and we received 371 valid ballots cast by active members. Three individuals, one from each congregation (Cantonese, English, and Mandarin) who are not Council members, validated the ballots that were cast.
- Missionary Spotlight for October
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
- 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 via card or bank, please visit ananiashouse.org and click on “Give” at the top right of the page. Be sure to include “HCC Lebanon Relief” in the Gift Designation/Notes field.
- Job Opportunities Update
We are still in the search for a full-time Church Administrator and part-time Facility Supervisor. Please pray for the search process and feel free to pass along the job profile to prospective candidates.
- HCC Newsletter
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HCC Weekly Financial Records & Online Giving UpdatesWe 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. For more information on how to give online and special alerts, please see HCC Online Giving Page.
- 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.
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Oct. 14th | 7:30pm-8:30pm