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 10/18 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 18th, 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
Oh Lord Almighty | 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
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Man of Sorrows | Song Sheet
Responsive Reading (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
Leader (L): Though the fig tree should not blossom,
All (A): No fruit be on the vines,
L: The produce of the olive fail
- A: And the fields yield no food,
L: The flock be cut off from the fold
A: And there be no herd in the stalls,
L: Yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
A: I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
L: God, the LORD, is my strength;
A: He makes my feet like the deer’s;
- L+A: He makes me tread on my high places.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his Son who will return one day to bring perfect justice and perfect peace.
- Thank God for the promise that his Son will transform us completely into his likeness.
- Thank God for the common faith and shared Spirit that unifies all believers as one.
- Pray that we might manifest our Christian unity in an age of great division and strife.
- Pray for wisdom and discernment when absorbing the flood of news reports during an election season.
- Pray for our governing authorities – that their leadership and decisions enable us to lead peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.
- Pray for the spike in COVID numbers across Texas this past week – especially for the conditions in our region to improve.
- Pray for your church leaders as they make plans for an outdoor worship gathering on November 1st.
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 Case of Rebellion (Minister Henry) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
I Will Wait For You| 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 | Wednesday, Oct. 21st | 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.
- Project 1024| Sunday, Nov 1st
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 November is November 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- Baptism & Membership Class | Sunday, Nov. 8th – Sunday, Nov. 29th | 8:00pm-9:00pm
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- Pastoral and Ministerial Staff Appreciation Month
This month we would like to spend a little extra time to show our thanks to our Pastoral and Ministerial staff. Would you please remember them in your prayers, and would you consider writing words of encouragement that will be shared with them? You may directly send encouragements to the staff or use this Pastoral and Ministerial Appreciation Form
- 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
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Relief for Beirut campaign. The campaign has received a total of $4,380 across all of our congregations. Please continue to pray for those who have been adversely affected by the explosion in the Port of Beirut and for the local church as they carry forth their service to the Lord.
- 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. 21st | 7:30pm-8:30pm