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 10/25 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 25th, 2020 | 10:30am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
1 Corinthians 15:51-57
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): 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]
Responsive Reading (John 15:12-15)
Leader (L): This is my commandment,
All (A): That you love one another as I have loved you.
L: Greater love has no one than this,
- A: That someone lay down his life for his friends.
L: You are my friends
A: If you do what I command you.
L: No longer do I call you servants,
A: For the servant does not know what his master is doing;
L: But I have called you friends,
A: For all that I have heard from my Father
- L: I have made known to you.
Worship in Song
Jesus, What a Friend of Sinners | Song Sheet
Recitation of the Nicene Creed
Leader (L): Let us now recite the Nicene Creed together. In doing so, we connect with the faithful generations of Christians who have preceded us. And we identify afresh those truths that set us apart as followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
- We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
By the power of the Holy Spirit,
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy universal* and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
* lit. “catholic” meaning universal
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for the tender care of Jesus our Good Shepherd.
- Confess that we prefer comfortable lives over making our lives count for God.
- Thank God for Christ leaving heaven to pursue the sinners at the cost of his life.
- Pray for believers to care for one another in this time of pandemic.
- Pray for our church leaders to have wisdom as they plan for outdoor services on November 1st.
- Pray for the church to be united in Christ in a time of political tension.
- Pray for the safety of students and teachers that have returned to in-person instruction.
- Pray for us to respond to God’s Word with humility and delight.
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 Hope of Restoration (Pastor Jason) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
The Lord is My Salvation | Song Sheet
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1709-1751)
Leader (L): O Lord, cast us into whatever dangers you please, and we will cheerfully await the happy event which will at length prove the wisdom and kindness of even your most mysterious plans.
All (A): In the meantime, even as we travel in the bonds of affliction, may we see your hand in the expressions and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
L: Let us thank you and take courage in the humble assurance that you will stand by us in every future unknown extreme.
A: You will either display your power and goodness by raising up those around us in support – or you will display your all-sufficiency in a yet more glorious way, bearing us up when everything else fails us.
- 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.
- English Congregation Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Oct. 29th | 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.
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration
Praise God that we will get to meet together again soon as a church family! Our first English outdoor, in-person worship service will be held on Sunday, November 1 at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. Please note that we have a 100-person limit to outdoor seating and will have a limited number of parking spots for those who meet certain criteria and would like to remain in their cars for service. Registrations will be tracked on a first come first served basis. Please read the precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/EnglishOutdoorWorship
- 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.
- Your Workplace as a Mission Field | Saturday Nov 7th & 14th | 12:00pm -2:30pm
Join hundreds of other Christians for this 5-hour free virtual conference on how you can reach your coworkers for Christ and treat your workplace as a strategic mission field. Please attend by registering here by November 4. We hope you can join for what promises to be a relevant, engaging and impactful event! For more information contact the Global Outreach Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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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
- New or Visiting HCC?
If you are a newcomer or visitor of our Home Worship Guide we would love to connect you with our church community! Take a moment to fill out our Visitor Welcome Form and we will contact you.
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. 29th | 7:30pm-8:30pm