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 husbands, 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 9:15am (~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.
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.
- John 13 Sermon Notes 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, November 22nd, 2020 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
Call to Worship
1 John 3:1-2
Leader invites someone to read aloud
Leader then prays for God to prepare everyone’s heart for worship
Worship in Song
Behold (Then Sings My Soul) | Song Lyrics
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
2 Corinthians 5:17-19
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Raised to Life | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Isaiah 52:13-15a; 53:2-3)
Leader (L): Behold, my servant shall act wisely,
All (A): He shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted.
L: As many were astonished at you –
- A: His appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance,
L: And his form beyond that of the children of mankind –
A: So shall he startle many nations.
L: For he grew up before him like a young plant,
A: And like a root out of dry ground;
L: He had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
A: And no beauty that we should desire him.
L: He was despised and rejected by men,
A: A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
L: And as one from whom men hide their faces
A: He was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for adopting us to be His sons and daughters in Christ.
- Thank God for His Spirit’s work to conform us into the image of Christ.
- Thank God for the little blessings in our lives that we tend to overlook.
- Pray for our community to celebrate the holidays in a COVID-safe manner.
- Pray for opportunities to share spiritual truths to unbelieving family members at holiday gatherings.
- Pray for our members unable to spend the holidays with their family.
- Pray for the development of a safe and effective vaccine to cease the spread of the coronavirus.
- Pray for our missionaries on furlough to be able to return to their fields of ministry soon.
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
Behold the Lord Who Washed Our Feet (Elder Jonathan Huang) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Mercy | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by John Bunyan, 1628-1688)
Leader (L): We have obtained grace to give ourselves to you, Lord, through your mercy, and to one another.
All (A): To have communion with one another, as saints in one gospel fellowship,
L: We agree and promise before God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ to walk together in this one gospel communion and fellowship as a church of Jesus Christ.
A: We also agree and promise, the Lord assisting, to follow after the things which make for peace, and things with which we may build each other up.
- L+A: So living and walking in love and peace, the God of love and peace may be with us. 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.
- Membership Class | Sunday, Nov. 22nd & 29th | 8:00pm-9:00pm
Interested in becoming a member of HCC? Join us for membership class on Sunday, Nov. 22nd and Sunday, Nov. 29th. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to attend these classes.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Nov. 25th | 7:30pm-8:30pm
While this global pandemic continues, we’re going to hold a weekly English congregation prayer meeting via Zoom (hcc.lv/EnglishPrayerMeeting). We’ll also hold an optional Hangout with the Staff from 8:30-9:00pm. Please submit the request through a Prayer Needs Form.
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Nov. 29th
Praise God that we can meet together English outdoor! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, November 29th at 9:15 a.m. in the HCC parking lot. Registrations will be tracked on a first come first served basis. Please read the precautions and guidelines carefully and register here: hcc.lv/EnglishOutdoorService
- Project 1024 Sign-Up | Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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 is December 1st. For more details and to sign-up, please click here.
- CMC Global 2020 – Online Conference | December 28th – 30th, 2020 | https://www.cmcglobal-afc.org
Global Outreach invites our HCC congregations to participate in CMC Global 2020. Come experience the power of the gospel and how to live out its transformative change. We have a group registration for 100 people for $5 per person before 12/7 (first come first served). Church members can contact Jaw-Ching Liu (email@example.com) for the group code and information on how to register and pay. Children (under 11) can attend for free and watch on their parents’ electronic devices. For more information on the speakers and conference events, please visit the CMC Global 2020 website.
Please Excuse Our AppearanceA large truck went through our driveway and damaged part of the canopy overhang. Please excuse our appearance as we are working to fix the structure. Repairs on the building will start this week.
Welcome our next Church Administrator
We thank God for His goodness in providing us our next Church Administrator – William Soo (see bio here). Roy Chen will be orienting him and passing the baton in the next few months. Please give him and his wife, Sue, a warm and loving HCC welcome!
- Missionary Spotlight for November
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
Special “Giving Tuesday” Bonus for PayPal Giving Fund (“PPGF”) DonationsWe expect a matching bonus of up to 10% of PPGF donations made on Dec 1st, “Giving Tuesday.” Last year, the matching applied to donations of up to $1000 total per donor, and $15,000 total for the charitable organization starting on that day. It is first-come, first-served so please make your donation as early as possible on Dec 1st after 6 am. All bonuses will go toward the Pearland Building Fund shortfall.
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 and HCC Online Giving Page. **Special Note: If you want to shopwithscrip check out the HCC Online Giving Page for directions on how to support the Pearland Building Fund.**
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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 9:15am as suggested, then have Kids Church Online before or after your home worship. You can allow your children to participate in Kids Church Online by themselves or join your kids. Another option is to use Kids Church Online for your kids during the sermon message portion of Home Worship.
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 10:30-11:o0am and 12:15-12:45pm 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.
- Membership Class | Sunday, Nov. 22nd & 29th | 8:00pm-9:00pm