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.
- Luke 18 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 29th, 2020 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members (Minister Henry)
For the Advent Reading, you can choose to either play the provided video or use this call and response.
Worship in Song
Come All Ye Faithful | Song Lyrics
Confession of Sin
- Leader (L): Knowing that we are all sinners saved by grace and that we regularly sin in thought, word, and deed, let us confess our sins together.
- L+All: Heavenly Father, you have loved us with an everlasting love, but we have gone our own way and rejected your will for our lives. We are sorry for our sins and turn away from them. For the sake of your Son who died for us, forgive us, cleanse us, and change us. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to live for you, and to please you in every way, for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Living Hope | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Psalm 25:8-12, 15)
Leader (L): Good and upright is the Lord;
All (A): therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
L: He leads the humble in what is right and teaches the humble his way.
- A: All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness
L: For those who keep his covenant and his testimonies
A: For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
L: Who is the man who fears the LORD?
A: Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
- L: My eyes are ever toward the LORD
- A: For he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for the hope that we have in Christ.
- Thank God that He will never leave nor forsake us
- Thank God for how he provides for our needs.
- Pray for our church to share the hope of Christ with others.
- Pray for God to provide for those who have lost jobs during the pandemic.
- Pray for those grieving the loss of a loved one this holiday season.
- Pray for families who are separate this holiday season due to the pandemic.
- Pray for a quick end to the 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
Humble Followers Are Exalted (Pastor Fred Tow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Who am I | Song Lyrics
Guided Prayer (by Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751)
Leader (L): As often as we are tempted to run from serving you, Lord, let us remember the price with which we are bought.
All (A): How great a price, the thought of which fills us even with secret shame- as well as admiration and love
L: Lord, you have paid such a ransom for me! Shall I now act as if I thought it was not enough?
A: May we be entirely yours! And may we make it our business to glorify you with our bodies and with our spirits, which are yours.
- L+A: Lord, we await your salvation. And in the meantime, we will follow your commands. 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.
- 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, click here.
- Church wide Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Dec. 2nd | 7:30pm-8:30pm
Join us this Wednesday evening for our monthly churchwide prayer meeting conducted over Zoom. At 7:30pm, click on this link (hcc.lv/JointPrayer) and follow instructions to join the Zoom meeting.
- Winter Book Clubs Begin December 6th
This winter, while our building remains closed, we will be offering book clubs in lieu of Sunday school. Clubs will be conducted virtually, beginning the mid December 2020 through February 2021. See the signup form for book descriptions and club schedules.
- Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God by Tim Keller
- Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo
- Building a Godly Home: God’s Blueprint for Men by Woodrow Kroll
- English Outdoor Worship Service Registration | Sunday, Dec. 6th | 9:15am – 10:30am
Praise God that we can meet together English outdoor! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, December 6th 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
Budget Q&A Meeting | Sun, December 6th | 7:00pm – 8:30pmThe annual meeting for questions and answers about next year’s proposed HCC Budget Plan will be held via Zoom next Sunday, Dec 6th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The Pastoral Staff, and Elders and Deacons, will be online to take your questions. The proposed 2021 Budget Plan Summary and an accompanying letter along with the Zoom link will be emailed out to HCC Members at the beginning of the week.
- General Membership Meeting | Sun, December 13th | 12:30pm
A General Membership Meeting will be conducted virtually on Sun, December 13th. More information about the budget will be emailed to members and a budget Q&A will be held on Dec 6th. 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/GMMRegistrationDec2020 by Sun, December 9th and a link to the Zoom meeting will be provided.
- Adopt a Family – Shearn Community Service Project | Register before Sun, December 13th
Our church is partnering with Shearn Elementary in providing special Christmas food/gift packages for families who are going through financial hardship during this season. Individuals, families, and/or small groups will be assigned a family to support! In light of the current pandemic contactless delivery can be done by leaving the items on the doorstep, knocking on the door and then moving away from the door 6 feet or more before the family opens the door. You can then chat with the family at a safe distance away. Purchases are reimbursable, so why not support a family in need today? Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/k14USgLCcEUv2t1x9, and you will be contacted soon! For additional information, please contact Michael Ong at email@example.com or Yvonne Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CMC Global 2020 – Online Conference | December 28th – 30th, 2020
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, visit the CMC Global 2020 website.
- Christmas Story Ornament Kit for Preschoolers
HCC Children’s Ministry is making available The Christmas Story Ornament Kit for families with young children. Sign up to receive the kit at http://bit.ly/hcc-Christmas20. Ornament Kits will be delivered or shipped first week of December. Parents interested in the accompanying Christmas Story boardbook can order one from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com//dp/1941259189) to use with the ornaments.
- Special Thanks
We would like to thank Mark Wong (son of Alex and Lynn Wong) who led his Boy Scout troop in a project to beautify the area between Trailer 4 and the A/C Unit. Mark worked to redesign the area, raised funds for the materials, and worked for several weekends to make the space look great! Please join us in thanking him for his service.
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 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.
- Project 1024 Sign-Up | Tuesday, December 1st, 2020