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.
- Isaiah 52 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, December 27th, 2020 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason Tarn)
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 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]
Responsive Reading (1 Peter 2:21-25)
Leader (L): For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
All (A): He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
L: When he was reviled,
- A: He did not revile in return;
L: When he suffered,
A: He did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.
L: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
A: That we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
L: By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep,
- A: But have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Worship in Song
Hallelujah, What a Savior | Song Lyrics
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for knowing all things past, present, and future.
- Praise God for the Holy Spirit who comforts his people.
- Thank God for Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection.
- Pray for an efficient distribution of the COVID vaccine.
- Pray for those who have lost employment or fear the loss.
- Pray for those feeling distant from the Lord at this time.
- Pray for a renewed love of Christ among our church members.
- Pray for New Year resolutions to deepen our walk with God and to share the gospel with others.
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 Savior Who was Silent (Pastor Jason Tarn) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Man of Sorrows | Song Lyrics
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.
- CMC Global 2020 – Online Conference | Dec 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 only around 30 spots left in our group registration for $5 per person (first come first served, code expires 12/30/2020). Church members can contact Jaw-Ching Liu 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.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Dec 30th | 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, Jan 3rd | 9:15am – 10:30am
Praise God that we can meet together! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, January 3rd 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
- Christianity Explained Virtual Training | Sunday, Jan 31st, 2020 | 2:30pm-3:30pm
You are invited to a virtual training session on using the Christianity Explained (CE) material. We’d like to see our church members equipped and prepared to study the Bible with seeker friends. One way is through training on using this evangelistic tool, which introduces the Christian faith by investigating Jesus through studying the gospel of Mark. We will hear testimonies from church members who are currently meeting with friends, even during the pandemic, to share about Jesus using CE. Look for the Zoom link in these announcements as we get closer to the date of the training.
- Missionary Spotlight for December
HCC supports several long term missionaries in their work to spread the Good News. Join us in praying for this month’s missionary spotlight.
Join us as we celebrate a new bundle of joy with these parents!
Karl Pei-Yi Jin born to Henry & Laura Jin on December 15, 2020
Fulfilling Your Pearland PledgeWe will be making the last payment on our Pearland Church construction this coming week. Please complete the fulfillment of your 2019-2020 Pearland Pledge or this past summer’s Pearland Gift Match commitment by the end of the year to qualify as a 2020 tax-deductible donation. (If you have some special circumstances because of the COVID pandemic, please contact the Treasurer at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
2020 Tax-Deductible Gift DeadlineTo be counted as a charitable contribution for this year, paper checks must be physically received or, if mailed, postmarked by Dec 31st. Writing “12/31/20” on the check itself will not make a difference if the check is not received or postmarked by Dec 31st. Also, online PayPal Giving Fund donations must be made by Dec 31st, and stock gift transfers must be received by HCC’s brokerage account by Dec 31st to count as a 2020 contribution.
- Dec 31st – Last In-Person Offerings for 2020, and Special Financial Updates
The church office will accept last-minute offerings until 4:45 pm on Thursday, Dec 31st. Ring the main entrance doorbell. Check the weekly financial records page the last few days before Dec 31st for the latest updates about our year-ending 2020 Operating Deficit or Surplus. If you have ministry-related expenses for 2020 that need to be reimbursed, please turn in the vouchers by next Sunday, Jan 3rd
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. Also, see the November Monthly Financial Report here
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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.