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 19 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 6th, 2020 | 9:15am
Special Word to Members (Pastor Jason)
For the Advent Reading, you can choose to either play the provided video or use this call and response.
Worship in Song
O Come, O Come Emmanuel | Song Lyrics
“Original words (v. 1-2) translated by John M. Neale (1851). Music, Veni Emmanuel. Alt. and add. words (v. 3-5) by Steve Cook and Bob Kauflin. © 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI)/Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Churches. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Administrated worldwide at www.CapitolCMGPublishing.com, excluding the UK which is adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family. www.SovereignGraceMusic.org”
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: Holy Lord, in this time of Advent, we confess we are often distracted by the season’s busyness, by the stress of commitment, and even by putting our own traditions ahead of the true meaning of Christmas. We confess we often prefer being sentimental to being sacrificial. Forgive us for all the times we have missed seeing You in our midst, for all the times we have doubted Your presence, and for all the times we have failed to hold the holidays as holy days. Remind us that this is a season of waiting and preparation for the greatest Gift of all. In the holy Name of our Savior, Jesus, we pray. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
[Leader invites one person to read aloud]
Worship in Song
Jesus Thank You | Song Lyrics
Responsive Reading (Isaiah 53:4-7)
Leader (L): Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
All (A): Yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
L: But he was pierced for our transgressions;
- A: He was crushed for our iniquities;
L: Upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
A: And with his wounds we are healed.
L: All we like sheep have gone astray;
A: We have turned – every one – to his own way;
L: And the LORD has laid on him
A: The iniquity of us all.
L: He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
A: Yet he opened not his mouth;
L: Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
- A: So he opened not his mouth.
Individuals choose a request and pray aloud
- Praise God for his mercy to save rebels like us.
- Praise God for his unrelenting love towards us.
- Thank God for the Advent season to remember the birth of Christ and anticipate his return.
- Thank God for the new children born to families in our church.
- Thank God for the frontline workers caring for those sick with the coronavirus.
- Pray for God to provide work to those who lost jobs in the pandemic.
- Pray for God to comfort those who lost loved ones this past year.
- Pray for a peaceful presidential transition in our country.
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 King Who Wore a Crown of Thorns (Minister Henry Ow) | Sermon Outline
Worship in Song
Jesus Paid It All | Song Lyrics
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.
Budget Q&A Meeting | TODAY, 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.
- English Congregational Prayer Meeting | Wednesday, Dec. 9th | 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.
- Sign up for Winter Book Clubs
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. 13th | 9:15am – 10:30am
Praise God that we can meet together English outdoor! In-person worship service will be held on Sunday, December 13th 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
- 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 Wed, December 9th and a link to the Zoom meeting will be provided.
- Adopt a Family – Shearn Community Service Project | Register by 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 and you will be contacted soon! For additional information, please contact Michael Ong at or Yvonne Lee.
- Operation Christmas Child with Youth Ministry | Virtual Benefit Concert
The Youth Ministry would like to invite the church to partner with us as we pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The youth has packed 40 shoeboxes and put together a Virtual Benefit Concert for this project. We are asking HCC members to sponsor one (or more) shoeboxes that we have packed. Members can contribute $9/box. If you are interested in donating, please email StanleyC@hcchome.org. Please check the Virtual Concert here: youtube.com/watch?v=VlMtCmRJLZU&app=desktop
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 to use with the ornaments.
- Book Gift for HCC Families
Book Gift for Families. HCC Children’s Ministry would like to gift each HCC family with a book gift this Christmas. To sign up for this book gift, go to http://bit.ly/hcc-gift20. The books will be delivered or mailed on Dec. 15-22.
- HCC Updates: Special Thanks, & Congratulations
We would like to thank our interim Children’s Ministry Admin staff and welcome back Christine, congratulate some new parents, and 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 (see detailed updates here).
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.
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- 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 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.