Month: August 2020

HCAP for August 31, 2020

MONDAY (August 31. 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Reading
“I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.” (Jeremiah 15:17–19)

Meditation
Jeremiah continues to speak of the anguish he is suffering. Why, O Lord? Why? God does not simply answer him and tell him why. Rather, God gives him something far more important. He gives him hope for the future. God does that for us as well. He gives us hope for each day.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Tyler with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross his path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, Your Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption. Grant us courage to take up our cross daily and follow Him wherever He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCLC – 2020-08-30 – Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Divine Service

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on the Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 30, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn. Sermon Text: Matthew 16:21-28 Sermon Theme: “Following Jesus” Old Testament: Jeremiah 15:15–21 Epistle: Romans 12:9–21 Holy Gospel: Matthew 16:21–28 The Glory of God Is the Passion and Cross of Christ Jesus After …

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HCAP for August 30, 2020

SUNDAY (August, 30, 2020)
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Reading
“O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:15–16)

Meditation
How can Jeremiah pray that God would take vengeance on his enemies? That doesn’t sound very godly! What Jeremiah does is speak the desires of his heart to God. And in turn he listens (eats!) God’s Words to him, and these Words became to him a joy and delight. Now that’s a conversation!

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Nikki, O Lord, and teach her to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, Your Son willingly endured the agony and shame of the cross for our redemption. Grant us courage to take up our cross daily and follow Him wherever He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 29, 2020

SATURDAY (August 29, 2020)
Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
“Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:13-18)

Meditation
Peter confesses Christ as the promised Messiah. Peter’s confession is the Church’s confession. Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. God is the source of all life. In fact, He raises His Son from the dead. He gives us new life too so that we might proclaim Peter and the Church’s confession to the world.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Don. Bless him now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer For the Feast of The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist
Almighty God, You gave Your servant John the Baptist to be the forerunner of Your Son, Jesus Christ, in both his preaching of repentance and his innocent death. Grant that we, who have died and risen with Christ in Holy Baptism, may daily repent of our sins, patiently suffer for the sake of the truth, and fearlessly bear witness to His victory over death; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 28, 2020

FRIDAY (August 28,2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:1-5)

Meditation
God’s mercies save us. His mercy through the life, death and resurrection of His Son Jesus, gives us new life. Christ renews, restores and redeems us. He gives us Himself, so that we do His work in the world. The world will try to pull us away from what we know to be good and true, but Christ continues to call us to Himself. He continues to transform us into His image.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Betty before you this day, asking that You would give her your mercy all the days of her life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 27, 2020

THURSDAY (August 27, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.’” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” (Romans 11:33-36)

Meditation
God’s ways are not our ways. Yes, He reveals Himself in His Word. He gives Himself in the waters of Holy Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. But we cannot know the mind of God. How can the finite ever begin to understand the infinite? This is part of the mystery of God. He reveals what we need to know, and for this we give Him glory and praise.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Georgi this day, as she goes about the callings you have given to her. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 26, 2020

WEDNESDAY (August 26, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Psalm 138:7-8)

Meditation
The Psalmist is reminding God of who God has claimed to be—the One who endures forever. The One who preserves my life. The One who protects me from the evil one. God doesn’t need reminding of who He is, but often, we need to be reminded of His greatness and graciousness. God promises to always be with us to guide and protect us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Jordan this day, O Lord, and show him your great love throughout all the days of his life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 25, 2020

TUESDAY (August 25, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
“I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise; I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word. On the day I called, you answered me; my strength of soul you increased.” (Psalm 138:1-2)

Meditation
God delivers us from all evil. He hears our prayers. He hears our pleas for mercy. God answers our prayers—perhaps not always in the way we desire, but He hears and answers us. Our prayers of thanksgiving acknowledge God as God—as steadfast love and faithfulness. He richly and daily showers us with His steadfast love and faithfulness. Rejoice in this!

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Daisy this week. Give her your grace and teach her to learn more of your mercy with each passing day. Amen.

Prayer of the Week (From Sunday)
Almighty God, whom to know is everlasting life, grant us to know Your Son, Jesus, to be the way, the truth, and the life that we may boldly confess Him to be the Christ and steadfastly walk in the way that leads to life eternal; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for August 24, 2020

MONDAY (August 24, 2020)
St. Bartholomew, Apostle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:15-16)

Reading
“Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.” (Isaiah 51:4-6)

Meditation
The Word of the Lord endures forever. His righteousness will never disappear or suffer dismay. The things of this world are transitory, even creation will eventually wear out. What doesn’t wear out is the love God has for all people and His desire for all people to be saved.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Isabella with faith in you and fervent love toward all those who cross her path this day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Feast of St. Bartholomew, Apostle
Almighty God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, chose Bartholomew to be an apostle to preach the blessed Gospel. Grant that Your Church may love what he believed and preach what he taught; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer