Rocklin, California

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HCAP for July 5, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 5, 2020

SUNDAY (July 5, 2020)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Reading
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” (Zechariah 9:9–12)

Meditation
The prophet Zechariah gives his people a foretaste of what is to come. The children of Israel will behold their king, Jesus, riding on a donkey. A king who is not a mighty warrior—though He is that. A king who is not interested in self-promotion—though He does that for our sakes. A king who rides majestically in His humility before His ultimate humility on the cross.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Mike, O Lord, and teach him 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
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for July 4, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 4, 2020

SATURDAY (July 4, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
““Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”” (Matthew 10:40–42)

Meditation
Jesus sends out the twelve apostles, girding them up for the sufferings and rejections they will encounter for His sake. Sufferings and persecutions which will intensify after His death and resurrection. As they speak in His name, it is as if they speak with His voice. The same is true of our pastors today. They are the voice of Christ, proclaiming the truth of His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. Words that bring life to us week in and week out.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for July 2, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 2, 2020

THURSDAY (July 2, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” (Romans 7:12–13)

Meditation
There is no excuse for sin. And yet, we are sinful and unclean, to the point of death. Looking at our sins is not fun. Sin is sin. It brings destruction and death. God’s law is good and holy, given to us in love. God’s law serves to show us our sins—no matter how trivial they may seem,—so that we might repent and receive the gift of forgiveness, life and peace. Forgiven, we stand before God needing no excuse.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for July 1, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 1, 2020

WEDNESDAY (July 1, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” (Romans 7:7–12)

Meditation
God’s law is good and holy. It serves to show us our sin. But, the law does not produce life, in fact it brings death. In order to have new life in Christ, we die to sin—not that this is something we do. Oh, quite the contrary. We die to sin in our baptism where the old Adam is drowned. We die to sin each day as we confess our sins, (and drown that old Adam again and again), emerging forgiven.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for June 29, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – June 29, 2020

MONDAY (June 29, 2020)
St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”” (Jeremiah 28:5–9)

Meditation
The people don’t know it, but Hananiah is lying. He is considered a false prophet—one who offers slick promises, but is unable to deliver what he says for he speaks not from God, but from darkness. These false voices are seductive, leading us to want what sounds good and pleasing to our ears, except they are the voices of death. The Voice of life is Christ. He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Silence

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

Prayer for The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
Merciful and eternal God, Your holy apostles Peter and Paul received grace and strength to lay down their lives for the sake of Your Son. Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that we may confess Your truth and at all times be ready to lay down our lives for Him who laid down His life for us, even Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for June 28, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – June 28, 2020

SUNDAY (June 28, 2020)
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

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. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”” (Matthew 16:13–19)

Meditation
Peter, bold and impetuous, confesses Jesus as Christ and Lord. Later, this boldness would slide into cowardice and his impetuousness would become a source of denying these words he has just spoken—not once but three times! And still, the Church’s foundation is built upon the rock of Peter’s confession, revealed to Peter by the Father.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Ben, O Lord, and teach him 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, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for June 25, 2020

(I realize there is a bit of video skipping in this. The audio is clean, though. I’m trying to fix it before recording the rest of the week. -Pastor Peperkorn)

Holy Cross at Prayer – June 25, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:13)

Reading
“For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:20–23)

Meditation
The free gift of eternal life begins in the mysterious waters of baptism. In baptism we enter into a new reality—a life-changing reality where Christ’s death on the cross brings life. A life-changing reality where we become slaves, in order to be set free. A life-changing reality and pilgrimage that begins at the font, continues to the Table and ultimately brings us face to face with Christ our Lord.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for June 24, 2020

WEDNESDAY (June 24, 2020)
The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Holy Cross at Prayer – June 24, 2020

Gospel Sentence
“Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:13)

Reading
“What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.” (Romans 6:14–19)

Meditation
The word obedience comes from the Latin word “oboedire”, from ob- ‘in the direction of’ + audire ‘hear.’ So, obedience is not just a contest of the will—it is not simply summoning up enough willpower to resist sin. Obedience means, first of all, to hear. To listen to the voice of the One who set us free from sin by His death on the cross.

Silence

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

Prayer for The Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Almighty God, through John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ, You once proclaimed salvation. Now grant that we may know this salvation and serve You in holiness and righteousness all the days of our life; through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

Paraments

SPECIAL REQUEST FOR FUNDING

REPLACING THE GREEN PARAMENTS

Update: As of 6/28, we received another $500 commitment. Total funds raised are at about $1800 with more coming in this week. Our goal is $7,000. We are at 25%, a quarter of the way, thanks for your support.

Would you please prayerfully consider donating to a Special Parament Replacement Fund this year?

In the sanctuary, you will notice the paraments and banner have been changed to green. You will be seeing these green paraments until October 25. The green paraments have been in service at Holy Cross since 1994 and if you really look at them, you can see they are showing their age, faded and slightly worn.

Holy Cross – Season after Pentecost

Paraments, banners, chasubles and stoles are very expensive, and it is challenging to pay for these replacements out of an annual church budget. Since the 2020 pandemic has changed our lives, changed our church and changed the world, most travel plans have been scrapped for this year and possibly into early next year.

As the Altar Guild coordinator, I thought there might be unused 2020 travel funds that could be donated to a Special Parament Replacement Fund if only our parishioners knew about the need for replacing the green paraments. The financial need for the paraments is in the range of $6,000-to-$7,000 as replacing the green paraments also includes replacing the pastor’s chasuble, two stoles, chalice veil and burse.

Thank you.

If you are interested in contributing to this special parament fund, your check should be made payable to Holy Cross, designating Parament Fund in the memo line.

Jeanne Schubring

Altar Guild Coordinator

Phone (916) 205-7971

HCAP for June 23, 2020

June 23, 2020 – Holy Cross at Prayer

TUESDAY (June 23, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Sing to the LORD; praise the LORD! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (Jeremiah 20:13)

Reading
“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:12–14)

Meditation
The key word here is grace (gift). In baptism, Christ clothes us, or gifts us, with His righteousness—that is to say, He makes us right before God. In baptism we get Christ—all of Him. We get the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. As baptized believers, God calls us to live out who we are. Yes, the struggle can be fierce, for our desire is often to live as children of the darkness, hiding who we truly are (children of the Light), under our selfish ways. But we are never alone. Christ, the One who shines His Light into the darkness, sustains us by His grace.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
O God, because Your abiding presence always goes with us, keep us aware of Your daily mercies that we may live secure and content in Your eternal love; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

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