Rocklin, California

Author: Heather Kirkpatrick (Page 1 of 6)

The Great Three Days

We are about to embark on the Great Three Days, which begins on Thursday evening and goes through Easter Sunday. This is the most important time of the year for us as Christians because it brings us into sharp focus on who we are, and what our God has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Unlike last year, though, we have the opportunity now to come to church, to receive His Gifts, to meditate on His Word, and to rejoice that He gives us His own body and blood for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

There are many opportunities for you to come and worship over the next several days. You can see the schedule below. If you are able, though, please go and register for whatever services you are attending. Here is the registration address:

Registration for Holy Cross Services

I would also especially like to encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us for the 11 a.m. service on Easter Morning. This service will be outside, we will have our brass ensemble, and it will be a wonderful celebration! We can hold as many people as the parking lot and the field will hold, so bring everyone you can!

God’s richest blessings to you all during this holy week. I look forward to seeing each of you very soon.

Holy Cross at Prayer
Please visit and you can download the latest prayer devotions for Palm Sunday – Easter IV.

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

Gratitude and Always Mercy

At Holy Cross, we are blessed by our deaconess. We are so grateful for her service and who she is.

The deaconess, Pamela, shares at Always Mercy and we wanted to let you know of her latest post on December 18.

Always Mercy December 18

Many thanks to you all who gave of yourselves and your resources to support my friend Lorna and her family through her mother’s illness, death, funeral and medical bills. Your prayers, notes, donations move me to tears of joy.  AND all expenses have been covered. 

In addition to being a deaconess, she is a Registered Nurse, and a former Parish Nurse. As a nurse, she brings with her a certain body of knowledge and skills which helps her as she ministers to people in body and soul.  With her experience as a parish nurse, she has tried to see people as God has made them:  body, mind and spirit.  Her visits have included devotion and prayer.  As a deaconess, she continues to carry this out with a deeper theological understanding of the Word and Sacraments, enabling her to better articulate the hope that lies inside all believers and herself.  She points people to the cross of Christ— the source of life, forgiveness, salvation, peace and joy in the midst of sorrows and trials.

You may find her writings and other works, especially in connection with Kenya, at Always Mercy.

You can also Holy Cross at Prayer at

May the Lord be with you.

Update from Pastor for December 9, 2020

Update from Pastor for December 9, 2020

Dear friends,

There are a number of things going on today that warrant a quick note to all of you. Here they are in order of what comes out of my head at the time:

HCAP with No Audio
So some of you may have had trouble with Holy Cross at Prayer on YouTube this morning. My apologies. If you couldn’t get the sound to work, I recorded it again:

HCAP for December 9, 2020 (with Audio)

Advent Meditation tonight on Zoom
This evening we will have the second of our meditations on the Song of Advent. Tonight we will specifically be looking at the Visitation from Luke 1:39-45. Here’s the link:

Zoom Link to Advent Meditation for December 9

What about Sunday Services with the Shelter-in-place Order?

Many of you have probably also see that the Sacramento region has dropped under 15% ICU beds. This means that as of midnight on December 10, we will be in the full shelter-in-place guidelines.

HOWEVER, two of the categories of exceptions affect us:

Pre-K and Kindergartens (and all schools) continue with whatever in-person levels they had before.

And Churches may continue to have outdoor services.

What this means for us is that Holy Cross Lutheran Academy can still operate as they have been doing.

It also means that we may continue to do our outdoor services. To that end, here is the link for the registration for this coming Sunday:

Link for Registration for Sunday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. OUTDOORS and IN-PERSON

From my perspective, the outdoor service went very well last week. It was in the upper 50s, We currently are at 50/50 on whether we will be able to have service in-person on Sunday, as there is a chance of rain. We will make the call for that no later than Saturday evening.

Stay tuned, watch your email and the church web site, and we’ll let you know what it looks like! If you believe you will be attending Sunday, please register.

God bless you all. 

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

Advent 2020 at Holy Cross – The Song of Advent

Are you looking to join with Holy Cross Lutheran Church in preparing for the birth of Christ? Join us in weekly devotions on the three Wednesdays, December 2, 9, and 16.

We look forward to hear, see, receive, and meditate on God taking on human flesh and blood for our salvation. These meditations are on Zoom at 7pm – Holy Cross Zoom

The first Sunday in Advent is November 29. The services are available on the Holy Cross YouTube Channel.

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