Rocklin, California

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HCAP for August 6, 2020

THURSDAY (August 6, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;” (Isaiah 55:3)

Reading
“Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.”” (Matthew 14:15–18)

Meditation
Imagine the scene. It is getting close to dark, there are no markets, no houses even—it is desolate. The crowds have followed Jesus. He has healed them, touched them, spoke to them. But, they are hungry and there is no food. The disciples become practical (and fearful), perhaps weary of the great crowds themselves. They want Jesus to send them away. Jesus response is rather startling, “No, they can stay. Now YOU give them something to eat.” What? Is Jesus crazy? There is barely enough food for Jesus and the disciples, and they are supposed to feed these thousands of people? Jesus then says those simple words, “Bring them (the five loaves and two fish) to me,” and we get ready for Him to provide once more.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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 August 3, 2020

MONDAY (August 3, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live;” (Isaiah 55:3)

Reading
“Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you.” (Isaiah 55:3–5)

Meditation
To know Jesus is to listen to Him. Jesus beckons us to lean in, to listen, to linger for awhile. He invites us to sit back, relax, hang out and hear His Words. So, let the cleansing words of forgiveness seep into the depths of your soul. Let the sweet words of mercy illumine the dark corners of your heart. Let the sure Words of inclusion bring you home to the One who promises to always be with you.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Robert 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)
Heavenly Father, though we do not deserve Your goodness, still You provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your gifts, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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 29, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 29, 2020

WEDNESDAY (July 29, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. “ (Romans 8:28)

Reading
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:36–39)

Meditation
When the trials of this world overwhelm us, we are left weak and fragile, often feeling isolated and alone. St. Paul words reassure us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God. NOTHING. Not cancer, not depression, not guilt, not shame, not even death, can put a wedge between us and the love God has for us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Jessica 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 and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love, that, receiving what You have promised, we may love what You have commanded; 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 27, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. “ (Romans 8:28)

Reading
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” (Romans 8:28–30)

Meditation
God’s desire and plan is for all to be saved. The gift of faith is offered to all. The gift is just that—a gift, free for the receiving. In this gift, God gives forgiveness os sins, eternal life and rescue from the evil one. Sadly, many reject the gift and are separated from God eternally. God will not force Himself on anyone, but He does offer himself to all through the merciful death of His Son Jesus.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless 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 and everlasting God, give us an increase of faith, hope, and love, that, receiving what You have promised, we may love what You have commanded; 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

Table Talk July 30, 2020

Join us at your table and let’s talk. Bring your own beverage and sign in to Zoom at 7pm to talk about August worship plans and connect with Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Pastor Peperkorn will lead the discussion.

You can join at the following link on Zoom:

Table Talk Zoom Link
Meeting ID:
469 721 0444
Passcode: 469494

We look forward to see you on Zoom next Thursday!

HCAP for July 25, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 25, 2020

SATURDAY (July 25, 2020)
St. James the Elder, Apostle
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!” (Psalms 119:64)

Reading
“The LORD is my portion; I promise to keep your words. I entreat your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments. Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law. At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules. I am a companion of all who fear you, of those who keep your precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!” (Psalms 119:57–64)

Meditation
God’s divine love is like the sun by day and the moon by night, illuminating all it touches. God’s love fills the earth and all creation, including us, His people. His love is steadfast and unchanging. His love sustains us on our journey. He is our portion and all we need.

Silence

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

Prayer for the Feast of St. James the Elder, Apostle
O gracious God, Your servant and apostle James was the first among the Twelve to suffer martyrdom for the name of Jesus Christ. Pour out upon the leaders of Your Church that spirit of self-denying service that they may forsake all false and passing allurements and follow Christ alone, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for July 23, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 23, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!” (Psalms 119:64)

Reading
“He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”” (Matthew 13:24–30)

Meditation
The prince of darkness is sneaky. Like a snake in the grass, he slithers around God’s people trying to get a foothold. The enemy inserts himself in our lives, attempting to choke us off from the lifesaving Word of God. Let us remain steadfast in God’s saving Word.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Zachary 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, so rule and govern our hearts and minds by Your Holy Spirit that, ever mindful of Your final judgment, we may be stirred up to holiness of living here and dwell with You in perfect joy hereafter; 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 17, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer for July 17, 2020

FRIDAY (July 17, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. “ (Psalm 65:9)

Reading
““Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”” (Matthew 13:18–23)

Meditation
Jesus is preparing His disciples to go out and preach the good news. Proclaim the news of salvation in Jesus Christ. Not all will believe, but God’s Word never goes out empty as we read in Isaiah. God’s Word does what it says.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; 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 16, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 16, 2020

THURSDAY (July 16, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. “ (Psalm 65:9)

Reading
“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”” (Matthew 13:1–9)

Meditation
Jesus often spoke in parables. Stories with layers of meaning for those who would have ears to hear. Jesus beckons those around Him to “open their ears, pay attention to what I am telling you. Let go of the preconceived notions you have of the Messiah. I am the One who comes to set the captives free. Listen.” Lord, open our ears that we may hear and understand.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Dick 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)
Blessed Lord, since You have caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may so hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life; 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

Letter about Suspending In-person services

Update from Holy Cross on COVID-19
July 15, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
Psalm 46:1-3

Martin Luther paraphrased the Psalm 46 in his beautiful hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God.

In these times of ever changing news and mandates, we cling to these words, trusting that God is indeed our refuge and strength. We have nothing to fear.

All indoor, in-person services are suspended until further notice.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new mandate for certain counties, including Placer County. These counties were directed to close many businesses and venues, including indoor services for places of worship. Once the restrictions are lifted, our plan will be to resume in-person services.

Beginning this week, we will again be recording the service to be posted on our website by Sunday morning. For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 19, we will not be live so you may watch anytime on Sunday to participate. The service on Facebook will premiere at 8am and the service will also be posted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyCrossRocklin

We will continue to send out emails with directions about how to access the bulletin and an overview of the service on Saturday mornings.

Mercy Groups and Pastoral Care
Each of you should be in a mercy group. (If you are not in a mercy group, please contact Deaconess Pamela at [email protected] or by calling (916) 259-1792). We will be using these groups as part of the ongoing care of the Body of Christ.

Pastoral care is still available. Please contact Deaconess Pamela at (916) 249-1792 or [email protected], until July 22. Pastor Peperkorn will return from his vacation on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. In addition, you may contact any of the elders for assistance.

In Christ,
Rick Fielitz

Rick Fielitz, on behalf of the Elders

Dennis Boehle-Silva, David Hull, Paul Lenser, Tim Nunnink, Seth Pierce, Paul Schubring, Walt Wismar, Gary Yee

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