Rocklin, California

Author: Heather Kirkpatrick (Page 1 of 5)

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 https://holycrossrocklin.org/life-together/holy-cross-at-prayer/

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.

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

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