Rocklin, California

Author: Todd Peperkorn (Page 1 of 111)

HCAP for June 3, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)

Reading
“But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke; the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day. And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’” (Acts 2:14–21)

Meditation
Christ is the fulfillment of all Scriptures. He is the fulfillment of all prophecies and promises. He is our salvation. The Holy Spirit comes to testify to this reality and establish the Church on earth.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Kirtus 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, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; 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 2, 2020

TUESDAY (June 2, 2020)
Pentecost Tuesday
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)

Reading
“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?… —we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”” (Acts 2:1–13)

Meditation
The Holy Spirit pours out on God’s people to establish His Church on earth. Moses foretold of this outpouring, as did Christ, and now the day is here where the Spirit descends to bring unity to all nations in the name of the crucified and risen Lord.

Silence

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

Prayer for Pentecost Tuesday
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; 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 June 1, 2020

MONDAY (June 1, 2020)
Pentecost Monday
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)

Reading
“Now two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the Spirit rested on them. They were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.” (Numbers 11:26–30)

Meditation
So, out of the seventy men appointed to help Moses, only sixty-eight were present in the tent when God anointed them with the Spirit. The other two men were also anointed, but outside the tent, and rather than prophesying in the tent with the others, they were out in the camp prophesying. Oh, what a ruckus this caused for Joshua. Moses’ words to Joshua are fulfilled in Acts 2 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

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 Pentecost Monday
O God, who gave Your Holy Spirit to the apostles, grant us that same Spirit that we may live in faith and abide in peace; 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 May 31, 2020

SUNDAY (May 31, 2020)
The Visitation
Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37)

Reading
“So Moses went out and told the people the words of the LORD. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent. Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it.” (Numbers 11:24–25)

Meditation
God gives Moses a break, in only the way that God can do such things. The people are full of complaints and grumblings and Moses needs help. He simply cannot bear this burden anymore. (It seems that the Israelites, like us at times, are really good at grumbling and complaining). God directs Moses to gather seventy men and then God anoints them with the Spirit for the specific work He has in store for them. It is no different today, God hears our pleas for mercy and responds in the way that is best for us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Rosalie, 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
O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; 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 Reopening June 6-7

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Cross,

The day is nearly upon us! God willing, the last “internet only” service will be on May 31, on Pentecost. Starting on June 6 and 7, we are offering our regular services once again.

But as we all know, even what is normal isn’t quite normal yet.

There are several things I want you to know about what services will be like next weekend, and there are also several things that I will need you to do in preparation for coming to God’s house once again to receive His gifts.

First of all is the question, am I ready to come back to church? Notice I did not ask, do I want to come back to church? I’m sure we all want to come back to church. If you don’t want to come back, then we certainly need to talk! But whether you are ready is a health and wellness question, not really a question of desire. Coming back to church means increasing your own risk of exposure to COVID-19, because it means being in proximity with more people in an enclosed space. We are doing everything possible to reduce the risk, as you will see below. But there is no way to eliminate the risk entirely. There is no shame in waiting. Each person in our congregation is in a different health situation, and has a different perspective on how best to handle things right now. That is your right, and I fully support it.

Next is the registration for attending services. We are having services on Saturday, June 6, at 5:00 p.m., as well as our normal Sunday morning times of 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. We will also continue to offer one live-streamed service each weekend, and are moving the live stream to the 8:00 a.m. service time every week.

Because of the size of our building, we are limited to no more than 50 people per service. In order to reasonably accomplish that, we have set up a registration site. Please go to this site:

Reopen.church for Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Please go as soon as you are able and sign up for whatever service you wish to attend. Everyone needs to go to this page to register for a service, even if you told your mercy group leader when or if you were attending. Also notice that one of the options is “At Home Visit w/Communion from a Pastor.” They force us to put a time, but ignore it. I won’t be visiting you at midnight, I promise! If you sign up there, we will know that you would like one of the pastors to come and bring you the Lord’s Supper. We will contact you the week of June 7 to schedule a time for that visit.

Next are the health and safety measures being put in place. I’m not going to list every single one, yet here are some of the highlights:

  • There will be a health self-screening area for you as you enter the building
  • So, so many hand sanitizers
  • One way movement in and out of the building
  • Social distancing (6′ between family groups) throughout the building
  • Everyone attending the services will be required to wear masks. You may pull your mask down for receiving the Lord’s Supper
  • Continuous communion distribution (standing up), rather than kneeling at the communion rail
  • Greetings and gathering will be minimized

I know that there are many, many more questions about all of this. I would encourage you to go to our church’s COVID-19 page to find more answers. We are working on a FAQ, which I hope will try and answer questions along the way. The web site is:

Holy Cross and COVID-19

Finally, we have Bible Class. For right now, we are continuing to do Bible Class on ZOOM but will move the time to our normal time of 9:30 a.m. I realize this will make it a bit tight for people attending the 10:45 service, so we may finish a little earlier than usual. Once we have the services figured out, then we will start thinking through how to move Bible classes back into the buildings.

I’m sure you have more questions. Keep in touch, and don’t hesitate to ask your questions. I will also do an open Q&A from 11-11:30 on Sunday, May 31. We will do this immediately following bible class.

There are a lot of people working very hard to make all of this work as best as we are able. Please remember to continue to show grace and hospitality to all as we figure this out.

I can’t wait to see all of you!

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

HCAP for May 30, 2020

Pentecost Eve
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)

Reading
““I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:6–11)

Meditation
“I have given them the words,” Jesus says. The words (the Word) is His, always. It is His Word that goes forth throughout the world for our salvation. And it is that Word alone which creates unity. We are one in Christ because His Word creates faith. This is an incredible gift, because it means our unity is not based on numbers, or on how we look or dress or act. It is based on the Word alone. That is where our unity lies. If we look for unity as Christians anywhere else, it will always end in folly.

Silence

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

Prayer for Pentecost Eve
Almighty and ever-living God, You fulfilled Your promise by sending the gift of the Holy Spirit to unite disciples of all nations in the cross and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. By the preaching of the Gospel spread this gift to the ends of the earth; 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 May 29, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)

Reading
“When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.” (John 17:1–5)

Meditation
Jesus here is speaking about His coming death on the cross. The glory of God is showing mercy by forgiving our sins and giving us eternal life. That is why we sing, “In the cross of Christ I glory…” Eternal life, then, is knowing God and Jesus Christ. We know Him best as He has revealed Himself to us on the cross and death. Thanks be to God!

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Megan 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 (from Sunday)
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for May 28, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)

Reading
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 5:6–11)

Meditation
The devil prowls about, but he is a lion with no teeth. The sting of death is sin, but Christ has overcome both sin and death for you. That is why we can cast our anxieties on Him. He will see us through the trials, whatever may come. The devil may make a lot of noise, but in the end he was tamed by the true lion, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ the Righteous one. Thanks be to God!

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Marian 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)
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for May 27, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)

Reading
“For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? And “If the righteous is scarcely saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?” Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” (1 Peter 4:17–19)

Meditation
Jesus said on the cross, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” It was true for him, but it is also true for us. God is good and right and faithful. Whether we live or die is in His hands, and He is the one who will see us through to the end, no matter what may come in this life.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Ron 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 (from Sunday)
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for May 26, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (John 17:11)

Reading
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name.” (1 Peter 4:12–16)

Meditation
Suffering for our sin in this life is the consequences of our wrongdoing. That’s a part of our lives together as sinners in need of the Gospel. But what Peter is talking about there is suffering for being a Christian. Literally we “share Christ’s sufferings. That’s not the usual thing we think about sharing! But by sharing in His sufferings, we will also share in His glory that will be revealed at the Last Day. So don’t be afraid when the trials come. It is a sign that you are Christ’s child, and that you will live with Him forever.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Ezekiel 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 King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

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