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Author: Todd Peperkorn (Page 1 of 147)

HCAP for April 12, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2f5XXeOvRA

MONDAY (April 12, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)

Reading
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” (1 John 1:1–4)

Meditation
This text is full of embodiment words involving the senses: hearing, seeing, touching. Jesus is incarnate—fleshly— with a body. He comes as man. Comes as one us. He enters into our time and space to journey with us on this earth. Jesus, the creator enters into His creation with a body in order to restore and heal what He had made.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Jayson 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 God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for April 13, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhA8qSrRHxA

TUESDAY (April 13, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)

Reading
“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5–10)

Meditation
Knowing who were are: Poor miserable sinners; beggars before God.
Knowing who God is: The throne of Love, Light and Truth.
Knowing this sort of levels the playing field. There is no hierarchy on earth. We are all broken. We are all poor miserable sinners in need of forgiveness and love. God is the giver of all good gifts. Let God be God.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with George 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)
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for April 11, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsotluOF8ZY

SUNDAY (April 11, 2021)
Second Sunday of Easter
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31)

Reading
“Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.” (Acts 4:32–35)

Meditation
The martyred Lutheran pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, wrote a beautiful book, Life Together, about Christians living in community. Bonhoeffer believed in “Christ as community”, and asserts, “The Christian community has to integrate the gospel into its daily life and reflect this to the world. ‘Christ existing as community’ challenges believers to behave as Christ to one another; this same Christ promises those who gather in his name to be present in, with, and for them.”

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Aimee, 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
Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for April 10, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSYjHbUyyWo

SATURDAY (April 10, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” (Mark 16:1–8)

Meditation
Echoes of the Annunciation are heard here. “Fear not”, says the angel to Mary as she is told she will bear the Messiah in her womb. “Fear not. Do not be alarmed”, says the angel to the women at the tomb. “ He has risen.” St. John writes, “Perfect love casts out fear.” (I John 4:18) John also tells us that God is Love. How does this God of Love come to you today to announce, “Fear not”?

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Desmond. Bless him 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 the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for April 9, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fShsYpzXkYs

FRIDAY (April 9, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.” (1 Corinthians 15:9-11)

Meditation
Saul, now renamed Paul, knows his unworthiness before Christ. Talk about a complete reversal! He knows that it is only by the grace of God that he has changed from a tyrant out to kill Christians, to an Apostle, sent by Christ to proclaim the good news of salvation. Paul shows us the need to continue to proclaim Christ crucified as the way, the truth and the life.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Julie 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)
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for April 8, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCKUkcCl2us

THURSDAY (April 8, 2021)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“…and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)

Meditation
After Jesus’ resurrection, He showed Himself first to the women who came to the tomb to prepare his body with burial spices. Then Jesus made several more appearances before His accession into heaven. Jesus appears in His glorified body with His wounds intact to showing us he shares in our sufferings. Jesus appears to show His disciples that all that He had taught them during His earthly life was true. Later, after His ascension into heaven, Jesus appears to Saul in a voice, confirming the power of His Word. By His Word, Saul is converted from a threat-breathing persecutor of Christians, to one who is the ultimate slave for Christ.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Jeanne 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)
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Lord’s Prayer

HCLC – April 4, 2021 – Easter Sunday – The Resurrection of Our Lord

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Mark 16:1-8
Sermon Theme: “Love That Ends Our Fears”

Old Testament: Isaiah 25:6–9
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1–11
Holy Gospel: Mark 16:1–8

The Risen Christ Has Swallowed Up Death Forever!

The entire fallen world is veiled in a funeral shroud “that is spread over all nations” and “cast over all peoples” (Is. 25:7). But the Lord of hosts, in the Person of the incarnate Son, Jesus Christ, has removed that terrible pall and swallowed up death forever. By submitting Himself to death, He burst it apart from the inside out. Now He wipes away all tears from our faces, and He invites us to “be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Is. 25:9). His body and His blood, crucified and risen, are given and poured out for us as a feast “of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined” (Is. 25:6). We enter that feast through Holy Baptism, whereby our old man is buried with Jesus Christ, and we are raised up in Him, “dressed in a white robe” of His perfect righteousness (Mark 16:5). What St. Paul and the other apostles received “by the grace of God” is also “delivered to you” by the preaching of Christ, “in which you stand, and by which you are being saved” (1 Cor. 15:1–11).

HCAP for April 7, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX8GTuqDb8c

WEDNESDAY (April 7, 2021)
Easter Wednesday
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

Meditation
Paul reminds us of the truth of our saving faith. It is a gift from God, won for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection. The truth of Jesus is unchangeable. The world, and even some churches offer a “new and better way”, but lest we be deceived, St. Paul brings us back to the Gospel—the good news of our life in Christ, won for us on the cross and confirmed by His bursting from the tomb after three days. Christ gives us all we need.

Silence

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

Prayer for Easter Wednesday
Almighty God, by the glorious resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ, You destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light. Grant that we who have been raised with Him may abide in His presence and rejoice in the hope of eternal glory; 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 April 6, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKQw9wCV0Xk

TUESDAY (April 6, 2021)
Easter Tuesday
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
(Psalm 16: 10-11)

Meditation
Jesus’ death and resurrection has triumphed over sin, death and the power of the devil. In His victory, Jesus makes known to us the path of life—both here on earth and eternal life in heaven. His presence brings everlasting joy.

Silence

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

Prayer for Easter Tuesday
Almighty God, through the resurrection of Your Son You have secured peace for our troubled consciences. Grant us this peace evermore that trusting in the merit of Your Son we may come at last to the perfect peace of heaven; through the same 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 April 5, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcUiHx0Ajoo

MONDAY (April 5, 2021)
Easter Monday
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.” (Mark 16:6)

Reading
“The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. (Psalm 16:5-9)

Meditation
Our Lord, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is our chosen portion. He is our promised land. He gives us the cup of His life giving blood to nourish and sustain us in this earthly life. He gives us a seat at His right hand, securing us with His love and his joy. In Him, we rest secure.

Silence

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

Prayer for Easter Monday
O God, in the paschal feast You restore all creation. Continue to send Your heavenly gifts upon Your people that they may walk in perfect freedom and receive eternal 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

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