Rocklin, California

Author: Todd Peperkorn (Page 1 of 116)

HCAP for August 9, 2020

SUNDAY (August 9, 2020)
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…Immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”” (Matthew 14:27)

Reading
““Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4–7)

Meditation
God is speaking to Job. You know, Job, the guy who basically lost everything? Children, wife, house and all his money. Job sits tormented and near death, ridiculed by his friends, creating even more desolation and isolation than one person might bear. In his anguish he has called out to God, wondering why as a “righteous man” he has had to suffer so. God, comes to Job, not so much to answer Job’s questions of “why”, but to answer in questions. God, the creator of all, begins to state who He is as He lays out His questions before Job and before us. There is no satisfactory answer to the “why must I suffer” question. There is only satisfaction and hope in God, Himself. God, who is unchangeable and eternal Love.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Bless Doris, 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 and most merciful God, preserve us from all harm and danger that we, being ready in both body and soul, may cheerfully accomplish what You want done; 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 8, 2020

SATURDAY (August 8, 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
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever;” (Psalms 136:1–3)

Meditation
Psalm 136 speaks of the three fold name of God. It echoes the Aaronic blessing Moses spoke:

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
And be gracious unto you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you
And give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

For all God has done for us, we give thanks. For His steadfastness, His goodness and His enduring love, we give thanks.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Lily. Bless her now with the forgiveness of sins and a firm trust in you. 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 7, 2020

FRIDAY (August 7, 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
“Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” (Matthew 14:18–21)

Meditation
This is no ordinary meal Jesus provides. He provides real food to hungry people. He doesn’t just say, “Well, I am the bread of life, so be at peace,” true as that is. He provides for both body and soul. He attends to the physical hunger of the people who have followed Him. They are fed, satisfied and there is food left over. Jesus is the compassionate One who is always enough and more. He gives out of His unending abundance. We need not fear or live in scarcity. There is more than enough of Jesus to go around.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Ada 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)
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 5, 2020

WEDNESDAY (August 5, 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 Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:13–14)

Meditation
Jesus has just heard the news of the beheading of his cousin, John the Baptist. He withdraws to a desolate, quiet place in which to rest and pray. But the news of Jesus’ compassion and mercy has spread from town to town. The crowds can’t get enough of Jesus. They clamor after His mercy and healing. Their desire for His touch overrides any fear they might have of being seen with Him. Jesus, in seeing the great crowd, does what Jesus does—He has compassion on them. He heals them. He gives of His mercy to bring healing to those in need. Jesus, the great physician of body and soul, heals us too. He heals our wounds by making them His own. He heals our hurts and disappointments, giving us hope for another day. He generously lavishes us with compassion and mercy.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Darrian 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)
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 4, 2020

TUESDAY (August 4, 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
“I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:1–5)

Meditation
From the days of their youth, the Jews have heard the promise of the coming Messiah. They know the stories by heart. They have been trained to look for the One who is to come. They are heirs to the One who was promised. And yet, many of them completely missed the boat. Jesus Christ was the One who was promised from of old. He is the One who came to fulfill all. And these “kinsmen” of whom Paul speaks (for he was a Jew as well), don’t get it, causing Paul unceasing anguish.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with David 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)
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 2, 2020

SUNDAY (August 2, 2020)
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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
““Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” (Isaiah 55:1–2)

Meditation
Jesus is the bread of life. He is the living water. He is the food for the journey. Jesus gives Himself freely to nourish and sustain us in this daily life. There is no need to wander aimlessly with empty stomachs and parched lips. There is no need to labor fruitlessly for things that give no satisfaction. Christ’s invitation is expansive, “Take eat, this is my Body. Given for you.” “Take drink, this is my blood, shed for you.” There’s no holding back with Jesus. He gives us His all. He gives us Himself. He is both host and feast, the One who fills us up with good things.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Jade, 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
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 1, 2020

SATURDAY (August 1, 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
““Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”” (Matthew 13:51–52)

Meditation
Jesus is the fulfillment of all that was written in the Old Testament. He is the new covenant, the new testament. He asks His disciples if they understood all things, meaning all the parables He spoke to them. While they answer with a confident yes, it will become apparent at times that they haven’t a clue what Jesus was talking about. The disciples will go on to flounder, doubt and even deny Christ. But with His death, resurrection, ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, “all things” will have been revealed to them fully. They will go on to speak the truth in confidence with great courage, even unto their own deaths. May we find comfort and strength in the disciples journey.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Carol Bless her 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 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 31, 2020

FRIDAY (July 31, 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
““Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 13:47–50)

Meditation
Betwixt and between. The now and the not yet. Inaugurated eschatology. These are phrases describing the tension of being a Christian. Christ gives us His kingdom—Himself, yet in this life it is not fully realized. He still has work to do (as do we!) in bringing all people to salvation. That is His ultimate desire. On that last day, the day of judgement, we will stand securely before Christ and enter into that space of complete love, joy and peace where there will be no more sorrow, no more tears, no more pain. For those who have rejected the kingdom—rejected Christ—they will be separated out and cast into the place of weeping and desolation forever.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up John-Paul 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)
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 30, 2020

THURSDAY (July 30, 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
““The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matthew 13:44–46)

Meditation
The kingdom of heaven is a reality for us, right here, right now. For the kingdom of heaven is Christ, and where Christ is, so is His kingdom. Heaven is often thought of as some ethereal place out of our reach—or at least something that has nothing to do with us now. But Jesus is saying, “You have the kingdom. It is right here in front of you. Rejoice.” For us, baptism is the gateway into this eternal kingdom. Yes, we live in the tension of the now and the not yet. We have Christ and all his gifts, yet live in the reality of this sinful world. But come, receive the treasures of Christ. Hear His Word proclaimed by our pastor. Receive forgiveness of sins and the medicine of immortality in the Body and Blood of Christ given for you.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Andrew 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)
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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