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HCAP for October 21, 2020

WEDNESDAY (October 21, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5)

Reading
“You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5–7)

Meditation
Paul and his traveling companions, Silvanus and Timothy, handed down the faith-the Gospel- as it had been handed down to them. The Gospel has the power to change lives and bring strength, even to those who endure persecution for the sake of Christ. Today, our pastors hand down the tradition—God’s Word taught and preached in its purity. The Word does not change, but it does have the power to effect change in each of us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Deborah 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
O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for October 20, 2020

TUESDAY (October 20, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5)

Reading
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2–5)

Meditation
Faith, hope and love. These are the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to each one of us individually and collectively as the Church. Fads and gimmicks come and go, but faith, hope and love are, enduring and interwoven. They form the basis of the Church and our life together. One day, faith and hope will come to their completion, and love will remain as we stand face to face with Christ in heaven.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for October 19, 2020

MONDAY (October 19, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5)

Reading
“For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the LORD, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make well-being and create calamity, I am the LORD, who does all these things.” (Isaiah 45:4–7)

Meditation
Notice that Cyrus does not know the Lord. He is not a “Christian” ruler. But God still orders him and draws him in and uses him to show the world that God is the Lord and there is no other. That is how God works. Draw comfort from the simple fact that God will use all things for the good of His people.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCLC – 2020-10-18 – Bible Class: “The Doctrine of Grace – A Biblical and Historical Perspective”

Bible Class – “Doctrine of Grace” led by Pastor Todd Peperkorn on October 18, 2020.

GRACE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

WORD: (Charis): pleasing show, charm; beauty, gracefulness; a pleasing circumstance, matter of approval.

WORDS IN ENGLISH BASED ON CHARIS: charisma, charismatic, charity

John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of GRACE and truth.

Acts 4:33 – And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great GRACE was upon them all.

Acts 20:24 – But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the GRACE of God.

Acts 20:32 – And now I commend you to God and to the word of his GRACE, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

Romans 1:7 – To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: GRACE to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:20 – For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his GRACE as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 5:15 – But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the GRACE of God and the free gift by the GRACE of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.

Romans 6:14 – For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under GRACE.

2 Corinthians 12:9 – But he said to me, “My GRACE is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Ephesisans2:8 – For by GRACE you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 4:7 – But GRACE was given to each one of us according the measure of Christ’s gift.

HCLC – October 18, 2020 – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – Divine Service Inside

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost, October 18, 2020 by Pastor Todd Peperkorn.

Sermon Text: Matthew 22:15-22
Sermon Theme: “The Things of God“

Old Testament: Isaiah 45:1–7
Epistle : 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10
Holy Gospel: Matthew 22:15–22

We Are Recreated in the Image of God by the Cross of Christ

Plotting against Jesus, the Pharisees attempted “to entangle him in his words” by asking about the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15). The Lord pointed to coins required for the tax, and He answered that we should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). But if coins bearing the image of Caesar should be rendered to him, then man — who is made in the image of God — must be rendered to the Lord. That tax is paid for us by the Lord Jesus, the image of God in the flesh, by His self-offering on the cross. And from His cross, as the Lord’s anointed, He reigns as the true Caesar over all nations “from the rising of the sun and from the west” (Is. 45:6). The Lord once called and anointed Cyrus “to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings” (Is. 45:1). Now by the preaching of the Gospel, “in power and in the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:5), foreigners from all over the world are “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9–10).

HCAP for October 18, 2020

SUNDAY (October 18, 2020)
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
St. Luke, Evangelist
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.” (Isaiah 45:5)

Reading
“Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.” (Isaiah 45:1–3)

Meditation
God orders all things for the sake of His Bride, His Church. He will even use foreign kings, like Cyrus. Throughout history our Lord has directed people and events so that Christ could come and redeem us. They leveled the ground and prepared the way. In the same way, God will use those around you to draw you to Him by His Word.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Jane 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 for the Feast of St. Luke, Evangelist
Almighty God, our Father, Your blessed Son called Luke the physician to be an evangelist and physician of the soul. Grant that the healing medicine of the Gospel and the Sacraments may put to flight the diseases of our souls that with willing hearts we may ever love and serve You; 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 October 17, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Reading
““But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”” (Matthew 22:11–14)

Meditation
Hey, wait. Didn’t we read that all were invited to the wedding banquet? And that it was for everyone? And here is a man not dressed properly and he is cast out. What does that mean? Isaiah puts it this way, “…for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness…”(Isaiah 61:10b). God invites all to the feast. He dresses us in Christ. To refuse Christ is to not be properly dressed.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for October 16, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Reading
“And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.” (Matthew 22:1–10)

Meditation
The kingdom of heaven is Jesus. He is the bridegroom for whom the king gives a great feast. His invitation extends far and wide. All are welcome to the banquet.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Lance 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
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for October 15, 2020

THURSDAY (October 15, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Reading
“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:10–13)

Meditation
St. Paul has learned to be content. He has led a life marked by power and riches, followed by a life of suffering and need. And through all this, he has learned that there is only one true place to find contentment and peace—in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the source of our strength and our contentment.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for October 14, 2020

WEDNESDAY (October 14, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

Reading
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8–9)

Meditation
God’s peace comes as a gift to us. It is not a commodity. As Christians our identity is the crucified and risen Christ. Our life is shaped by studying and meditating on God’s Word so that we might know what is true, honorable, just, lovely, commendable and excellent.

We then put into practice those things we have learned. We practice by serving our neighbor in love.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Vicki 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
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

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