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HCAP for November 17, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

Reading
“Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1–5)

Meditation
Christ is our only peace and security. He is our light, and He lights the path before us so we need not live in darkness and fear. The last days will come, and those living in the darkness will be taken by surprise—they won’t be ready to stand before the throne of Christ. But we, dear brothers and sisters in Christ, will stand before the throne in awe, face to face with the One who gave His life to give us life eternal.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; 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 November 16, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

Reading
“The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.” (Zephaniah 1:14–16)

Meditation
The great day of the LORD is near. There is an urgency to the prophet Zephaniah’s words here. He paints a picture of reversal—creation is turned upside down. Instead of light, there is darkness and gloom and death. Destruction looms. The end times will rock the cosmos and all attention will be on the LORD. Believers will stand before the throne in the security of God’s grace.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless James 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
Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; 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

HCLC – November 15, 2020 – Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost – Divine Service

Preached at Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, November 15, 2020 by Pastor John-Paul Meyer, Sermon Text: Matthew 25:14-30

Sermon Theme: “Fear Not in Christ“

Old Testament: Zephaniah 1:7–16
Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11
Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:14–30

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Engenders Our Forgiveness of Others

The Day of the Lord is “near and hastening fast,” and it will be “a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation” (Zeph. 1:14, 15). The Lord will search out and punish “the men who are complacent” concerning His Word, “who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud” (Zeph. 1:9, 12). Then all their works and efforts will be for nothing: “Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them” (Zeph. 1:13). But those who fear, love and trust in the Lord are “good and faithful” stewards of His property (Matt. 25:21). They live by faith in His free gift of forgiveness, and they multiply His goods in the loving forgiveness of their neighbor, and “the master of those servants” settles His accounts with them by the gracious reckoning of His Gospel (Matt. 25:19). Likewise, “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:9). Therefore, let us also “put on the breastplate of faith and love” in our dealings with one another (1 Thess. 5:8).

HCLC – November 15, 2020 – Bible Class – 2 Timothy 3 – “Keeping the Faith in the Last Days”

Bible Class – “2 Timothy 3” led by Pastor John-Paul Meyer on November 15, 2020.

2 Timothy 3:1-17 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 – THE MORAL CONDITION OF THE WORLD
1 Why do we believe that we are living in the last days, the time near the end of the world?
2 Which sins mentioned by Paul are especially common today? Why are these a peril to Christians?

6. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always leaning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.

10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 TIMOTHY 6-13 – THE ATTITUDE OF THE WORLD TOWARD THE CHURCH
3 What false teachers and cults have been working actively in homes and among women?
4 Why do so many people believe the ridiculous claims of false teachers and religious quacks?
5 Are Christians still persecuted today?
6 How does the world show that it hates the true believers?
7 Why is persecution a blessing to the church?

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salivation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

2 TIMOTHY 14-17 – THE SOURCE OF THE CHRISTIAN’S POWER
8 Who taught Timothy the Scriptures (2 Timothy 1:2,5)
9 How long should one continue to study the Bible? Why?
10 In what respects is the Bible different from all other books?
11 How do we know that every word in the Bible was written by divine inspiration (2 Peter 1:21; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; John 5:39)?
12 Why should we hold firmly to the doctrine of verbal (the very words and not just the thoughts) and plenary (each and every word) inspiration?

THE BELIEVER’S SECURITY IN AN EVIL WORLD
Why may we rely upon every statement in the Bible as absolute truth, even when it foretells what will happen in future times? We have the clearest answer to this question in our text when it makes the claim that it is the inspired Word of God. We also have a practical proof that this claim is true. The chapter that we are studying pictures conditions in the world just as they are today. The Holy Spirit showed Paul what dangers would threaten Christians as the world approached its end.

HCAP for November 15, 2020

SUNDAY (November 15, 2020)
Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.” (1 Thessalonians 5:5)

Reading
“Be silent before the Lord GOD! For the day of the LORD is near; the LORD has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. And on the day of the LORD’s sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king’s sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud.” (Zephaniah 1:7–9)

Meditation
Words of judgement make us squirm a bit. They sound so raw and unyielding. However, Christ has given us the appropriate attire to come before the Master. He has clothed us in the Baptismal garments of His righteousness. He has marked us as His own. We are redeemed, forgiven and loved.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Art, O Lord, and teach him 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 ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You. Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; 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 November 14, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’” (Matthew 25:6)

Reading
“And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:10–13)

Meditation
Harsh words here, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.” Oh, the depth of pain and desolation those words will cause to those who have fallen away. Jesus comes to us with His gifts of Love. He comes to us, week in and week out, in the Divine Service to deliver His gifts. He doesn’t hold back. In fact He delights in lavishing us with His love, His forgiveness, His mercy and His protection. All we need to do is avail ourselves of these gifts. So, come, hear the Words of life, be fed at the Lord’s Table.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Linda. 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)
Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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 November 13, 2020

FRIDAY (November 13, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’” (Matthew 25:6)

Reading
“As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’” (Matthew 25:5–9)

Meditation
How often we go through life thinking—or perhaps, more aptly put—without thinking. Deluding ourselves into believing that we can make it on our own. Perhaps our “good deeds” will save us. Perhaps the faith of another will save us. Jesus says quite clearly, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Jesus is the only way of salvation. And here’s the astonishing thing—Jesus gives Himself freely.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Sydney (Pierce) 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)
Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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 November 12, 2020

THURSDAY (November 12, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’” (Matthew 25:6)

Reading
““Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” (Matthew 25:1–4)

Meditation
The Bible is full of wedding talk, from the first wedding of Adam and Eve to being prepared at the end times. Christ is the bridegroom, and we, the Church, His bride. In this case, the virgins are the members of the Church. Do we know whose we are? Do we live out our lives in Christ or have we wandered away? Do we come to the place where the gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation are given or do we put going to church on the back burner. Faith is a gift to be cherished and nourished, so come, receive the gifts.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Riley 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)
Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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 November 11, 2020

WEDNESDAY (November 11, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’” (Matthew 25:6)

Reading
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18)

Meditation
These are very descriptive words of the last day—the day of judgement and joy. Judgement for those who do not believe. Joy for all believers who will rise with Christ. First those who have died in the faith, then all believers. A joyous day indeed. St. Paul writes these words to encourage and strengthen us on our journey.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Sydney 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)
Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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 November 10, 2020

TUESDAY (November 10, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’” (Matthew 25:6)

Reading
“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13–15)

Meditation
When someone we love dies, we grieve. Death causes chaos and pain, and we are often left in deep sorrow. Grieve, yes, but not as those who have no hope. Our hope lies in Christ. Our hope lies in His death and resurrection. That is our hope—that we too, and those we love who have died in the faith, will be resurrected and be face to face with Christ.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Sam 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)
Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; 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

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