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HCAP for September 23, 2020

WEDNESDAY (September 23, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Reading
“I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.” (Philippians1:12-14)

Meditation
God’s Word often goes forth in the most unusual and often difficult circumstances. Interestingly, Paul is sitting in jail for proclaiming the good new of Jesus Christ. His imprisonment serves to advance the Gospel. People on the “outside” are talking about why Paul was imprisoned. Paul has his own mission field right inside the prison. No matter how difficult our circumstances may be, the Gospel still goes forth. The Church, while assailed on many sides is already victorious and nothing can change that.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Chris 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
Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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 September 22, 2020

TUESDAY (September 22, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Reading
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:4-5)

Meditation
God is present with His people each week as we gather around His Word and sacraments. He is present in His beauty which is shown through His steadfast love and mercy. He shelters and protects us by giving us His Son Jesus whose gifts are eternal and freely given. Fear not. The Lord is here. Now and always.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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 September 21, 2020

MONDAY (September 21, 2020)
St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Reading
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:1-3)

Meditation
The first sentence says it all: The Lord is our light and our salvation. We have nothing to fear. We sing these words in Evening Prayer, “ Jesus Christ is the light of the world. The light no darkness can overcome”. The Lord is also our salvation. He saves us. He rescues us from our enemies: sin, death and the devil. He banishes our fears by saving us from what would destroy us. Be confident in the Lord’s promises.

Silence

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

Prayer for Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist
O Son of God, our blessed Savior Jesus Christ, You called Matthew the tax collector to be an apostle and evangelist. Through his faithful and inspired witness, grant that we also may follow You, leaving behind all covetous desires and love of riches; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

HCAP for September 20, 2020

SUNDAY (September 20, 2020)
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)

Reading
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Meditation
God’s plans and reasonings are beyond our comprehension. There is no way we, with our limited and finite minds, can understand the infinite mind of God. Seeking to understand all things about God is futile. However, just because we cannot understand the ways of the Lord, we can trust in His Words and promises. God promises to never leave or forsake us. God promises to shower us with His mercy. God promises to forgive us and receive us back into His waiting and loving arms. Be at peace. God knows what we need and He provides it.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Bill, 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
Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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 September 19, 2020

SATURDAY (September 19, 2020
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“Then Peter came up and said to him, ‘Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?’ Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times. (Matthew 18:21-22)

Meditation
Forgiveness can be difficult. Oh, yes, we want to be forgiven of our sins and faults, but it can be so tempting to hold something over another person. And, what about that person who “keeps on sinning”? How does that work? Jesus responds by saying that forgiveness has no limits. In Christ and with His help, we learn to forgive one another, just as Christ has forgiven us.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Don, 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
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; 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 September 18, 2020

FRIDAY (September 18, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:10-12)

Meditation
It’s so easy to judge our fellow saints in the Lord and find fault with them. But who are we to do so when God has forgiven them? Who are we to withhold forgiveness? What if we were to get what we deserved? God, in His mercy is a God of forgiveness. In the end, all people will bow before God on the final day of judgement. God alone will be the judge.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Gary 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
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; 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 September 17, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” (Romans 14:7-9)

Meditation
Nothing can separate us form the love of Christ, neither life nor death. On the cross, Christ suffered torture, humiliation and weakness for our sakes. He redeemed us from the clutches of sin, death and the devil. He has made us part of His Body, the Church, so that we might live for others.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; 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 September 16, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He will not always chide, nor will he keep his anger forever. He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:6-12)

Meditation
God is a God of great compassion and mercy. He does not deal with us as we deserve, which would result in punishment and death. No, God gives us Himself and His forgiveness. This forgiveness is spoken, granted and complete. There is no sin, when repented, that God will hold against us. Once a sin is forgiven, it is gone. God’s steadfast love removes our stain and sin. Christ’s blood washes us clean.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Macy 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, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; 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 September 15, 2020

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

Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalm 103:1-5)

Meditation
God is a God to be praised. The greatest gift we can offer God is our praise and thanksgiving. This is what it means to “bless the Lord”. Our entire being praises God: body, mind and spirit. For God is a God who loves us, heals us and forgives us, not because of anything worthy in us, but purely because He loves us. For this we “bless God”.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Phyllis 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, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; 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 September 14, 2020

MONDAY (September 14, 2020)
Holy Cross Day
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy…” (Psalm 103:2-4)

Reading
“But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.” (Genesis 50:19-21)

Meditation
Joseph was able to see God’s hand in his deliverance after His jealous brothers sold him into slavery. Throughout the many years of being separated from his family, God used Joseph to bring about His will and save His people. Joseph had forgiven his brothers for their jealousy which led to wrong doing. He does not stand in judgement of them that they should fear him. He continues to assure them of his forgiveness. God’s forgiveness is the same. When God forgives, it is as if the offense never occurred.

Silence

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

Prayer for Holy Cross Day
Merciful God, Your Son, Jesus Christ, was lifted high upon the cross that He might bear the sins of the world and draw all people to Himself. Grant that we who glory in His death for our redemption may faithfully heed His call to bear the cross and follow Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer

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