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HCAP for July 8, 2020

WEDNESDAY (July 8, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Reading
“At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.” (Matthew 11:25–26)

Meditation
Such strange words Jesus speaks. But Jesus is no fool. His Words of salvation have fallen on deaf ears. Intellect, religious or social standing does not make one a believer. In fact, these are often the things that get in the way of believing. Trust reveals the greatness of the One who brings life. Trust, a gift from God, is what opens the hearer to hear the sweet words of the Gospel. Trust, another way of describing faith, is the way of humility and surrender.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Mavis 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)
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; 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 7, 2020

TUESDAY (July 7, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Reading
“So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” (Romans 7:21–25)

Meditation
Christ is our deliverer. He who knew no sin, became sin for us so that we might have freedom in Him. By His wounded hands, feet and side, we are delivered. By His pummeled and torn flesh, we are redeemed. There is no need to fear the great deceiver. Christ is victorious over sin, death and the devil. Let us look to Christ for deliverance and for healing.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Lord Jesus Christ, be with Gary 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)
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; 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 6, 2020

MONDAY (July 6, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Reading
“For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.” (Romans 7:14–20)

Meditation
Living under the law, keeps us captive to our sin and our sinful selves. The law only condemns. It does not save us, and our efforts to break free from sin only lead to failure. Failure renders us vulnerable and fallible. This is where the Gospel comes in. Christ in His mercy, frees us from ourselves.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Heavenly Father, bless Denise 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 (from Sunday)
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; 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 5, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 5, 2020

SUNDAY (July 5, 2020)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Reading
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.” (Zechariah 9:9–12)

Meditation
The prophet Zechariah gives his people a foretaste of what is to come. The children of Israel will behold their king, Jesus, riding on a donkey. A king who is not a mighty warrior—though He is that. A king who is not interested in self-promotion—though He does that for our sakes. A king who rides majestically in His humility before His ultimate humility on the cross.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Mike, 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
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, Your mercy attends us all our days. Be our strength and support amid the wearisome changes of this world, and at life’s end grant us Your promised rest and the full joys of Your salvation; 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 4, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 4, 2020

SATURDAY (July 4, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
““Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.”” (Matthew 10:40–42)

Meditation
Jesus sends out the twelve apostles, girding them up for the sufferings and rejections they will encounter for His sake. Sufferings and persecutions which will intensify after His death and resurrection. As they speak in His name, it is as if they speak with His voice. The same is true of our pastors today. They are the voice of Christ, proclaiming the truth of His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. Words that bring life to us week in and week out.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Teresa. 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 God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; 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 3, 2020

FRIDAY (July 3, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
““Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:34–39)

Meditation
Christ demands more than a comfortable Christianity. In fact, to be a follower of Christ is probably going to be highly unpopular. To be a follower of Christ may mean losing friends. To be a follower of Christ may mean that family members turn against you and even shun you. To be a follower of Christ means giving up one’s self—one’s very life and all that goes with it. Christ demands are high. He will settle for nothing less than one’s life—one’s body and soul. And in Christ we have true life.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Dianne 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, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; 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 2, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 2, 2020

THURSDAY (July 2, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.” (Romans 7:12–13)

Meditation
There is no excuse for sin. And yet, we are sinful and unclean, to the point of death. Looking at our sins is not fun. Sin is sin. It brings destruction and death. God’s law is good and holy, given to us in love. God’s law serves to show us our sins—no matter how trivial they may seem,—so that we might repent and receive the gift of forgiveness, life and peace. Forgiven, we stand before God needing no excuse.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Show your grace to Logan 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 God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; 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 1, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – July 1, 2020

WEDNESDAY (July 1, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead. I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died. The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” (Romans 7:7–12)

Meditation
God’s law is good and holy. It serves to show us our sin. But, the law does not produce life, in fact it brings death. In order to have new life in Christ, we die to sin—not that this is something we do. Oh, quite the contrary. We die to sin in our baptism where the old Adam is drowned. We die to sin each day as we confess our sins, (and drown that old Adam again and again), emerging forgiven.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Be with Lucy 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)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; 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 June 30, 2020

TUESDAY (June 30, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.” (Romans 7:1–6)

Meditation
The law convicts and kills. It shows us our sin and our need for Christ. The way of life and freedom is in Christ alone. While we still sin daily, daily we are forgiven and renewed.

Silence

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

Prayer of the Week (from Sunday)
Almighty God, by the working of Your Holy Spirit, grant that we may gladly hear Your Word proclaimed among us and follow its directing; 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 June 29, 2020

Holy Cross at Prayer – June 29, 2020

MONDAY (June 29, 2020)
St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39)

Reading
“Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.”” (Jeremiah 28:5–9)

Meditation
The people don’t know it, but Hananiah is lying. He is considered a false prophet—one who offers slick promises, but is unable to deliver what he says for he speaks not from God, but from darkness. These false voices are seductive, leading us to want what sounds good and pleasing to our ears, except they are the voices of death. The Voice of life is Christ. He alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Silence

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

Prayer for The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, Apostles
Merciful and eternal God, Your holy apostles Peter and Paul received grace and strength to lay down their lives for the sake of Your Son. Strengthen us by Your Holy Spirit that we may confess Your truth and at all times be ready to lay down our lives for Him who laid down His life for us, even 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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