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Holy Cross announces a unique Music and Prayer Service through the Kantorei, a renowned Men’s Choir 


Holy Cross announces a unique Music and Prayer Service through the Kantorei, a renowned Men’s Choir 

Rocklin, CA February 9, 2018 –  Holy Cross announces a music and prayer service, presented through the Kantorei, a men’s choir of pastoral students studying at Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne.   

Thursday, March 8 – 7:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
4701 Grove St.
Rocklin, CA 95677-2425

This evening prayer service will provide an opportunity for local congregations and church members to not only listen to the Kantorei, but to worship alongside, singing congregational hymns and canticles. The tour is seasonally-focused, created around the 40 solemn days of Lent.

Kantor Kevin Hildebrand directs the choir, while Associate Kantor Matthew Machemer will accompany on organ. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Pulse, professor of Exegetical Theology at CTSFW, will tour with the Kantorei, serving as liturgist and preacher for the services. This choir will travel through three western states for their annual Lenten Tour.


Located in Rocklin, CA, Holy Cross Lutheran Church is a concessionally Lutheran, liturgically traditional congregation proclaiming Jesus Christ and Him crucified for the justification of us sinners.

Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana, exists to form servants in Jesus Christ who teach the faithful, reach the lost and care for all.  Founded in 1846, CTSFW is a seminary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). Learn more about CTSFW at and the LCMS at


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Prayer, Meditation, and the Cross for Advent

Prayer, meditation, and the cross

An Advent Meditation On The Three Things That Make a Christian

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Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio

Prayer, meditation, and the cross (affliction) are the three things that make one a theologian. And really, this is what makes a Christian as well.

In this Advent series, we will look at what it means for a Christian to be in prayer, to meditate on God’s Word day and night, and to suffer the Cross as our Lord did. We pray you can join us for this journey to the manger!

What: Advent Midweek Series

When: December 6, 13 & 20

6:00 PM Soup Supper

7:00 PM Prayer and Meditation

Where: Holy Cross Lutheran Church

4701 Grove St.

Rocklin, California 95677


Do We Matter? Culture, Sexuality and the Church in an Age of Too Much Information

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A DOXOLOGY Insight Seminar at

Trinity Lutheran Church
1500 27th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 456-8701

Join us for a day of reflection about what it means to be the Christian Church in an age of too much information. We we cover topics including culture and modernity, virtue, the family and sexuality, mission in the twenty-first century, and more. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.


There is no cost for the event. We are suggesting a free-will offering of $20.

Who is this for?

Lay leaders, pastors, college students, and anyone who is interested in the identity of the Church today.


The Rev. Dr. Harold L. Senkbeil is the executive director of DOXOLOGY, has served as a parish pastor for over thirty years, and retired as an associate professor of pastoral theology from Concordia Theology Seminary. He was also the long time pastor at Elm Grove Lutheran Church in Elm Grove, Wisconsin. He is the author of a number of books, including Sanctification: Christ in Action (NPH, 1989) and Dying to Live: the power of forgiveness (CPH, 1994).

The Rev. Dr. Lucas V. Woodford is a graduate of Concordia University St. Paul and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div. and S.T.M., 2003), His first call was to First Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and he has served as Senior Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and School, Mayer, Minnesota since November of 2005.  He holds the D.Min. in Christian Outreach from Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne (2011).  His project dissertation was published as Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession? (Wipf & Stock, 2012).


9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

10:30 a.m. First Session – Cultural Trends and Faithful Mission (Senkbeil)

11:30 a.m. Second Session – Family Virtue and Sexuality (Woodford)

12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)

1:30 p.m. Third Session – Church and Mission in Light of the Third Article (Senkbeil/Woodford)

2:30 p.m. Break

2:45 p.m. Panel Discussion – Mission and Ministry Today, Bringing it Home

3:45 p.m. Closing Prayers


If there is no street parking available, the N Street Garage is right around the corner. The address is 2701 N St, Sacramento, CA 95816.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 1500 27th St., Sacramento, CA 95816. The church office is 916-456-8701.

This seminar is co-hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church, Sacramento, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Rocklin

Five Years a California Pastor

My installation at Holy Cross on August 19, 2011.

Five years ago today I was installed as pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Rocklin, California. As with many things, it seems like it was both yesterday and a thousand years ago. But here are a few of my thoughts that have bubbled up along the way.

  1. It takes about five years to get to know a congregation, and another five years to get to know a community. Years ago a seasoned pastor told me that, and I think it is generally true. Holy Cross is very much home for us now, and it is hard for me to imagine being anywhere else. California and Rocklin are still a bit surreal, but I expect that will keep coming along the way. It just takes a certain number of major life events to really get to know people. Baptisms, confirmations, weddings, and funerals all shape the pastoral relationship with a congregation, as well as the week-to-week preaching and teaching and celebrating the Eucharist together.
  2. California is not as weird as I thought. People are people, and while the context of ministry changes from place to place, our common humanity binds us together more than it separates. While there are some unique pastoral challenges here that weren’t in the Midwest, the Word remains the same, and Jesus remains the same in Wisconsin, or California, or to the uttermost parts of the earth.
  3. Our common humanity is not as clear as it once was. The things that bind us together as human beings continue to become more blurry. Marriage, family, children, things that were once obvious and taken for granted are less so now. It’s hard to pin down, but there is a shift going on, no doubt about it. I have found myself addressing more issues of human sexuality today than I have in the past, and I believe that will continue and expand, not revert back to what it once was.
  4. I love my family, and I recognize the sacrifices that they continue to make in order for me to serve Holy Cross. I’m not saying this because their sacrifices are so much bigger or more pious than anyone else. It is, however, a simple reality that we are really, really far away from our families. That continues to be the single biggest challenge to our living here.
  5. I have grown as a pastor since being here. Going to a new congregation was very good for me as a pastor, even though it was terribly hard for me to leave all our friends in Kenosha. I am a bit more circumspect and a less impulsive when it comes to pastoral care and congregational leadership. Plus moving gives me a whole new opportunity to mess up and receive forgiveness! That has to be good.

Those are my thoughts on this Friday morning. Now it’s time to write a funeral sermon for a dear parishioner, finish up things for Sunday, and begin year six!

Letter Regarding First Communion at Holy Cross

[The following letter was mailed to members of our congregation on June 4. -ed]

June 4, 2015

Dear Members and Friends of Holy Cross,

This coming Sunday is an exciting day in the life of our congregation. This past year we spent about six months studying the doctrine of the Lord’s Supper, and the centrality of our Lord’s Body and Blood for the life of the Christ. A part of that study (conducted on Sunday mornings in Bible class) was also looking at both when and how one prepares to receive Holy Communion.

Our elders and I have been studying this off and on for some time as well. The end of our study was the following pastoral practice which we adopted in the Spring of 2014:

Pastoral Practice Regarding First Communion and Confirmation of Children at Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Adopted by the Board of Elders

March 2014

Pastoral practice regarding First Communion:

That Holy Cross Lutheran Church admit children to Holy Communion when the pastor, the child, the parents and at least one elder all concur that the child is prepared to receive Christ’s Body and Blood in Holy Communion. “Preparation” shall include but not be limited to a clear confession of faith in the Gospel by means of reciting by heart the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, by being examined and absolved by the pastor (Individual Confession and Absolution), and by verbally expressing their desire to receive Christ’s Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins.

Pastoral practice regarding Confirmation:

That Holy Cross Lutheran Church confirm those children in the Christian Faith who can recite by heart the Small Catechism of Dr. Martin Luther with Explanation, who have been examined and absolved, and who are able to confess the faith and answer the questions placed upon confirmands in the Rite of Confirmation found in the Lutheran Service Book.


The reason for this practice is simple: It is of great benefit for all Christians to receive Christ’s Body and Blood, and that we should be about giving our children Jesus as much as possible, and as soon as possible.

The challenges and opportunities for this proposed policy are several:

  • By separating confirmation and first communion, we run the risk of denigrating the importance of the rite of confirmation. On the other hand, this also raises the importance of the regular reception of the Lord’s Supper.
  • This practice, while gaining acceptance in the LCMS as a whole, is not universally accepted, and does require explanation.
  • Because this is based on the confession of faith of the individual and not an arbitrary age, it makes the practice appear random, when in fact this is more consistent with our understanding of worthiness of receiving the Sacrament.
  • While there is no explicit age requirement for either first communion or confirmation, both imply knowledge and understanding at different levels, as well as a verbal confession of the faith.
  • Exceptions are, by definition, extraordinary. They will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

This coming Sunday, June 7, we will be offering the Lord’s Supper to five young people who have been preparing for this with their families for some time. They have all been examined by me in the presence of our deaconess, their parents, and at least one elder. We have all concurred that each child has confessed the faith, recognizes what they are desiring and why they desire it, and that they are “truly worth and well prepared” to receive Christ’s Body and Blood. This is done by what is called the “Rite of First Communion Prior to Confirmation”. I will make it available on our web site.

I pray you will join me and all the church in rejoicing with these young people and their families as they continue to grow in Christ and in love for their neighbor.

If you have any questions or concerns about this practice, please feel free to speak to me or to one of the elders. I remain

Yours in Christ,

Todd A. Peperkorn, STM

Bible Classes at Holy Cross (Fall 2014)


Sunday Morning: The Lord’s Supper

What is the Lord’s Supper? Why is it important and how do our beliefs differ from other Christian churches? Join us this fall on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn.

Lutheranism 101

This adult instruction class goes through the basics of what it means to be a Christian in simple language. There’s lots of room for questions, and even lifelong Lutherans will learn plenty! It meets in the fellowship hall at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn


Women’s Lifelight Study

This class meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons in the conference room by the kitchen.  This fall they are studying Timothy, Titus, and Philemon.  It begins September 16  Led by various members of the group.


Men’s Bible Breakfast – Gospel of John

Every Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. several men from our congregation meet at Venita Rhey’s Restaurant on Granite Dr. to study the Scriptures. Led by Pastor Peperkorn

Women’s Bible Study

This class of women meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Conference Room (by the kitchen) to study, pray and rejoice together as God gives light by His Word. Led by Dcs. Boehle-Silva.


This class focuses on learning the stories in the Bible that every Christian should know. It is for children 3rd grade and up. Classes begin at 7:00 p.m. and start with a devotion with Pr. Peperkorn in the fellowship hall. Taught by Mrs. Patricia Hull.


Learn the nuts and bolts of what it means to be a Christian! This is the basic course for young people leading to confirmation. For children fifth grade and up. Classes begin at 7:00 p.m. and start with a devotion with Pr. Peperkorn in the fellowship hall. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn and Dcs. Boehle-Silva.


Dig deep into God’s Word and hear the story of salvation in the whole Bible. Class begins at 7:00 p.m. in the  conference room. Taught by Pr. John-Paul Meyer.


Doulos Men’s Bible Study – The Gospel of John

One of our longer standing Bible classes, Doulos (Greek for “servant”) meets at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays in the conference room. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn.

Lincoln Hills Bible Study

Join the retirees of Lincoln Hills as they study God’s Word and have a bit of dessert afterwards! Meets at 2 p.m. on Thursdays at various people’s homes in the Lincoln area.

Table Talk: The Creeds

What are these things that we confess every Sunday? Where did they come from and why do I confess them? Come and learn about the study of the Creeds at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays. This class is open to men and women, as well as young adults of all ages. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn

Women’s Bible Study

Laugh and enjoy God’s Word together with the women of our congregation! This class studies various topics and reads books together. They meet at Dcs. Boehle-Silva’s home. Led by Dcs. Boehle-Silva.


Men’s Bible Study – The Gospel of John

This class studies the Scriptures with lots of discussion and conversation. Join us at the Salazar home at 9:00 a.m. on Friday mornings. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn


Monthly Bible Breakfast

This year we will be learning more about the religions of the world, with a special focus on non-Christian religions common in the Sacramento area. Join us for breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the study for an hour, beginning at 8:00 a.m. We meet the third Saturday of every month.  Open to men, women and young adults. Taught by Pr. Peperkorn.

A Brief Catalog of Press Stories Regarding President Harrison’s Testimony Before Congress on Religious Freedom

A Brief Catalog of Press Stories Regarding President Harrison’s Testimony Before Congress on Religious Freedom

(Via Witness, Mercy, Life Together Blog.)

We discussed this question in depth in Bible Class this morning.  While I haven’t been able to post my slideshow yet, this article hits the highlights.

Pastor Peperkorn