Rocklin, California

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Letter about Suspending In-person services

Update from Holy Cross on COVID-19
July 15, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though it’s waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
Psalm 46:1-3

Martin Luther paraphrased the Psalm 46 in his beautiful hymn, A Mighty Fortress is our God.

In these times of ever changing news and mandates, we cling to these words, trusting that God is indeed our refuge and strength. We have nothing to fear.

All indoor, in-person services are suspended until further notice.
On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom issued a new mandate for certain counties, including Placer County. These counties were directed to close many businesses and venues, including indoor services for places of worship. Once the restrictions are lifted, our plan will be to resume in-person services.

Beginning this week, we will again be recording the service to be posted on our website by Sunday morning. For the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost July 19, we will not be live so you may watch anytime on Sunday to participate. The service on Facebook will premiere at 8am and the service will also be posted on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/HolyCrossRocklin

We will continue to send out emails with directions about how to access the bulletin and an overview of the service on Saturday mornings.

Mercy Groups and Pastoral Care
Each of you should be in a mercy group. (If you are not in a mercy group, please contact Deaconess Pamela at [email protected] or by calling (916) 259-1792). We will be using these groups as part of the ongoing care of the Body of Christ.

Pastoral care is still available. Please contact Deaconess Pamela at (916) 249-1792 or [email protected], until July 22. Pastor Peperkorn will return from his vacation on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. In addition, you may contact any of the elders for assistance.

In Christ,
Rick Fielitz

Rick Fielitz, on behalf of the Elders

Dennis Boehle-Silva, David Hull, Paul Lenser, Tim Nunnink, Seth Pierce, Paul Schubring, Walt Wismar, Gary Yee

Worship Update and Registration for July 4/5, 2020

Dear Friends at Holy Cross,

This past Wednesday, Governor Newsom updated the guidelines for churches in the state of California. While most of the guidelines remain the same, there is one significant change which impacts us at Holy Cross. It reads as follows:

Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes.

The full guidelines may be found as a PDF document here.

The elders and I met Thursday (July 2, 2020) and had considerable discussion about how we may best comply with the state mandates. We also received very helpful counsel from our organists. How we are approaching this was a unanimous decision of the elders and musicians. This is how we will adjust our worship practices for the month of July:

  • We will use Divine Service IV, which is a mostly spoken liturgy (this was already planned).
  • We will speak the Introit/Psalm, rather than sing it.
  • We will ask the organists to play the communion distribution hymns, but the congregation will not sing them. We will encourage the congregation to meditate on the text of the hymns while the organist is playing. It’s possible later in the month that we will have soloists sing the hymns, but we will see.
  • We will continue to have the opening, sermon, and closing hymns as usual. We will also continue with whatever other sung liturgy there is (e.g. the Kyrie, Gloria, and so forth).

We considered omitting singing/chanting entirely, and decided not to do so. There are several reasons for this:

  • We are practicing both social distancing AND masks during worship. This already significantly limits the risk involved with singing. All of these practices remain in place.
  • All of the other protocols we have in place have the cumulative effect of reducing risk, such as hand sanitizers, alternating pews, and asking people to leave promptly after services.
  • Singing is an integral part of what it means to worship as Lutherans.

For each weekend in July, we are having three services:

  • 5:00 p.m. Saturday evening
  • 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning
  • 10:45 a.m. Sunday morning

We need you to register for church so we know how many people are coming. Because of social distancing, we are limited to around fifty (50) people per service.

With three services, that should be enough for everyone to attend who wants to do so. You need to register for services every week. All of the July service times are now online. Please make sure to go to the following web site to find the registration information:

Holy Cross – Register

If you can try to get to church about 20 minutes ahead of time, we should be able to get everyone seated without too much trouble. I will ask the organists to play a little bit more pre-service music than usual.

I look forward to seeing you all soon!

In Christ,

Pastor Peperkorn

P.S. 
We keep our Holy Cross Response to COVID-19 page updated on the website.  Peace be with you.

Preparation for Sunday, May 31

Pastor’s Notes for May 30
Preparation for Sunday, May 31

The Lord be with you!
We are preparing for the Pentecost service at Holy Cross and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

https://www.facebook.com/holycrossrocklin/live

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, Gloria in Excelsis, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE. There is also a download button on the church website at https://holycrossrocklin.org/.

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Readings

1st Reading: Numbers 11:24–30
Epistle: Acts 2:1–21
Gospel: John 7:37–39

Hymns

489 Hail Thee, Festival Day
497 Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord
503 O Day Full of Grace

Service Focus

The Risen Lord Jesus Pours Out the Holy Spirit

The Lord took “some of the Spirit” that was on Moses “and put it on the seventy elders” of Israel (Num. 11:25), and they “prophesied in the camp” (Num. 11:26). In the same way, our risen Lord Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost — the 50th day and the “Eighth Sunday” of Easter. When “a sound like a mighty rushing wind” and “tongues as of fire appeared” and rested on each of the 12 apostles, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” and proclaimed “the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:2–4, 11). The Lord Jesus grants this same Spirit to His Church on earth to proclaim Him glorified on the cross and risen victorious from the grave for us sinners. From His open heart, our crucified and risen Lord pours out His Holy Spirit in “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) and invites everyone who thirsts to come to Him and drink freely (John 7:37). Through this life-giving work of the Holy Spirit, we hear our pastors “telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11), and “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).

Bible Class

We are starting 1st Peter this week, the Epistle to the Exiles. Deaconess Sandra Rhein will be joining us to talk about her work as Music Educator for Asia for the Office of International Mission for the LCMS. Please find more information at https://www.lcms.org/rhein and on Facebook. You can also download her prayer card.

I hope that all of you are able to join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our page on our web site for all of our online classes.

Zoom Bible Classes

Open Q&A on Reopening

We are holding a Question and Answer Session on Zoom after the bible class from 11 – 11:30 a.m. to discuss opening the church for in-person services in Rocklin. Please join us for an open discussion on the steps the church is taking for the weekend of June 6 and 7 to open the buildings at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross at Prayer

We have a new booklet for Holy Cross at Prayer. You can download a pdf copy of this booklet at https://holycrossrocklin.org/life-together/holy-cross-at-prayer/ and daily prayers are emailed every morning. This guide will go through July 4, 2020.

You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at Holy Cross at Prayer YouTube playlist

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

In Christ,

Pastor Peperkorn

Music at Holy Cross

During this time of being away from our church building in Rocklin, we have been blessed by the talents and gifts from our many musicians. Please find links below to our YouTube channel where we host this special music.

More music will be added as this year continues. Peace be with you.

Preparation for Sunday, May 24

Pastor’s Notes for May 23
The Lord be with you!
We are preparing for the 7th Sunday after Easter, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church Facebook Live

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE. There is also a download button on the church website at https://holycrossrocklin.org/.

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Readings

1st Reading: Acts 1:12–26
Epistle: 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11
Gospel: John 17:1–11

Hymns

728 How Firm a Foundation
539 Christ Is the World’s Redeemer
664 Fight the Good Fight

Focus

Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and
His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring
forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John
17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection
(Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in
“the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to
share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).

Bible Class

We are continuing our study of Male and Female. This week, we’ll look at Romans 1: 26-27 and we’ll wrap up this study this week.

I hope that all of you are able to join us at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our page on our web site for all of our online classes.

Zoom Bible Classes

Holy Cross at Prayer
You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at Holy Cross at Prayer YouTube playlist

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

In Christ,

Pastor Peperkorn

Service Information for May 10

Preparation for Sunday, May 10

The Lord be with you!

We are preparing for the 5th Sunday of Easter, and we wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

https://www.facebook.com/holycrossrocklin/live

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. The suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE.  There is also a download button on the church website at https://holycrossrocklin.org/.

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Readings

  • 1st Reading: Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60
  • Epistle: 1 Peter 2:2–10’
  • Gospel: John 14:1–14

Hymns

  • 912 Christ Is Our Cornerstone
  • 633 At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
  • 861 Christ Be My Leader

Bible Class

We are continuing our study of Male and Female. This week, we’ll look at 1st Corinthians 6 and 7.

We hope that all of you are able to join us for this study at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our new page on our web site for all of our online classes. 

Zoom Bible Classes
Notice that you can find the times and login information for ALL of our online classes, all in one tidy place!

Holy Cross at Prayer


You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at Holy Cross at Prayer YouTube playlist


Preparation for Service May 3

Preparation for Sunday, May 3

The Lord be with you!

We are preparing for the 4th Sunday of Easter, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

https://www.facebook.com/holycrossrocklin/

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE.  There is also a download button on the church website at https://holycrossrocklin.org/.

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Readings
1st Reading: Acts 2:42–47
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:19–25 
Gospel: John 10:1–10

Hymns
692 Praise to You and Adoration
709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is
740 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb

Bible Class

We are continuing our study of Male and Female, and we are nearly through chapter five of the book of Ephesians.  We’ll start with Verse 28. I hope that all of you are able to join us for that at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our new page on our web site for all of our online classes. 

 Zoom Bible Classes

Notice that you can find the times and login information for ALL of our online classes, all in one tidy place!

 Upcoming Town Hall and Voters’ Meeting

We are having a Town Hall meeting today at 4:00 p.m., and we will be having a voters’ meeting on Saturday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. In preparation for both of these events, the planning council has prepared a survey. I hope you will take a moment to fill it out.

 Survey for Town Hall & Voters’ Meeting

Questions and Answers have been developed from the responses we have already received.  They are posted  at https://holycrossrocklin.org/member-resources/  and Levi sent an email to our members last night with the links and the agenda for this afternoon. 

 Holy Cross at Prayer

You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at 
HCAP for Saturday, May 2

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

Preparation for Sunday, April 26

Pastor’s Notes for April 25

Preparation for Sunday, April 26

The Lord be with you!

We are preparing for the Third Sunday of Easter, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

https://www.facebook.com/holycrossrocklin/

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the 10 minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE.  There is also a download button on the church website at https://holycrossrocklin.org/.

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Readings

  • 1st Reading: Acts 2:14a,36-41
  • Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-25  
  • Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

Hymns

  • 490 Jesus Lives! The Victory’s Won
  • 585 Lord Jesus Christ, with Us Abide
  • 483 With High Delight Let Us Unite

Bible Class

We are continuing our study of Male and Female, and we are partway through chapter five of the book of Ephesians. I hope that all of you are able to join us for that at about 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. You may find the information about the Zoom class by going to our new page on our web site for all of our online classes. 

Zoom Bible Classes
Notice that you can find the times and login information for ALL of our online classes, all in one tidy place!

Upcoming Town Hall and Voters’ Meeting

You will hear more about this tomorrow, but please note that we are having a Town Hall meeting next Saturday at 4:00 p.m., and we will be having a voters’ meeting on Saturday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. 
In preparation for both of these events, the planning council has prepared a survey. I hope you will take a moment to fill it out.
Survey for Town Hall & Voters’ Meeting

Last Call for Cross Photos

We are very close to putting together our project with all of these cross photos. I am super excited about it. If you have not sent me a photo of where you have your cross setup, please send it to me today. You can text it to me at 262-705-3232, or just reply to this email and send it to me. Thank you!

Holy Cross at Prayer

You can find today’s prayers on YouTube at HCAP for Saturday, April 25.

I am so looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

Preparation for the Easter Service

The Lord be with you!

We are preparing for Easter Sunday morning here, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

https://www.facebook.com/holycrossrocklin/

If you go to the above page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the thirty minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, This is the Feast, Collect, Readings, and the like. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by CLICKING HERE. 

The service begins on page 151 of Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Palm Sunday (Sunday of the Passion)

  • Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:1-6
  • Epistle: Colossians 3:1-4
  • Gospel: Matthew 28:1-10

Hymns

  • 457 Jesus Christ is Risen Today
  • 459/460 The Victimae Pascali (Christ is Arisen)
  • 461 I know That My Redeemer Lives!
  • 465 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

Easter Away From Home

I know that this is going to be a strange Easter for all of us. Of all of the Sundays of the year when you want everyone home and at church, this is probably the most important. It’s Easter! But the wonderful gift of the resurrection is that it happened in time, but its effects last for all eternity. you have a place and a home. Even if we feel like we are in Exile, Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. That is our cause for rejoicing!

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors

I mentioned this in this morning’s not, but I want to reiterate it here: tell everyone you know about our online service. Send them to our church web site. Send them to our Facebook page.  Do whatever you can to do share the word of the Good News that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. What could be more beautiful than that?

REVIEW

9:00 Service of the Word Live-streamed on Facebook and posted afterward on YouTube.

In Christ,

Pastor Peperkorn

Preparation for Palm Sunday Service

Palm Sunday

The Lord be with you!

We are preparing for Sunday morning here, and I wanted to write to you and make sure that you have all the details on how you may participate.

If you go to our Facebook Page, you should be able to see our Livestream on Sunday morning. We’ll be testing and playing around with it the thirty minutes or so beforehand, but Lord willing, we’ll have it all up and going by 9 a.m. You can access it on a phone or tablet or computer. My suggestion is that you use a computer, or even better still is put it up on a bigger screen.

The Service of the Word

This Sunday we will be doing the Service of the Word portion of the Divine Service. That means the confession and absolution, Introit, Kyrie, Collect, Readings, and the like. We will also have the Palm Sunday Procession with Palms. We obviously cannot have the Lord’s Supper. But the Word will be proclaimed, God’s praises will be sung, and we will pray to our Lord for His mercy during this time of trial.

You may download and follow along in the bulletin by following the link below:

The service begins on page 184 of the Lutheran Service Book. The readings are as follows:

Palm Sunday (Sunday of the Passion)

  • 1st Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
  • Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
  • Gospel: John 12:12-19 (Palm Sunday Procession) and John 12:20-43

Hymns

  • 442 All Glory, Laud, and Honor (Processional)
  • 444 No Tramp of Soldiers’ Marching Feet
  • 454 Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Zoom Fellowship and Bible Class

Go to Zoom.us and you can download the software. They have versions for Windows or Mac, iOS and Android. I would suggest doing it today so that you don’t have to try and figure it out tomorrow morning.

Topic: Sunday Fellowship and Bible Class 
Time: After Church (about 10) until 11:00 a.m.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/4697210444?pwd=R0tUb3VRNUhCVnlrZExWNC9QZGFJZz09

One tap mobile
+14086380968,,4697210444# US (San Jose)

Meeting ID: 469 721 0444
Password: 469494 (Notice that ZOOM now requiring a password!)

The topic for our Bible Class will be Genesis 3. We are continuing our conversation about male and female, and what we can learn from God’s Word about it.

REVIEW

9:00 Service of the Word Live-streamed on Facebook and posted afterward on YouTube.

10:00 a.m. Bible Class on Male and Female, looking at Genesis 3. This will be on Zoom. Join us!

In Christ,

Pastor Peperkorn

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