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The Great Three Days

We are about to embark on the Great Three Days, which begins on Thursday evening and goes through Easter Sunday. This is the most important time of the year for us as Christians because it brings us into sharp focus on who we are, and what our God has done for us in His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Unlike last year, though, we have the opportunity now to come to church, to receive His Gifts, to meditate on His Word, and to rejoice that He gives us His own body and blood for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

There are many opportunities for you to come and worship over the next several days. You can see the schedule below. If you are able, though, please go and register for whatever services you are attending. Here is the registration address:

Registration for Holy Cross Services

I would also especially like to encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to join us for the 11 a.m. service on Easter Morning. This service will be outside, we will have our brass ensemble, and it will be a wonderful celebration! We can hold as many people as the parking lot and the field will hold, so bring everyone you can!


God’s richest blessings to you all during this holy week. I look forward to seeing each of you very soon.

Holy Cross at Prayer
Please visit https://holycrossrocklin.org/life-together/holy-cross-at-prayer/ and you can download the latest prayer devotions for Palm Sunday – Easter IV.

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

Update from Pastor for December 9, 2020

Update from Pastor for December 9, 2020

Dear friends,

There are a number of things going on today that warrant a quick note to all of you. Here they are in order of what comes out of my head at the time:

HCAP with No Audio
So some of you may have had trouble with Holy Cross at Prayer on YouTube this morning. My apologies. If you couldn’t get the sound to work, I recorded it again:

HCAP for December 9, 2020 (with Audio)

Advent Meditation tonight on Zoom
This evening we will have the second of our meditations on the Song of Advent. Tonight we will specifically be looking at the Visitation from Luke 1:39-45. Here’s the link:

Zoom Link to Advent Meditation for December 9

What about Sunday Services with the Shelter-in-place Order?

Many of you have probably also see that the Sacramento region has dropped under 15% ICU beds. This means that as of midnight on December 10, we will be in the full shelter-in-place guidelines.

HOWEVER, two of the categories of exceptions affect us:

Pre-K and Kindergartens (and all schools) continue with whatever in-person levels they had before.

And Churches may continue to have outdoor services.

What this means for us is that Holy Cross Lutheran Academy can still operate as they have been doing.

It also means that we may continue to do our outdoor services. To that end, here is the link for the registration for this coming Sunday:

Link for Registration for Sunday, December 13 at 11:00 a.m. OUTDOORS and IN-PERSON

From my perspective, the outdoor service went very well last week. It was in the upper 50s, We currently are at 50/50 on whether we will be able to have service in-person on Sunday, as there is a chance of rain. We will make the call for that no later than Saturday evening.

Stay tuned, watch your email and the church web site, and we’ll let you know what it looks like! If you believe you will be attending Sunday, please register.

God bless you all. 

In Christ,
Pastor Peperkorn

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


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