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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

HCAP for September 13, 2020

SUNDAY (September 13, 2020)
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
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
“When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. (Genesis 50:15–17)

Meditation
Joseph’s brothers are still troubled by their past sin of selling Joseph into slavery, and doubt his forgiveness. Luther has this to say, “For it is not without great difficulty that the heart longs for the kindness and pardon of God, from whom it flees and turns away by nature when it feels that He has been offended by many great and enormous sins. Then it is hard to grant admittance to consolation, and it is difficult for remission to cling to the heart, no matter with how many promises and with how many signs of God’s goodwill it has been confirmed. From this one can gather what a sharp poison sin is in man’s nature.” (AE 8:324)

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Wilhelmina, O Lord, and teach her 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 12, 2020

SATURDAY (September 12, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (Matthew 18:20)

Reading
““If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (Matthew 18:15–20)

Meditation
Being in Christ means being in family, in a community gathered around His name. Sin seeks to divide us, drive us apart, divorce the family and wreak havoc wherever it can. This is why reconciliation is so important. That is why loosing and binding sins is at the heart of the Christian Church and her mission.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
O Lord, in Holy Baptism you put your Name upon Sarah. 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)
O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; 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 11, 2020

FRIDAY (September 11, 2020)
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“…where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”” (Matthew 18:20)

Reading
““See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:10–14)

Meditation
God looks out for the lost ones, always. No one is too lost for God. He will seek you out and find you, and when He does, all of heaven and earth will rejoice at your finding! Our heavenly Father wants no one lost in His Kingdom, and so sends His Good Shepherd to seek us out.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Father, we lift up Calvin 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 (from Sunday)
O God, from whom all good proceeds, grant to us, Your humble servants, Your holy inspiration, that we may set our minds on the things that are right and, by Your merciful guiding, accomplish them; 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

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