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Music at Holy Cross

On Pentecost Sunday, we were blessed to hear the latest work from the Holy Cross Virtual Brass Ensemble.

Den Signede Dag (O Day Full of Grace) by Michael Burkhardt
Arranged for Brass and Organ by Allison Yee

Trombone and Euphonium – Matthew Yee
Organ – Allison Yee

Thank you to all of our musicians at Holy Cross. May the Lord be with you!

More special music lists are at and on YouTube.

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.

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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My Favorite Hymn: Reflections on Church Music in the Parish

Oh that is my FAVORITE HYMN!  Can we sing that more often, pastor?  This is a question that I get from time to time, and it certainly is one worth thinking about

How do we pick hymns?  Why do we sing some hymns and not others?  Is there such a thing as good hymns and bad hymns?  All of these are questions that get us to the heart of who we are as a congregation.  We could ask the question another way: what is happening when we gather Sunday morning, and how does what we do reflect what God is doing?

Let’s begin this important topic by looking to the Holy Scriptures:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  (Colossians 3:16-17 NKJV)

Several things jump out at us about church music as we examine this text.

1. Music in the Church is connected to the “Word of  Christ.”  In other words, the music we pick, the hymns we sing, etc., must hold up Christ and the Gospel first and foremost.  This may seem obvious, but much of the so-called “Christian” music out there has nothing or very little to do with Christ and His work.

2.      These psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are to be rich and full of all wisdom.  They are not to be simplistic and lead the people of God astray.  Rather, they are to uphold the very best when it comes to proclaiming the Word of Christ.

3.      This music is to be used for teaching.  In other words, Christian hymns are about doctrine!  When we give our congregation the very best of the church’s song, we are teaching them about Christ, who He is, and what He has done for us by His death and Resurrection.

4.      The music is to be used for admonishing.  This is an unusual word for us, but it is important.  Christian hymnody is to have both Law and Gospel.  It is to teach us what God demands of us in the Law, and what God gives us in His Son, Jesus Christ.

5.      Finally, Christian hymnody is to be done in the “name of the Lord Jesus.”  By upholding Christ and His work on the cross, we give thanks to God.  Our hymnody must be Christo-centric.  In other words, Jesus must not simply be mentioned, he must be at the heart and soul of our hymns.

This is a pretty high standard, isn’t it?  Yes it is.  It’s a very high standard because the proclamation of the Gospel is the most important work on earth, indeed, it is the very point of our existence as a congregation.

Now what does all this mean for us as a congregation?  It means that we work very hard at Holy Cross to sing hymns that are both familiar and new.  Some of our hymns are literally thousands of years old.  Others are almost brand new.  We hold on to the old, and we test the new to see whether the words and the music hold up to the weight of the message of the Gospel.

So next Sunday when you hear a hymn that maybe you don’t know as well, take a minute to sit back and look at it again.  Ask yourself these questions:

1.      What does this hymn tell me about my sinful nature? (The Law)

2.      Does this hymn give me Jesus and His work for me? (The Gospel)

3.      Would I want to sing this hymn when I’m on my death-bed?

4.      Will this hymn stretch and strengthen my faith in Christ?

5.      Do I want my children learning this hymn, so that they will know it for the rest of their lives?

If you do this, I am confident that the music of our church will open yours eyes to the wonder of God’s work in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world to Himself.

—–Pastor Todd Peperkorn