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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 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 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