|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. = Reformation
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = John
This Week's Schedule
Workday @ 8:00 a.m.
Dinner Around Town @ 6:30 p.m. @ Willow Tree, Sanford
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Choir Practice @ 11:15 a.m.
Elders Meeting @ 11:30 a.m.
Pastors Conference @ West Melbourne
BYD Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
John Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship w/ Communion @ 7:00 p.m.
If you missed the post-Irma update, you can see it here. Of those who lost power, about half have it restored. School is back in session for those who can make it.
Tomorrow (Saturday), we are having a special workday. In preparation for the new sanctuary flooring to be installed next week, we need to remove all the pews, altar furniture and anything else sitting on the floor of the areas getting redone. The pews will be moved to the gym where we will be having service on Sunday. They are also getting reinforced. Your muscle is needed. At the same time, there is still a little clean-up needed around campus, mainly from broken branches still dangling in the trees.
Saturday evening is our Dinner Around Town at the Willow Tree in Sanford at 6:30 p.m. The reservation is for 40. There is still room for a few more. Also, if you signed up and know that you will not make it, please let Cindy know (407-925-5976). The food is always fabulous and the live music is fun.
Sunday, King’s Quest, ACTs and Adult Bible Class will meet as usual at 9 a.m. The 10 a.m. service will be in the gym (see above).
Next Saturday is another workday to reinstall everything. Next Sunday is the first Sunday Funday of the year. School kids sing. Lunch is provided. And there will be a special presentation on bullying (prevention).
Only four weeks until our special 50th Anniversary service! October 8, 4:00 p.m. There is choir practice right after the service.
Finally, please continue to pray for those effected by Irma. Now, here’s today’s devotion:
The Response of Faith
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
Those who know me know that I’ve always been a little uneasy when applause is given in response to a Christian’s acts of Christian service. (My children have teased me about this and my “applause” announcements.)
My discomfort comes from the understanding that the good we do, we do first for the Lord, second for the benefit of others, and way down the list “because it make me feel good” or “I like the praise I receive.” That doesn’t mean we can’t or shouldn’t acknowledge service done well or encourage those who do it; I just wrestle with the best way to express this.
Ultimately, the works are my joyous responsibility to serve the Lord to the best of my God-given abilities on any given day. Likewise, we always have the happy privilege of letting the light of Christ shine through us into the world. Just as trees are planted to produce fruit, and the sun was created to give light during the day, so the love of Christ compels us to live for Christ, including our works of service to others.
When people take notice of your deeds of faith, when you notice the Spirit at work in the lives of others, whom do you thank? It’s not wrong to thank people, but don’t forget the words of Paul that are quoted above. Paul thanked his God. That ought to be our first response, too. Thank God that there are people who let the light of Christ shine. Thank God for giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.
Is it wrong to thank others for their acts of faith? No. But it can give the wrong impression. It may lead to selfish pride. We are better served, and more importantly, God is better served, when he is thanked.
Thank God, for it is God who called us to be holy. God gave us faith in Jesus our Savior. God protected us from the storm. God gave us the ability to help others, and the faith from which that love flows.
“I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you,” for your deeds of kindness and sacrificial love.
Heavenly Father, thank you for shining the light of the glory of Christ into my heart of darkness. Lead me always, by the message of Christ, to live a life of thanks and praise to you. Amen.