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. = Judges
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = Romans
This Week's Schedule
Soccer Tournament @ Peace LS, Kissimmee, FL
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Funday Waterday @ 11:30 a.m.
Elders Meeting @ 11:30 a.m.
Pastors Circuit @ 9:00 a.m. @ Palm Coast
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Romans Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service @ 7:00 p.m.
On Sunday, King of Kings called Pastor Jeremy Cares of Lubbock, TX, to be our next pastor. Pastor Cares is married with two children, ages 5 & 7. He has served his present congregation for the past five years. He served a congregation in Wisconsin for five years prior to that. If you would like to reach out to Pastor Cares, his cell is 806-773-0516 and his email is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do email him, be sure to identify yourself and share with him why you’d like him to come serve here at KOK or simply that you are praying for him.
Today, most of our school is at the SALSA Soccer Tournament in Kissimmee. Go Crusaders!
This Sunday, April 29, is our last Sunday Funday. The school kids sing in the service. After church, there will be a special water-fun day including a giant waterslide. It is a great opportunity to invite parents with kids who might be interested in our school. Lunch will be provided.
Next week, May 6, we will have our youth confirmation service. The following 8th graders are prepared to be confirmed: Isaac Schumann, Faith Shimick, Madeira Wilde and Darcy Zobel. A cake and punch reception will take place in the FLC after the service.
The deadline for Camp South 2018 is upon us. The deadline for registration is April 30th (Monday). The cost is $285 per participant. The dates are July 23-27. Pastor Schumann from Crown of Glory will serve as one chaperone and will drive the group up there. Please submit the money to the church office ASAP.
Finally, the WELS is working on a new hymnal. 470 of the approximately 650 hymns come from 700+ hymns in Christian Worship and Christian Worship Supplement. That also means that 200+ hymns will be eliminated. If you’d like to know which ones are slated for removal, go to welshymnal.com. You also have the opportunity to request “saving” some of your favorites.
Now, here’s today’s devotion:
“Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
In San Jose, California, there is a set of keys that will let you in to a strange and massive house. It’s called the Winchester Mansion, and there’s nothing like it anywhere. The person responsible for building it was Sarah Winchester, the widow of the man who invented the famous rifle. At a time when workmen earned 50 cents a day, the mansion cost 5 million dollars. The mansion has 160 rooms, 17 chimneys, 13 bathrooms, 47 fireplaces, and 10,000 window panes.
What makes the mansion unique, however, is not just the size. It’s the design. All throughout the house are stairs that lead nowhere, hallways that dead-end, doors that open to brick walls. And here’s why. Not long after her husband’s death, a spiritualist had convinced Mrs. Winchester that as long as she kept adding on to the house, she would never die. And so that’s what she did. With her vast fortune, Sarah Winchester kept construction crews working on her house non-stop for 38 years.
But her keys to the house were not the keys to eternal life. Sarah Winchester died in 1922.
There’s another set of keys. These keys are different. These keys are in the hand of Jesus. In our place Jesus died. He died for our every sin. Then he rose from death. In doing this he demonstrated who he is. He is death’s Master. Death must answer to him.
It’s true, each of us can still expect our bodies to wear out and die, as Sarah Winchester’s did. But remember. Jesus has the keys. He has unlocked the door of death. He’s pushed it wide open. And through that door lies eternal life.
Risen Lord, you are death’s Master. You hold its keys. It must answer to you. When death touches my life, bring me comfort and joy in who you are. Amen.