|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
This Week's Schedule
King's Camp @ Kennedy Space Center
Workday @ 8:00 a.m.
Faber Funeral @ 3:30 p.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Annual Meeting @ 11:30 a.m.
Bible Class w/ Communion @ 7:00 p.m.
Today, King’s Camp closes out the summer with a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. We thank all of our counselors: Hannah, Emma, Tara and Nina, plus our subs Paul and Destiny. We thank the parents who entrusted their kids to us. And we thank the Lord for the blessings which followed.
Tomorrow, 8/5/17, is our back-to-school workday. There are many projects to tackle including cleaning, yard work, painting, and the assembly of five picnic tables. The fun begins at 8 am and your help is needed.
Then, at 3:30 pm, is the Owen Faber funeral service. Owen was a long-time member who did so much for our congregation. He has fought the good fight and has finished his race. He is at rest with his Savior.
This Sunday is our Annual Voters Meeting. Annual reports highlight the events of last year while drawing attention to what we hope to accomplish this year. We will also vote to approve the sanctuary flooring plan. All are invited.
Next Sunday is our Back-to-School service and dinner. Our worship service highlights the value of Christian Education. Bibles are handed out to our 3rd graders. Then, after the service, there is a potluck dinner where the main dish is provided. Please join us!
Finally, if you’d like to watch the Camp South video from last week, click here.
That’s it for this week. Now, here is today’s devotion:
Are You Loved?
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Did your parents make you feel special and loved no matter what? Some parents do a good job of expressing their love. They may even point to specific things that make their child so special: “You’re so smart and creative.” “You’re fun and joyful.” “You’re kind and hard-working.” Other parents score an epic fail when it comes to expressing love and making their child feel special.
No matter what mom or dad thinks, there’s an opinion that’s even more important. What does God, our perfect, heavenly Father, say about you? Is it something like what your parents might list for you: patient, or fun-loving, or kind, or hardworking? Is it something in YOU or that YOU produce that makes you special to God? Consider this: Our perfect, holy God sees more than just our “nice” features. He sees our hateful, hurtful, sinful and rebellious actions, words, thoughts, and attitudes. For that reason, we are not worthy of God’s praise and affection. We deserve the opposite—his punishment.
Doesn’t that sad truth make the words of today’s Bible verses all the more amazing! When God wants to give us confidence and comfort, he tells us about the awesome and eternal things he’s done for you and me. When God wants you to know what makes you special, he directs your attention to what he’s done for you. The Holy Spirit worked through God’s Word and called you to faith. God knew you and chose you even before he created the world. God declares you not guilty. You are God’s child—justified and glorified. God has done all this for you. This makes you special. You’re treasured by God—just look at all he has done for you!
As if that were not enough good news piled on great news, God started these verses with another promise. God says he loves us so much that he even works all things for our eternal good. How God works good despite our sin and the tragedies of this sin-filled world can baffle us. Thankfully, God working good in all things for you and me does not depend on our ability to understand all the how’s and why’s. It depends on our gracious God’s infinite wisdom, his boundless love, his limitless power and his absolute faithfulness to his promises.
And so on this day you say with trust, “This is my God. He saved me. I will rejoice and be glad.”
Forget the daily grind. Forget the stress. Forget the shame. It’s a blessed day!
Lord God, with your perfect love you had mercy on me. Thank you for not giving me what I deserve, but instead forgiving my sins, calling me to faith and giving me heaven as my eternal home. Whether or not I see how, give me confident faith that you do as you promise—you work all things for my eternal good. Amen.