|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 @ Monkey Joes & Semoran Skateway
Thirty-One fundraiser @ 11 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Open Forum @ 11:30 a.m.
Camp South - Soul Survivor @ Covington, GA
Bible Class @ 7:00 p.m.
I hope your summer is going well. If you’ve had a vacation, I hope it went well. If you are on vacation, I hope that you are enjoying it. If you need a vacation, I hope you get it soon.
Today, part of King’s Camp goes to Monkey Joes while the other half goes roller skating. A fun time either way!
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Natalie Lucas is hosting aThirty-One fundraiser. (Thirty-One sells trendy and affordable purses and bags.) All of the commissions will be donated to KOK School. You may still RSVP to Natalie atNatalie.Lucas@yahoo.com. Additionally an online party will be available July 23-30 via Facebook.
This Sunday, July 23, following our service we will have an Open Forum on the flooring in the sanctuary. We have a few estimates and they range from $12,000-$35,000 for the project, depending on materials and scope of the work. Since this affects the whole congregation, we desire as much unity as possible on the project.
Monday, 20 4th-8th graders from our group will travel to Georgia for Camp South (our district’s youth camp) along with three chaperones. If you’re interested in what to expect, here is the video from last year. Lord willing, all will return Friday evening.
Looking ahead, Wednesday, August 2 is our Camp Showcase. August 5 is our Back-to-school workday. August 6 is our Annual Meeting after church. The first day of school is August 14.
That’s it for this week. Now, here is today’s devotion:
Listen to My Words
O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.
“There’s a reason God gave you two ears and one mouth!” Sadly, I have to admit that I’ve heard this rebuke more than once in my life. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own ideas, opinions, and stories that we fail to truly listen to others. Not only is this annoying to others, it can prevent us from truly growing and learning. Proverbs says, “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise” (Proverbs 19:20). It’s important to listen to others.
It’s even more important to listen to God’s instruction. Asaph, the author of Psalm 78, begins by calling out: “O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.” He calls the people to listen because he is going to recount “the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.” By listening to what God had done in the past, the people would be reminded of the Lord’s love and mercy, his care and compassion. The Lord’s faithful love in the past was their assurance in the present and their hope in the future.
We too have been called to listen. God not only speaks to us through the words of the Old Testament Scriptures but he also speaks to us through his Son Jesus Christ—all that is written of him in the New Testament. Jesus opened his mouth in parables and revealed the hidden things of God. He points out the futility of sin and God’s ancient solution. He fills our ears with the message that he has won forgiveness for sinners.
Take the time to listen to him. Open your Bible and begin by humbly praying, “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.” On Sunday morning focus your attention on the readings and the message from God’s Word in the sermon. It’s in this way that God still speaks to us to remind us of what he has done for us in the past and of what he has promised to do for us in the future. It is here that we still hear Jesus speak those hidden things of God that bring salvation for all who will listen.
Dear heavenly Father, please give me a heart that is always quick to listen than for me to speak. Help me to humbly approach your Word in private and public and to cherish the sweet truths of your love and forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.