We’ve had a great first week of King’s Camp. We had sixteen camper this week and expect double next week. Emma, Tara, Hannah and Nina have all had a blast with the kids. Today they head to Chuck E. Cheese. What fun!
This Sunday is Pentecost. Sometimes called the Birthday of the Christian Church, the Lord poured out the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and over 3,000 people were brought to faith that day.
After the service, we are having a potluck dinner to say farewell to the Gurgel and Rysavy families. The Gurgel family is moving to Minnesota and Brad’s new call to be principal there. The Rysavy family is moving to Kentucky for personal and job-related reasons. We pray that the Lord goes with them and are thankful for their years of service here at King of Kings.
Sunday School, ACTs and Sunday Bible Class are all off for the summer. We will resume each in September. We are offering a special summer adult Bible Class Wednesdayevenings in place of the regular evening worship service, 7pm. The Lord's Supper will still be offered after Bible class on appropriate Wednesdays.
The next Dinner Around Town is now scheduled. We’re going to the 4th Street Grill in Lake Mary, Saturday, June 17th @ 6:30 pm. A sign-up list will be posted in the church entry.
Finally, we have secured the Regal Cinema in Winter Park for a special showing of the Luther movie: Martin Luther, A Return to Grace. The date is Thursday, July 13th. The cost is $12. You sign up online here. We need 89 people to attend for this to happen. We are inviting all WELS congregations, all Lutheran congregations and anyone else who would like to attend. If we do not get the 89 by July 5, all moneys will be refunded.
Now, here is today’s devotion:
The Heavenly Father Protects You
I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
“Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is.” So wrote C.S. Lewis in his famous book, Mere Christianity. He was correct. This world is not our home. Heaven is our home. Jesus knew this better than anyone. Jesus knew from personal experience how difficult it is for God’s people to live in a world ravaged by sin and under constant attack by Satan. That is why Jesus prayed for his disciples the night before he went to his death. He knew that his disciples would face temptation and persecution and poverty and imprisonment.
Knowing this, we might expect Jesus to pray for his disciples to be delivered from this world. Why not just ask the Father to whisk them right to heaven so they could avoid all the evil and opposition that the devil throws against Jesus’ followers? But the reason he prayed as he did was because Jesus had work for his disciples to do. They would take the good news of forgiveness and eternal life to the ends of the earth. So, rather than ask the Father to take them out of this world, Jesus prayed that his Father protect them.
Jesus asks his Father to do the same for all of his followers, including you. He knows about every temptation you are facing. He knows about every trial you are undergoing. He knows about every trouble you are enduring. He knows that temptations and trials and troubles are part of living in this sin-filled world. But he does not ask his Father to take you out of this world. There is work for you to do. You have people to love and serve. You have God’s good news to share. Your heavenly Father will answer Jesus’ prayer. He will give you strength to do this work and protect you from the devil until your Father DOES, in his time, take you home to heaven.
Heavenly Father, I humbly ask you to protect me from the evil one that I may carry out the important work you have given me to do. Also, protect my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith. Amen.