|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 @ Fun Spot
Amazing Race concludes
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Ordination/Installation @ Peace Lutheran, Kissimmee @ 4:00 p.m.
4th of July -- No Camp; office closed
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
Bible Class @ 7:00 p.m.
Last week’s LWMS’S national rally was a big success. Approximately 600 women (and some men) joined together to hear about and support WELS missions at home and abroad. We thank Bobbie Craig, one of the two co-chairs for the rally. She’s been working on this for 2 years!
This week, the South Atlantic District of the WELS is hosting its bi-annual Amazing Race Teen Challenge in Kissimmee. Yesterday, we went to Epcot for the Amazing Race portion of the rally and had a great time. I hope to show the video on Sunday.
Today, King’s Camp goes to Fun Spot—the one in Kissimmee—to ride their new roller coaster (and all the other rides and go-karts). As always, the fun will be HUGE.
This Sunday, in anticipation of the 4th of July, we will have a patriot themed service. The Fourth Commandment teaches us to honor those in authority, and that includes the government. If you are so inclined, you are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for the service.
Also this Sunday, Candidate Kurtis Freimuth will be ordained and installed as the new pastor at Peace Lutheran Churchand School in Kissimmee. A reception with light supper will follow the 4:00 p.m. service. All are invited.
The Lord has blessed Will & Heather Asplin with the gift of a baby daughter, Annabelle. We would like to send a “Baby Shower in a Box” to them. We will be collecting items over the next two Sundays. If you would like to include your own gift, there is a large baby gift bag in the narthex.
Finally, this is the last week to reserve your tickets to a theatrical release of the Luther movie: Martin Luther, A Return to Grace. It will be showing at the Regal Cinema in Winter Park Thursday, July 13th at 7 pm. The cost is $12.
You sign up online here. We still need another 50+ people to sign up by July 5 or all moneys will be refunded.
Now, here is today’s devotion:
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
in you I trust, O my God.
Do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame.
When you think of an enemy putting you to shame, you might think of a time when someone put you down in front of others. It hurt, but not for long. You moved on, and so did everyone else. But there is another kind of shame you can’t so easily shake. There is an enemy you can’t so easily escape, an enemy within your gates. This enemy works around the clock to make your life miserable. Your enemy is you.
There is the you that took the time for this devotion today, but you are certainly aware of another you that isn’t even remotely interested in such things, an arrogant you that is quick to see what others do wrong and slow to see your own faults, a you that doesn’t feel the need to read the Bible or pray. And talk about shame! If this you gets what it wants, you’ll end up far away from God, shamed and disgraced, now and forever.
King David, the writer of this psalm, had plenty of dangerous enemies to contend with, clever men plotting to steal his throne. But of all the enemies David had to face, he knew that his greatest enemy was himself. He also knew who alone could help him. He wrote, “To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.”
God is your helper, too. God has done for you what you could never have done for yourself. He has diverted all the shame of your sin away from you, and onto himself. Jesus took it to the cross. Your sin is forgiven.
Every day you struggle against the you that wants no part of God. Again today, Jesus is here in God’s Word, providing forgiveness, comfort, and strength for the fight. Trusting in God, you are assured that “no one whose hope is in Lord will ever be put to shame.”
Dear Jesus, you have taken away the shame of my sin. Equip me to do battle against the enemy within. Amen.