|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. = Overcoming...
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = The Gospel of John
This Week's Schedule
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
King's Camp Counselor Orientation @ 11:30 a.m.
OFFICE CLOSED - Memorial Day
King's Camp Opens @ 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
Mid-Morning Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship Service @ 7:00 p.m.
On this Memorial Day weekend, we give thanks to our service men and women and remember the ultimate sacrifice that some have given up for our country and the cause of freedom around the world. We also thank their families for the sacrifices they have made so their loved ones can serve.
On the Homefront, King’s Camp begins this Tuesday, May 30. We have a little over 30 campers registered with hopes for more in the weeks to come. Two of our counselors, Emma Schneck and Tara Winicke, attend Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, and will be spending their summer down by us. Our own Hannah Almodovar is our third counselor. Mr. Warnecke is still working out the details concerning our fourth counselor. I’ll let him share more on Sunday. If you’d still need to register for King’s Camp, you can do so online here or you can stop by the office for a paper form.
Next Sunday, we are having a special "Farewell" potluck to the Gurgel and Rysavy families, who will be leaving us in June. Please bring a dish to share as we pray that the Lord goes with them in this new chapter of their lives.
There are three WELS rallies to remind you of:
The National Conference on Worship, Music, and the Arts is June 13-16 in Kenosha, WI.
The LWMS National Convention is here in Orlando June 22-25.
There is a WELS Marriage Enrichment weekend at the Marriott in Lake Mary, August 4-6.
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 13. 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. I’ll show you more on Sunday.
Now, here is today’s devotion:
Knowing the Unknown One
Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
Whether it’s the apps available for our 4G phones, the newest food fad, or the latest viral on YouTube, we are drawn by a curiosity for new things and experiences. Mystery intrigues us.
The Greeks in Paul’s day were intrigued by new ideas. They had altars to many pagan gods and goddesses, all of them created from their minds to explain what they did not understand, and thus totally unable to give eternal life or even the truth about life. Curious about Paul’s talk concerning Jesus, some invited him to tell more. The apostle responded, “As I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you” (Acts 17:23).
He told them that the Creator of this world, about the only real God, this real God has designed us to be curious about him, and had set a Day when all humans would be judged by the One who rose from the dead. Notice that he didn’t mention Jesus’ name…perhaps to arouse more curiosity about God’s plan of salvation. He revealed “the mystery of God, namely, Christ” (Colossians 2:2). In Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross, God and his love for us have become real, personal…and KNOWN! It’s amazing!
There are many caught up in today’s new paganism. Some are very “religious”, trying to satisfy their inner longings with things that were never meant to satisfy, and which cannot provide eternal peace. That gives us plenty of opportunities to share God’s mysterious love, to let them know about Jesus who is revealed to us in the Bible and who promises to keep our amazement going, even in heaven where he tells us, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 21:5) Let’s let someone else know!
Dear amazing Creator Lord, thank you for making us curious about you through your fantastic creation and the natural knowledge you’ve given us, but we especially thank you for actually revealing yourself through your word and its saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Give us the desire to share you with others so that they might also know you and your Son whom you have sent. Even now we are curious and can’t wait to discover the new things you have planned for us in heaven! Amen.