|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. = Reformation
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Psalms
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = John
This Week's Schedule
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
LABOR DAY - NO SCHOOL
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
John Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Worship w/ Communion @ 7:00 p.m.
September is here and we have a busy month ahead of us with something special each weekend.
This Sunday we kick off our Fall Sunday School schedule. For kids in preschool to 8th grade we have King’s Quest. Kids meet in the gym for an opening prayer before singing, a Bible lesson and a special activity. For teens we have our ACTs group (Active Christian Teens). It meets in the Conference Room in the office area for Bible study and encouragement. Finally, Adult Bible Class meets in the ASC room. This fall we begin a study on Martin Luther and the three “solas” of the Lutheran Reformation (grace, faith, Scripture) in honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. This Sunday we kick things off with a special introduction to the whole series. Sunday school meets each week from 9:00-9:45.
Wednesday, we resume our study of the Gospel of John. Last May, we left Jesus in the Upper Room praying for his disciples. We pick things up there and will follow Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane, his arrest, his trials, his crucifixion and finally, his resurrection. This midweek midday Bible study typically goes from 10:30 to noon.
Next weekend, we have a special accreditation kick-off luncheon. Every five years, our school must go through a process where we review over a hundred points and policies which make up a quality school and must demonstrate these things to a visiting team. The goal is two-fold: 1) to give concrete proof that we have an outstanding school program here at King of Kings and 2) to look for areas of improvement in order to be an even better school based on objective standards and practices of the best schools. This is a year-long process including the visiting team coming in the spring.
In two weeks, we’ll have church in the gym the 17th due to the flooring installation in the sanctuary all in preparation for our KOK 50th Anniversary celebration October 8, 4:00 pm. There is still a lot to be done in preparation for that day. The 16th, we will have a special workday to remove the pews and everything else in the sanctuary. The 23rd, we will have another workday to reinstall everything. Also on the 16th, we will have our Dinner Around Town at the Willow Tree in Sanford. (A sign-up sheet is posted.)
Finally, September 24th is our first Sunday Funday of the year. The school kids will sing in church. Afterwards there will be a luncheon and a presentation on bullying.
One last thing, our hearts go out to those whose homes and businesses have been flooded in Texas and the many who have responded to the crisis. Next Sunday, the 10th, we will hold a special door offering to go to Christian Aid and Relief to help with relief efforts in Texas.
That’s what’s ahead for this month. Now, here’s today’s devotion:
God is Not Limited
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” This is such an easy thing to do…when life is running smoothly. When the Lord’s blessings are obvious, it seems so natural to say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:1). When we are happy, successful, satisfied, thriving, we eagerly exclaim, “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit” (Psalm 147:5). When life is calm, joyful, peaceful, quiet, we have no problem proclaiming, “In God I trust, I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:11).
But what about the times when life doesn’t seem to be running smoothly at all? What about the times when trouble and sorrow and hardship and pain cloud our lives? What about the times when it seems as though God has lost control of things, like a flood, (as if his power has limits) or when it looks as if he is unaware of the difficulties we are facing (as if his knowledge has limits), or when it appears that he no longer has our best interests in mind (as if his love for us has limits)? What about the times when the circumstances of life make it so difficult to trust?
It’s at times like these that we must remember: God is not limited; we are. Our understanding of how God’s plans fit together for the world and for our individual lives is limited by our limited minds, by our limited intellect, and by our limited reason. And, worst of all, our understanding is also constantly clouded and stained by our sinfulness.
God, however, is without limits. His power is boundless. His knowledge is endless. His love for us is ceaseless. He has already proven that by sending his Son Jesus into the world to live and to die to save us from our sins. He’s already proven that by raising his Son back to life and by glorifying him at his right hand for all eternity. And the one who has already proven these things promises to continue to work out all things in our lives—all things—for our good, both now and for eternity. And that is true no matter what the individual circumstances of our lives may look like. It’s true even when our “own understanding” may try to convince us otherwise.
So “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Heavenly Father, when my limited understanding leads me to question your plans for my life, remind me of your limitless power, knowledge, and love, that I may place my trust in you all my days. Amen.