Greeting's, Saints (1/29/20)

 

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King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5696

VisitKoK.com

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (PreK-Grade 5 - School Library)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12 - Conference Room)
- Adult Bible Study (Family Life Center Lunch Room)

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am


Looking Ahead

Thursday, 1/30
9 am - Bible Information Class (White)

Saturday, 2/1
8 am - King of Kings Basketball Tournament (Gym)

Sunday, 2/2
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper

Monday, 2/3
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)
7 pm - Crusaders for Life (Conference Room)

Tuesday, 2/4
3:30 pm - Worship Planning Team

Wednesday, 2/5
8:05 am - School Chapel
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)


Prayer List

Tim Kassulke
Holding Call to serve as our next Principal & Grades 6-8 Teacher


Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Health has stabilized as he continues to undergo treatment for cancer

Ralph S.
Father of Suzi K. - Poor health due to pulmonary fibrosis


Deployed American Military Personnel
That the Lord would keep them safe
Greetings, Saints!

Jesus came to reconnect us to God, but why are we here? We are here to connect people to God's Word through offering opportunities for individuals and groups to study. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on the account of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 - Why Are We Here? To Connect People to God's Word. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title or listen to the sermon by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.

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What would you do if you were deprived of food or water? You would do everything you could to get them, right? You wouldn’t willingly wait an entire week or month or year to get nourishment. Why not the Word which provides spiritual food and drink far more important than any water or food? You wouldn’t deprive your spouse or children of what they need to survive. So why deprive them in any way of the Word which gives them eternal life?

Sometimes there are valid reasons for missing out on an opportunity to connect with God’s Word. Yet how often don’t we use our busy lifestyles as an excuse? “Sorry, Lord, I’m too busy to spend time with you today. I gotta be at work by 9. One of the kids has a dentist appointment at 3:15. They’ve got basketball and I’ve got a meeting at church tonight. Maybe we can catch a quick bite to eat. The car is making a strange noise. I’ve got to go grocery shopping and the house is a disaster. Maybe I’ll have a little time to sleep, but I don’t have time to sit at your feet and study your Word. There’s just not enough time in the day!” For such excuses, Jesus should walk right out of our lives, but instead Jesus looks at us with compassion and invites us to sit at his feet again.

Now sometimes you and I get so busy being about the Lord that we miss being with the Lord. You can be active for the Lord, which is noble and praiseworthy, but still miss out on connecting with your Lord through his Word. You miss opportunities for spiritual growth right in front of you, and your priorities get mixed up. The truth is, activity does not give substance to your faith. No, the spiritual growth of your faith through the Word gives substance to your activity.

That brings us back to the question we’ve been considering, “Why are we here?” We need to connect to God's Word. If you are not daily and regularly connected to God’s Word, all your activity, all your service to the Lord can make you nothing more than a frustrated, burned-out Martha who forgets that “one thing…needed.” If we fail to be connected to God’s Word, all the work of this congregation is nothing more than well-intentioned, wasted effort. Yet when we are connected to God’s Word, our service has a lasting, eternal impact.

The Apostle Paul encourages us, “…From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, and for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, well equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:15ff.) The Word of God is the spiritual food and drink that your soul needs not only to survive eternally, but to make you well equipped to live right now.

In the Word you find out why Jesus lived and died for you. You see how for you, Jesus didn’t let his busy life distract him from the primary purpose of his coming—to fill your greatest need. Jesus did that when he took your sins and worries and neglect and placed them on his own shoulders, so you could live in his forgiveness and peace for all eternity.

In the Word, you then see how Jesus handled a busy schedule. Every time he got extremely busy, what did Jesus do? He went off to a solitary place to pray. He stepped back and took time to talk with his heavenly Father. Like Jesus, you need to take time every day to give your soul rest and renewal through his Word. That’s why we constantly try to provide opportunities for you to sit at Jesus’s feet in personal devotions or as a couple or a family or with group opportunities to spend time with Jesus in his Word. In fact, regular time in the Word is the best stress reliever you can find because the Holy Spirit strengthens your faith and renews Christ’s peace in your heart.

So come and sit at Jesus’s feet! Listen to his Word and learn. Soak it in and meditate on it. Come, enjoy the “one thing… needed” and reconnect each day with your Savior through his life-giving Word!

Connecting with You to God's Word,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 51
Psalm 84
Isaiah 55:1-11
Matthew 28:16-20
Luke 2:22-40
Acts 8:26-39
Hebrews 2:14-18

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call Update Tim Kassulke continues to deliberate the Call to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Kassulke and his wife, Tammie, are presently serving at St. Mark's Lutheran School in Watertown, WI. Please keep their family in your prayers as Mr. Kassulke considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom. (If you would like to offer personal encouragement to Mr. Kassulke, please reply to this e-mail to receive his contact information.)

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February 23 is going to be a big day on the King of Kings campus! Here’s what’s coming…

  • Funday Sunday Worship – The kids of our school and preschool will sing the new hymn Christ Begins with the congregation during our worship service.
  • Kindergarten Round-Up - Have a child entering Kindergarten next fall? Know of someone whose child is entering Kindergarten next fall? Then we would love to have you and them join us after worship for our annual Kindergarten Round-Up! Students can meet Mrs. Warnecke and see the classroom. You can learn about our Kindergarten program and scholarship opportunities.
  • Art Fair – Our K-8 students are working hard to prepare what they are learning about famous artists and their own versions of the artist’s style and work. Their work will be on display in the gym.
  • Pig Pickin’ – All of our King of Kings family and friends are invited to join us for a pig pickin’ in the Family Life Center that will begin after worship concludes!

Why Are We Here? - Why does King of Kings Lutheran Church exist? That might seem like an odd question, but what is our purpose? Why are we here? Who are we and where are we going? The answers we need start with a look back at why Jesus came in the first place. So join us Sundays through Feb. 23 @ 10 am as God provides us answers and so much more!

  • February 2 (Presentation of Our Lord) – To Connect People to God’s World
  • February 9 – To Connect People to God’s People
  • February 16 – To Connect People to God’s Work
  • February 23 (Transfiguration of Our Lord/Funday Sunday) – Where Do We Go from Here?

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What Does God Have to Say About Fear? - Fear is something that we all wrestle with in some way, shape, or form. We often do not realize how much fear motivates the choices we make or the actions we take. Yet our God confronts fear head on. So what does God have to say about your fears? Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center lunchroom as we learn about fear and what God has to say about it!

One Message, Multiple Options - We have been working hard to get our weekly sermon podcast up and running. As noted above, we've named it Messages from the King. You can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:

You can always visit our podcast site @ VisitKoK.com/Sermons to listen to the latest sermons!

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Growing in Hope – Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I learn more about Jesus? How can I become part of the King of Kings family? How can I grow in my understanding of God’s Word? Pastor offers Bible Information Class to answer these questions and more! New sessions start all the time! If you interested in joining our next session, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

An Encouraging Word: Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and do not return there unless they first water the earth, make it give birth, and cause it to sprout, so that it gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater, in the same way my word that goes out from my mouth will not return to me empty. Rather, it will accomplish whatever I please, and it will succeed in the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)