Greeting's, Saints (2/4/20)

 

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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

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

3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)

Thursday, 2/6
8 am - Grades K-8 Field Trip to Fort Christmas
10:30 am - Bible Information Class (White)

Friday-Saturday, 2/7-8
King of Kings @ SALSA Basketball Tournament (Divine Savior - Doral)

Sunday, 2/9
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Prepared to Answer

Monday, 2/10
9 am - Citrus/St. John's River Circuits Meeting (Crown of Glory - Orlando)
TBD - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)

Tuesday, 2/11
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)


Prayer List

Sierra
Daughter of Britt S. - Recent surgery revealed a brain tumor

Phil & Staci Warnecke
Holding Calls to serve as Grade 5 & K5 teachers @ Risen Savior Lutheran School - Milwaukee


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
Greetings, Saints!

Jesus came to reconnect us to God, but why are we here? We are here to connect to God's world by taking every opportunity the Lord presents us to share the good news of Jesus with them. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Matthew 28:16-20 - Why Are We Here? To Connect to God's World. 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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His end was near. The elderly man had heart problems and was about to go in for surgery, but he knew his heart was tired. His end was coming soon. As you would expect with someone who knows that their life will end soon, he felt a sense of urgency. What would you do if you were in his shoes? Order a favorite meal? Watch the sunrise or sunset? Tell your loved ones how much you love them? Get your worldly things in order?

Well, this elderly man had a unique request as he lay in his hospital bed being prepared for heart surgery. Much of his adult life had been spent trying to self-medicate with alcohol the pain from a variety of health issues and the demons that haunted him from the Second World War. Amazingly the Lord didn’t let him die in the bottle. Instead, after one too many health scares, the Lord had allowed the man to enjoy forgiveness and peace and grace in Jesus for nearly 20 years, but his heart was tired. The doctors even said so. His end was near. So he told his wife and son. “I want to tell someone about Jesus.” Not what you’d typically expect, but this man wanted at least one more person to enjoy what the Lord had so graciously given to him.

If you knew that your end was near, what would you urgently want to do? Would that elderly man’s request be on your bucket list? Would you urgently want to tell someone else about their Savior before your life ends? Would you urgently want someone to enjoy what God has so graciously given you in Jesus Christ?

Sadly, few of us have such a sense of urgency to share the good news of Jesus with others. Taking time in this busy life to actually talk about Jesus with a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, a classmate, a neighbor, even a stranger is pretty low on our priority lists. There’s so much else to do, so much else that urgently demands my time and effort right now that I just don’t have the time or effort to direct that urgency towards the eternal future of someone I know, but what if the opportunity that I have to share the gospel with that person is the only opportunity they get to hear it? What if I get no other chances to share Jesus?

Thankfully, Jesus knew the tremendous burden of your guilt from all those those times when you didn’t give him or another blood-bought soul priority, time, or effort. So he took all your guilt and placed it on his own almighty shoulders. Then he suffered for you. To forgive you, he allowed death to take his life on the cross. Then with all that guilt forgiven, Jesus crushed death and sin and Satan in the dust. He abandoned his tomb on Easter morning for you.

So now Jesus has work for each of us to do—work that needs to be done right away, not tomorrow or next week or next month or next year. Our Lord tells us to “Go!” with urgency! “Go!” with Jesus and watch as his Spirit works faith in hearts through your fumbling, stumbling talk about Jesus. “Go!” with Jesus and see why his good news isn’t just for you and your family, but for everyone including people very much unlike you with different opinions than you or who come from a different culture or social setting or family background, people you don’t expect.

So who will you tell about Jesus today? May our God give you the opportunity to share the greatest news of all today.

Connecting with God's World,
Pastor Gumm

Looking for some further encouragement to tell one more person about Jesus? Check out this presentation by Pr. Dave Rosenau from the WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership - One By One: Revitalizing a Congregation. It's worth your time.

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalms 133-134
John 17:6-25
Acts 2:42-47
1 Peter 2:4-10

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call News - Late last week, Tim Kassulke returned our Call to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. We keep him and his school in our prayers. Our next Call meeting is planned for Sunday, Feb. 16, after worship. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend. Also last week, the Warneckes received Divine Calls to serve as teachers at Risen Savior Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI - Staci as K5 teacher and Phil as Grade 5 teacher. They welcome your thoughts and questions as they deliberate where best to serve our Lord. Please keep them and the flocks that have called them in your prayers!
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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 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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Martin Luther College Choir Concert - On Tuesday, March 3 @ 7 pm, King of Kings will be hosting the Martin Luther College Choir as part of their Spring TourMartin Luther College is our church body’s college of ministry where future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers are trained. This concert will take the place of our midweek Lenten service that week. We will have a special catered dinner in the Family Life Center @ 5:30 pm. Sign up to help with drinks and desserts! We will also provide overnight housing for the 62 members of the choir. Hosts are asked to provide breakfast and a sack lunch. Stop by the bulletin board in the foyer or contact Renee Zastrow to help us host one of the premiere choirs in our church body!

To listen to some of their music, check out the videos below:

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. Besides our podcast site (VisitKoK.com/Sermons), you can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:
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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: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, the people who are God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. At one time you were not a people, but now you are the people of God. At one time you were not shown mercy, but now you have been shown mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)