Greetings Saints! (01/11/19)


King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10:00 am

Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9:00 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Teens)
- Adult Bible Study:
Back to the Basics: A Walk through the Life of Jesus

This Week's Schedule

Saturday, 1/12
10/11 am - B-Ball vs. Good Shepherd (Deltona)
Sunday, 1/13
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Tech Committee (Web/FB)
PM-Saturday - Pastor @Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon, WI)
Tuesday, 1/15
3:30 pm - B-Team B-Ball vs. Avalon

Friday, 1/18
4:30 pm - B-Ball vs. Peace (Kissimmee)

Prayer List

Continuing to deal with various health issues

WELS Vietnam-Hmong Outreach
That the Lord would continue to keep the door open to our church body to bring the Light of Christ to the nation of Vietnam

Our Neighborhoods, Communities, State, Country
That the Lord would bless them in 2019
Greetings, Saints!

This past Sunday we wrapped up our Christmas series--A Light in the Darkness--as we examined how the Light of Christ shines brightly to the ends of the earth. The following devotion is adapted form that sermon on Matthew 2:1-12. If you would like to read the sermon in full, simply click on The Light of the World Shines Brightly.

The Light of the world shattered the darkness. It shattered sin’s darkness from a Bethlehem manger as Jesus’ parents laid him on a bed of hay and shepherds came to worship him. The Light of the world shattered sin’s darkness as Jesus overcame the darkness of disease, demon possession, disability and death with his power. The Light of the world shattered sin’s darkness as Jesus revealed “the glory of the Lord” in the shame of the cross. Then that Light shattered Death’s darkness with Christ’s glorious resurrection from the dead.

The Light of the world gives life to our dead hearts and sight to our blind eyes! How wonderful! Yet that Light did not come just for the Jews of Jesus’ day or the Greeks of Paul’s day or the Germans of Luther’s day or even the Americans of our day. You see, even when the bright lights of Christmas shine, our cities, our neighborhoods, our world remain in deep, spiritual darkness. The only way for this spiritual darkness to end is if the Light of Christ shines to every nation and people near and far.

The bright, shining Light draws the nations to itself as Isaiah wrote, “Nations will come to your light…” (Isaiah 60:3) That Light drew the Magi across great, dangerous distance to worship their Savior-King. Jesus brought joy to their journey as they neared Bethlehem. Jesus drew those “wise men” to his light through faith he had created in their hearts. In response, they brought gifts fit for a king to that poor, little boy bouncing on his mother’s lap. They worshiped him as both King of kings and Light of the world.

How often don’t you and I fail to recognize what they saw? How often don’t we find ourselves blind to the boundless blessing we have in the Light of the world? How often don’t you and I fail to get past the sinful blindness of our own perspectives or insensitivity or ignorance? How often do you willingly keep your mouth shut when the Lord provides an opportunity to share his Light with someone else?

Jesus came to shine in the hearts of people from every nation and culture. Through Jesus Christ, God declared each of us “not guilty.” Through the waters of Baptism and the good news of your Savior proclaimed into your heart, the Holy Spirit worked faith there. Now when the Lord looks at you, he doesn’t see gender or race or nationality or social status or family line. No, the Lord sees a holy, beloved son or daughter drawn to his Light.

Jesus Christ—the Light of the world—did not reject those Magi who came to worship him. Thank God he does not reject us either! Instead he draws us to the brightness of his Light! That Light of the world shines to every nation near and far through you and me. We live in a world that’s growing smaller every day and in communities growing more culturally diverse every year. We can talk about mission work in far-off lands like Ethiopia and Vietnam and Ecuador, but the Lord is bringing the world to us right here in Central Florida. We have countless opportunities to do world mission work right here at home. People from all over the world and across America are moving into our neighborhoods and communities. Today you and I encounter more people from more cultures and more places than probably ever before as our neighborhoods and communities continue to change.

So what are you going to do about it? You and I could muddle along in the darkness and unplug the Light the Lord has given to us. Or with God’s help, each of us could reflect his glorious Light. Our congregation could become something more than just another WELS outpost on the WELS frontier. Our congregation could become a beacon from which the Light of the world shines forth into this sin-darkened region—shattering sin’s darkness from soul to soul with the good news of sins forgiven and heaven opened. In fact, that’s why we’re here. That’s why King of Kings Lutheran Church and School exists—to shine the Light of Christ throughout our dark world. Will we? With the Light of Christ shining brightly, we will.

Letting the Light of the World Shine,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Looking to Start a Team - Would you like to learn how to talk about your Savior ? Would you be interested in working with others to brainstorm, develop, plan, and/or promote ways to get the good news of Jesus out into our communities personally and as a congregation? Would you like to learn more how you as an individual or how we as a congregation can reflect the Light of Christ in our sin-darkened communities? Would you like to learn how you can be part of the mission that our Savior has given to us, his Church?

If you answered yes (or even maybe, possibly, or perhaps!) to any of these questions, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor. In 2019, we're looking to create a team of interested individuals--men and women, teens and adults--with a focus on getting the Light of Christ out into our local neighborhoods and communities. We're looking for people willing to discuss, plan, promote, and pursue ways for us to reach out into our communities as individual Christians and as a congregation. For more info, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

Vietnam-Hmong Outreach - The past two Sundays we've had the opportunity to learn more about the amazing opportunities that the Light of the World is presenting to our church body to take the gospel into Vietnam. Here's a link to the WELS Connection video about that opportunity. You can also find out ways to support the work being done to build a theological training center right in Hanoi at this link. Informational booklets can also be found in the entryway at church.

Pastor @ Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary - Pastor will be attending class at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI from Sunday evening through Saturday evening. If you are in need of pastoral care during that time, please call the church office - 407-628-5696.

Upcoming Leadership Meetings - The elders will meet after worship on Sunday, January 20. The council will meet @ 6 pm on Monday, January 21. The voters will meet for our quarterly meeting after worship on Sunday, January 27.

The Resolution to Our Suffering – “Lord, why did you allow this to happen to me?” “How can you be a loving God and allow such atrocities to occur?” Do you know someone who is angry at God because of suffering, death, or tragedy? Have you ever asked questions like that? Martin Luther once wrote, “A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.” Starting Sunday, January 27, we will take a closer look at the problem of suffering—how our world addresses that problem and ultimately how God alone resolves suffering in our lives. A helpful resource we will be using is The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope by Dr. Gregory Schulz (Available from Amazon and Concordia Publishing House).

Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is visiting all of the members of our congregation. Please be sure to sign up for your visit on the sign-up sheet in the entryway at church. If none of the dates or times work for you or for more info, reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor to schedule your visit!

Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? How can I become a member of King of Kings? We offer a Bible information course that answers those questions and many more. Classes are scheduled to accommodate your schedule. If you are interested in signing up for our next session, please reply to this e-mail!

An Encouraging Word: When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: 'You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." (Luke 3:21-22)