Greetings, Saints (01/14/20)


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

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, 1/15
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
1 pm - LPS Recruitment Visit
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)

Friday, 1/17
5 pm - King of Kings Basketball vs. Peace (Gym)

Sunday, 1/19
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - King's Camp Committee

Monday, 1/20
No School - MLK Day

Tuesday-Thursday, 1/21-23
Pastor @ WELS National Conference on Lutheran Leadership (Chicago)

Prayer List

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

Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Continuing to undergo treatment for aggressive cancer

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

McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

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

Why does King of Kings Lutheran Church exist? That might seem like an odd question, but what is our purpose? What is our mission? Why are we here? Who are we and where are we going? The answers to those questions starts with a look back at why Jesus came in the first place. From there, we learn who we are, why we are here, and where we go from here as a family of God. So on Sunday, we kicked off a new series to help us answer those questions - Why Are We Here?

The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Matthew 3:13-17 Why Is Jesus Here? 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.


“Why is he here?” Sometimes there are certain people you don’t expect to see in certain situations. For example, you don’t usually expect to see a circus clown doing his act at a funeral. You don’t usually expect to see an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend at your wedding. You don’t usually expect to see the President of the United States at a child’s birthday party. You don’t usually expect to see LeBron James at one of our school basketball games or a kindergartner lining up behind center for your favorite NFL or college football team. You wouldn’t expect to see Mickey Mouse visiting Hogwarts at Universal Studios or Harry Potter visiting Galaxy’s Edge at Disney World.

You have certain expectations for who you expect to see in certain situations, but sometimes those expectations get turned upside down. You wonder "Why is he/she here?" In a certain sense, don't you and I have certain expectations of Jesus too?

You expect Jesus to be the Jesus you think he should be. My go-to guy when life is tough. My motivation and model for living a good life. My source of all blessing and prosperity. My Source of truth. My one-way ticket to heaven. Yet do I think of Jesus as my Savior who does far more than rescue me when things get bad, who in fact is my Helper, my Hope, my God, my Everything? Not necessarily what I expect, but that’s the Jesus here on the pages of Scripture standing beside the Jordan to be baptized.

“…Jesus answered [John], ‘Let it be so now, because it is proper for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John let him.” Why is Jesus here? Why do we find Jesus beneath baptismal waters? Why do we find Jesus receiving a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins? Is Jesus bearing sins that are washed away by baptism? Yes. Are they his? No. Jesus bears sins that are not his own. Jesus bears our sins. Is Jesus receiving the blessed gifts that come with baptism? Yes. Are they for himself? No. Jesus receives them for us. In fact, he gives power to the waters of baptism—not magical power, but the power of his Word to convey forgiveness, new life through faith, and eternal life in him, who came to put himself in our place as our substitute. Why? Why is Jesus here beneath baptismal waters? “To fulfill all righteousness.”

Up to this point in time, Jesus had actively filled the roles of infant, toddler, child, teenager and young man perfectly. Jesus had already started to turn away God’s wrath from sinful humanity, but the final stage of his work as our substitute would begin with this baptism by John. Jesus would take our sins on himself in his perfect life, which would eventually lead to the cross where he would suffer and die. For his sins? No, for your sins and mine.

Jesus is not the Jesus that we expect, but rather he is the Jesus we need. For us he took on our weak human flesh. For us he faced adversity from conception. For us he faced our need and hunger and poverty. For us he faced the constant attacks of our temptation. For us he was baptized in our place. For us he prayed and taught and conquered our sin and sickness, our demons and death. For us he suffered our rejection and sorrow and grief. For us he faced our rejection by his heavenly Father. For us he gave his dying breath. For us he rose victoriously from the dead. For us he rules over all things, and for us he prepares a home in heaven. For us Jesus fulfilled all righteousness. For us and in our place, he fulfilled his mission to save you and me.

Looking to the Jesus I Need,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 63
John 15:1-8
Colossians 3:15-17
Hebrews 10:19-25

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call Update - King of Kings has called Tim Kassulke to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Kassulke is presently serving as vice principal and teacher of Grade 7 homeroom & Bible study, Grades 5-8 social studies, and Grades 5-7 art at St. Mark's Lutheran School in Watertown, WI. Mr. Kassulke and his wife, Tammie, who also serves as a teacher at St. Mark's, have 5 adult children. Please keep the Kassulke 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.)

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!

  • January 19 – Why Are We Here? To Connect People to God
  • January 26 (St. Titus) – To Connect People to God’s Word
  • 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?


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!

  • Want to learn a little more about what we're studying in Sunday Bible Study? Check out this video vignette entitled Fear God? by Prof. Steve Geiger of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary!

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 @ to listen to the latest sermons!


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: Brothers, we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place through the blood of Jesus. It is a new and living way he opened for us through the curtain, that is, his flesh. We also have a great priest over the house of God. So let us approach with a sincere heart, in the full confidence of faith, because our hearts have been sprinkled to take away a bad conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold on firmly to the confession of our hope without wavering, since he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:19-23)