|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Judges
This Week's Schedule
Worship Service with Communion @10:00 a.m.
Golisch Farewell @ 11:30 a.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
Fifteen years ago today, my family and I moved from Augusta, GA, to our new home in Maitland, FL. Over those fifteen years, we have faithfully served the Lord here at King of Kings. That time is quickly coming to an end. I have two more Sundays here before we make the move to Wisconsin.
This Sunday, we switch to our summer schedule. No Sundayschool, ACTs, or Adult Bible Class; only our regular communion service at 10 AM. I’ve been informed that after church there will be a farewell dinner for my family and me. All of you are invited. From what I understand, everything is provided. Just come.
As far as other congregational matters, King’s Camp started on schedule Tuesday. It’s been a good first week. I’ve heard that they are going to Chuck E. Cheese today. Pray for the counselors.
Next Saturday, we have our next Dinner Around Town at Miller's Orlando Ale House in Altamonte Springs by the mall. Dinner is at 6 pm. Sign up on the church bulletin board.
Next Sunday, June 10, the congregation will have another opportunity to call your next pastor. The call meeting will take place around noon (in other words, as soon as Pastor Blumer can get here after his service).
Some have asked about the vacancy. Once I am gone, for any immediate needs or pastoral visits, Pastor Steve Blumer will be the first point of contact. Most of our Sunday services will be led by Pastor Bill Gabb. He’s a retired WELS pastor living in Deltona. You will very much enjoy him and his preaching.
Finally, Wednesday services have been suspend until a new full-time pastor arrives. At that time, the congregation can revisit the value of the service.
Now, here’s today’s devotion:
Holy and Dearly Loved
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
If you are reading this devotion in the morning before you go to work, or camp, or run errands, here’s the amazing, beautiful thing about your day—you leave your house a chosen, holy, loved child of God. And if you are reading this devotion at night, you can expect it will be the same for you tomorrow morning.
Is it hard to believe—chosen, holy, loved by God? Yes, it can be. Rejected, wretched, and unworthy feels more like it. As a sinner, you know how depressing it can be to leave the house, knowing that you are going to live another sinful day. Shamefully, that’s the reality of being a sinner in a sinful world. But what a difference Jesus Christ makes!
You are chosen because of grace in Christ. You belong to God, not because of something good about you, but because of something good about him. You are holy because of the life Jesus lived for you without any sin. You are loved because of the death he died on your behalf for your sin. These blessings are yours through faith in Jesus, and what you do with these blessings today is your great joy.
Connected to Jesus, your Savior, it is your joy to treat anyone and everyone today with the virtues listed in our reading: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness patience…bearing with each other, forgiving and loving one another. The power that enables you to live each of these virtues is the humble knowledge that Jesus lived each of them perfectly for you. Then he died the painful death on the cross to take away the many times you have failed to put those virtues into practice as God wills. Jesus endured such pain with a selfless love unlike any other love—love for you!
Therefore, extend a helping hand to others as Jesus has extended his helping hand to you. Look out for the benefit of others. Treat people with care. Reconcile whatever stands between you and another. Love all people, even the unloving and unlovable. And why? Yes, don’t forget the why. You are a chosen, holy, loved child of God in Christ. It’s the best part of your day.
Dear Lord, help me to see that how I treat others today is simply my joy of living Christ’s love. Amen.