We thank the Lord for answering our call for a pastor. Pastor Jeremiah Gumm in New York has accepted the call to serve our congregation. His anticipated arrival date will be Labor Day weekend. Please keep him and his family in your prayers as they prepare to transition to life in Florida.
Pepper Guffey will serve as the preschool teacher/director. She has 3 daughters who will attend school at King of Kings in the fall.
Port Orange will also receive a new pastor soon. All are invited to attend the the installation service of Rev. Jeff Heitsch as pastor of Our Savior’s. The service is set for Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 4PM. A catered meal will follow the service. To help get an accurate count for the caterer, please RSVP to Lee Kowse, Church Administrator at Our Savior’s at: firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be especially helpful if you’re able to RSVP by Sunday, July 22.
King's Camp this week was originally scheduled to go to Kelly Park. Due to increased bacteria alerts the field trip will be to the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens instead of the water park.
Remember to mark your calendar for the special 5th Sunday service July 29th in which we will be offering up a variety of music. We are advertising these "5th Sundays" as no excuse Sundays, in which we are encouraging 100% by our membership. We look forward to you seeing there.
And lastly, with summer in full swing, if you are looking for an awesome vacation that is very rewarding, see what you can do in the mission field by being a part of Mission Journeys. Mission Journeys is a new outreach program supported by the WELS which allows members to walk together fulfilling the Great Commission by partaking in short term mission trips. Trips usually last 1-2 weeks and have a lasting impact on those who take part in this unique opportunity. Visit https://wels.net/missionjourneys/ for more information on this new program.
Now, here’s today’s devotion:
Fire in Our Hearts!
I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side! Report him! Let’s report him!” All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying, “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him.” But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten. O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
The question is whether to be silent or to speak. When you see so much immorality and injustice in the world, do you gain anything by speaking up about it? The prophet Jeremiah wondered. The culture of his time was in steep decline. He wondered if he should say anything.
But the word of the Lord was in his heart like a fire, so he risked ridicule and was honest about what was right and wrong. He counted on the Lord to rescue him from the wicked. He counted on the Lord to send the Savior.
We sing and give praise to the Lord our Savior. His word is like a fire in our hearts, and so we speak what the Bible says is right and wrong, calling people to repentance, so that they can hear the wonderful message of forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus.
Lord God, give me the opportunity and the courage to speak your word so that others can hear about the Savior from me. Amen.