Church News

Greetings Saints (09/21/18)

 

King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5696

www.visitkok.com

Worship Times:
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m..

Bible Classes:
Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. = Hope Shattered, Hope Restored



This Week's Schedule

SUNDAY
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.

SATURDAY
Dinner Around Town @ Hollerbach's 6:30 p.m.
Greetings Saints!

Happy Fall Y’all!  We have a number of events coming up as we welcome the cooler, drier days of autumn.
 
Today our school children start the fall season off with a kickball tournament in Beverly Hills… Florida that is.  We pray they have safe travels and enjoy the day competing against other Lutheran schools in our district.
 
Our youth volleyball team will have a game this evening at the Winter Park YMCA.  Feel free to cheer them on to victory beginning at 7:45 p.m.
 
The next Dinner Around Town will take place at Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Café in Sanford September 29th.  There is still room so be sure to reserve your space on the sign up sheet in the narthex this Sunday.
 
We invite you to join us September 30th for the first Funday Sunday of the 2018-2019 school year.  We will have a "refreshing" worship service with the school children singing a “sweet” song. There will be HUUUGE games and activities in the gym following the service as well as snacks.  Yes, the games are HUUUUGE!!! Really, they are supersized!
 
Saturday, October 13th will be the next game night.  Feel free to bring your favorite board game and snacks to share.  The fun starts at 6:30 p.m.
 
The Crusaders for Life committee has arranged a special presentation Sunday, October 14th after the morning church service.  A representative from Vitas Hospice and Palliative Care will provide information on end of life caregiving services provided by the organization.  Did you know they offer assistance for the caregiver in addition to care for the elderly and terminally ill?  A light lunch will be provided at 11:30 followed by the presentation at noon.
 
The LWMS Fall Rally will take place October 20th at Open Bible Lutheran church in the Villages.  Dawn Schulz will share God’s truths and her experiences as a missionary partner in Canada and South Florida.  A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex.  Be sure to RSVP by September 30th.  If you have been collecting change for the mission box offerings please turn your donations in to Bobbie Craig's mailbox this Sunday.
 
Finally, we give thanks to the Lord for sparing many lives in the wake of Hurricane Florence and pray for all those who have suffered loss of life and property.
 
That is this week’s news. Now here’s today’s devotion:

 
 
Live for the Lord
 
After the Israelites set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak. The people all responded together, “We will do everything the LORD has said.”
Exodus 19:2-8a
 
One way to define the word “hypocrite” is to say one thing and then do another. Accordingly, we all have to admit that we are hypocrites because we have not fully followed through on every word we’ve spoken.
 
In the same way, we could call the Israelites hypocrites. They had just received God’s Word through Moses from the top of Mount Sinai. Just months earlier God had delivered them from the hand of Pharaoh as they passed safely through the Red Sea. They were ready to do whatever the Lord their God said. Their hearts of faith were burning in love, fear, and awe for the Lord. The Lord rescued them from slavery in Egypt and was leading them to the Promised Land! Yet, so many times thereafter they showed themselves to be unfaithful to the Lord. They said one thing, but did another
 
Like the Israelites, I know the Lord. I know the wonderful, gracious, merciful things God has done for me by sending his Son Jesus to be my Savior. I certainly don’t deserve such compassion through Jesus who has freed me from slavery to sin, death, and the devil. On top of that he has given me the sure hope of the heavenly, eternal Promised Land. My heart of faith can’t help but respond: “I will live for and serve my God! I will do whatever he tells me in his Word!”

 
The reality for you and for me is that while we are on this side of heaven, we all have a sinful selfish nature that seeks not what God wants, but what WE want. This sinful nature, this old evil self, is why we continue to fall into sin, even when we’ve told God that we won’t do that anymore. We must recognize this enemy within us so that we learn there is only one source of help and rescue: God our Savior.
 
In humility we daily return to the Lord, the God of free and faithful grace, and confess our many sins. We confidently trust Jesus whose blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. We gladly listen to God who holds open the door to the Promised Land of heaven. Then we rightly respond and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, strive daily to live according to his Word.
 
Prayer:
Lord, you alone know my many faults, sins, and shortcomings. Forgive me, O Lord, and renew my spirit each day that I may live for you more and more. Amen.