|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
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
Epiphany Sunday, 1/6
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Communion
7 pm - Fellowship Committee @ Church
4:30/5:30 pm - B-Ball vs. New Hope (West Melbourne)
10 am - Midweek Bible Study
10/11 am - B-Ball vs. Good Shepherd (Deltona)
Dealing with various health issues
Our Neighborhoods, Communities, State, Country
That the Lord would bless them in 2019
On New Year's Eve, we looked back on a year filled with change--change that brought us joy, sorrow, challenge, and blessing. Through it all and forever into the future, our eternal Savior remains unchanged. The devotion below is adapted from the New Year's Eve sermon on Hebrews 13:8 - Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. If you would like to read that sermon in full or the sermon from last Sunday (Dec. 30), simply click on one of the links below!
Dec. 31 - The Light Remains Unchanged
Dec. 30 - Sing a New Song of Long-Promised Light! (Luke 2:22-40)
Change. Change is one of those words that either gets you excited or leaves you with an unsettled stomach. We experience change in all kinds of ways all the time and the world is constantly changing around us. So it would be foolish to think that 2019 won’t be a year filled with change. Much of that change will probably be small and inconsequential, while some changes may have a deep impact on your life, your family, your congregation, even your country. There’s so much that makes our hearts weak, that leaves us without easy answers, that fills our hearts with fear of the changing unknown, but what does the Lord tell us in his Word? “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday…” Ever look back on the story of our congregation? It's a story of God pouring out grace upon grace on our congregation through good times and bad, profoundly difficult times and times of rich blessing, times of trouble and controversy and times of joy and unity—and he did it all in his own time. Isn’t that remarkable? Isn't that a reason to rejoice this time of year?
We rejoice because Christ has been our Light in the darkness. From our first parents to the time when Jesus arrived, God’s faithful love remained unchanged, even as his own people, whom he had chosen and rescued and protected, abandoned him. Yet into our dark world, Jesus came abandoning his own glories and comforts to put himself into your sin-filled existence and mine. He came to rescue us! It wasn’t just his presence that made all the difference in the world, but his deliverance of them, of us, of countless others. The certain fact of our rescue from sin and death and the devil reminds us that our Savior was “the same yesterday.”
“Jesus Christ is also the same…today…” Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, who healed the sick and cast out demons, who made the blind see and the deaf hear, who made the paralyzed walk and the mute tongue speak, who raised the dead and calmed storms, remains unchanged? Even today 2,000 years after he walked this earth, there is no crisis too big, no difficulty too small, no disease too life-threatening, no problem too challenging, no future too unknown, no darkness too dark that Jesus cannot handle.
“Jesus Christ is the same…today…” Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, who silenced his enemies with all-knowing answers, who always knew when to speak and when to be silent, who knew after he rose from the dead that Mary needed to see him, Thomas needed to touch him, and Peter needed to speak with him, remains unchanged? Even today 2,000 years after he walked this earth, Christ’s boundless wisdom still guides the major events of history, the minor everyday happenings, and the unknowns of the future, all while being there when you don’t know what to do or what to say.
“Jesus Christ is the same…today…” Isn’t it amazing that Jesus, whose compassionate love physically moved him to act, to help, to teach, to forgive, to rebuke, to encourage, to change people’s lives, Jesus who saved lepers and tax collectors and prostitutes and a thief and even a couple Pharisees, who loved those who attacked him and prayed for those who crucified him, who willingly endured all that, still remains unchanged? Even today 2,000 years after he walked this earth, his compassionate love for you remains unchanged in spite of your broken promises and your hurtful, thoughtless, sarcastic words and actions. He still forgives you of all your sin.
“Jesus Christ is the same…forever.” If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, I think we’d all admit that there is something fearful about the future. Yes, the unknown can be thrilling and exciting, but you can’t see it. Yet as you look to the murky future, you still see the Light of your unchanging Savior there by your side no matter what difficulty you face. He comes to you through his Word that endures forever no matter how badly the world changes. He gives you himself in his Holy Supper to forgive and strengthen you for the changes you will face until he brings you home to heaven. He knows what the future holds and has promised to not only be with you, but to guide all things for your eternal good and for the good of his Church. So in this New Year, remember the unchanging Light! "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."
Looking to the Unchanging Light,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Family Bible Time Returns this Sunday with Sunday School, ACTS, and Adult Bible study starting up again @ 9 am!
Epiphany “Baby Shower” – Join us this Sunday, January 6 for a fellowship cart “baby shower” after worship. In celebration of our Savior’s birth and Epiphany Sunday, your Crusaders for Life branch will collect baby shower items for New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. We will also host the fellowship cart after the church service offering baby shower treats. Gift cards, cash donations, or small baby gifts may be placed in the basket that will be available.
If you wish to donate a large item you may go to their website--HomeForMothers.com. Select Donate Now/Material Donations to select one of the baby registries and ship your gift directly to the home or to the Target store in Wauwatosa/Milwaukee, WI. We hope you will join us for this celebration!
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!
Greeter & Refreshment Provider Schedules are available in your boxes and in the entryway. If you have any questions, please speak with Pastor or Dawn Todd. Plans for altar care & ushering schedules will be provided to those who signed up.
Offering Envelopes – 2019 offering envelopes are available in the entryway for all King of Kings households. If you are a confirmed member, please pick yours up this weekend!
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: Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1-3)