|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:
Growing in Hope I - Hope Grows as We Learn the Truth about Death and Resurrection
This Week's Schedule
6:45 pm - Volleyball Game @ Winter Park YMCA
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTs/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Communion
11:45 am - Tech Committee
11 am - All-School Field Trip to the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
6:30 pm - Game Night @ Church
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTs/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Crusaders for Life Light Lunch & Presentation
Last Sunday we spent some time taking a closer look at Jesus' conversation with a woman from a Samaritan town called Sychar (John 4:4-26). The following is adapted from last Sunday's sermon. I hope you find it "refreshing!"
In Israel, there’s a proverb, “Water is life.” If you have no water, you’ll die. Only where water is found in sufficient abundance can life exist. Israel is a land that practically drinks up the water whether that’s rain or morning dew. During the brief rainy season there, water is in abundance, but when the hot desert winds scorch the land, wells dry up. Reservoirs and storage tanks run low, and water gets scarce. For many, the difference between life and death is how much access they have to a sufficient supply of clean, refreshing water. “Water is life.”
At an ancient well outside of the Samaritan town of Sychar, Jesus met a woman who was dying--not of physical thirst, but of spiritual thirst. She thirsted with restless longing for love and with guilt-ridden shame, but she didn’t realize how desperately she needed relief. Like her lonely, noonday walks to drag up water from the well, the woman searched day after day for whatever could quench the burning thirst in her soul. So she sought relief in all the wrong places. She looked for love to fill that burning hole in her life, but no matter who she dated, married, or lived with, no one could give her relief. No matter how hard she tried, she could never satisfy her thirsty soul. Like drinking salt water, the woman’s personal sins made her thirst worse. They blinded her to Jesus’ grace-filled offer of “living water”…until Jesus provided the relief her soul needed.
When the all-knowing Jesus looks at your heart and mind, what does he see? He sees why you’re so spiritually thirsty. He sees your lust, your greed, your envy, your worry. He sees your hidden sins and your public sins. He sees you argue and doubt and gossip. He sees your foolishness. He sees how you sidle up to some because they meet your standards and how you avoid others because of how they look or talk or act. He sees your disregard for his holy will, and he sees where you’re headed. He knows what you’ve done and what I’ve done. He knows what we’ve all failed to do. He knows we all deserve hell. He knows we can’t find relief on our own, but he doesn’t turn away.
Why? Jesus is life. Jesus tells you, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” Jesus wants you to realize that he is the only source of living water for your thirsty soul. Jesus is the only source of forgiveness and mercy and peace and relief and life for your soul. Jesus doesn’t turn his back on you. No, he comes to you as your Savior. Jesus freely gives you the waters of forgiveness and life and eternal satisfaction in him. “…Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Jesus quenches your thirst with living water he poured out for you through his perfect life of obedience to his heavenly Father, through his innocent death on the cross, and through his victory at the empty tomb. By doing so, he makes you “a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” He invites you to keep coming back to the refreshing waters of his Word and Sacraments to give you relief from your guilt, peace in your troubled life, strength in your weakness, and certain hope for eternal life.
Refreshed in Christ,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Game Night is planned for Saturday, October 13. Feel free to bring your favorite board game and snacks to share. The fun starts at 6:30 pm!
Crusaders for Life has arranged a special presentation for after worship on Sunday, October 14. 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 am followed by the presentation at noon.
Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Fall Rally is planned for Saturday, October 20 at Open Bible Lutheran Church in The Villages. Dawn Schulz will share her experiences as a missionary partner in Canada and South Florida. A sign-up sheet is posted in the narthex. Be sure to RSVP ASAP!
Did You Serve in the Military? - If you or your spouse or any of your family members served in the military, please reply to this e-mail! We are making plans for special festivities on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11.
Every Member Visits - As part of our new start here at King of Kings, I'm planning to visit all of our member households. A sign-up sheet indicating your preferred day and time of day is available in the narthex. For more info, reply to this e-mail!
Help Us Welcome! – Sign up at the social cart to provide refreshments after worship. They give us a great opportunity to connect with our guests and each other after worship. Also if you have interest in serving as a greeter before worship and have not expressed that interest yet, please reply to this e-mail or contact Randy Cochran (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
An Encouraging Word: For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15)