|King of Kings Lutheran Church1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (PreK-Grade 5 - School Library)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12 - Conference Room)
- Adult Bible Study (Family Life Center Lunch Room)Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 amLooking AheadMonday, 11/4
7 pm - Crusaders for Life (Conference Room)
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)
5:45 pm - Bible Information Class Make-Up (Conference Room)
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - WorshipMonday, 11/11Veterans DayPrayer ListTim Vogel
Holding the Divine Call to serve as our next Principal & Grades 6-8 teacher
Undergoing knee surgery later this week
David G.; Pr. Rod W.
Undergoing treatment for cancer
Father of Nina M. - Recovering at home from quadruple bypass surgery
Husband of Sandee S. - Recovering from shoulder replacement surgerySarah T.
Mother of Paula P. - Dealing with various health issues
USAF - Deployed to Middle East
This past Sunday we celebrated the Festival of All Saints--not glorifying any particular believer, but giving thanks for the everlasting family of which we are a part, a family made holy in the blood of Christ. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Isaiah 65:17-25 - Welcome Home: To an Everlasting Family. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title! (Coming Soon: A weekly audio podcast of our Sunday sermons!)
It was 700 years before the birth of Christ. God's Old Testament people found themselves broken and battered, a remnant of what they once were, a family shattered and far away from home in exile. Assyrian armies had ravaged their homeland and scattered Israel’s northern people to the four winds never to return. The Assyrians had burned their way to the very gates of Jerusalem until God himself stopped them there. A great nation was reduced to a tiny kingdom.
Now there remained a remnant of faithful believers. Yet awful images of God’s judgment on the wicked had seared their memories and left them numb. They were weary. They were broken. They were hurting. They were grieving. They had lost so much. They had lost so many. The prophet Isaiah wondered, “How do I comfort them, O Lord? How do I strengthen them for the difficult journey ahead?” Only the Lord of free and faithful grace could comfort and strengthen his people. So he lifted their eyes heavenward towards home. He reminded them that in spite of how much and how many they had lost, an eternity with their loved ones in Lord awaited them.
That beautiful vision of heaven brought strength and comfort to the weary remnant of God’s Old Testament family. Can we find comfort in that same vision? Can we be sure that heaven is our home? After all, my sins have only purchased a prison cell in hell with all who have rejected God and his grace. So where can you and I find comfort when we suffer lost?
The prophet gives us the answer by pointing to our Brother--Jesus. Isaiah described our Brother who would be born of a virgin; our Brother who would bear not only our sins, but the sins of all as the Lamb of God, by whose wounds we would be healed; our Brother who would conquer death and bring us true peace with God.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wait for our Brother to show up. Jesus already has. Our Brother made his way from cradle to cross, living in our place, suffering in our place, allowing his life to be cut short by death in our place. Our Brother restored true peace between us and God by the pouring out of his own holy blood—a peace which we enjoy even now. Then our Brother crushed death and all its terror after three days in a tomb.
Because Jesus is our Brother, we look forward to seeing our loved ones in the Lord. One day we will see our loved ones who died with faith in Christ in their hearts. We will see our loved ones who heard the distant triumph song and kept on laboring faithfully until Jesus brought them home. We will see our loved ones who now enjoy the eternal rest of heaven. We’ll rejoice and celebrate at the triumph of all the saints in heaven—all of our family in Christ made holy in the blood of Christ—and we will finally be home.
Looking Forward to Our Heavenly Home,
Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
- Psalm 90
- Jeremiah 26:1-6
- Luke 19:11-27
- 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Thank You to everyone who helped with our Greek Fest parking! We were able to raise $1,177 towards transportation for our school field trips.
Divine Call – King of Kings has extended a Divine Call to Tim Vogel to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Vogel currently serves as the Principal and Upper Grades teacher at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School in La Mesa, CA, near San Diego. If you would like to share your encouragement and prayers with Mr. Vogel as he considers where best to serve our Lord, you are welcome to contact him by e-mail @ firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, please keep Mr. Vogel, his family, and the flocks that have called him in your prayers!
School Fundraiser - You have a creative opportunity to support our school through the Original Works Program. Students have created special artwork for this project, including King of Kings items. Household products can be purchased that feature the children's artwork. Our goal is to raise funds to off-set the cost of transportation for school field trips. If you are interested in participating in this fundraiser, please contact Staci Warnecke. Sales run through November 8. All items will be delivered to school in early December.
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Advent by Candlelight – Attention, Ladies! Looking for some time to prepare your hearts for the celebration of our Savior's birth? All ladies ages 12 and up are invited to our first annual Advent by Candlelight on Sunday, December 8 @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center. Invites with more information will be going out this week. Be sure to RSVP by November 24!
Handbell Choir – We are organizing a handbell choir to play for our Service of Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve evening. If you are interested in joining this choir, please contact Phil Warnecke. No previous musical experience needed.
Have Leftover Candy? – Bring your leftover Halloween candy to help us fill goody bags for the children attending our Children's Christmas Service on Dec. 20 and our Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 24! Candy can be dropped off at the church office.
Lies We Believe – Much of our unhappiness and emotional struggles are caused by the lies we tell ourselves. Unless we identify our lies and replace them with the truth of God's Word, spiritual growth will stall and emotional health will be impossible. Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center lunch room as we consider The Lies We Believe...and The Truth We Need.
BIND—A WELS Women’s Retreat – All ladies are invited to attend BIND, a new WELS women's retreat, on February 21-23, 2020 in Chattanooga, TN. This weekend-long retreat will be focused around the Titus 2 women and will include worship, a key note speaker, workshops, and more! For more info or to register, please visit MessiahJohnsCreek.org/BIND-Womens-Retreat.
Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I get more of what I heard today? How can I join King of Kings? We are planning to begin a new session of our Bible Information Class soon to provide answers to those questions and many more. If you are interested in taking part in this course, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!
Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is still visiting all of our members! If you have not scheduled a visit, please be sure to reply to this e-mail to schedule your visit ASAP!
An Encouraging Word: We are always praying for you, that our God will make you worthy of your calling and use his power to fulfill every good desire and work of your faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and you in him, in keeping with the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)