Church News

Greetings Saints (11/09/18)

 

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

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Worship Time:
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

Funday Sunday! 11/11
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Funday Sunday Worship
11:30 am - All-American Picnic & Games
Monday, 11/12
AM - School Photos, Pastor @ Circuit Mtg

Deadline to register for Kids Night In!
Tuesday, 11/13
6:30 pm - BYD Meeting (Conference Rm)
7 pm - Crusaders for Life Meeting (ASC Rm)
Wednesday, 11/14
10 am - Genesis Bible Study (Conference Rm)
7 pm & 9 pm - Interactive Bible Study

Saturday, 11/17
5-8 pm - Kids Night In! (Family Life Center)
Sunday, 11/18
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Communion
Greetings, Saints!

Death is a most terrifying thing. It doesn’t care how old you are. It doesn’t care about the color of your skin or your gender or where you came from or what language you speak. It doesn’t care how much or how little money you have. It considers all people the same. Death strikes down young and old, male and female, healthy and sick, strong and weak. Death ruins life and terrorizes every nation, tribe, culture, and people. Yet death has been "swallowed up" by life.

On Sunday, the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 25 took us up God's holy mountain, fed us with a feast of God's grace, and then showed us how God guided all things so our Savior Jesus could "swallow up" death forever. The following comes from Sunday's sermon--He Will Swallow Up Death Forever.

You see Jesus nailed to a cross on a low hill, a “mountain” you could say, and there Jesus faces death head on. He suffers excruciating pain on the cross—the necessary payment for our sins—until finally he cries out, “It is finished!” and willingly gives up his spirit. On that Friday afternoon, death seems to win the final victory. Death seems to swallow up the Son of God, but remember the promise! “He will swallow up death forever!”

You see death do all it can to keep Jesus in the tomb for three days, but then Sunday comes! While Roman guards watch the tomb and Jesus’ frightened disciples hide behind locked doors, an earthquake shakes everyone awake. An angel appears and removes the stone to reveal a tomb that’s empty! Even 2,000 years later, we stand in awe at the emptiness of that tomb, emptiness that declares to all humanity throughout all of history past, present and future the words of the angel, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” 

The words of the prophet echo down throughout the ages, “The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken.” How has Jesus dried your tears over the years with comfort that only he can give? How has Jesus comforted and healed and helped you? Knowing that Jesus has conquered death makes Christian funerals so much more bearable, doesn’t it? Knowing that Christ has swallowed up death forever brings comfort when polite words and condolences fade with the cut flowers. Knowing that Jesus is victorious dries yours and heals your heart with peace, but this comfort isn’t just for today!

The prophet speaks another promise—the promise of resurrection to come. A Day is coming when the Lord will remove “the disgrace of his people from all the earth.” A Day is coming when death will no longer have any mastery over us or our loved ones in the Lord. A Day is coming when we will stand before the Lord holy and alive, body and soul because Jesus lives.

Now we are still dying souls living in a dying world, but Jesus lives, so what do we do? We keep partaking of the rich feast of his grace in Word and water and meal. We find comfort in the Christ who conquered death, who wipes away our tears of grief with his love, who heals us when death pays a visit. We find strength in the truth that since Jesus lives, we will too.

Looking Forward to Seeing Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Our Next Funday Sunday is this Sunday, November 11 starting @ 10 am! We will be recognizing all who served in the military. The kids will sing “God Bless America” at the conclusion of the service. After the service, we will have an all-American picnic meal (Bring a dish/dishes to share!) and Minute to Win It games with prizes for all ages. We hope you can join us!

Help God’s People in Panama City – Today (11/9) (10 am–7 pm ET) and Tomorrow (11/10) (10 am–3 pm ET), Northwestern Publishing House (NPH)—our church body’s publishing house—will accept contributions to help our sister church—Amazing Grace Lutheran Church in Panama City. Amazing Grace suffered severe damage to its church when Hurricane Michael made landfall. With your help, NPH aims to replace the church's water-damaged hymnals and other faith-building resources. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted during the above hours over the phone at 800-662-6022. In appreciation of your kind donation, you will receive a $5 coupon to use online at nph.net.



Kids’ Night In is planned for next Saturday, November 17 from 5-8 pm in the Family Life Center. All member and school children in grades Pre-K (fully potty-trained) through Grade 8 are welcome to participate for an evening of fun while parents get a chance to do some early Christmas shopping or go on a date night. Registration is open through Nov. 12! We could also use one more volunteer to assist with the event. If you’d like to help, please contact Jill LejarzaSara Höfler, or reply to this e-mail!

Crusaders for Life - Our quarterly meeting scheduled for November 5 has been moved to next Tuesday, November 13 @ 7 pm. Join us in the After School Care room to plan our winter activities!



Interactive Bible Study – Would you like to learn how to tell others about your Savior and the hope that you have? Continuing next Wednesday, November 14 @ 7 & 9 pm, WELS is offering an online, interactive Bible study: Beginning in Your Backyard, led by WELS Commission on Evangelism director, Pr. Eric Roecker. This study can be enjoyed online from the comfort of your own home. For more information, visit WELS.net/InteractiveFaith. To join the study, click on Join the Study!

Popcorn Fundraiser for our school will run through the end of November. Proceeds will go towards covering the remaining cost for our security gate. Mr. C has tasted samples of the popcorn—and it tastes scrumptious! More info is available in the entryway at church.

Leftover Candy? - If you are looking to donate leftover candy, we are looking for candy to include in the goody bags for the kids this Christmas. Please contact Jill Lejarza or Dawn Todd!

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 entryway. For more info, reply to this e-mail!

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 this course, please reply to this e-mail!

An Encouraging Word: Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. (Zechariah 9:9-10)

Header Graphic: Sunset on the Sea of Galilee (Taken January 2017 - JJG)