Greetings, Saints (11/11/19)


King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751

Worship Time:
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 am

Looking Ahead

Tuesday, 11/12
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 11/13
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)

Thursday, 11/14
5:45 pm - Bible Information Class Make-Up (Conference Room)
6 pm - Handbell Choir Practice (Church Balcony)
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)

Sunday, 11/17
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper

Prayer List

Katie F. & Derek B.
Will be married this Saturday in CO

McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

Our Veterans
For faithful service on behalf of our country at home and abroad

David G.; Pr. Rod W.
Undergoing treatment for cancer

Denny T.; Jack S.; Justin C.
Recovering at home from heart, shoulder, or knee surgery

Sarah T.
Mother of Paula P. - Dealing with various health issues
Greetings, Saints!

This past Sunday we continued our Welcome Home series with a look at a most terrifying day--the Last Day or Judgment Day. For good reason, the end of the world is terrifying to think about, but thanks be to God! Jesus has given us a home where we are perfectly safe. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 - Welcome Home: Where You Are Perfectly Safe. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title! (Coming Soon: A weekly audio podcast of our Sunday sermons!)

$20.64 billion. Yes, billion with a b. Back in 2011, Americans spent $20.64 billion on home security measures. The amount has only gone up. By one estimate, that $21 billion has increased to $34 billion a year spent on home security measures. That’s a jaw-dropping amount of money, but why spend so much on security?

We want to be safe. We all want home to be a place where we can feel safe. We all want home to be a place where our family can feel safe. We all want home to be a place where we and our families can have safety and security away from everything and anyone that can hurt us. So there’s a natural desire for safety. To some extent, fear plays a role—fear for ourselves, fear for our loved ones, fear for our earthly possessions.

We all want to be safe and secure, but no matter how much you spend on home security, can you ever be sure that you are perfectly safe? Can you ever be absolutely sure that you and your family are perfectly safe from those who can do you harm? Even if you invested in a system so tough that the Pentagon would describe it as “overkill,” even if you could be sure that at a given moment no human alive could break into your system, none of us would still ever be perfectly safe. Why?

Something looms on the horizon. We don’t know when it’s coming, but deep down we all know it’s coming. It’s shadow looms larger with every passing day, every passing year. The reality behind that looming shadow has the potential to be far worse than any violent criminal, terrorist attack, or even physical death.

The Last Day is coming. Maybe you know it as Judgment Day or the end of the world. Hollywood has made millions on movies about the end of the world, but what does the Bible say? Well, the Bible tells us that on that day, the earth will shake. All creation as we know it will fall apart and be wiped away. The dead will be raised and the living will have nowhere to hide. Then the holy God of heaven and earth will come in terrifying glory to judge all the living and dead, every last soul, every last one of us. What a dreadful Day it will be. Yet even more so that Day fills our hearts with comfort, even hope because Jesus has given us a home where we are perfectly safe.

You see, our God is a just God, but he is also a gracious God. The Lord in his grace saw your sorry and lost condition and did something about it. Your Brother Jesus came gently and humbly as a tiny infant and perfectly grew up into an adult. He became your substitute where you have failed. He lived the perfect life you never could and then offered up that life. As your substitute, he suffered the hell, the judgment, the condemnation you deserve for your sins and presented his life as the required payment for your sins. As your substitute, he then conquered the terrifying power of death by rising from the dead.

Jesus did all that to bring you into his family—the Church—so you can be perfectly safe, even on the Last Day! Jesus takes away all that guilt that fills you with dread when you hear about the Last Day. Jesus removes all the fear that fills your heart and mind as you worry so much about the future.

Safe in Christ,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 128
Hosea 3:1-5
Luke 15:1-10
2 Corinthians 2:5-11

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Divine Call Update – This weekend we were informed that Timothy Vogel has returned the Call to serve as our Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. If you would like to read his response letter, please click here. Our next Call meeting is planned for after worship on Sunday, November 24. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend!

The Holidays @ King of Kings - As we get closer to the holidays, the Lord has all kinds of devotional, worship, and fellowship opportunities for young and old alike. Make plans to join us as we spend time with our Savior and our King of Kings family!

  • Wed. Nov. 27 @ 7 pm - Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie Social - Join us as we pause to give to our God for his many gifts this year. Then come and join us for pie in the Family Life Center!
  • Sun. Dec. 1 @ 10 am - Advent Sunday Worship Series Begins - The Savior is coming!
  • Thurs. Dec. 5 @ 7 pm - One Night in Bethlehem Concert - Join us for an inspiring evening of music and conversation as the Christmas story is told through the characters of the nativity scene. WELS musician Mike Westendorf will be providing the music ( Dinner will precede the concert @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center.
  • Sun. Dec. 8 @ 6 pm - 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 in the Family Life Center. Invites with more info can be found in your boxes in the entryway. RSVP by November 24 to Kim Cochran!

  • Wed. Dec. 11 @ 7 pm - Advent Night - During all the hustle and bustle of the season, join your King of Kings family for an Advent evening of devotion and song in the Family Life Center. Dinner will precede the Advent Night service @ 6 pm.
  • Sun. Dec. 15 - 4-6 pm - Christmas Caroling - Join us as we carol in our local neighborhood from from our trailer platform! We will be leaving from the church parking lot. Caroling will be followed by dinner at a local restaurant. If you're interested, contact Randy Cochran!
  • Fri. Dec. 20 @ 7 pm - Children's Christmas Service - The children of our school and preschool will be presenting the story of our Savior's birth with word and song under the theme: Sound the Bells! The Savior's Born!
  • Tues. Dec. 24 @ 7 pm - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service - Join us for a special Service of Lessons and Carols as we celebrate how God So Loved the World!
  • Wed. Dec. 25 @ 10 am - Christmas Day Carol Divine Service - Celebrate the birth of our Savior on Christmas morning with Christmas carols and the celebration of the Lord's Supper!
  • Tues. Dec. 31 @ 7 pm - New Year's Eve Divine Service - Join us as we close out 2019 and the 2010s giving thanks for God's blessings and looking forward to the future with hope.
  • Sun. Jan. 5 @ 10 am - Epiphany Divine Service & "Baby Shower" - We celebrate Jesus being revealed to the nations. After worship, Crusaders for Life will once again hold an Epiphany "baby shower" collecting gift cards and money donations for New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers in Milwaukee, WI

Handbell Choir – We are organizing a handbell choir to play on Christmas Eve evening. If you are interested in joining this choir, please contact Phil Warnecke. No previous musical experience needed.

Raise Your Voices This Christmas! - We are forming a family choir--men, women, and kids--to sing a couple pieces for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We are planning to offer practices after all worship services after Thanksgiving. More info coming out soon! If you are interested, please contact Corey Smith!

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.


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: For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (Luke 19:10)