Greetings Saints (11/16/18)


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

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

Saturday, 11/17
5-8 pm - Kids' Night In (Family Life Center - Registration Closed)
Sunday, 11/18
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Communion
11:30 am - Open House @ Gumms (Parsonage)
Monday, 11/19
10 am - Bible Information Class @ Church (Sheppe)
Wednesday, 11/21
10 am - Genesis Bible Study (Conference Rm)
7 pm - Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie Social
Thursday, 11/22
No School Thursday or Friday

Sunday, 11/25
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Elders Meeting
Greetings, Saints!

This past Sunday was an important anniversary--the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of "the war to end all wars" went silent, but as so often happens, that manmade peace didn't last. Wars and conflicts and violence continue to flare up to this day. World peace among nations and peoples is only a dream in a sinful world populated by selfish, sinful people.

Yet on that armistice anniversary, we learned about a King who came righteous and victorious and...humbly. We lifted our eyes to the King known as the "Prince of Peace"--and we found the source of real, lasting peace in our Savior-King Jesus. The following is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Zechariah 9--A Promised Peace.

Kings aren't humble. In ancient days, they crushed and dominated and destroyed and conquered their enemies. Yet that's not how God's coming King was going to bring "peace to the nations." “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 Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.”

King Jesus came not to silence the noise of guns and battle and warfare, but to silence our cries of war against the holy God. Jesus came to bring peace between a hostile world full of sinners and the holy God, but peace with God doesn’t come cheap.

Peace with God means somebody has to pay for all the things I’ve done wrong in my life. It means somebody has to be punished for all the times you’ve shortchanged your loved ones and your God. It means someone has to destroy the enemies that hold us hostage—sin, death, and the devil. That kind of peace doesn’t come cheap. After all, it cost the life of God’s own Son. He knew it was coming, but still Jesus came to bring God’s promised peace.

That’s why we call Jesus the “Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) Yet he was also the Price of Peace. He shouldered your guilt. He picked up my failings. He carried them all to the cross and was nailed there in your place and mine, and there he died. Yet this warrior, who walked into the desolate no man’s land of our sinful world, was unlike any other. Death could not hold him. Jesus rose from the dead, and when he did, he broke the back of death. He crushed the head of Satan. He destroyed the power of sin and hell.

By doing so, Jesus set you free from sin’s captivity, from an eternity of defeat in hell’s waterless wastes. He became your stronghold, filling your heart with real, lasting peace, as he told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

What does that mean? No longer do you need to be afraid of God, because Jesus died for you. No longer do you need to be afraid of death, because Christ rose for you. No matter what evil occurs in this violent world like we’ve seen so recently in Pittsburgh, PA and Thousand Oaks, CA, no matter what evil is in this world, no matter what emptiness and hurt your heart feels, God promises that the price of peace has been paid. Not even death can rob you of the peace Jesus has waiting for you, peace that the evil of this world cannot touch! Real, lasting, eternal peace!

Enjoying Christ's Promised Peace,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Open House – After worship on Sunday, the Gumm family invites you over to the parsonage next door for this Sunday's refreshments. All are welcome to stop over!

Thanksgiving Eve – Join us next Wednesday, November 21 starting @ 7 pm as we pause to give thanks to our God for the many and varied gifts that he gives us every day of the year! Following our service, all are invited to our annual Thanksgiving Eve Pie Social in the Family Life Center. Bring a pie and join us as we give thanks for God’s abundant grace!

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

Assistance Needed – Roy Krause could use some assistance with moving a couple pieces of furniture in his home. If you would like to assist, please reply to this e-mail or contact Roy.

Advent Nights – The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas can get crazy with all kinds of errands, parties, and end of year work. Often lost in the shuffle is time spent with Jesus. In place of our midweek Advent services, we are going to take a “family devotion” approach to our Advent preparations. Join us Wednesdays, December 5 and 12 in the Family Life Center as we take time to pause and prepare our hearts for Christ’s coming. We will have a meal @ 6 pm on both Wednesdays followed by a devotional service @ 7 pm. All of our members and friends are welcome to join us for this year’s Advent Nights!

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!

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: Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28)

**The header graphic is a picture of a unit of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division that was serving in Afghanistan on 9/11/2011--the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Wars continue, yet Christ continues to bring "peace to the nations" through his Word and Sacraments.