Church News

Greetings, Saints (11/25/19)

 

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

VisitKoK.com

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 
No Class - Wed. Nov. 27!


Looking Ahead

Monday, 11/25
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)
6 pm - Church Council (Conference Room)

Tuesday, 11/26
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)

Wed-Fri, 11/27-29 - No School!

Wednesday, 11/27

7 pm - Thanksgiving Eve Worship & Pie Social

Thursday, 11/28 - Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, 11/30
1 pm - Christian Victory Service for Tom Norling (Visitation - Noon-1 pm)


Sunday, 12/1
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper


Prayer List

The Family of Tom Norling
Called home to heaven on Sat. Nov. 16

The Morris Family
Mourning the loss of Kalynne's father

Ralph S.
Father of Suzi K. - Worsening health due to pulmonary fibrosis

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

Berniece S.
Home after being hospitalized last week


McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East
Greetings, Saints!

This past Sunday we concluded our Welcome Home series with our eyes lifted to Christ, our crucified and risen King. When you look at Jesus on the cross, there seems to be nothing glorious or regal about him. Yet the promise he made to a thief dying next to him is a glimpse of how "what could be" becomes "what will be" in Christ our King. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 23:35-43 - Welcome Home: To Christ's Glorious Kingdom. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

What kind of expectations do you have of Christ? What do you hope he’ll do for you and accomplish in your life and in the lives of people you know and love? Is it a shallow expectation that hopes Jesus can make you a more purposeful or self-controlled or kinder person? Is it a self-centered hope that Jesus will finally bring a solution to those nagging problems in your family, in your marriage, at work, at school? Is it a short-sighted expectation that Jesus will make your life better or even make your church better?

…But what happens when Jesus doesn’t meet your expectations? Your self-control or kindness only goes so far. Your nagging problems continue to persist. You don’t have any noticeable improvements in your life and your church still struggles. What happens when Jesus doesn’t fulfill your short-sighted, self-centered hopes the way you want? Do you wonder “what if” or think “what could’ve been” and then move on from Jesus to something or someone better? Do you get angry because he failed your expectations?

After all, for someone who should look and act regal, Jesus doesn’t. He’s poor. He’s lowly. He’s a humiliating embarrassment. There’s nothing glorious about him by the world’s standards. He has no kingdom on a map. He even hangs out with the unlovable, reaches out to the detestable, and dies with the criminal. Why would you or I want someone so unexciting to be our King or would we rather depose him for someone or something more promising?

…But before you do that, take a closer look at that “king of the Jews” hanging on the cross. Yes, he’s being ridiculed even by those crucified with him. Yes, few if any mourn for him. Yes, it might even seem ridiculous that he makes a promise of eternal life and a glorious, heavenly kingdom to a thief.

…But those aren’t empty words! They’re proof that in Jesus, “what could be” becomes “what will be.” Amid all that humiliation and blood and suffering, Christ the King proves himself to be your King and mine. He does what no king, no president, no leader could ever do. He keeps that promise sealed with blood and death. “You will be with me in paradise!”

Yes! For that repentant thief, “what could be” became “what will be for eternity.” Yes! For you too there’s a promise guaranteed in blood with a cross and with the death of the almighty and gracious Son of God. You will be in heaven with Jesus too in his glorious kingdom! It’s not you “could” be in heaven maybe, possibly sortakindalike, but “you will be with me in paradise.”

Longing for Christ's Glorious Kingdom,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 80
Psalm 136
Isaiah 2:1-5
Matthew 21:1-11
Matthew 24:36-44
Romans 13:11-14

Audio Sermons Available! - We now have audio recordings of our sermons available online! To listen to Pastor's weekly sermons, please visit VisitKoK.com/Sermons! We are still fine tuning some of the details, including RSS subscription options so you can receive the latest sermon on your preferred audio platform. Thanks for your patience and watch for more updates

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Thanksgiving Eve – Join us this Wednesday, November 27 @ 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 Pie Social in the Family Life Center. Bring a pie and join us as we give thanks for God’s abundant grace!

The Christian Victory Service for Tom Norling is planned for this Saturday, November 30 @ 1 pm @ King of Kings. Visitation will take place at the church from noon to 1 pm. Interment will take place in the King of Kings Memorial Garden, and refreshments will follow in the entryway.

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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 Sun., Dec. 8 @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center. Invites with more info can be found in your boxes in the entryway. RSVP by December 1 to Kim Cochran!

Divine Call Update – On Sunday, King of Kings called Mr. David Schulz to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Schulz is presently serving as principal, Grade 7 teacher, Grades 5-8 math and music teacher, and choir director at St. Stephen's Lutheran School in Beaver Dam, WI. Mr. Schulz and his wife, Amanda, have five children - Dustin, Ethan, Kathryn, Jordyn, and Ashlyn. Please keep the Schulz family in your prayers as Mr. Schulz considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom.

Lord, Lead Us to Your Light – Homes and neighborhoods and communities will soon find themselves twinkling with light amid deepening darkness. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the darkest weeks of the year, yet also some of the most beautiful weeks of the year as the lights of Christmas signal the growing light of day. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are also weeks of darkness and light for Christians around the world. The church season of Advent starts out with the darkness of the shadow of God’s judgment on the Last Day that looms over all the world. Yet with each passing week the Light of God’s love that dawned on Christmas grows larger. This Advent season the Lord will lead us out of the darkness of guilt and unbelief to his Light through word and meal and song. Join us Sundays @ 10 am starting on Dec. 1, as we follow our Lord from darkness into the Light of Christ.

Advent Devotional Options - The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest weeks of the year. Yet these weeks of Advent are also a time during which Christians prepare their hearts for the celebration of Christ's birth. Here are a couple personal devotional options to do just that:

  • Christ Is the World's Light - The professors and pastors at Martin Luther College have put together a 25-day devotional (Dec. 1-25) that focuses on the coming of Christ, the Light of the world. Click on the title for the online version or pick up a hard copy at church!
  • God With Us - Another option is to follow this reading guide through the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Follow the prophet as he fixes our eyes on Immanuel--God with us.


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Hope for the Exiles: A Study of 1 Peter – As a child of God, you have real, living hope in the reality of Christ and his forgiveness. Yet you live in a world that seems to not only be without hope, but even threatens to rob you of hope. In many ways, we live as exiles when heaven is our home. So what do we do about it? What does Christ do for us? Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center as we find encouragement in 1 Peter.

One Night in Bethlehem Concert - On Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 7 pm, 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 (MikeWestendorf.com). Dinner will precede the concert @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center.

Advent Night – Wednesday, December 11 @ 7 pm – 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.

Caroling on the Trailer – Sunday, December 15 from 4-6 pm – Join us as we carol in our local neighborhoods! This is a family friendly activity! Caroling will be followed by dinner at Tijuana Flats (895 E. Altamonte Dr. Alt. Springs) for all who are interested. If you’re interested, please contact randy.cochran@visitkok.com!

Children's Christmas Service Fri. Dec. 20 @ 7 pm - 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!

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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!

Looking for Ways to Give? – We have a number of opportunities to help out with our God-given treasures and other items during these busy weeks before Christmas:

  • Christmas Goody Bags – If you would like to help us defray the cost of the goody bags that we give out to the kids on Christmas, please contact Jill Lejarza!
  • Poinsettias – This year we plan to decorate the chancel area with fewer, yet larger poinsettias than we have in the past. If you would like to help us defray the cost of the poinsettias, please contact Dawn Todd!
  • Scoreboard Repair – After 21 years of usage, our scoreboard in the gym is in need of maintenance and repair. If you would like to help us defray the cost of repairing the scoreboard, please contact Kevin Zastrow!


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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: It is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost over, and the day is drawing near. So let us put away the deeds of darkness and put on the weapons of light. (Romans 13:11-12)