Greetings, Saints (12/11/19)

 

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

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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

Wednesday, 12/11
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
6 pm - Advent Dinner (Lunch Room)
7 pm - Advent Night (Gymnasium)

Thursday, 12/12
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)

Sunday, 12/15
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Elders Meeting
4-6 pm - Caroling on the Trailer (Starts in Parking Lot)

Monday, 12/16
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)

Tuesday, 12/17
AM - Lifeline Screening @ King of Kings (Family Life Center)
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)


Prayer List

Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Continuing to undergo treatment for aggressive cancer

David Schulz
Deliberating our Call to serve as Principal & Grades 6-8 teacher


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

Ill Students
A number of King of Kings students have been battling the flu in the last couple weeks


McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

Sarah T.
Mother of Paula P. - Hospitalized with worsening health
Greetings, Saints!

This time of year when the nights are long and the days short, we enjoy the lights in the darkness and live in the light. The same is true for Christians. We live in a world covered with the darkness of sin and death. Yet our Lord in his love leads us out of that darkness into his light of life. We hear the Prophet Isaiah's call to "Look to the Light!" The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Isaiah 11:1-10 - Look to the LightFor the full text of the sermon, click on the title! You can also listen to the sermon if you click on the Messages from the King graphic after the devotion.

When you shine a light in the darkness, it’s amazing how much is illuminated. The light reveals obstacles and pitfalls that threaten to trip or harm or block us. The light reveals objects and items you didn’t see. The light reveals where the path is headed and what lies along the path. In Isaiah 11, the prophet shines the light of God’s Word to point out a stump near our path. We’re not going to trip over the stump, but the prophet wants us to take a closer look.

The stump we see was once a mighty tree--the mighty royal line of King David, but decades of unbelief and rejection of the word and will of the Lord had rotted out the tree. In time, the tree came crashing down, but the prophet begs us to take a closer look. Where you’d expect to see rot or death, he shows us…life! “A shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse, and a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.”

Life was returning from this stump. A King would come unlike all other mortal kings in human history. He would be God’s Chosen One sent to save his people. Unlike an earthly king, this King would not come to establish an earthly kingdom. No, he would come to restore what had been lost in the hearts of the people.

So who is this King foretold by prophets, who will rule with righteousness and justice, who will forgive and condemn, who will conquer and save? Look to the light and see Jesus, whose coming fills our hearts with dread and hope.

It fills our hearts with dread, because by nature, you and I are no more than dying trees that deserve only the swift judgment of the ax to destroy us forever. By nature, we worship ourselves and the gods we set up in our hearts. By nature, we have nothing in ourselves to offer the holy God. By nature, we are hostile to the Word and will of the King who comes to judge. By nature, we are loveless and hypocritical, giving the appearance of generic morality and spiritual vitality, when by nature, we are rotten and dying. By nature, we lull ourselves into thinking that everything’s great with God as we do our Christian duty on Sundays, but forget about him the rest of the week. For good reason, the King rightfully brings God's holy judgment

Yet the only One who can truly restore you from the rot of sin and death is the very King who came to bring righteousness and justice “to the oppressed on the earth.” Only Jesus can rescue you from your sins. Only Jesus, who came once in righteous faithfulness to contend for your soul, who comes in Word and Sacrament now, who will come in glory and grace, only he can keep you from dying in the darkness. Only he can bring you from darkness to light.

This Jesus grew up from “the stump of Jesse” to restore his Kingdom in our hearts. This Jesus even allowed himself to be cut down with the ax of God’s judgment to remove all our rot and death. Yet three days later, this Jesus sprung up from the cold darkness of a tomb so we might live forever in his light. In Christ, we now have peace, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God.

Looking to the Light of Christ,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 146
Isaiah 35:1-10
Matthew 11:2-11
James 5:7-11

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Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Thank You to all the ladies who participated in hosting and preparing for and attending our first annual Advent by Candlelight this past Sunday! A special thank you to our Advent by Candlelight Committee--Kim Cochran, DeLyn Wagenknecht, and Lisa Gumm--who poured a lot of time and effort into planning this inaugural event. The Lord richly blessed our first Advent by Candlelight and we look forward to what he has in store next year! Thank you, Ladies!

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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 or join us in the parking lot on Sunday!

Divine Call Update – King of Kings has 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. Please keep the Schulz family in your prayers as Mr. Schulz considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom.

Opportunities to Serve – Each week we have opportunities to serve those who attend our worship services. Two ways that we do that is through greeting and providing refreshments. We are putting together our weekly rotations for January-June. They will be available on Sunday, December 29. Sign up in the entryway to help!

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:

  • Military Care Package Items – Our school is gathering perishable and non-perishable items for care packages to send to some of our military personnel deployed overseas. If you would like to donate items towards these care packages, check out this list and drop off the items either in the box in the church entryway or under the Christmas tree in the lunch room.
  • 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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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.

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!

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Growing in Hope – Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I learn more about Jesus? How can I become part of the King of Kings family? How can I grow in my understanding of God’s Word? Pastor offers Bible Information Class to answer these questions and more! If you interested in joining our next session, reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm continues to visit 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: Therefore, brothers, be patient until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the valuable harvest from the ground, patiently waiting for it, until it receives the early and late rain. You be patient too. Strengthen your hearts because the coming of the Lord is near. (James 5:7-8)