Greetings Saints (12/14/18)


King ofKingsLutheran 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

Friday, 12/14
4:30 pm - Basketball vs. Peace (Kissimmee) (Home)
Sunday, 12/16
9 am - Family Bible Hour (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:15 am - Family Choir Practice (Balcony)
4-6 pm - Christmas Caroling
Tuesday, 12/18
3:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Sheppe)

Friday, 12/21
7 pm - Children's Christmas Service

Prayer List

Dealing with various health issues

People Affected by Recent Natural Disasters
Recovering in parts of Alaska, California, and the Florida Panhandle

Our Christmas Invitations
That the Lord would bless them as we share them
Greetings, Saints!

Our focus on the Sundays of Advent this year is "Christ Comes, Bearing Gifts." This past Sunday, we opened the second "gift" that Jesus brings for us--the gift of peace. Below is an excerpt adapted from Sunday's sermon on Malachi 3:1-4. If you would like to go back and read the sermon in full--Peace Requires Preparation, simply click on the link.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Andy Williams croons on as you rush around in the days leading up to Christmas. For all the wonderful holiday songs and treats and family gatherings and Hallmark movies, there’s a surprising amount of stress! So much running around. So many end-of-the-year tasks. So many errands. So much practicing and cleaning and baking and scheduling and inviting. So much preparation!

Yet all that preparation is necessary. You run errands and clean and bake so you’re ready for those wonderful family gatherings and holiday parties. You practice and practice and practice so you’re ready for special worship services celebrating the birth of our Savior. You prepare so you’re ready for situations that can be surprisingly stressful. Now here’s where we come back to Advent.

In the Apostles’ Creed, we confess that Christ “will come to judge the living and the dead.” That’s a little weightier than a Christmas family gathering. The prophet Malachi asks, “Who can endure the day of his coming?” Only those who are prepared will endure. Only those who are prepared will enjoy peace on that Day. So how can you be prepared?

The truth is, we're so often...not. How easily we slide into indifference to the Lord and his worship! How easily we buy into society’s definition of a “good life”—a life that’s carefree, happy, and prosperous! How easily and often the Lord loses out when the checkbook balance doesn’t look as good as we want! How easily and often we disregard or downplay God’s gift of marriage!

Yet do we really want the Lord, whom we are seeking, to suddenly come and carry out his holy judgment? With indifference and materialism and faithlessness plaguing our hearts, we are woefully unprepared. Not a single one of us can stand on our own two feet before God’s coming judgment.

...But then Christ, the holy “messenger of the covenant,”comes to purify us. He uses the demands of his Holy Law to burn up our self-righteousness and wash away our pride. He removes the things we love that hinder our relationship with him. Then with the almighty cleaning solution of his precious blood, Jesus cleanses our hearts. He scrubs off the nasty, crusty guilt of sins committed years ago and the new guilt from sins committed yesterday. With his forgiving blood, he rubs out the deep, persistent stains of the sins of weakness into which you keep falling.
Jesus repairs your brokenness and restores your sin-ruined heart. He wipes away the stains of your sorrow and your tears of grief. He cleanses your heart so you can stand in his presence on the Last Day with peace, not terror. He prepares you for his coming, so that you will enjoy his perfect peace for all eternity. God bless your Advent preparations!

Preparing for Christ's Coming,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Christmas Tree Decorating – Join us this Friday morning @ 9 am as we decorate the Christmas trees in the chancel area. Many hands make light work!

Raise Your Voices This Christmas! - We have formed a family choir--men, women, and kids--to sing a couple pieces for our Christmas Eve candlelight service. We have practices in the balcony planned for this Sunday and next after worship and on Christmas Eve @ 6:30 pm. If you would like to participate, please contact Randy Cochran or join us for practice!

Christmas Caroling – Join us for Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 16 from 4-6 pm. We will be leaving from the church parking lot. As we have in years past, we will have a trailer available to transport our piano and give our carolers a platform for singing. Caroling will be followed by dinner at a local restaurant. If you’re interested, please contact Randy Cochran.

Children’s Christmas Service is planned for next Friday, December 21 @ 7 pm! Our service is based around the Lord's Prayer. We hope you can join us for this special service!

Who Will You Invite? - Invites are still available in the entryway to invite friends, family, neighbors, classmates, co-workers, etc. to our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service @ 7 pm & our Christmas Day Festival Service @ 10 am. Let's get the word out about our Savior's birth!

Weekly Service Opportunities – Each week we have opportunities to serve those who attend our worship services. We have a number of great opportunities to do that—greeters, ushers, refreshments, and altar care. To help us better coordinate these weekly service opportunities, we are asking you to sign up in the entryway for the service opportunities that interest you and your family. Rotations will be formed with assignments through June. If you are unable to serve on an assigned weekend, you can switch with another household. We plan to have the new rotations out on Sunday, December 30. If you have any questions, please reply to this e-mail!

Winter Camp – Kim Smith, our After School Care director, is offering childcare services during the Christmas break from December 27-January 4. Cost: $100 (1 camper), $175
(2 campers), $200 (3 campers). More info can be found in the entryway or call the church office!

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. Slots are still available for next week! If none of the dates or times work for you or for more info, reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor to schedule your visit!

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 signing up for our next session, please reply to this e-mail!

An Encouraging Word: Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm... The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:14-15,17)