Greetings, Saints (12/18/19)

 

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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 


Looking Ahead

Wednesday, 12/18
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)

Friday, 12/20
Noon - Early Dismissal for Christmas Break
6:30 pm - Student Piano Recital (Sanctuary)
7 pm - Children's Christmas Service

Sunday, 12/22
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:20 am - Handbell & Choir Practice

Monday, 12/23
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)

Christmas Eve, 12/24
6 pm - Handbell Practice
6:30 pm - Choir Practice
7 pm - Candlelight Service

Christmas Day, 12/25
10 am - Festival Service w/ Lord's Supper


Prayer List

Madison M.
Granddaughter of Keith & Karen M. - Born this weekend


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

King of Kings Students
Many battling the flu the last couple weeks


McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

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

The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Matthew 11:2-11 - Rejoice in the LightFor the full text of the sermon, click on the title or listen to the sermon by clicking on the Messages from the King graphic below.

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John the Baptizer was an amazing prophet. Prophets had foretold his coming centuries before he was born. His reason for existence was to prepare the way for the coming Savior. Yet in Matthew 11, we find John languishing in the darkness of a dungeon. He had been arrested for calling the local ruler to repent and a death sentence could be handed out at any time. He and his followers struggled with doubt, but Jesus gave him hope and certainty--not the promise of a prison break and fiery judgment on the wicked, but promises fulfilled and eternal salvation guaranteed.

Sometimes in life you feel like John. Perhaps it happens when someone you trust, someone you love fails you. Perhaps it happens when someone like that passes away. Perhaps it happens when something like your job or your health unexpectedly doesn’t prove to be the rock of certainty that you once thought it was. Perhaps it happens when you find yourself under the blazing heat of temptation or when you simply look out at what’s going on in our world.

What you experience doesn’t seem to turn out the way you expect. “God, why does it look you, the Ruler of all things, are just letting things descend into chaos? Have you lost control? Why does everything always seem so dark? You promised to bless believers like me, but why does it seem like everything is going so badly in my life? Why can’t I catch a break? Where’s the victory? Where’s the joy, the happiness, the abundant blessing, the exceeded expectations, the light shining in this dark world?”

How does Jesus respond? Does he condemn you for your lack of faith? Does he ridicule you because you don’t understand life like he does? No. He shines the light of his Word in your darkness.

“Remember how I fulfilled what Scripture said I would? Look closer at all those prophecies in Scripture and see me. See what I have done for you. Peer into my manger bed and see peace between you and God. Follow my travels along the dusty roads of Israel and see how I turn back the effects and consequences of sin. Look up at me on the cross dying and see my sacrifice for your sins. Peer into my empty tomb and see how I even conquer death. See my forgiving and patient compassion for you when you feel weak or even when you doubt! Despite all the rumors to the contrary, see how I still reign over all things! See my light and see clearly with my light! See why you can depend on me, no matter how many failed expectations you experience in your life. Rejoice in my light!”

Dear friend, people fail. Promises get broken. Life so often leaves you wandering in darkness. Yet Jesus never fails. Jesus never breaks a promise. Jesus defies all our expectations and gives us reason yet again to rejoice in his light. For through that light, we see clearly our long-expected Savior. Through that light, we see clearly our salvation. Blessed are you who see Jesus with open eyes filled with his light. You can leave your expectations with him.

Rejoicing in the Light of Christ,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 89
Isaiah 7:10-14
Matthew 1:18-25
Romans 1:1-7

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Children's Christmas Service - All are invited to join us as the children of our school and preschool proclaim the good news of Christ’s birth at our Children’s Christmas Service on Friday, December 20 @ 7 pm. Our theme is Sound the Bells! The Savior’s Born! A piano recital by our students will take place in the sanctuary @ 6:30 pm.

One Message, Multiple Options - We have been working hard to get our weekly sermon podcast up and running. As noted above, we've named it Messages from the King. You can also subscribe to receive the newest sermons as they are posted on the following platforms:

We hope to have it available on iTunes and iHeart Radio soon. Of course, you can always visit our podcast site @ VisitKoK.com/Sermons to listen to the latest sermons!

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God So Loved the World – Join us this Christmas and experience God's love for you in Christ!
  • 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 Practices - Next Handbell practice this Sunday, Dec. 22 @ 11:20 am. Choir practice will follow. Handbell Practice on Christmas Eve @ 6 pm. Choir rehearsal @ 6:30 pm. Questions re: Handbells? Contact Phil Warnecke! Questions re: Choir? Contact Corey Smith!

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 by no later than this Sunday, December 22.
 
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!

Divine Call Update – David Schulz continues to deliberate our Call to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Please keep the Schulz family in your prayers as Mr. Schulz considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom.

Welcome Home Pictures – If you had your picture taken at our King of Kings Photo Booth on Oct. 20 or 27, you should have received them by e-mail. Be sure to download them to your computer rather than your phone. In January, we will have an opportunity for retakes and anyone who did not get their picture taken on our Welcome Home Sundays.

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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: All this happened to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Look, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son. And they will name him Immanuel,” which means, “God with us.” When Joseph woke up from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him. He took Mary home as his wife, but he was not intimate with her until she gave birth to her firstborn son. And he named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:22-25)