|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
NONE THIS WEEK
This Week's Schedule
Children's Service @ 7:00 p.m.
SUNDAY - CHRISTMAS EVE
Christmas Eve Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Monday - CHRISTMAS DAY
Christmas Day Service @ 10:00 a.m.
|Merry Christmas, Saints!
Please join us for any of our Christmas services:
TONIGHT: Friday, 7 pm – The school children present the Christmas message in Word and song, Color It Joyful.
CHRISTMAS EVE: Sunday, 7 pm – We have our traditional Christmas Eve service, which ends in candlelight singing Silent Night.
CHRISTMAS DAY: Monday, 10 am – One more time, we celebrate Christmas Day in Word and song.
Because of the Christmas holiday, the church offices will be closed during the week. There is no Sunday School or service Sunday morning. Please come to the evening service.
Next week, New Year’s Eve, we WILL have our usual Sundaymorning service at 10 am, as well as a separate New Year’s Eve service at 5 pm on the 31st. We will not have SundaySchool or Adult Bible Class.
Next Friday, December 29, we will have a special teen event in the family life center. We’ll play a few games, eat some snack and have a grand old time. All of our high school and college students are welcome.
Now here’s today’s devotion:
The Word Became Flesh
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Over the past weeks we’ve been preparing for Christmas. We’ve put up decorations, and sent Christmas cards, and searched out the perfect gifts for those we love. Now the day is here, the celebration of Jesus’ birth.
We may indeed have gotten ourselves ready for him in our homes, but none of us can ever really say we’ve made ourselves ready for him in our hearts. If we’re honest, we can still see a mess in there. We were going to be more patient with people, slower to speak and quicker to listen. We can see all those promises we’ve made to God and to others that lie broken on the floor of our heart like shattered glass.
Meanwhile, the garbage of our sin is everywhere: ingratitude and anger and discontent, big sins and small, too many to count. We’ve tried shifting things around, to hide the mess. We’ve tried dumping our garbage on others, claiming they’re the ones to blame. We’ve tried covering the stench of our sin with sweet smelling excuses. None of it works. We know Jesus shouldn’t be coming to us, because we know who we are.
And yet, here he is, in clear, simple words. “The Word became flesh.” God’s Son didn’t wait for the human race to clean up their messes. He just came. He became one of us and he carried the whole mess of this world’s sin to the cross for us. In fact, here and now, as we read and remember the Christmas message, Jesus comes to us again with his gracious forgiveness and love to clean our messy conscience.
There are some parts of Christmas we might be tired of by now. Holiday traffic is no picnic. The delicious, rich foods we eat at Christmas time are wonderful, but we can’t eat those things every day. Underneath all the pretty decorations and wrapping paper, at the heart of Christmas, is God’s answer to all sin and sorrow. It’s a gift that once came wrapped in swaddling clothes, a gift God continues to give every time we hear and remember this miraculous good news: “The Word became flesh.”
All praise to you, eternal God!
Now clothed in human flesh and blood.
You took a manger for your throne
While worlds on worlds are yours alone. Alleluia!
All this your love for us has done;
By this our love for you is won;
For this our joyful songs we raise
And shout our thanks in ceaseless praise. Alleluia!
(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal – 33)