Greetings, Saints (12/23/19)

 

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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

No Family Bible Time on 12/29


No Midweek Bible Study until 1/8

Looking Ahead

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


Sunday, 12/29
10 am - Worship


New Year's Eve, 12/31
10 am - Service of Thanksgiving w/ Lord's Supper


Prayer List

Berniece S.
Celebrated her 99th birthday on Sunday

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

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


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

How quickly we can get cynical this time of year! So much of the world around us isn't what it seems. So many people in our lives, people we trust, fail us or break promises--and we do the same to them. Yet the Lord comes to us through his Word and transforms our doubt into trust just as he did for Joseph, the adopted father of Jesus, so long ago.

The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Matthew 1:18-25 - The Light Is Coming Soon...Really! For 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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It is so easy to get cynical, isn’t it? We’ve all become cynics and skeptics. How quickly do you slip into thinking the worst about someone or some situation? You assume a criminal element or a self-seeking desire for attention. You automatically doubt, because what you see seems too good to be true, too bright for this world of darkness, too pure for this world awash in cynicism. So who or what can you trust?

In a culture where there is so much that isn’t what it seems, you can understand why we are so naturally skeptical. Yet are we just as skeptical when it comes to trusting God or his Word or his promises? Do you always trust God? Do I always trust his Word? Why don’t I trust that God can actually make a difference in my life or in my family or in my relationships or in my marriage or in my future? Why are you so quick to not trust him?

Perhaps it’s fear. If you trust God and his Word, it means that you have to leave control of your life, control of your future in his hands. It also means that if I trust God and his Word, I might have to have uncomfortable conversations with people I care about. Perhaps it’s pride because you think that you can stand on your own two feet and carry whatever weight is placed on your shoulders. Perhaps it’s pessimism because you think that God is going to fail you just like everyone else in your life. Is it any wonder that we don’t naturally trust God or his Word?

So what does God say about your fear? “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be overwhelmed, for I am your God.” (Isaiah 41:10a) What does God say about my pride? “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15b) What does God say about your pessimism? “Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b)

As you hear what God says, do you hear the voice of Immanuel? “I am with you…” Do you hear the voice of your Savior? “I will deliver you…” Listen to the Lord like Joseph did so long ago and see what God is doing for you! Listen as he transforms your doubt into trust, your darkness into light! See the Son of God and Mary’s Son save you from your skepticism, your cynicism, your jaded worldview! See the Son of God keep promise after promise—born in Bethlehem; descended from David; keeping God’s holy Law even though he wrote it himself; offering himself as God’s sacrificial lamb on the cross, yet removing the sting of death by rising on the third day; ascended into heaven; and guiding all things for your good and mine. See the Son save you from darkness like he did Joseph 2,000 years ago!

Then respond with a trust that acts. Respond with a confident desire to serve our Lord whether that’s in our families our marriages, in our workplace, in our communities, and in our church. You can do so, trusting our Lord, who never breaks a promise, who never fails us, who removes our fear or pride or pessimism, and who is “God with us” every step of the way.

Eagerly Anticipating the Coming Light,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Genesis 3:8-15
Isaiah 9:2-7
Micah 5:2-4
Luke 1:26-38
John 3:16-18
Luke 2:1-20
Colossians 3:12-17

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

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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 Service of Thanksgiving - Join us as we close out 2019 and the 2010s, giving thanks for God's blessings and looking forward to the future with hope. We will also celebrate the Lord's Supper.
     
  • 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

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 – This past week, David Schulz returned our Call to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Our next Call meeting is planned for Sunday, January 5 after worship. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend!

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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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: But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. For behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all people: Today in the town of David, a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10-12)