|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10:00 am
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9:00 am (No Class 12/30!)
- 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
10 am - Worship
New Year's Eve, 12/31
7 pm - Worship w/ Communion
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Communion
Dealing with various health issues
People Recovering from Natural Disasters and Tragedies
Across our country and around our world
Our Neighborhoods, Communities, State, Country
That the Lord would bless them in the New Year
On Christmas Eve, we began our celebrations of one of the most amazing miracles in human history--the Word made flesh, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Into the darkness of our sin and unbelief and death burst the saving, life-giving Light of Christ. Our Christmas celebrations continue through Epiphany Sunday, January 6!
The devotion below is adapted from the Christmas Eve sermon on Isaiah 9:2-7. If you would like to read that sermon in full or the sermons from last Sunday (Dec. 23) or Christmas Day, simply click on one of the links below!
Dec. 23 - Love Unexpected (Micah 5:2-5a)
Dec. 24 - A Light in the Darkness
Dec. 25 - Where Are You Christmas? (John 1:1-14)
Why are we so troubled by darkness? Why do we always yearn for light? We find even a little light reassuring. Just think of when you finally see the light shining outside your door as you get home after a long trip or when a little light helps you find your way to the bathroom at night. Why is the first light of dawn so reassuring after a long, hard night? Why is light so comforting and darkness so troubling? It’s the unknown.
We all naturally fear the unknown. Why are little ones afraid of what’s lurking in their closets at night when they have nothing to fear when the light is on? Why are we more hesitant to drive through some neighborhoods or go to certain places at night, when they’re harmless by day? We don’t know what might be lurking out in the darkness—and that’s troubling! Could that be because our world is a dark place?
What do we see in the world around us? Terrorism. Violence in the streets. Abuse in homes. Shootings in schools. The collapse of the family and the embrace of an “anything goes” sexuality. Neighbors turning on each other for any and every reason. People shamelessly tearing each other apart on social media and out in public. And the list goes on… Take a closer look at ourselves and consider what the Lord says through his prophet Isaiah, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” The world really is a dark place, isn't it?
So what can we do? Look to the Light! “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” That light is not something you or I or anyone else can produce. That light is not some program to rid the world of darkness. That Light is a person, specifically a baby boy. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…"
Seven hundred years after Isaiah, the Lord revealed his Light in a lowly Bethlehem stable. In the midst of the deep darkness of sin and death, “the true light that gives light to every person” dawned. (John 1:9) Jesus, the Light of the world, came to shatter our darkness. Oh, sin and Satan and death raged with all their dark might against the Light, but they could not withstand it—not in Bethlehem, not during his life, not on the cross, not even in the tomb. Jesus came to wipe out the deep darkness of your unbelief with the clarity of his saving Word. Jesus came to remove the dark shroud of your guilt with the brightness of his forgiveness. Jesus came to scatter the shadow of death forever with the brightness of his own life that you might live forever.
By becoming a human being, Jesus chose to take your place in the womb, in the home, on the road, on the cross, and in the tomb, but why? Why become human and subject to his own holy Law? Why become human and subject to death? His reason? Love that wanted nothing more than to give you light in your darkness. One of Jesus’ disciples named John wrote, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10) That love moved Jesus to bring light into your life, into your brokenness and fractured relationships, into your guilt and weakness, into the darkness of your soul. That love moved him to overcome the deep darkness of death…for you!
So as you live in this dark world, look to the Light that shattered the darkness that first Christmas night. As you walk in Christ's light, keep coming back here to be renewed in that light and to walk alongside others who walk in that light. You have no need to fear the darkness any longer because of the good news the angel shared that first Christmas night—the good news of the Light in our darkness. “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Walking in the Light of Christ,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Sunday Family Bible Time will take a break this Sunday and will start up again next Sunday, January 6 @ 9 am. Midweek Bible studies will start again Wednesday, January 9 @ 10 am in the conference room.
Weekly Service Schedules will be available this Sundayin your boxes and in the entryway!
New Year’s Eve – Join us New Year’s Eve @ 7 pm for a special worship service as we look to the Light that has been shining in our darkness in the past, shines today, will keep on shining.
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). For more info, call the church office!
Epiphany “Baby Shower” – Join us Sunday, January 6 for a fellowship cart “baby shower” after worship. In celebration of our Savior’s birth and Epiphany Sunday, your Crusaders for Life branch will collect baby shower items for New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. We will also host the fellowship cart after the church service offering baby shower treats. Gift cards, cash donations, or small baby gifts may be placed in the basket that will be available. If you wish to donate a large item you may go to their website HomeForMothers.com. Select Donate Now/Material Donations to select one of the baby registries and ship your gift directly to the home or to the Target store in Wauwatosa/Milwaukee, WI. We hope you will join us for this celebration!
Every Member Visits – Slots for you to meet with Pastor will be made available in the New Year! He plans to meet with all of our member households, so please be sure to sign up when slots become available!
Offering Envelopes – 2019 offering envelopes are available in the entryway for all King of Kings households. If you are a confirmed member, please pick yours up this weekend!
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: Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel. (Luke 2:29-32)