Church News

Greetings, Saints (12/3/19)

 

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

Tuesday, 12/3
6:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 12/4
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
3:30 pm - Faculty Meeting (Conference Room)
7 pm - Evangelism Team (Conference Room)

Thursday, 12/5
6 pm - Advent Dinner (Family Life Center)
6:30 pm - Choir Practice (Balcony)
7 pm - One Night in Bethlehem Concert (Sanctuary)

Friday, 12/6
4:30/5:30 pm - B-Ball vs. New Hope


Saturday, 12/7
11 am - Wood Burning Class w/ Michelle Lillie (Family Life Center)


Sunday, 12/8
9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Prepared to Answer
6 pm - Advent by Candlelight (Family Life Center)

Monday, 12/9
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class (Wilkinson)
4/5 pm - B-Ball vs. Avalon


Prayer List

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

Pr. Rod W.
Father of Phil W. - Undergoing treatment for cancer

David Schulz
Deliberating our Call to serve as Principal & Grades 6-8 teacher


McKenzie E.
USAF - Deployed to Middle East

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

This past Sunday we began a new Christian church year. With the season of Advent, the Christian church begins another year-long journey following the life and teaching of Christ. During Advent, we also prepare our hearts for Christ's coming - his first coming as a child, his daily coming through Word and sacraments, and his second coming when he returns on the Last Day. During this time of year when the nights are long and the days are short, we enjoy the lights at night and live in the light of day. The same is true for Christians. We live in world covered with the darkness of sin and death. Yet our Lord in his love leads us out of that darkness into his light of life. We hear the Apostle Paul's call to "Wake up!" as the Lord leads us to his light. 

The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on 
Romans 13:11-14 - Wake Up to the Light. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title! You can also listen to the sermon if you click on the Messages from the King graphic after the devotion.

You’re sound asleep pleasantly dreaming. Suddenly your dreams vanish with the harsh piercing sounds of an alarm clock. “Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!” Your eyes open to see your room still in darkness, and all you hear is that awful alarm clock. You fumble around to hit the snooze button to stop that terrible noise. Silence fills the room again as you lay your head back on your pillow. “I want to go back to sleep, but I can’t….” It’s time to get ready.

In Romans 13:11-14, we hear another alarm clock go off, but it isn’t the ear-piercing buzzing of the clock next to your bed. We hear an alarm clock calling us to “Wake up!” and get ready for the Last Day. With each passing day, the Last Day gets closer, the Day when Christ will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. Are you ready for that Day? Are you prepared for Christ’s “advent” or “entrance” on that Last Day?

To be honest, we’re probably more ready to return to the darkness of spiritual slumber than we are to wake up to the daylight that comes from above. Spiritual slumber causes us to be indifferent, even arrogant about sin. It opens the door to the evil world or our sinful natures or Satan himself, who all try to take hold of us and turn that spiritual slumber into spiritual death. Every day those dark forces try to make us children of darkness, doomed to perish forever.

So how do we put aside such darkness? As with any aspect of our salvation, it all starts with Jesus. Jesus overcame those dark forces for us when he came the first time. His life was free of those dark sins. His death paid for your dark sins. Through the waters of Holy Baptism, he covered your sins with his righteousness so the holy God would no longer see you unfit and filthy with sin, but cleansed with Christ’s holiness. 

Now by faith you can daily wake up to the Lord’s light. You repent for giving sin an open door. You remember your Baptism and drown your sinful flesh again. Through Jesus, God forgives your sins and enables you to put off the darkness and “clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” The holy blood of Christ protects you from the darkness. He strengthens and prepares you through his Word and as he gives you himself in his Supper. So now awake to the light of Christ, you can live as a child of the light, following Jesus here until he returns in glory.

Waking Up to the Light,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading as you go through your week:
Psalm 130
Isaiah 11:1-10
Matthew 3:1-12
Romans 15:4-13

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New King of Kings Podcast - For the past couple months, we've been working to develop a podcast of audio recordings of our weekly sermons. While we're still working out some kinks and discovering all kinds of exciting options, that podcast - Messages from the King - is now a reality! On a weekly basis, you can expect audio recordings of the Sunday and special service sermons. We hope to provide you with subscription options (iTunes, Google Play, etc.) very soon. In the meantime, you can access sermons at VisitKoK.com/Sermons. May our Lord use these sermons to help you grow in faith and grow closer to your Savior-King!

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

One Night in Bethlehem Concert This Thursday, Dec. 5 @ 7 pm, join us for an inspiring evening of music and conversation as the Christmas story is told through the characters of the nativity scene. WELS musician Mike Westendorf will be providing the music (MikeWestendorf.com). Dinner will precede the concert @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center. We hope you and your family will be able to join us for this special event!

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Advent by Candlelight 
- All ladies ages 12 and up are invited to our first annual Advent by Candlelight on Sun., Dec. 8 @ 6 pm in the Family Life Center. If you plan to attend and have not RSVP'd to Kim Cochran, please do so right away!

Divine Call Update – King of Kings has called Mr. David Schulz to serve as our next Principal and Grades 6-8 teacher. Mr. Schulz is presently serving as principal, Grade 7 teacher, Grades 5-8 math and music teacher, and choir director at St. Stephen's Lutheran School in Beaver Dam, WI. Mr. Schulz and his wife, Amanda, have five children - Dustin, Ethan, Kathryn, Jordyn, and Ashlyn. Please keep the Schulz family in your prayers as Mr. Schulz considers where best to serve our Lord in His Kingdom.

Advent Devotional Options - The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are some of the busiest weeks of the year. Yet these weeks of Advent are also a time during which Christians prepare their hearts for the celebration of Christ's birth. Here are a couple personal devotional options to do just that:

  • Christ Is the World's Light - The professors and pastors at Martin Luther College have put together a 25-day devotional (Dec. 1-25) that focuses on the coming of Christ, the Light of the world. Click on the title for the online version or pick up a hard copy at church!
  • God With Us - Another option is to follow this reading guide through the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Follow the prophet as he fixes our eyes on Immanuel--God with us.


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Hope for the Exiles: A Study of 1 Peter – As a child of God, you have real, living hope in the reality of Christ and his forgiveness. Yet you live in a world that seems to not only be without hope, but even threatens to rob you of hope. In many ways, we live as exiles when heaven is our home. So what do we do about it? What does Christ do for us? Join us Sundays @ 9 am in the Family Life Center as we find encouragement in 1 Peter.

Advent Night – Wednesday, December 11 @ 7 pm – During all the hustle and bustle of the season, join your King of Kings family for an Advent evening of devotion and song in the Family Life Center. Dinner will precede the Advent Night service @ 6 pm.

Caroling on the Trailer – Sunday, December 15 from 4-6 pm – Join us as we carol in our local neighborhoods! This is a family friendly activity! Caroling will be followed by dinner at Tijuana Flats (895 E. Altamonte Dr. Alt. Springs) for all who are interested. If you’re interested, please contact randy.cochran@visitkok.com!

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!

Children's Christmas Service Fri. Dec. 20 @ 7 pm - The children of our school and preschool will be presenting the story of our Savior's birth with word and song under the theme: Sound the Bells! The Savior's Born!

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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!

Looking for Ways to Give? – We have a number of opportunities to help out with our God-given treasures and other items during these busy weeks before Christmas:

  • Christmas Goody Bags – If you would like to help us defray the cost of the goody bags that we give out to the kids on Christmas, please contact Jill Lejarza!
  • Poinsettias – This year we plan to decorate the chancel area with fewer, yet larger poinsettias than we have in the past. If you would like to help us defray the cost of the poinsettias, please contact Dawn Todd!
  • Scoreboard Repair – After 21 years of usage, our scoreboard in the gym is in need of maintenance and repair. If you would like to help us defray the cost of repairing the scoreboard, please contact Kevin Zastrow!


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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: Indeed, whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that, through patient endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we would have hope. And may God, the source of patient endurance and encouragement, grant that you agree with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind, in one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:4-6)