|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10:00 am
Worship @ Eastmonte Park this Sunday, February 10!
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9:00 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12)
- Adult Bible Study:
The Resolution to Our Suffering
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
Presidents' Day - No School!
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
Funday Sunday, 2/24
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship (School Kids Sing!)
11:30 am - Kindergarten Roundup/Science Fair/Pig Pickin'
Dealing with health concerns
Aunt of John Houlihan - Hospitalized with various health issues
Son of Brian & Jackie Haack - Improved days with his severe autism
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
WELS Vietnam-Hmong Outreach
That the Lord would continue to keep the door open to our church body to bring the Light of Christ to the nation of Vietnam
When we are at our most uncertain or vulnerable, we might cry out, "Where in the world is God?” During the Sundays after Epiphany, God’s Word has been revealing to us that God is exactly where we need him to be—in the person of Jesus Christ.
This past Sunday we took a closer look at the familiar account of Jesus and the great catch of fish. There in a sinking boat filled with flopping fish, we found God calling us. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 5:1-11. If you would like to read the sermon in full, simply click on Where in the World Is God? Calling You.
Wouldn't it be nice to be like Jesus' disciples, who "left everything and followed him." With our busy schedules, work requirements, and daily obligations, wouldn’t it be nice to leave all that behind to do exciting mission work for the Lord? Wouldn’t it be nice if Jesus came up to you one day and told you that he had a new calling for you as missionary starting immediately? Doesn't that seem more glamorous than the busyness of daily life?
Yet for most of us, Jesus calls us to the holy callings of mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, carpenter, electrician, office manager, salesperson, student, teacher, husband, wife, retiree—all holy callings in which Jesus calls you to follow him. God calls you to faithful service in every vocation that he gives to you at home, at church, and in society. Yet within those unique callings, God also calls you to live and share your faith. How?
First of all, you need to know where the people are. Jesus sought out people who needed his healing for body and soul. So where are the people in your life? Are they sitting around your kitchen table or riding with you in the car? Are they working in your office or for your company or sitting across from you in your classroom? Are they across the fence, across the street, across the neighborhood or across town? Where are the people that God puts in your path to faithfully serve?
Jesus also calls you with his Word to use his Word. His Law cuts and kills our hearts as it condemns our selfish and secret sins, our public and personal disobedience of his holy will. His gospel, then, heals and revives as the good news of Jesus brings life to dead hearts. That Word brings you forgiveness, whether that’s the sins of your youth still weighing on your conscience or the sins of weakness that plague you daily or the sins of pride that always lead to yet another fall. Jesus used that Word to call you and me to faith in him. Through that Word, Jesus calls you to saving faith in him and then calls you to live out your faith in him. As you do that, the Lord uses you to be his voice calling yet another soul to follow him, because “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).
…But why call people like us to carry out such important work? Why not send holy angels or do the work himself? The Lord in his grace calls you to faithfully follow him, but he doesn’t call you to follow him alone. In his undeserved mercy, Jesus calls you to work alongside him. Consider what he told Simon Peter as his boat was sinking, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch people.” Even as Jesus called Simon to follow him, Jesus wasn’t sending him out on his own. Jesus removed his fears and brought him along. In fact, Jesus later told Simon and the other disciples, “Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b) They would never be alone.
Now in your busy, daily callings, you might sometimes wonder if Jesus even cares. Doesn’t he have better things to focus on than what’s going on with the kids or your marriage or what’s ailing you or that upcoming assignment or that ongoing conversation you’re having with a friend?
…But then through his Word, Jesus looks at you and says, “Don’t be afraid… You have nothing to fear. Yes, I have called you to the ordinary, sometimes difficult tasks of parent or spouse or worker or friend. I haven’t called you to be a missionary on the other side of the world. I didn’t call you to light the world on fire, but I did call you to reflect my light in the life of your children, your spouse, your customers, your friends. Some of them will glorify God on the Last Day not because you blew them away with a brilliant exposition of Biblical truth, but because you faithfully followed me. You lived your faith and you talked about me. You cared that they heard about me. You spoke up or responded even when your fumbling, stumbling lips were especially fumbling and stumbling. Oh, and remember that I am with you always!" Friend, Jesus is calling. Let's follow him!
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
The Resolution to Our Suffering – “Lord, why did you allow this to happen to me?” “How can you be a loving God and allow such atrocities to occur?” Do you know someone who is angry at God because of suffering, death, or tragedy? Have you ever asked questions like that? Martin Luther once wrote, “A theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross calls the thing what it actually is.” Join us Sundays @ 9 am as we take a closer look at the problem of suffering—how our world addresses that problem, and ultimately how God alone resolves suffering in our lives. A helpful resource we are using is The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope by Dr. Gregory Schulz (Available from Amazon and Concordia Publishing House).
True and Reasonable – In a world growing increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity, these are questions with which we all have to wrestle. Young people today are on the front lines of this struggle facing objections to what and whom they believe. So what can we do? On Sundays @ 9 am in ACTS class, we will learn how to use a “toolbox” of basic Scriptural truths that can help us face objections to our faith. All 6th-12th graders are encouraged to attend!
Where It All Began – Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 am as we continue our chapter-by-chapter study of the book of Genesis! Even if you haven’t joined us for this study yet, we would love to have you join us in the Conference Room this Wednesday!
Funday Sunday #3 is planned for Sunday, February 24. It will be a busy day full of fun activity as we focus on God's love for us! The kids will sing during worship @ 10 am. Afterwards, our KoK Science Fair will take place in the gym, while our Kindergarten Round-Up will take place in the lower grade classroom. Oh, and one more important detail! We will also have a Pig Pickin' prepared by our members! If you would like to bring a side for the meal, please contact the church office!
Lutheran Womens’ Missionary Society (LWMS) Spring Rallyis planned for Saturday, March 9 @ 10 am @ Victory Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. For more info or to sign up to attend, please contact Bobbie Craig!
Career Day Assistance – On Wednesday, April 10 from 8:30-10 am, we are planning a career day for our King of Kings students. If you would be interested in talking to our students about your career, please contact Randy Cochran ASAP! It would involve presenting four 15-minute presentations with a 5-minute break between each presentation.
Vietnam-Hmong Outreach - The Light of the World is presenting amazing opportunities to our church body to take the gospel into Vietnam. Informational booklets can be found in the entryway. So far, $500.000 has been raised towards these efforts. That’s about 25% of what is needed. How awesome it is to see God for opening doors and opening hearts! If you would like to donate towards these mission efforts, please use the envelopes in the booklets or donate online @ WELS.net/Serving-Others/Missions/Asia/Vietnam.
Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is visiting all of the members of our congregation. Please be sure to reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor to schedule your visit!
Property Leads? – Pr. Dan Wagenknecht, former King of Kings vicar (1992-93), is planning to move to the Greater Orlando area after accepting a Call to serve as a WELS Christian Giving Counselor. If you have any leads on rentals or properties, please reply to this e-mail or speak with Pastor!
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: But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)