|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:
NO Family Bible Time this Sunday, Feb. 10!
Sundays @ 9:00 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12)
- Adult Bible Study:
The Resolution to Our Suffering
10 am - Outdoor Worship & Church Picnic (Eastmonte Park)
9 am - Citrus/St. John's River Circuit Meeting @ King of Kings
1:30 pm - Bible Information Class @ Church (Sheppe)
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
Dealing with health concerns
New granddaughter of Randy & Kim Cochran - Born Monday AM; Mother and child doing well
Our A-Team and Chaperones
Thanksgiving that the Lord brought them home safely from Doral after a tire on the van blew out
Aunt of John Houlihan - Hospitalized with various health issues
Family of Justine (Chris) Boysen
Mother of Bill - Called home to heaven recently
Son of Brian & Jackie Haack - Still dealing with struggles with severe autism
Members with Back Issues
That the Lord would grant relief
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
Silent fears, burning guilt, heavy sorrow often fill our hearts. We can feel that we are without hope. We might imagine that God is absent from our lives or that God has forgotten about us. In our uncertainty and vulnerability, 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 as we took a closer look at the account of Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law and others who were hurting in the town of Capernaum, we found God healing us. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 4:38-44. If you would like to read the sermon in full, simply click on Where in the World Is God? Healing You.
What is it that ails you? What is it that leaves you broken? Perhaps it’s a guilty conscience for the foolish sins of your past or the loveless sins of your present. Perhaps it’s grief or worry for a loved one. Perhaps you’re plagued by fears of what the future might hold or uncertainty over your finances or your family or your job or your marriage or your relationships. Perhaps sins of weakness leave you suffering each day. Perhaps physical or mental ailments leave you feeling spiritually broken as they draw you away from Jesus. Every one of us is ailing and broken in some way, whether we admit it or not—and we can’t possibly help ourselves.
We need the Great Physician and his compassionate care. We all desperately need Jesus to heal us. Sometimes God allows suffering and sorrow into your life to drive you to Jesus. In his grace and mercy, Jesus doesn’t look down on you. Jesus understands your brokenness and mine. So he provides healing for every single one of us.
With free and full forgiveness earned not by us, but for us on the cross, Jesus heals you of the guilt of your sins. Jesus heals you of grief and worry, uncertainty and fear with the healing medicine of life eternal, hope, and certainty through Spirit-created faith in him. With the scalpel of his Law, Jesus removes your weakness and doubt and unbelief, but with the salve of his Gospel, Jesus heals you. Through his Word, he breathes life into your dead soul. He opens your eyes to see the forgiveness he secured. He gives sight to your blindness with the light of his love. He reconciles you to God and unites you as members of one faith in his Holy Supper.
Yet how do you and I usually respond to Jesus’ healing? Doesn’t it often happen that we’re grateful and we give thanks when Jesus provides help, but we often limit our response to mere words or thoughts of thanks? As people healed by the Great Physician, we can do so much more!
Now Jesus doesn’t expect you to do something extraordinary. No, he calls you to faithfully carry out your God-given calling to your neighbor. That begs the question—“Who is my neighbor?” Your neighbor isn’t just the couple who lives next door or the family across the street. Your “neighbor” is that person whom God puts in your path to serve whether that’s at home, here at church, at work, at school, or out in your neighborhood. God has given each of us unique callings to serve God through faithful service to our neighbors. That’s how Peter’s mother-in-law responded to Jesus’ healing.
We don’t faithfully serve so we can earn God’s favor or even make up for a single sin. If that were the case, then you might as well pull Christ down from the cross and take your sins back on yourself. No, we’re motivated by Christ’s love for us to live lives of faithful service. “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15) Jesus has healed us—body and soul. So we don’t go back to our old habits and old brokenness. Instead, we faithfully serve Jesus because we realize how uniquely he has healed each of us.
Healed by Christ,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
The Church Picnic is planned for this Sunday, February 10 @ Eastmonte Park, Cal Ripken Pavilion (830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs). Worship begins at 10 am with a potluck lunch and games to follow. Please note that there will be NO Family Bible Time @ 9 am. We hope you can join us this Sunday!
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 Roast prepared by our members! If you would like to bring a side for the meal, please contact the church office!
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.” On Sundays @ 9 am, we will 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 will be using is The Problem of Suffering: A Father’s Hope by Dr. Gregory Schulz (Available from Amazon and Concordia Publishing House).
True and Reasonable – How do I handle objections to my faith? What can I say when people reject the Bible or Jesus or my Christian faith? 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!
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 15-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: How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" (Romans 10:14-15)