Greetings, Saints! (3/1/19)


King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12):
- Adult Bible Study:
New Series - Hope Grows!

Looking Ahead

Sunday, 3/3
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Elders' Meeting
Monday, 3/4
7 pm - Evangelism Team Meeting
Ash Wednesday, 3/6
AM - Basketball Team Departs for LPS
6 pm - Lenten Dinner
7 pm - Service of Confession & Communion
Sunday, 3/10
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship

Prayer List

Sandy C.
Dealing with health concerns

Son of Pr. Joel & Jill Russow - Underwent successful surgery this week to relieve pressure on his brain

The Grandmother of a Student
Had emergency heart surgery last night

Our Basketball Team & Chaperones
Traveling to Luther Prepin WI this week for a tournament

The Unborn
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
Greetings, Saints!

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.

What is love? Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 answers. So many of us can describe love, but struggle to define love. Jesus helps us to understand real love as he answers our question--Where in the world is God? The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on John 3:14-21. If you would like to read the sermon in full, simply click on Where in the World Is God? Loving You.

What does your love look like? Is it holy or is it sin-stained and guilt-corrupted? Is it selfless and self-sacrificing or is it self-centered and self-seeking? Does your love make you wonder, “How can I be a blessing to my spouse, my family, my co-worker, my customer, my classmate, my neighbor, my friend?” or do you wonder, “What’s in it for me?” Is it selfish, fickle, disobedient, and weak, always looking for love in all the wrong places? Is it a love for sin and self, which only leads to eternal separation from the holy love of God in hell?

Yes, your love and mine is stained and corrupt and self-centered and all those things that are the very opposite of the holy love of God. There is nothing good or attractive or deserving in any of us before God, yet God was willing to give up for us what he treasured most—his only Son. That boundless, amazing, incredible, undeserved love of God for you and me moved him to make the ultimate sacrifice—to send his Son to live and die for you and me. God took it upon himself to restore perfect love between you and him.

So how will you respond? The Apostle John helps us. “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:11). We live in a world that’s messed up with a messed up, confused, upside down understanding of love. If our world doesn’t know what real love is, how will they know? People will know what real love is through your own Christ-cleansed love for your brothers and sisters in Christ. People will know what real love is through your own Christ-cleansed love for those who seem unlovable. People who don’t need another excuse to keep sinning, but who need the tough love of a Savior who removes the reason for sin will know what real love is through your own Christ-cleansed love for sinners just like you and me.

What is love? Look to the cross and see your Savior willingly sacrificed for you. Look to the tomb standing empty with the stone rolled away for you. Let others see your love for one another because God loved you first and loved you most and loves you for all eternity. Find in that incredible, jaw-dropping, self-sacrificing love your God right where you need him to be—loving you.

Loved by Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Hope Grows! – Where did we come from? How does God change a person’s heart? Why is Baptism and the Lord’s Supper so important for our lives? What is the Church? Join us Sundays @ 9 am as we dig deeper into what God’s Word has to say about these questions and many others!

Our Lenten Journey Begins – On Wednesday, March 6 @ 7 pm, we will begin another journey of preparation following our Savior to the cross and empty tomb. We will have a Service of Confession and Communion to mark the beginning of Lent. This service will also include the Imposition of Ashes. Our midweek Lenten series theme is Three Words of Truth and will run on Wednesdays through March 10. All of our Wednesday services will be preceded by Lenten dinners @ 6 pm. We could still use a couple families to sign up for these Lenten meals. To do so, sign up in the entryway!

Looking to Grow During Lent? – The church season of Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Lent is a great time to get refocused and grow in your faith. To help you do that, our South Atlantic District (WELS) Discipleship Committee is providing daily devotions under the theme When Christ Went to Calvary. They have several options for you to receive them:
Sign up to receive written devotions in your inbox
Subscribe to the audio podcast and visit the devotional blog
- Not sure? Visit the devotional resources site
Devotions start going out on Ash Wednesday, March 6!

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!

Lutheran Womens’ Missionary Society (LWMS) Spring Rally is 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!

Raise Your Voices This Easter! - We are forming a family choir—men, women, and kids—to sing a couple pieces for our Easter Festival Service. Join us for practices after worship starting next Sunday, March 10 and on Wednesdays, Mar. 13-April 10 @ 6:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Randy Cochran!

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! It would involve presenting four 15-minute presentations with a 5-minute break between each presentation.

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!

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: Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)