|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sundays @ 10 am
Family Bible Time:
Sundays @ 9 am
- Sunday School (K-Grade 5)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12)
- Adult Bible Study:
Arbor Day @ KoK School
Sunday, 3/17 - MLS Sunday
9 am - Family Bible Time (Adult Bible Study & ACTS in sanctuary!)
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Family Choir Practice
Monday, 3/18-Friday, 3/22
Spring Break for KoK School
6 pm - Lenten Dinner
6:30 pm - Family Choir Practice
7 pm - Lenten Evening Worship
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship
Dealing with health concerns
Son of Pr. Joel & Jill Russow - Underwent successful surgery this week to relieve pressure on his brain
That the Lord would protect them from those who seek to end their lives or make it easier to do so
With the beginning of the church season of Lent, we started two new worship series. Our Wednesday evening series is Three Words of Truth--a closer look at important three word statements from the events surrounding Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
Our Sunday morning series is Victory Is Ours. Life can so often seem like a losing battle. When we take a closer look at who we are by nature, eternal defeat seems practically certain, but God's Word points us to Jesus and this reality--"Victory is ours through our Lord Jesus Christ!"
Today's devotion is adapted from the Ash Wednesday sermon on Luke 18:9-14 - Three Words of Truth: God, Have Mercy! If you would like to read the entire sermon, click on the title. (For a little extra devotional reading, you can also check out the sermon from March 3 - Where in the World Is God? Preparing to Save You!)
Why do you come to church? You come for worship. You come as a sinner in desperate need of a Savior, but what will you leave behind? Will you give up for Lent something minor and insignificant like sweets or Netflix or will you give up the guilt that weighs on your heart, the sins of weakness that plague you, and the pet sins you secretly enjoy?
Jesus once told a story about two men who went to church one day to pray--one a Pharisee supremely confident in his own righteousness before God, the other a tax collector, rejected by society and supremely aware of his own guilt before God. Right out in a most prominent spot, the Pharisee gladly told God how great he himself was before God. "Look what I'm doing for you, God!" The tax collector couldn't even lift his eyes to heaven. Instead, he hid in a corner, beat his breast, and simply said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner!" Jesus tells us that the Pharisee went home justified in his own eyes. The tax collector went home justified or declared innocent in God's.
I’m sure we would all quickly side with the tax collector. After all, his prayer “GOD, HAVE MERCY on me, a sinner” is easy to say, but it’s difficult to honestly admit. Deep down you and I know that there’s a Pharisee living inside every one of us and his self-righteousness comes out far too easily. None of us wants to admit it, but there are times when you really want to remind God how faithful you’ve been for him, even as you look down your nose at others.
By nature, you and I are much more inclined to proclaim , “Oh Lord, look at how faithful I’ve been for you and your Word. Look at how hard I’ve worked for you when no one else would get the job done. Look at how willing I’ve been to sacrifice my time, my money, my talents for you. At least, I’m not a false teacher or a hypocrite or an adulterer or a ‘sinner’ like other people I know who claim to be Christians.”
...But how hypocritical! When you come to church for worship, do you come to partake of God’s blessings of grace or to do your duty because that’s what a Christian should do? Do you ever catch yourself pre-judging others who walk in the door with you? Do you ever fail to take someone’s words or actions in the kindest possible way and instead cut them down? Do you ever fail to see who you really are—a sinner in desperate need of a Savior and headed for eternal judgment in hell or do you think you’re doing alright in God’s sight because you’re so faithful?
When you take a long, hard look at the glaring mirror of God’s holy Law, when you see how far you’ve fallen short of God’s demanded standard of holiness, when you realize that by nature, you are nothing more than a white-washed tomb (beautiful on the outside, dead on the inside), what else can you do than despair of yourself and your feeble, misguided efforts to please God? What else can you do than cry out, “GOD, HAVE MERCY on me, a sinner”? That’s where repentance starts, but it doesn’t end there. It doesn’t end with you falling into the depths of hell.
It ends at the pierced feet and open arms of the Savior. It ends at the foot of the cross where you dump all that guilt you’ve been hiding and all that weakness you’ve failed to admit and all that death you know you deserve. That’s what God wants you to give up this Lent. He wants you to give up your sin and leave it with the only One who can and will do something about it. He wants you to give it to Jesus, who humbled himself to exalt you with his forgiveness and love; to Jesus, who picked up your pile of guilt and weakness and death and carried it all the way to the cross where he destroyed it forever. That’s where repentance ends. That’s where Lent takes you—to Jesus, who took your deserved punishment, who endured your deserved death, who takes the ashes of your guilt and washes them away with the cleansing waters of his forgiveness.
Forgiven by Jesus,
Coming Soon @ King of Kings
Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS) Sunday – This Sunday, March 17, we will have a special guest preacher and presenter during our Family Bible Time. MLS President Mark Luetzow, former vicar of King of Kings (2001-02), will be presenting in the sanctuary @ 9 am about Michigan Lutheran Seminary, one of our synod’s two college preparatory schools that provide training for our future pastors and teachers. He will also preach in our worship service that day. A door offering will be gathered in support of the President’s Financial Assistance Fund to assist students who need extra financial assistance to attend MLS. We hope you will join us for this special Sunday!
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 on Sundays through April 14 and on Wednesdays through April 10 @ 6:30 pm. If you are interested, please contact Randy Cochran or join us in the balcony for practice!
Dinner Out – Saturday, March 30 @ 7 pm @ Grills (4301 N. Orange Blossom Trl. Orlando). Sign up in the entryway at church if you’d like to join us!
Pastoral Installation – Pr. Jon Bitter will be installed as the new pastor at our sister church—Crown of Glory in Orlando—on Sunday, March 31 @ 4 pm. Crown of Glory has invited our congregation to attend the service and catered dinner afterwards. If you would like to attend, please sign up in the entryway at church or reply to this e-mail by March 24!
Our Lenten Journey Continues! – Our midweek Lenten series—Three Words of Truth—continues on Wednesdays through April 10 @ 7 pm. 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!
Hope Grows! (Sunday AM Bible Study!) – Why does Baptism matter for me now? What do I receive in the Lord’s Supper? Why does it matter that I attend church? Join us Sundays @ 9 am as we dig deeper into what God’s Word has to say about these questions and many others!
Christ Has Set Us Free! – Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 am, starting March 27, as we dig into Paul’s letter to the Galatian Christians and find out how true freedom can only be found in Christ and his Word! We will be meeting in the conference room.
Upcoming Summer Camps - Making plans for the summer? There are a number of summer camp options here at King of Kings, in the Orlando area, and in the Southeast for kids to connect this summer with your Savior, his Word, and his people. Check out below what's coming up!
1. King's Camp - King of Kings is once again offering our Christ-centered summer experience for kids ages 4-13. Our theme is Built on Jesus. Daily we study God's Word, play games, create crafts and projects, learn, and exercise. Weekly we participate in fun field trips around the Orlando area.
Dates: May 28-August 2 (9 am-3 pm; Extended care is available.)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit VisitKoK.com/KingsCamp. You can register for 1-10 weeks of the camp. More info is available at the website!
2. City Camp - This camp is offered by the Florida congregations of our sister church body--the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. It is a camping camp at Bill Fredrick's Park from June 9-11 for kids in grades 5-8. The camp includes 2 overnight adventures, Bible studies, swimming, outdoor activities, and meals. If you would like more information, please speak with Pastor or Dawn Todd.
3. Camp South: Soul Survivor - "The most fun you’ll have this summer. Incredible activities (tough mudder, zip line, inflatables, massive group competitions), next-level worship, and more new friends than you can count."
Ages: Youth entering grades 4-9
Dates: July 22-26
Location: Georgia FFA Camp (Just outside of Atlanta)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit SADCamps.com/Camp-South.
4. Amazing Race: Teen Challenge - "The most fun you’ll have this summer. A team scavenger hunt through an Orlando theme park (Disney or Universal), inspiring keynotes, an amazing resort, and a great chance to grow with people at the same point in life’s journey."
Ages: Youth ages 14-19 who are entering grade 9 (in the fall of 2019) or finishing grade 12 (graduating in the spring of 2019).
Dates: June 25-28
Location: Tropical Palms Resort (Kissimmee, FL)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit SADCamps.com/Amazing-Race.
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: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:15-17)