Greetings, Saints! (3/22/19)


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:
Hope Grows!

Looking Ahead

Sunday, 3/24
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Family Choir Practice
Monday, 3/25
9 am - Citrus/St. John's River Circuit @ Risen Savior
6 pm - Church Council (Conference Room)
Wednesday, 3/27
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)
6 pm - Lenten Dinner
6:30 pm - Family Choir Practice
7 pm - Lenten Evening Worship

Saturday, 3/30
7 pm - Dinner Out @ Grills (Orlando)
Sunday, 3/31
9 am - Family Bible Time
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper
11:30 am - Family Choir Practice/Elders' Meeting
4 pm - Pr. Jon Bitter Installation @ Crown of Glory (Orlando)

Prayer List

Sandy C.
Started treatment for Stage 1 cancer this week

Grandmother of Pr. Gumm - Underwent successful carotid artery surgery this week

All Affected by Flooding and Severe Weather
That the Lord would grant them relief, healing, and recovery

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!

On Wednesday evenings during the church season of Lent, we are focusing on important three-word statements from the events surrounding Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. The following devotion is adapted from a Lenten sermon by Prof. Keith Wessel on Jesus' three-word statement in John 13:31-35 - Love One Another.

As you read the gospel accounts of Jesus' life, a question confronts you and me—What was the Son of God doing on earth? The Bible says that God lives in the bliss and glory of heaven, in unapproachable light. He lives where there is no sadness or pain or problems, where there are no heartaches or heartbreaks. So why leave that bliss and glory to come here?

It's not like God needed to become one of us or live among us. He is the holy God, the Alpha and Omega, the great I Am after all. He doesn't actually need us. So why did Jesus come here? Take a closer look at the Savior’s words in John 13 that he spoke the night he was betrayed. See how they confront us with a love we can barely grasp.

Consider this. Knowing all things, God still went ahead and created the world and people, knowing full well that Adam would plunge the world into sin and death. Think about that! God knew that he would have to be the One to come and rescue our world. Yet when sin and death came into our world through Adam, God didn’t hesitate. He stood there in the garden and announced his rescue plan to the very people who had just disobeyed him. He would send his own beloved Son to bring them rescue and deliverance.

...And Jesus came without hesitation. He was the “man of sorrows” and the “sheep led to the slaughter” for the sins of the world. (Isaiah 53:3,7) He brought glory to his Father and an eternity of happiness for us in his kingdom. The Apostle John explains, “This is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) The Apostle Paul adds to that. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) Jesus came into our world because he loves…us! Jesus came to die because he loves…us! Jesus rose from the dead because he!

In love--undeserved and unearned, Jesus forgives our sins and someday he will take us from this vale of tears, but until then, he has a job for us. "Love one another." Christ love for us is what not motivates us to love one another. “As I have loved you…”As I have had true love for you—putting you first, loving you at all cost, doing what’s best for you, not me—“so you must love one another.” This is how our Savior calls us to live. Our life of love is proof that the Spirit has worked thankful faith in our hearts. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” May the Lord enable you to love others as Christ loved you!

Loved by Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

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 this 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!

Christ Has Set Us Free! – Join us Wednesdays @ 10:30 am, starting this Wednesday, 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.

This Wednesday – The choir and band of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Jackson, WI) and their chaperones and directors will be joining us for our midweek Lenten service this Wednesday, March 27 @ 7 pm. Their choir will sing and their instrumentalists will be providing pre-service and accompanying music. We hope you can join us for this special opportunity!

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!

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!

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!

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.

Ages: 4-13
Dates: May 28-August 2 (9 am-3 pm; Extended care is available.)
Registration: Click on the logo above to register or visit 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 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

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

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: Show us your mercy, O LORD, and give us your salvation. I will hear what the true God, the LORD, will say. He indeed speaks peace to his people, to his favored ones, but do not let them turn to foolish ways. Surely his salvation is near for those who fear him, so that glory may dwell in our land. (Psalm 85)