Church News

Greetings, Saints (8/26/19)

 

King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
407-628-5696

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Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Starts up September 8!

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am


Looking Ahead

Tuesday, 8/27
3:30 pm - Worship Planning Meeting

Wednesday, 8/28
8 am-5 pm - Lifeline Screening (Family Life Center)
10:30 am - Midweek Bible Study (Conference Room)


Friday, 8/30
7 pm - King of Kings LES Volleyball Game (Winter Park YMCA)

Sunday, 9/1
10 am - Worship w/ Lord's Supper

Monday, 9/2
Labor Day - No School!


Prayer List

Pr. Bill Gabb
Recovering from successful kidney surgery


Pr. Rod Warnecke
Father of Phil Warnecke - Undergoing treatment for cancer on his lung

Marty C.
Undergoing follow-up treatment following recent cancer surgery


Eric N.
Friend of Dale Remus - In the advanced stages of ALS
Greetings, Saints!

On Sunday, we continued our worship series about following Christ - The Narrow Door. Jesus helps us to to see that following him is like traveling down a difficult, narrow path through a narrow door. Yet in the end, he promises eternal blessing to all who follow him. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 13:22-30 - Bragging Excluded. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

They call it “humblebragging,” basically bragging under the cover of false humility. For example, “Ugh, it’s so annoying! I’ve lost so much weight that none of my clothes fit me anymore!” or "Why is it so hard to find a Ferrari dealer?" Have you ever "humblebragged"?

Maybe you haven't, but the truth is, bragging comes quite naturally to every one of us. It starts from little on. When you’re little, you want Mom and Dad’s attention. You want them to praise what you’ve done, to be proud of what you’ve done. Plus at that age, you want to be able to do everything yourself. So if you do, then you tell them and your teacher and your friends and your neighbors and the stranger passing you in the grocery store, “Look what I can do!” It continues as you get older and you see how God has gifted you in certain ways as a teen or if you're trying to impress friends or co-workers as an adult. 

Have you ever thought, though, that all our bragging is really symptomatic of a deeper problem? The truth is, you and I naturally think we can do everything on our own. That attitude influences so many aspects of our lives, including how we view our spiritual lives, how we view our journey with Jesus, even how we’ll get to heaven someday. For all my humblebragging about following Jesus, do I deep down really think that I give God every reason to want to save me?

So what are your expectations for entering God’s Kingdom?  Are you more “spiritual, but not all that religious?” Do you fall into the trap of thinking you have inner spirituality. You believe in God and that’s good enough. You don’t need to spend time in God’s Word or regularly in worship because it’s all about how you feel about God. Sure, it sounds good to be spiritual. It’s easier to agree with the lie rather than call it out. After all, there is that kernel of truth that it’s not about church formalities, but about your relationship with God. Yet doesn’t that “spirituality” really have nothing to do with Christ and his Word?

Or perhaps you’re more “religious, but not all that spiritual.” You get up on a Sunday morning and go through the motions. You do your Lutheran aerobics in worship and go home satisfied that you can check that off your to-do list. You do what appears to be good. You make sure to volunteer and help. You follow all the rules, and maybe even make up some of your own. You really see no need to spend time in God’s Word. “I go to church. I serve on a board. I send my kids to your school! Isn’t that good enough?” Sure, it sounds good to be religious. It’s easier to agree with the lie than call it out. Yet doesn’t that “religiosity” really have nothing to do with following Christ and his Word?

No matter what end of the spiritual/religious spectrum we're on, Jesus comes along and turns it all upside down. Jesus makes the issue personal. “Strive to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able. They will be left outside.” He wants you to be concerned about "how" you are saved, how HE saves you, not how qualified you might think you are.

Your salvation is not about some decision you made on a certain day when you “got saved” and accepted Jesus into your heart. It’s not about you reaching for God. It’s about God reaching for you and pulling you up out of the water. It’s total reliance on Jesus, who died on the cross to rescue you from an eternity in hell and rose to give you heaven for all eternity.

That’s what Jesus is talking about here. The way to heaven is narrow, and it is only through the One who called himself the “Gate.” Someday when you're on your tour of heaven, it'll all make sense. The countless souls joining you around Christ's heavenly throne will be people whom you don’t know, people with whom you’ve never associated, people who aren’t like you. Yet like you, they will all know Jesus. Like you, they will all have a relationship with him. Why? It won't be because of what we do or who we are, but about what our God has done for us through Jesus. May we never brag in ourselves, but find our confidence in Jesus, our Narrow Door to life eternal!

Following Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading this week:
Proverbs 25:6,7
Psalm 112
James 2:1-13
Luke 14:1,7-14

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Digging Deeper – Our Wednesday AM Bible studies continue this Wednesday @ 10:30 am in the conference room with a study of Martin Luther’s Large Catechism. Copies of the Large Catechism are still available for $12 for class participants.

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Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting #2 – The Church Council, Board of Youth Discipleship, and Board of Elders will meet in the conference room on Tuesday, September 9 @ 6 pm to discuss the Pre-Call surveys re: calling our next Principal/Grades 6-8 Teacher. Please remember to fill out your surveys and bring them to the meeting! If you will not be able to attend, please complete the survey and get it to Pastor!

Donations for Pets - Karen Hoefler is collecting pet food and toys for the pets in the Orange County Animal Shelter. She is doing this for her 4H community service project and will collect until Friday, September 27. Please donate only unopened pet food and new unused toys. Collection boxes are located in the entryway!

2018-19 Annual Reports are available by the main bulletin board in the entryway. Pick up a copy to find out how the Lord has challenged and blessed us in the past year, while looking ahead to what we hope to accomplish with his help in 2019-20!

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Welcome Home Sunday - October 20 - Make sure to leave this Sunday open on your calendar! Don't schedule any appointments. Don't plan any vacations for that Sunday. Instead, plan to be here at King of Kings on Sunday, October 20! Watch for more about what's in store when we welcome our entire King of Kings family home on Sunday, October 20

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Growing in Hope – Why does it matter that Jesus is my Savior? Does the Bible really apply to my life? Where can I get more of what I heard today? How can I join King of Kings? We are planning to begin a new session of our Bible Information Class in early September to provide answers to those questions and many more. If you are interested in taking part in this course, please reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor!

Every Member Visits - Pastor Gumm is visiting all of our members—and there are King of Kings families and individuals who still need to schedule visits! Please be sure to reply to this e-mail or contact Pastor to schedule your visit ASAP!

An Encouraging Word: Bless the Lord, O my soul. All that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits—who pardons all your guilt, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with mercy and compassion, who satisfies your life with goodness, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle. (Psalm 103:1-5)