Greetings, Saints (8/5/19)


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

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Starts up September 8!

Looking Ahead

Monday, 8/5
7 pm - Crusaders for Life (Conference Room)

Tuesday, 8/6
6 pm - Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting (Conference Room)

Wednesday, 8/7
7 pm - Bible Information Class (Hilgen/Millers)

Sunday, 8/11
Back to School Bash!

Prayer List

El Paso, TX & Dayton, OH
That the Lord would provide comfort and peace to those affected by the recent mass shootings in both locations

Pr. Rod Warnecke
Awaiting test results due to a mass on his lungs

Pr. Steve Blumer
Recently diagnosed with Legionnaire's Disease

Pr. Bill Gabb
Will undergo kidney surgery in August

Walter P.
Recovering well from recent hip surgery
Greetings, Saints!

This summer we have seen how Jesus responds to life's big questions, but this past Sunday Jesus had a question for us to answer. The following devotion is adapted from Sunday's sermon on Luke 9:18-24 - Who Do You Say That I Am? For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

“Who do you say that I am?” Today it’s not a question we’re asking Jesus, but a question Jesus asks us. So who do you say Jesus is? It seems like everyone has an opinion about Jesus. You name it and you’ll probably find someone who has a particular image of Jesus—Republican Jesus, Marxist Jesus, Self-Help Jesus, Coach Jesus, Social Justice Warrior Jesus, Buddy Jesus. But are any of those really Jesus? To be honest, even you and I have our own images of Jesus--images of Jesus that portray what we want him to be.

Jesus once asked his disciples that question and Peter gave a beautiful answer, “The Christ of God!” When Jesus asks you, “Who do you say that I am?”, how do you respond? In the comfort of our congregation, it’s easy to answer with Peter, “The Christ of God!” …But what about when you go home? Or when you go to work? Or when you go to school? Or when you spend time with your friends? Or when you go online? How will you respond to Jesus’ question?

When you’re left with your sinful nature or when the world turns up the heat on you, will you confess Christ or cave in? What about when you’re at work or school and the conversation turns into a mockery of Christianity? Will you confess Christ or cave in? What about when you’re among friends and you can either go with them to do something that doesn’t please God or risk rejection or ridicule for saying no? Will you confess Christ or cave in? What about when anti-Christian rhetoric increases not only in volume, but in violence? What if the so-called “tolerant” become intolerant towards Christians like you? Will you confess Christ or cave in?

If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, we’ve all caved in at some point. It’s so tempting to answer Jesus’ question in a safe way, to go along with the crowds, conforming him to how others view him, minimizing who he is or what he said or why he came. It’s so much easier to keep your mouth shut and your head down when making a good confession is more God-pleasing. It’s so much easier to compromise, but that only means abandoning Jesus.

…And Jesus knows that. He saw it firsthand with his own disciples, the very same disciples he later sent out to boldly confess his Name. For that reason, Jesus shows you why he endured rejection and suffering and the cross and death. He endured all that for you—to forgive you for those times when you caved in, to forgive you for those times when you poorly answered his question, to forgive you for those times when you kept your mouth shut, to cleanse you with his holy, precious blood for all your sins, and to raise you to new life.

Through his Word, Jesus reveals himself and all that he has done for you.  There he reveals all that he still does and will do for you. Through water and the Word, he sent his Holy Spirit to create faith in your heart. After instruction in the Word, he now feeds you his own body and blood with bread and wine to strengthen your faith and forgive your sins. He continues to deepen the roots of your faith in him through the study and hearing of his Word. That way when the time comes for you to answer his question—“Who do you say that I am?”, you can confidently answer, “You are the Christ of God.

Following Christ,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading this week:
Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Psalm 119
Ephesians 4:7-15
Mark 10:13-16

Coming Soon @ King of Kings

Thank You to everyone who came out to help on Work Day! The Lord blessed us with cooperative weather and a great turnout of volunteers. We were able to remulch the playground and many of the campus flower beds, among other tasks. Thank you, Brothers and Sisters, for your help!

Still Enrolling! (Grades K-8) – Enrollment is still open for Grades K-8 for the 2019-20 school year! For more info or to enroll your child, please contact Principal Randy Cochran or Dawn @ the church office! Register today @!

Still Enrolling! (Pre-K for Ages 3-4) – Enrollment is still open for all 3-4-year-olds for preschool for the 2019-20 school year! If you would like to enroll your child or you know of someone who might be interested in enrolling theirs, please contact Pre-K Director Lisa Gumm or contact Dawn @ the church office! We are also offering free VPK for all 4-year-olds!

Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting – The members of the Church Council, Board of Youth Discipleship, and Board of Elders are reminded and encouraged to attend the joint meeting this Tuesday, August 6 @ 6 pm. We will discuss the pre-Call items necessary to begin the process for calling our next Principal/Grades 6-8 teacher.

Back to School Bash! – Join us next Sunday, August 11 @ 10 am as we kick off the beginning of the 2019-20 school year here at King of Kings! We will have a special Christian Education-themed worship service. During the service, all 3rd graders will receive a Bible and our new Preschool Director/Teacher Lisa Gumm will be installed. Lunch and Back to School activities will follow in the Family Life Center and our school. We hope you’ll join us as we begin another school year at King of Kings!

School Supplies – If you would like to donate school supplies for the upcoming school year, please check out the list in the church entryway. These items will be donated to students attending King of Kings. Please drop off your items no later than Sunday, August 11. Thank you for your assistance!

Fellowship Team Invite – The fellowship team extends an invite to all members of King of Kings to join them on Tuesday, August 13 @ 7 pm, to help make plans for fun social activities for our entire King of Kings family. For more info, please contact Jason Luetzow.


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 August 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: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13)