Greetings, Saints (9/3/19)


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

Worship Time:
Sundays @ 10 am

Family Bible Time:
Starts again this Sunday @ 9 am!
- Sunday School (PreK-Grade 5 - School Library)
- ACTS (Grades 6-12 - Conference Room)
- Adult Bible Study (Family Life Center Lunch Room)

Midweek Bible Study:
Wednesdays @ 10:30 am

Looking Ahead

Wednesday, 9/4
School & Midweek Bible Study Cancelled

Sunday, 9/8

9 am - Family Bible Time (SS/ACTS/ABS)
10 am - Worship
11:30 am - Elders' Meeting

Monday, 9/9
6 pm - Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting #2 (Conference Room)

Prayer List

All Affected by Hurricane Dorian
The people of the Bahamas and all others who may be in the storm's path

Pr. Bill Gabb
Recovering from successful kidney surgery

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

Carolyn Gumm
Mother of Pr. Gumm - Recovering from a broken ankle

Marty C.
Undergoing follow-up treatment following recent cancer surgery
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 14:1,7-14 - Humility First. For the full text of the sermon, click on the title!

It was late in Jesus' ministry. He had grown in popularity among the crowds, but opposition had also grown against him. One day a religious leader invited Jesus to a Sabbath dinner party. Jesus accepted the invitation, but it wasn’t going to be easy. The guests “were watching him closely.” They were sizing him up and forming their own opinions. “Does this Jesus measure up to my expectations? Does he meet our holy standards? Does he really fit here or should we sweep him away like dust on the floor?” They wanted to know if Jesus was worth all the hype.

Yet for all their careful watching, none of them noticed what Jesus was doing to them. He was watching them. More specifically, “he noticed how they were selecting the places of honor.” It looked like a silly game of dinner party musical chairs. Just imagine all these spiritually “elite” elbowing and side stepping and hip checking each other just to get the most important seats at that Galilean dinner party. You can almost see them all trying to slip past each other without being obvious. It was all so ridiculous.

Sounds a little too familiar, doesn't it? You know how you see yourself and how you see others. You may even spend a lot of time wondering how others see you, but we’re really no different than the Pharisees at that party. You look at yourself and maybe think, “I’m a good person—not a perfect 10 in God’s eyes or even an 8, but that’s still pretty decent. I grew up in a Christian home. I haven’t committed any ‘big’ sins. I go to church on Sundays—even bring my family along! I send my kids to the school and do so much for the church. Surely God would want me at his dinner party!” It’s easy to think that way, isn’t it? You might even believe it for a while. Then Jesus comes along and pops your self-righteous balloon with these sharp words: “Yes, everyone who exalts himself will be humbled…”

Something comes along and shakes your self-confidence to its foundations. Maybe you fall back into a particular sin that you thought you had beaten. Maybe you look into the crying eyes of someone you love and finally realize that your little lies have done big damage. Maybe you realize that your refusal to forgive someone else for their sins against you makes you a proud hypocrite. You’re really not the kind of person God would want in his heaven, let alone at his dinner party. In fact, that’s the kind of person whom God says deserves hell. “Yes, everyone who exalts himself will be humbled…”

Yet no sooner does Jesus humble us, but then he tells us, “…And whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” When God helps you see that you are no better than anyone else, when you realize how unlovable you really are in God’s eyes, Jesus says something strange. He calls you not “sinner” or “outcast” or “enemy,” but friend. “Friend, move up to a higher place.”

A higher place? You and I deserve to walk away from God’s table in shame, but here Jesus personally takes you someplace better. It’s not the wood of a banquet table, but the wood of a cross. As Jesus takes you there, he tells you, “Friend, come to my cross. Come and see this higher place where I took away all your sins. Here I gave up everything for you. Here I humbled myself for you, even though you did not humble yourself for me.”

Suddenly there at that place of shame, Jesus honors you because at that cross he made you holy in God’s sight. At that cross, God calls you not his enemy, but his own child. God does this because he loves you more than you can ever love yourself. At the cross, you have the best seat you could ever have—a seat at the wedding banquet of the Lamb of God, a seat at God’s table!

Now that you have a seat, how will you now live? Now you will humbly reflect God's love for you through Christ in how you respond to those in need--physical or spiritual. Someday you and I will finally take our places at God’s table rejoicing in his eternal, undeserved love. Until then, we live each day humbly serving our gracious Host and letting his love flow through us to many others that they may join us at his heavenly banquet.

Following Jesus,
Pastor Gumm

Lessons for your own personal Bible reading this week:
Deuteronomy 30:15-20
Psalm 1
Philemon 1,10-21
Luke 14:25-35

Coming Soon @ King of Kings


New Sunday School Year Starts This Sunday! – This Sunday, September 8 @ 9 am we will kick off the 2019-20 Sunday School year here at King of Kings!
  • Sunday School for PreK-Grade 5 will meet in the school library in the Family Life Center. Our first lesson will be on how God Created the World.
  • ACTS for Grades 6-12 will meet in the conference room as we kick off a new series of Real Deal Bible studies, which deal with topics and subjects that Christian tweens and teens face today.
  • Adult Bible Study will meet in the lunch room in the Family Life Center. We will start the year with a new Bible study series: "True and Reasonable: Creating an Apologetic Toolbox for Sharing the Hidden God." (cf. Below for more info)
We hope you can join us as we are "prepared to give answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have!"

True and Reasonable – How do I respond when people reject or object to the Bible or Jesus or my Christian faith? In a world growing increasingly hostile to Biblical Christianity, we face objections to what and in whom we believe. So what can we do? Starting this Sunday, September 8 @ 9 am in Adult Bible Study, we will see that we have a “toolbox” that can help us face objections to our faith, including the best tool of all—the Word of God. All adults are encouraged to attend!

Joint Board Pre-Call Meeting #2 – The Church Council, Board of Youth Discipleship, and Board of Elders will meet in the conference room next 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!

Digging Deeper – Our Wednesday AM Bible studies continue next Wednesday, September 11 @ 10:30 am in the conference room with a study of Martin Luther’s Large Catechism. If you would be interested in purchasing a copy of Luther's Large Catechism, please reply to this e-mail or contact 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!


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


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 soon 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: Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)