|King of Kings Lutheran Church
1101 N. Wymore Road
Maitland, FL 32751
Sunday @ 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday @ 7:00 p.m.
Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. = Our Christian Response
Wednesday @ 6:30 a.m. = Jeremiah
Wednesday @ 10:30 a.m. = Matthew
This Week's Schedule
Open Basketball @ 9:00 a.m.
2-5 Basketball Game @ 6:30 p.m. @ Willow Creek
6-8 Basketball Game @ 7:30 p.m. @ Willow Creek
KQ/ACTs/ABC @ 9:00 a.m.
Worship Service @ 10:00 a.m.
Choir Practice @ 11:30 a.m.
Evangelism @ 6:30 p.m.
Breakfast for Your Heart @ 6:30 a.m. @ Perkins on 436
School Mission Service @ 8:05 a.m.
Mornings with Mommy @ 10:00 a.m.
Matthew Bible Class @ 10:30 a.m.
Advent Supper @ 6:00 p.m.
Worship Service @ 7:00 p.m.
Basic Doctrines @ 7:00 p.m.
I have some interesting and exciting news to share with you: I met with representatives from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections and they would like to use King of Kings as a polling precinct for the three elections in 2016. The polling area would be limited to our narthex and the pre-gate parking area. It’s a great opportunity to create an awareness among the people of our neighborhood and serve our community’s needs. There is a bonus to this. Since it is here, we as a congregation can “adopt” the precinct. That means, if we can find 7-12 volunteers who will “staff” the polling place, our congregation can receive an additional $1440 per election. I have already found 4 volunteers. It you are willing to help out as well, please let me know. Training will come through Orange County SoE.
We kicked off the Advent season last week and that continues this Sunday. We start a new three-week Bible study based on the new WELS DVD My Son, My Savior. As a bonus, everyone who comes to church this Sunday will receive two copies of the DVD—one for you and one to share!
Other highlights of the coming week as we prepare for Christmas:
Sunday, 12/6, 11:30 a.m. = Choir Practice
Wednesday, 12/9, 7:00 p.m. = Midweek Advent
(Supper @ 6:00; Choir Practice @ 6:30)
Saturday, 12/12, 8:00 a.m. = Pre-Christmas Workday & Christmas Tree decorating
Sunday, 12/13, 4:30 p.m. = Christmas Caroling
Friday, 12/18, 7:00 p.m. = School Christmas Program
Those are the highlights. Now, here is today’s devotion:
Remember, Remember Not
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.
Scrap books or photo albums can be a double-edged sword. It’s fun to look back and remember, but then again most of us have endured the “baby book moment.” It’s when mom broke out the book and showed our friends those “cute” pictures. We were mortified! Looking back, it was only mildly embarrassing in the grand scheme of things. We realize—now—that there are far more embarrassing things than a baby picture. There are things in our past that we don’t want anyone to recall.
Imagine if God had a video of all the foolish things we did when we were young. How hard it would be to watch that, to relive all those times that we made the wrong choice! How ashamed we would be of our mistakes! But that wouldn’t even be the worst part of it. Imagine if God recorded all our thoughts, our attitude during those tumultuous teenage years! That’s a trip down memory lane that no one would like to take.
God knows all things. He knows all the sins of our youth. That’s why the psalmist prays that God won’t remember those sins as he has the right to, but instead to remember his love and mercy. In Christ, that’s exactly what God does. God sent his Son Jesus to remove all those horrible sins from God’s memory. By his suffering and death, he’s purified us of all sin. So God declares, “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). That’s where our hope rests—in God our Savior.
God is good. He shows us the right path, teaches us and guides us in truth. God has already shown his goodness by his love and mercy for us. We know he won’t lead us astray. We can’t go wrong in following the ways of the LORD!
Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Amen.