|King of Kings Connections - 12 June 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
For years, I've been looking for ways to get my family into God's Word together. With kids whose ages range from 5-14 and with the busyness of family and ministry schedules pulling us in every direction, that hasn't been so easy. We've tried different devotion books. We've tried basic family devotion books during Advent and Lent. Unfortunately, for quite some time, we haven't been successful at developing a consistent time where our family gathers together around the Word of God. Perhaps you've run into a similar situation with your family or your spouse.
Just after Easter during the shutdown, WELS Discipleship began to produce weekly family devotions. The mission of WELS Discipleship is to help God's people from womb to tomb to grow closer to their Savior through time spent in his Word. They produce all kinds of devotions, most of which are geared for adults, but none were geared for families and kids. Since Easter, we have found these Family Devotions to be what our family needed to get into God's Word together consistently.
Three devotions are produced per week to allow for family flexibility. Our pastors write these devotions on the basis of each week's Scripture readings for worship. Each devotion includes an audio recording that lasts about 4 minutes. They also include 6 discussion questions - 2 geared for younger children, 2 for elementary age children, and 2 for middle schoolers, teens, and adults. The post-devotion discussion is really where the rubber hits the road as parents and children talk about what they've heard from God's Word. The devotion below is this week's devotion on Matthew 28:19-20. The audio recording and discussion questions can be found at this link.
Give it a read and check out the link. Consider using these with your family or with your spouse. The summer is a great time to develop a regular habit of time with your family to grow closer to Jesus through his Word. I pray that these devotions will be a blessing to you and your family as they have been to ours.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Everyone has a name. Does your name have a story? Did Mom or Dad simply like your name or was your name specially chosen? Did they name you after a family member like your grandma or grandpa? Perhaps your name comes from the Bible or from someone famous. Maybe your name comes from someone special in the life of your parents. Maybe your name is an important reminder of where your family came from. A name can say so much about a person and even about that person’s family or family history.
Did you know that God has also given you his name? Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his followers a mission. They were to go out into the world and make other followers of Jesus. How? They would take the good news of Jesus out to the people of our world. They would also baptize people from “all nations”—no matter where they came from, what they looked like, or who their parents were.
By doing that, God was going to place his name on people from “all nations.” They were to be “baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” At Baptism, the name of the triune God is placed on you, not the name of three gods, but one God who reveals himself as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That is not easy to understand, but that is how God reveals himself in his Word.
So what is so special about having God’s name? That name reminds you of how much God loves you and all that he has done for you. God the Father created you and cares for you as his precious son or daughter. In fact, God loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus to rescue you when you disobeyed his holy commands and failed to do the good things he wants you to do. Jesus rescued you by perfectly obeying his Father’s will, dying on a cross, and rising from the dead. Then the Holy Spirit came to plant faith in Jesus in your heart. How? He used someone to share with you the good news about the love and work of the triune God for you and for all people. Through that good news, God made you his own child. Through that good news and the waters of Baptism, he gave you his name as a member of his family—a family made up of people from all nations.
Closing Prayer: O triune God, no matter where I come from, no matter what I look like, no matter who I am, remind me that you have given me your name and made me part of your family. Help me to see others as people you love and people who need to hear about your love. Amen.
Preparing for Worship This Weekend
If you plan to attend in-person worship this weekend (June 13-14), please be sure to RSVP at the following link: In-Person Worship RSVP for June 13-14 You can also RSVP by calling the church office @ 407-628-5696. Your RSVP enables us to have a clear idea of how much seating we have available before each service. If you will not be attending in person, please join us on Facebook Live @ Facebook.com/VisitKoK for Sunday worship @ 10 am ET! As you prepare for worship this weekend, check out Matthew 9:35-10:8 to get yourself ready for worship this week! Helpful Links for Your Weekend - Saturday-Sunday, June 13-14 Digital Worship Folder for 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Click the link for a PDF of this weekend's worship folder) Online Worship Connection Card - Be sure to fill this out for all "attending" online worship with you! Donate Online to support the Lord's ongoing work @ King of Kings. You can also mail an offering to King of Kings Lutheran Church, 1101 N. Wymore Rd. Maitland, FL 32751.
Teacherage Assistance: Work continues on our teacherage in preparation for the arrival of the Krause family this summer. Financial assistance is needed to help us cover the cost of improvements and work on the house and property. If you would like to assist us financially or with labor, please contact Kevin Zastrow! Quarterly Voters' Meeting: After worship on Sunday, June 28, we will hold our quarterly voters’ meeting. This meeting will include the approval of our initial 2020-21 budget, the election of officers, and the extension of our K-2 Call. All voting members are strongly encouraged to attend!
Election Volunteers Needed: Volunteers needed to run the King of Kings polling place for the municipal primary election on August 18. This would involve attending a training session on a date of your choice and helping to check in voters on that election day. With the exception of one position, all volunteers must be Orange County residents. Please contact our coordinator Daniel Golisch, if you are interested. Private Communion Available for Kings of Kings Members
Members of Kings of Kings, WELS, or the ELS are encouraged to take advantage of receiving private communion. This is conducted in a safe and sanitary manner in the sanctuary with a brief devotion and the Sacrament. Please contact Pastor Gumm by email or call 407-628-5696 to set up an appointment to receive the Lord's Supper. Messages from the King: Looking for a way to grow in faith and even listen again to what you may or may not have heard on Sunday? Have you subscribed to our Messages from the King podcast? Each week we post the latest sermons preached at King of Kings. They are available at all major audio platforms: iTunes, iHeart Radio, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, Stitcher, and TuneIn (which includes Alexa - Just say "Alexa, Play Messages from the King"). Go to your favorite audio platform and subscribe to "Messages from the King" to receive a weekly dose of good news from the King of Kings! Please Keep in Your Prayers
May the Lord enable you to see others through the compassionate eyes of Jesus! Beloved by Jesus,
- Our Nation - That the Lord would provide healing for our brokenness, peace for our troubled hearts, justice for the victims of racism, and Christ’s love for every person as a blood-bought soul beloved by our Savior
- Our Teachers - Those departing and those arriving this summer
- Barbara H. - Mother of Josh Hyle - Recovering from back surgery
- Evangeline M. - 3-yr.-old Friend of Tracey K. - Battling cancer
- Ralph S. - Father of Suzi K. - In home hospice due to terminal non-COVID lung issues
- All Affected by the Pandemic - That the Lord provide wisdom to those who are governing, recovery for the sick, peace for the fearful, and comfort for those who have suffered loss