|King of Kings Connections - 20 June 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
Do you have a go-to section of Scripture--a portion of God's Word that you return to regularly? Maybe it's a favorite Bible passage like your Confirmation verse or wedding text. Maybe it's a portion of Scripture that the Lord has used to give you strength or encouragement over the years. Maybe it's a book of the Bible that you return to again and again in your devotional life.
I have a number of different favorites, but I'd like to share with you one of my family's favorite portions of God's Word--Psalm 121.
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore. This particular Psalm has had special meaning for me and my family over the years. I grew up out West, learning to love the mountains from childhood. This was the sermon text from our wedding as Lisa and I embarked on life and ministry in Christ together. This was the portion of God's Word that I shared with my grandfather on my first shut-in call, which incidentally took place a week before he was called home to heaven. I have often read this text in hospital rooms and with grieving families. We even have a wall of mountain pictures and Psalm 121 artwork in our home to remind us to lift our eyes to the One who made the mountains, yet who graciously watches over the coming and going of each and every believer, even us.
I know there is nothing mountainous about Florida, but take an opportunity to lift your eyes to the One who made this beautiful place--and see that he watches over you too. Lift your eyes to the ugly hill outside of Jerusalem and see the almighty God prove himself to be your gracious Savior on the cross. Lift your eyes heavenward and see the Lord of grace who not only watches over you, but who promises to be with you now and forevermore. That Lord sees you. That Lord knows what's going on in your life. That Lord loves you and lives for you. That Lord will see you through life's journey until he brings you home to heaven someday.
Preparing for Worship This Weekend
Wearing Masks: On Thursday, the Orange County mayor issued an executive order requiring that all people living, working, visiting, or doing business in Orange County wear a mask when in public starting June 20 @ 12:01 am. The order does provide a number of exceptions (e.g. children 2 and under, people with certain medical conditions, etc.). If social distancing is practiced, the order does allow for the removal of those masks. Masks may also be removed for services provided.
With that in mind and in consultation with our fellow WELS congregations in Orange County, we are implementing the following plan while this executive order is in place:
1. Masks need to be worn when coming to or departing from worship. Once you are seated, as long as you are 6 ft. from anyone else not from your household, you may remove your mask during worship. The order also allows people to remove their masks to receive the Lord's Supper.
2. Ushers will wear masks when working with people before worship, during Communion distribution, and after worship. Their masks can be removed when 6 ft. of social distancing is in place.
3. Pastor will not wear a mask while conducting worship, but will wear a mask before and after worship. Pastor and the Communion Assistant will wear masks and gloves when distributing the Lord's Supper.
4. We will not turn anyone away from attending in-person worship.
Disposable masks are available at church. Please keep these plans in mind as you prepare for worship this weekend. If you have questions or concerns, please reply to this email or contact Pastor. If you plan to attend in-person worship this weekend (June 20-21), please be sure to RSVP at the following link: In-Person Worship RSVP for June 20-21 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 10:5a, 21-33 to get yourself ready for worship this week! Helpful Links for Your Weekend - Saturday-Sunday, June 20-21 Digital Worship Folder for 3rd 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.
Triumphant: We were informed on Friday afternoon that the Lord in his grace called Sherron Janke home to himself in heaven this week. Sherron was a member of our King of Kings family since 1980. Plans for her Christian Victory Service are forthcoming. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints! (Psalm 116:15) Change for Life 2020 – This weekend we kick off our annual Change for Life promotion in support of New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. Pick up a Change for Life box. Fill it with change and bring it back on Back to School Sunday, August 9! If you have any questions, please contact Bobbie Craig or Nance Luetzow! 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. Teacherage Assistance: Work continues on our teacherage in preparation for the arrival of the Krause family in late July. 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! 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 lift your eyes to see how he watches over you! With Eyes Lifted,
- The Family of Sherron Janke - Called home to heaven this week
- The Family of Anne Hoyer - Wife of Pr. Em. Phil Hoyer - Called home to heaven this week after a lengthy battle with brain cancer
- 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