|King of Kings Connections - 3 July 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
As we head into this holiday weekend, I would like to share with you a hymn-prayer written by Laurie Gauger-Hested. This is a newer hymn from our Christian Worship Supplement, which will serve as our Closing Hymn this weekend:
1 O Lord of nations, hear our prayer.
We thank you for this land most fair, Created by your might.
For mountain sunset, lake at dawn,
For woodland bloom and robin song, for stars that lace the night,
2 For farms and fields of golden grain,
For science and for medicine, for wealth beyond compare,
For leisure time and work to do.
Lord, all these blessings come from you, signs of your loving care.
3 Most grateful, gracious God, are we
That in this country we are free to worship you above.
We gather here to speak your name,
Then leave this place to spread your fame that all may know your love.
4 Forgive us, Lord, when we forget
Your gifts to share, your Word to spread to those who ache and bleed.
Renew our will to help the weak,
To feed the hungry, and to speak your Word to souls in need.
5 And for the leaders you ordained
We pray, O Lord, that they remain courageous, honest, wise.
Oh, give them guidance, make them strong
To stand for right, to battle wrong, that freedom’s song may rise.
6 When storm and terror strike our land,
Remove our fear and help us stand against our enemies.
Lord, may no wicked men prevail.
May ev’ry plot of treach’ry fail. May we remain at peace.
7 And when at last all nations fall
And you return as Lord of all to make the earth anew,
Then may we join that shining band
Of saints from ev’ry tribe and land and make our home with you. Here's Ms. Gauger-Hested's explanation of her hymn:
This hymn was written for Thanksgiving 2001, that first Thanksgiving after the terrifying events of September 11. . . . God had not forsaken us, and we couldn’t help but thank him for what we still held on to. That’s what this hymn is about. We thank him for a land that is lush and beautiful (stanza 1) and that affords us all
that we need: food, medical care, wealth (extravagant wealth compared to much of the world), meaningful work, and leisure time too (stanza 2).
We thank God for the freedom we have to worship him as we wish and to share the gospel with others (stanza 3). This freedom, which was not part of the terrorists’ culture, seemed itself under attack that September morning.
Then the hymn moves from praise to petition. We ask God to forgive us for taking his gifts for granted and keeping them selfishly to ourselves (stanza 4). In the spirit of 1 Timothy 2:1-4, we ask God to give our leaders wisdom and strength (stanza 5), desperately needed those days of autumn 2001 and needed still today. We ask him to protect us from those who plan acts of terror and treachery against us (stanza 6) so that our country can remain at peace.
And finally, we realize that our nation may very well fall some day—in fact, all nations will certainly fall one day: the Last Day (stanza 7). When our Savior reappears to make the earth anew (Revelation 21:1,5), all national boundaries will dissolve, and we will join a new nation, a “shining band / Of saints from ev’ry tribe and land” (Revelation 7:9), and with the Lord of all nations we’ll make our home.
What a day of thanksgiving that will be!
May the Lord of nations bless and keep you and your loved ones safely in his care this holiday weekend!
Preparing for Worship This Weekend
If you plan to attend in-person worship this weekend (July 4-5), please be sure to RSVP at the following link: In-Person Worship RSVP for July 4-5 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. Wearing Masks: Please remember that the Orange County mask requirement remains in place. Here again is how that applies to our situation for this weekend: 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.
2. Ushers will wear masks when working with people before and after worship. The Communion Assistant will also wear a mask and gloves while distributing the Lord's Supper. Those 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. He will also wear a mask and gloves when distributing the Lord's Supper.
4. We will not turn anyone away from attending in-person worship if they do not have a mask or are not wearing one.
Disposable masks are available at church. If you have questions or concerns, please reply to this email or contact Pastor. If you will not be attending in person, we strongly encourage you to join us Facebook Live @ Facebook.com/VisitKoK for Sunday worship @ 10 am ET! As you prepare for worship this weekend, check out Matthew 11:25-30 to get yourself ready for worship this weekend! Helpful Links for Your Weekend - Saturday-Sunday, July 4-5 Digital Worship Folder for Pentecost 5 (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.
Christian Victory Service: The Christian Victory Service for Sherron Janke is planned for this Thursday, July 9 @ 10:30 am. More information, including an RSVP link will be coming out soon!
A Special Thank You: Randy and Kim Cochran sent us the following message this past week. We keep them in our prayers as they begin serving at Open Bible Lutheran Church in The Villages.
Dear members of King of Kings,
Kim and I want to thank you for the very generous gift and thoughtful card. We also want to thank you for the beautiful plaque which we will display in our new home. It’s perfect!
We thank you and our gracious God for the ten years of service at the church and school.
The virus will make for a very interesting start to the new school year. God, in his wisdom, has sent you workers who will continue to offer the children at King of Kings a rock solid education. And yes, most importantly, teachers who will also keep the children and school families connected to Jesus!
We have settled in to our new home in Oxford (just outside The Villages) and begin our new ministry at Open Bible July 5.
Again, thank you so much! God’s blessing to all of you.
Serving Him, Randy and Kim Cochran
Justified by Faith Alone, Part II: A Digital Study of Romans 9-16: Pastor Gumm will begin the sequel Google Meet Bible study on Romans 9-16, starting Wednesday, July 29 @ 7 pm. If you would like to participate, please contact Pastor! Change for Life 2020 – We continue our annual Change for Life promotion in support of New Beginnings: A Home for Mothers. Pick up a Change for Life box in the church foyer. 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! Teacherage Assistance: Work continues on our teacherage in preparation for the arrival of the Krause family in late July. 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 of nations keep you in his care! Beloved by Christ,
- Jessica Krause - Accepted our Call to teach K-2 for 2020-21
- Stephanie Heitsch - Wife of Pr. Jeff Heitsch - Recently diagnosed with soft cell clarcoma
- Bonnie Blumer - Wife of Pr. Steve Blumer - Recovering from blood clots
- The Family of Sarah T. - Mother of Paula P. - Called home to heaven last weekend
- 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
- Delroy K. - Father of Michael K. - Recovering from an eye accident
- 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