|King of Kings Connections - 4 June 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
There have been times during 2020 when I've been reminded of something one of my professors used to say to us in class, "Cheer up! It's going to get worse." Sometimes you or your family might feel like that is exactly what is going on. You go from one loss or tragedy to something else and for a time everything seems to get worse.
This year is unique though. Rather than being restricted to an individual or a family, that "getting worse" seems to apply across the board, especially the past few months. We've been living through a pandemic, empty shelves and shuttered stores, loss of jobs and loss of life, a spike in depression and mental health issues, reports of murder hornets and asteroids and the start of hurricane season. We've seen arguing and fighting, outrage and protests and riots, and racism rear its ugly head again and again.
So what can we do? We need to return to the Lord. We need to leave all our sins--known and unknown, public and private--at the foot of the cross with repentant hearts. Then we need to hear again the good news that Jesus brings healing to our sinful hearts. He forgives our sins. He holds all thing sin his hand giving us hope and purpose. He keeps every one of his promises. He makes us at peace with God and brings peace between us and others. How can we be sure? He has demonstrated his own love for us on a cross and in an empty tomb.
Praise God that that message never changes, but it changes us--and that's a good thing. How so? In light of everything going on in the world around us, consider what our Lord said through his apostle John in 1 John 4 below. It's not about my selective love for others, but about God's self-sacrificing, undeserved love for you, me, and every soul out there. As you read John's words below, ask yourself: "How will this message change me as God's beloved child? How will God's love for me help me to see others through Christ's eyes no matter who they are, where they come from, or what color their skin is?" God bless you with his love and bless others through your love!
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:7-21
Preparing for Worship This Weekend
Helpful Links for Your Weekend - Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7
- In-person worship continues this weekend on Saturday, June 6 @ 7 pm and Sunday, June 7 @ 10 am. Thank you to all who have RSVP'd already. However, we are already almost at our 75-person capacity for this Sunday's service. There is still plenty of room for our Saturday service. We will be celebrating the Confirmation of our 5 youth confirmands in the Sunday service--and we need to give seating priority for their families. So if you are a non-confirmand household and able to do so, please consider attending our Saturday worship service this weekend. The Sunday service will be broadcast live on Facebook Live.
- If you plan to attend in-person worship this weekend (June 6-7), please be sure to RSVP at the following link:
In-Person Worship RSVP for June 6-7
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! We also hope to post a recording of the service on both Facebook and our YouTube channel. As you prepare for worship this weekend, check out 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 to get yourself ready for worship this week!
- Teacherage Assistance: Work has begun 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, 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 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.
- Plan for Reopening Worship – If you have not done so already, we encourage you to read through our plan as you look ahead to attending in-person worship once again: Initial Plan for Reopening Worship @ King of Kings
Please Keep in Your Prayers
- Our Nation - That the Lord would provide justice for the victims of racism, peace for those struggling with anger, and Christlike love that leads us all to see every person--no matter who they are or what they look like--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 those infected, peace to those who are fearful, and comfort for those who have suffered loss
Below you will find a number of devotional and worship resources to help you grow as God's chosen people.
We are all beloved by our God. I pray that the Lord helps you to love all whom he puts in your path to serve as he loved you!
- Justified by Faith Alone: A Study of Romans 1-8: This Bible study series meets via Google Meet and concludes this Wednesday @ 7 pm. To participate in the class, contact Phil Warnecke! A sequel study on Romans 9-16 will start up in late June.
- 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 - Produced by King of Kings
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!
Beloved by Jesus,