Saturday Evening Connections - 18 April 2020
Dear Family in Christ,
I pray this finds you basking in the afterglow of Christ's Easter victory. Last week was probably the most unusual Holy Week any of us will experience. It certainly was the most unusual that we have experienced! In so many ways, it was different. It wasn't the same. Perhaps it even felt a little empty at times. We weren't able to do everything we had planned or prepared. We weren't able to go where we wanted to go. We weren't able to experience what we typically experience--all of this in the midst of a time of uncertainty for our health, safety, families, and finances.
Yet nevertheless, we still followed Jesus from the heights of Palm Sunday praise to the quiet of the Holy Thursday upper room to the tears of Good Friday to the victory of Easter Sunday. We still called on the Lord to "Save us now!" during a time when such a prayer is oh so applicable. We still considered the precious gifts Christ gives us in his Holy Supper--and we deeply yearned to partake of those gifts again. We still pondered the wondrous, jaw-dropping love of the Savior-God who bore our burdens, suffered for our sins, and died our death. We still let our praise and alleluias pour out from hearts bursting with joy at Christ's Easter victory. We still followed Jesus--and that, dear Friends, is what helps us along the way through the isolation and the fear and the worry and the tears. We follow Jesus with eyes and hearts and minds fixed on him, "who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of God." We follow Jesus, "who endured such opposition from sinful people," so we "will not grow weary and lose heart."
Yes, Easter Sunday has come and gone, but this isn't the end. Rather Christ is just getting started. What we celebrated on Easter impacts every day of our lives as the resurrection victory of Jesus brings us forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and hearts filled with hope. So, dear Friends, what we will do as this unusual time drags on? In this difficult time, we follow Jesus. We fix our eyes on him with hearts filled with the victorious hope of Easter. I pray that Christ will enable you to do just that!
Items as You Prepare for Sunday
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Helpful Links for Your Sunday, April 19 Worship:
Easter at Home Resources
Below you will find a number of devotional and worship resources to help you or your household to continue growing in Christ!
- Holy Week Worship Videos - Produced by King of Kings
If you missed any of our Holy Week services or would like to watch them again, click on one of the links below:
- Easter Worship Videos by WELS
Last Sunday, our church body broadcast an evening Easter worship service that was watched by more than 20,000 people. The sermon by Pr. Earle Treptow, President of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, was excellent. Plus there was also a video of the Easter hymn "I Know that My Redeemer Lives" with participants from around the world. Here are a couple videos for you from that service.
Private Communion Available for Kings of Kings Members
- Children's Devotions - Produced by King of Kings
Check out the following children's devotions produced for our students and their families!
While we are not able to gather for a full-group celebration of the Lord's Supper, 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.
May our God fill you with the victorious hope that rests on the certainty of Christ's resurrection!
With Eyes Fixed on Jesus,