Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Return To The Lord


 

This is theme for our Lent Season. Beginning on Ash Wedensday, February 17 at 7:00pm


Ash Wednesday

In the book of Joel, the prophet paints a vivid picture of the coming judgment of God, the day of the Lord. But right in the middle of this frightening portent of judgement, we find a tender invitation from the Lord: “Return to the Lord your God for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster” (Joel 2:13b). During this season of Lent, we will consider this “call to return,” and how it played out for those who walked alongside Christ during His Passion, and for us today.

Joel’s prophecy is dark and terrifying, and the imagery is vivid. It sets the stage for God’s invitation and promise: “You have turned away from Me in your hearts and minds, and I have now shown you where that path will take you. But it is not too late. Turn back! Return to the Lord! I am gracious and merciful, and I will bless you.” Shockingly, perhaps, the path to the blessing is equally as dark and terrifying, and the imagery even more vivid, than the path to destruction. God’s call to return is a call to join Jesus on a path of pain and suffering. But it is a path that leads to everything but destruction; it leads to blessings from God and the gift of eternal life in Christ. God calls us into relationships with Him and with other Christians, people who walk the path with us and share their blessings. This sermon sets the stage for the Lenten path that we will follow together, a path where we learn from our brothers and sisters in the faith, and where their stories help to illuminate and direct our own stories.


Wednesday, 23 December 2020

A gesture!

 It was a beautiful day for me yesterday. Norm did something very special. He set up his special coffee maker, and brewed me a special Italian coffee. This small gesture reminded me of the love the members of King of Kings have for their pastor. I am grateful and thankful to all of you. Norm, you truly made my day special. Just a note: as quick as Norm came and set up, he was gone just as fast. His goal was to simply bring me a coffee. We had a quick toast outside and then he sent me inside with my coffee, brandy and a biscotti! Thanks Norm!





Thursday, 30 July 2020

MASKS ARE MANDATORY

The City of Edmonton has passed a bylaw that goes into effect August 1. Mandatory Masks required in all public places.
Until we get further clarification for churches, please make sure to wear a mask when coming to worship.


Thursday, 9 April 2020

Tithes and Offerings

For those willing and able to contribute their tithes and offerings, you can do so through e transfer to:

kofklutheran@gmail.com

Monday, 16 March 2020

A Message From LCMS President amid the corornavirus pandemic

While we are autonomous from the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) we are in altar and pulpit fellowship with our sister synod. We from time to time can draw on their resources and materials as partner churches. This message from LCMS synod president Rev. Matthew Harrison offers us a word of comfort and clarity amid the COVID 19 crisis. Please follow the link just below (above Dear Friends in Christ


https://vimeo.com/397483968

Dear friends in Christ,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1).
The entities of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), including her seminaries and universities, have been taking various actions in response to government recommendations and mandates to try to stem the spread of COVID-19. At this time, our global missionaries and their families are all well. Some are quarantined in their respective countries by local governments, and we have put in place a temporary travel ban for their safety and that of others.
We do not want to add to what at times seems like a circus of media hype and political nonsense. Therefore, I would like to address you, the people of the LCMS, directly.
  1. We owe our local and national government authorities respect according to the Fourth Commandment. We owe them our constant prayers according to specific directives of St. Paul (1 Tim. 2:2). Within the last 24 hours, Dr. Anthony Fauci of President Trump’s White House Task Force stated that we are in a crucial period during which it is possible to significantly limit the spread of the virus by smart action on the part of the public.
  2. We have a duty of love to our neighbors according to the Fifth Commandment. “We should fear and love God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need” (Luther’s Small Catechism). The LCMS is not hierarchical. I have no authority to mandate anything in this regard to the 6,000 congregations of the Synod. Nor would we want it any other way. But I do have the freedom and responsibility to urge all of us to make a concerted effort to act in ways that limit exposure for ourselves and advance the well-being of our neighbors, at church and beyond.
  3. This is a very fluid and changing situation. Responses will not be uniform across the church. As Luther noted in his document on the plague in Wittenberg, different people will make different decisions based upon circumstance and vocation.
o    We trust our well-trained clergy, as they consult with each other, circuit visitors and district leadership to take appropriate action in their context.
o    We trust the great lay leaders of our congregations to discern appropriate action.
o    Given the seriousness of this virus, as well as the fluidity of this situation and potential for much greater infection, actions may include, in some places, forgoing church services (and offering online substitutes). We trust the sanitary practices of our parishes with respect to the Sacrament of the Altar. But in these few weeks, individuals, pastors and congregations will be making decisions in light of the crisis, on various customary practices. We must, in love, be patient with one another as we strive to be both faithful and responsible. Also, remember to be generous with your offerings in these weeks when attendance may be affected. We will soon provide the opportunity to ask all manner of questions, including those on the Lord’s Supper.
  1. In Luke 21, Jesus foretold the kinds of things that would mark the time just before His coming. Wars, rumors of wars, earthquake, famine, persecution and much more. He also included pestilence. Many great Christians, including Martin Luther 500 years ago, beheld the mess of the world around them and thought the end must be coming soon. But Jesus said at the end of his speech, “Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:28).
You all know Luther’s great Reformation hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” It’s his hymn version of Psalm 46. But you may not know that it was written during the plague in Wittenberg in 1527. “A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon; He helps us free from ev’ry need That hath us now o’ertaken” (Lutheran Service Book 656:1). Your times are in the hands of the Lord (Ps. 31:15). Your days are numbed by Him (Ps. 139). In fact, the very hairs of your head are numbered (Luke 12:7). You have only the resurrection to look forward to (John 11:25). And you have the glorious apostolic promise: “All things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
I plead your patience as we all struggle through this, along with our nation and the world. I do know this: that crosses always drive people — including us — to Jesus. Count on it.
We’ll update you soon.
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you His peace. Amen.
Pastor Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Electronic offerings and contributions


King of Kings is now accepting offerings and contributions through on-line email transfers (from banks which support this method of transfer).  Email transfers need to be directed to:  kofklutheran@gmail.com.   If you have any questions, please contact Linda Slocombe or Nicole Deweert.