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8:00 & 10:45am each Sunday
The mission of King of Kings Evangelical Lutheran Church,
in accordance with the inspired and inerrant Word of God,
is to glorify the Lord God through
worship, teaching, fellowship, and sharing the message of salvation
with its members, the community, and the world. [Mt 28:18-20]
What to Expect at King of Kings
When you visit King of Kings you receive a worship folder that provides notes to help you follow the worship service. The order of service for special services (like Christmas, Easter, etc.) is printed out entirely in the folder. On most Sundays we follow an order of service in the hymn book. The notes in the worship folder help guide you through the service.
You are welcome to participate in worship, or to just follow along silently if you choose.
You will not be called out or put on the spot in any way.
At worship we want you to meet with God in a way that works for you.
At King of Kings children are welcome in worship. We encourage their presence. During our 9:30am Sunday service each week there is staffed childcare available for young children. Some parents have young children spend the hour there. Others take their children to the nursery during the sermon so parents can focus on the message and children have a break in the middle part of the service. Still others keep young children in the service for the entire hour. Learning to be in worship and to appreciate this special time with God can be a process.
Come as you are. There is no dress code. Some people come wearing suits and dresses. Others wear casual clothes. You will not stand out if you dress as you normally do.
With that in mind a couple of tips may be helpful. Because we are entering into the presence of God in a special way in worship, it is good to dress modestly. Because children often behave similar to the way they are dressed, you may find they sense this is a special time with God if they are dressed in a set of their better clothes rather than if they are dressed in athletic gear or sweats.
Expect to meet other people who are seeking relationship with God. You may have heard the saying, “Christians aren’t perfect. Just forgiven.” That is so true. We come each week to confess our sins, to hear God’s forgiveness, to find strength in his Word, and to be encouraged through this time of worship with others who seek God. Following each Sunday Service we have a few minutes of refreshments time when we enjoy connecting with other worshipers.
For more information call: 518-371-9544. If nobody answers, please leave a phone number and message. We call back.
What it means to be a Lutheran Christian!
The three Solas remind us what it means to be Lutheran
As we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation this month, it is good to recall what it means to be a Lutheran Christian. One way of explaining what Lutherans hold dear is by remembering the three solas (“sola” is Latin for “alone”).
Lutherans rely upon Scripture alone. That means we have no other book that establishes teachings or practices. Also, no person establishes doctrine. Only God as he speaks through his Word. Our Lutheran Confessions and other treasured writings only hold value because they accurately explain what Scripture teaches.
Sola Scriptura drives us to study Scripture and seek the truth that God reveals. Part of this pursuit is that we are careful not to subject Scripture to human reason. This led to a parting of ways during the Reformation between Luther and others of the Reformed and Enthusiast camps.
Lutherans implicitly trust the Word of God. My human reason, my doubts, my decision, and my Christian life performance do not establish the foundation for my faith. Scripture alone! So I trust completely in the power of the Word through which the Holy Spirit planted faith in my heart. I trust completely that God adopted me into his family in Holy Baptism through the power of his Word together with the water. He promised that. I trust completely that he gives me his real body and blood in the meal of bread and wine for my salvation because he said so. When I struggle with sin, I do not sink into despair over my failures as a Christian, but I look to the God who promises forgiveness full and free. I repent and turn to him again for mercy. All this is based on Scripture alone!
Lutherans rely upon Grace alone. We do not enjoy God’s favor because of who we are or anything we have done or anything we will do in the future. It’s all grace! Undeserved love from a God whose heart of love will not let the rebellious sinner perish. Scripture is filled with stories of grace. The ultimate action of grace is that, God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [Jn 3:16].
Lutherans take great comfort in grace. We were born in sin and we sin every day. But God is gracious. His storehouse of grace secured by his Son Jesus is immeasurably greater than the accumulation of all our sins. So we come to him daily seeking mercy. We come to him when we have sinned so grievously that we hate ourselves. His grace is greater than our sin. His love more powerful that our guilt. His comfort and embrace holds us more securely than our shame. His grace alone sustains us each day!
Lutherans rely on Faith alone. Faith alone saves. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves it is the gift of God. [Eph 2:8]. Faith is simple trust in God who does all the work. Even our coming to faith is the gift of God the Holy Spirit. Lutherans tend not to tell amazing conversion stories (testimonials) because the workings of the Spirit to create faith in the heart are not really something we can explain. It is a gift from God. Faith focuses on him, not on ourselves and what we have done. By Faith alone we press on each day in our journey heavenward.
The three solas define Lutheran Christianity’s distinctive character. Each of us will remain on solid ground throughout our Christian life as we remember the three solas!