Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
14 November 2014
Thanksgiving Meal 

We want to thank the members of Memorial for their great response in providing the essentials for our Thanksgiving Day meal.  We are still in need of the following items:

Pies & Cakes          Green Beans            Casseroles

Cranberry Sauce   Sweet Potatoes        Dressing         

         Volunteers for set up, serving and clean up.

Donations can be dropped off at the kitchen next to the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday 26 November, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM and on Thursday morning before 9:00 AM.  Thanks again for all your support.  If you wish to volunteer, make a donation or want more information, please contact Wayne or Arlene Murray at 281 240 9644 or by email at wamurray9@hotmail.com.

From the Vicar
The Great Monster

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

As the church year comes to an end, there seems to be no end to grave warnings and gloomy apocalyptic images.  In contemplating the end times and the supposed "requirements" for salvation, it can be easy to look to the future with fear, as if staring up at a great big monster wishing only our annihilation.  What are we to do then?  How do we face this great big creature?

As it turns out, this great monster is us.  We try to take salvation into our own hands and obtain it.  However, it has already been won for us by Jesus.  So we can defeat this great foe by arming ourselves as Paul instructs; with the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of hope of salvation.  With these armaments given to us by the Holy Spirit through the Word and Sacraments, we are made invincible in Christ our Lord.

Sunday's Scripture Lessons
Because You Asked
Pr. Murray was in Denver visiting with the leaders of the Rocky Mountain District (RMD) of the LCMS on Sunday and Monday of this week. These are convention mandated visits to set a good example to Pastors, Circuit Visitors, and District Presidents, who should all be visiting the congregations and pastors of our church body on a regular basis. The meeting was very friendly and good discussions occurred between the LCMS Synod representatives, Pr. Herb Mueller (1st VP), Pastor Murray, and leaders of the RMD. Ultimately, as church leaders, we are trying to model God's own way of doing things: "Lord God of Israel has visited and redeemed his people" (Luke 1:68). He did this by sending His Son to bear the sins of the world. The leaders and people of the RMD certainly sent their fraternal greetings to the people of MLC, which is well-known throughout the LCMS.
If you have suggestions about things that you'd like to see in the Memorial Messenger, please let the office staff know. We would love to hear from you.

Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
For Kim Cheng, who has undergone cancer surgery

For Rachel Hunt, who has been diagnosed with a Medulloblastoma

Christian Education Night




19 November


5:15 Dinner

6:00 Classes


2 Peter 

by Pastor Murray


The Biblical Foundations of the Lutheran Confession

by Pastor Pacey

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Houston, TX 77057

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