Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
20 November 2015
Last Call for Thanksgiving Help
Once again, we are asking for your help in serving our less fortunate brothers and sisters in our Houston community at a Thanksgiving meal at Memorial Lutheran Church this Thanksgiving Day.  We will need the help of the entire congregation in order to make this a success.  We at Memorial have been abundantly blessed and this is one small way of sharing God's many blessings.  If you wish to volunteer, make a donation or want more information please see Wayne Murray at the table in the commons between worship services or contact Wayne or Arlene at home, 281 240 9644,  or  click to email
From the Pastor
Last Sunday I was installed as an Assistant Pastor at Memorial Lutheran church to be a Missionary for East Indian people. The long awaited event finally happened. It was a great celebration indeed;  The worship was holy, the hymns were marvelous, and the liturgy uplifting. I was really humbled by the serenity of the whole event. However, the lingering question in my heart and mind during the worship was this: "Am I really worthy to receive this honor and carry out the holy task given to me?" When the negativity of the answer was burdening my heart, the comforting gospel came to me in the form of preaching.  There is no doubt that I am unworthy, but God is the one who is doing His work through this unworthy vessel. It's not about me. The powerful proclamation of the gospel took away the burden in my heart and gave me peace. Now, I assure all the saints at Memorial that I will diligently carry out my duties, obey the leadership, and reach out to East Indians in Houston and beyond who are desperately in need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am installed, Thanks be to God!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 51:4-6                                    
Hymns: 663, 516, 954, 513, 627, 336
Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services: 

Thursday 26 November 9:00 AM
Thanksgiving Service

Sunday 29 November 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 2 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 1

Sunday 6 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Second Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 9 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 2

Sunday 13 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Third Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 16 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 3 (MLS Service)

Sunday 20 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent

Thursday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM

Friday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Sunday 27 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas

Thursday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service
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 Jo Lodholz for strength

For Leslie Roch as she continues treatment

For Diva Pilli as she seeks treatment
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
Order Your Poinsettia Today!
Call the church office by noon, Friday 19 December
713 782 6079 or email Tessa by 1 January 2016.
Plants are $8.50 each. Order one in memory/honor of a loved one, as a gift for your secret pal, or even for yourself.
We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 3 January 2016.

Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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