Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
4 December 2015
The Quempas Carol is a beautiful tradition dating back to Medieval times. The choir is stationed at the four corners of the sanctuary, symbolizing the proclamation of the Good News of Christ's birth to the four corners of the world. Part of the choir also sings the story of Christ's birth from the balcony. This is a simple, beautiful way to sing with the choir! If you are interested in singing the Quempas Carol at the 10:00 PM candlelight Service on Christmas Eve, or would like more information, please contact Cantor Muth via email or at 713 782 6079. Older children and adults are encouraged to participate!
From the Pastor
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight."  In the season of Advent, we remember the coming of our Lord, who took on human flesh so that He might die and win for us our salvation.  Our preparation for the coming of Jesus is to hear God's words, especially those of John, the Baptizer, which call us all to repentance.  Repentance always has two parts.  The first part is to confess our sins against God and against the neighbor.  This confession reveals our need.  We need forgiveness.  The second part of repentance is to trust that God has forgiven us because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who came to us in the flesh. God's blessings on your Advent preparation!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Malachi 3:1-7b                                  
Hymns: 354, 518 (1,18,3) , 344, 954, 347, 343, 346
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
Please  join us  after  second  service  on  20 December as  we go caroling to our shut-ins.  
           ALL ARE WELCOME! 
We  will  meet  in  the narthex directly after second service. We will go for a quick lunch at Jason's Deli and then meet back at the church to begin the route. Music and Maps will be provided. We hope to make 4 stops.
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.

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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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