Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
22 September 2017
Adult Instruction It's not too Late!
 
Sundays 9:45 AM-10:45 AM
10 September 2017 - 21 January 2018
Church Library
 
Why should you come to this class?
1. To learn more about the basic 
    teachings of the Christian religion.
2. To reaffirm your faith.
3. To join Memorial Lutheran Church as a member.
4. To learn what your children are taught at Memorial         Lutheran School.
 
If you are interested in taking this class, please contact Pastor Murray. Come and join us!
From the Vicar
In our Old Testament reading, the Lord calls upon us to abandon our thoughts and our ways, which are earthly, because the Lord's way of doing things is heavenly. The Lord acts in a totally divine manner, but I repeat myself. To say that God acts like God, and that we act like men, is not saying much, but to say exactly how God acts is more instructive.
 
To say that the Lord's ways are higher than ours is not merely to say that his ways are incomprehensible or far beyond the grasp of our meager human minds. To discuss the Lord's majesty, his "bigness", belongs to the realm of contemporary worship songs and speculative treatises from the pen of John Piper. To say that the Lord is "bigger than us" is just a mere formality.
 
Our Lord Jesus teaches us that this "highness" of God's thinking and acting is not demonstrated in his power, but in his generosity, in his inexplicable love for sinful man. Paul Gerhardt praises this "way of the Lord" thus, "O love, beyond all telling, that led you to embrace, in love all love excelling, our lost and fallen race" (LSB 334). Or, as put in another of his hymns, "O wondrous Love, what have you done! The Father offers up His Son, desiring our salvation. O Love, how strong You are to save! You lay the one into the grave who built the earth's foundation" (LSB 438). 
 
Unlike us, our Lord is gracious and compassionate; our Lord forgives even before he is asked. His "highness" is his very exultation upon the wood of the cross in unimaginable generosity. This is our Lord's "foolishness," his "incomprehensible" way, that he relentlessly pursues us with open arms, spread out in cruciform blessing for all the world to receive.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Hymns: LSB 555, 581 (6, 11, 12), 742, 631, 716

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.

Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Jane Schoen as she heals

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey

For the family of Brenda Blackwell in this difficult time

For Susan Narr may she be given strength 

For Susan Bomar as she seeks therapy
Christian Education Night (CEN)
Wednesdays Thru 15 November
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Classes

Pastor Murray and Vicar 
will lead a class on Luther and the Reformation

We are looking for several good hosts! CEN is delicious because of you- contact Mike Jeffers or the church office for more info!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057


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