Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
6 October 2017
BBQ Time!
Please join us as we install and welcome Rev. Dr. Ahlman and the Ahlman family to the Memorial Lutheran Church & School Family! 

Sunday -22 October 2017 
installation during both services
BBQ to follow late service (~12:30 PM)

Delicious Texas BBQ, potato salad, and bread will be provided. Please sign up here to bring a side, salad or dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on Sunday anytime before the BBQ. Please try to sign up early!

If you can volunteer to help set-up and/or clean-up after the BBQ, please contact the church office (713 782 6079). Remember: Many hands make for light work- help us all get home soon after the BBQ!
From the Vicar
Soli Christo Gloria
We're all fans of Latin here at Memorial. So, let's do a little of it as we reflect upon our theme this coming Sunday, "solus Christus". "Solus Christus" is in the subject or nominative case. The subject case identifies the one who does the action. It's literally translated as "Christ alone" or "Christ only". It's the only sola in the subject case; the rest of the "solae" are in what the Headmaster calls the "ablative" or "the everything case," and are properly translated with the preposition "by." So we say "by faith alone," "by grace alone," and "by Scripture alone;" but this week simply say "Christ alone."
 
Why all this fuss about grammar? It's not simply to make the headmaster happy (though it might do just that) but because Christ is the subject, as in this school year's motto, "angularis lapis Christus est." We don't put Christ in the "ablative" case, or really in any other case but the subject case, because Christ is always the subject. He's the one doing all the action, all the saving, all the dying, all the rising, and everything else it takes to make you His own. 
 
We are always putting Christ to our own use. We want to be the subjects who use Christ and use him however we'd like. Maybe I use Jesus for good advice, or for a little grace to get by, or as an advocate for my personal opinions. In none of these is Christ in the nominative or subject case; unless Jesus is running the show, then we have the wrong Jesus. The Reformation put Jesus back in the driver's seat and put us back on the receiving of all his promises. So let us give thanks to the Father for the work of our Savior, and for the expertise of good Latinists! Soli Christo Gloria!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
 
Hymns: LSB 948, 581 (8, 11, 12), 544, 634, 912
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Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Susan Bomar that she be given strength

For Michael Koutsodontis as he seeks treatment

For Jane Schoen as she heals

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey

For Susan Narr may she stay strong
Christian Education Night (CEN)
Wednesdays until 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 in October and November! CEN is delicious because of you- contact Mike Jeffers or the church office for more info!
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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057


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