Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
15 December 2017
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
Please join us  after second service THIS week on 17 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.
From the Pastor
Witness
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, John, the Baptizer, is described as a witness to the light.  What is a witness?  A witness is a person who gives testimony, who describes what has been seen, or heard, or even revealed.  A witness tells the truth.  What made John such a great witness is he could speak to us about certain truths that had been revealed to him by God. 
 
People asked John, because of his ministry, if he was the Christ, or Elijah, or the Prophet.  John's answer to all these questions was: no! Those same people then asked him: then who are you?  John replied: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness."  What does that voice cry?  Repent of your sins and look forward to the coming of the one, Jesus, who was sent to forgive all your sins.   
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
 
Hymns: LSB 349, 345, 511, 347, 629, 354, 338
poinsettias
Order A Poinsettia!
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. 

Call the church office by TODAY, Friday 15 December
713 782 6079 or email Tessa.
 
We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 31 December 2017.
Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services:
 
Sunday 17 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Third Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 20 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 3  Midweek

Sunday 24 December Christmas Eve
Fourth Sunday in Advent - 10:00 AM
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM

Monday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Sunday 31 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas

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 the family and friends of John Hatteberg as we grieve

For Susan Bomar that she be given strength

For Michael Koutsodontis as he seeks treatment

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
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 Pastor Ahlman. Older children and adults are encouraged to participate!

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Houston, TX 77057


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