Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
23 December 2016
Holiday Service Times

Sunday 18 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent

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

Sunday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Saturday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service

Sunday 1 January 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM, 
First Sunday in Christmas
Hymn Sing between the services
From the Pastor
Brute Fact of the Incarnation
Christianity is not merely a moral code, but the confession that God has become man in Christ. We have a God who is passionately in love with us, so much so that He is willing to take our flesh and suffer for us. For this reason, the church needs to emphasize the passion of God over our piety. Where mere piety has triumphed over God's passion for us, God's passionate act of incarnation will no longer be understood. What does this enfleshment of God have to do with a set of bloodless, or shall we say disembodied, principles for your life? We must confess the shocking and irreducible reality of the incarnation of God in Christ. Christ is an irreducible, brute fact. 
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB 379, 384, 380, 368, 387
Take a Break!
Here are a few MLC activities taking a break between Christmas and New Year's Day:
  • 25 Dec Catechism Class
  • 27 Dec Bagels & Bible Study
  • 27 Dec Eucharist
  • 27 Dec 10:00 AM Bible Study
  • 27 Dec Young Adults
  • Choir & Handbell Practices
  • 1 Jan Catechism Class
All will reconvene the week of 3-8 January.
Adult Instruction Class
10 January 2017 - 11 April 2017
Tuesday Nights 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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 at smurray@mlchouston.org.
Come and join us!
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 the family of Rev. Bill Heine

For the family of John Meyer

For the family of Gerald Tackett

For Ellen Brda as she seeks therapy

For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
Higher Things 2017
Here I Stand
Trinity University-San Antonio, Texas
June 27-30
Attention 8th Grade Confirmands and High School Youth:
Join us as we journey to San Antonio this year for a great conference!
We may take an extra day at the beginning or end of the conference to have some fun in San Antonio - Plans are in progress!  For more information about the conference visit www.higherthings.org.  
Registration Deadline and $100 Deposit Due:  31 December 2016
For Questions or to Register your child contact Diane Lamberson 
Payment by cash or check can be turned in to the church office.  Checks should be made out to MLC and "Higher Things"in
 the memo line
Scholarships available - contact Pastor Pacey for more information.
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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