Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
14 July 2017
Concerning Pr. Pacey's Call 
For the past four weeks, I have been prayerfully considering a call to serve West Portal Lutheran Church and School as Senior Pastor.  During this time, my prayer has been the revelation of where God would have me serve.  Last night, I declined the call to WPLCS.  I believe God would have me continue to serve Memorial Lutheran Church and School as your Associate Pastor.  Thank you all for your prayers and support during this process.    
From the Pastor
God the Sower
One of the twentieth century's greatest hymn writers, Martin Franzmann, wrote a hymn for this Sunday's Gospel lesson, the Parable of the Sower. I love stanzas 4 and 5, because they end with the line: "Ah, what of that, Lord, what of that?" When I first sang the hymn, it seemed so dismissive, even inappropriate. However, the hymn grew on me, because I came to recognize that those lines emphasized God's incredibly wasteful love in His sowing of the seed everywhere, even where it would never bear fruit. But God could not help Himself. He loves fallen mankind and they need His Word. "Ah, what of that, Lord, what of that?" How delighted we are to hear of this generous wastefulness of the God of grace, because it is FOR US!
The sower sows; his reckless love
Scatters abroad the goodly seed,
Intent alone that all may have
The wholesome loaves that all men need (LSB 596:3).
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB 901, 577, 584, 893, 652
Golfers- Mark Your Calendars!
Memorial Lutheran School's annual golf tournament will be Saturday, 14 October at Battleground Golf Course.  We have re-named our tournament the William C. Heine Memorial Lutheran Golf Tournament in memory of our beloved Pastor Heine.   He loved to play golf, and this event was one of his favorites!
Please consider being a sponsor, registering to play, or making a donation to help defray our expenses. You may click here - You will see registration information and sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Memorial Lutheran Little Lambs Scholarship Fund.
For more information, please contact LouAnn Webber in the school office at 713 782 4022.
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 Susan Narr may she be given strength 

For Susan Bomar as she seeks therapy

For the family of Pastor Oesch as they mourn

For the family of Natnael Abiye as they grieve
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