Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
1 December 2017
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
Please join us  after second service next 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
O! Advent has come again! And that's what it's all about. Advent means coming. Who is coming? Our Lord Jesus Christ. When is he coming? We don't know. But we know that he promises to come. He who once came in our flesh of the Virgin Mary will come again to rescue us from this present evil age (Galatians 1:4). For this we cry and hope and pray. The ancient church had the simplest prayer: "Come, Lord Jesus!" Our altar paraments remind us of this echoing the advent him: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! This week we will hear Isaiah tell us that our Lord will rend the heavens wide and come down with mighty stride (Isaiah 64:1)! It is also our prayer: Come, Lord Jesus!
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB 343, 332, 333, 334, [8:15a: 340 / 11:00a: Anthem], 643, 339
Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services:
Sunday 3 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 6 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 1 Midweek

Sunday 10 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Second Sunday in Advent

Wednesday 13 December 12:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Advent 2 Midweek (MLS Service 7:00 PM)

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.

Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For the family and friends of Millie Johnston 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
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 noon, 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.
Book Signing
Elizabeth Ahlman has written two books, they are called  Ruth: More Than a Love Story (2014) and her new book, just released by Concordia Publishing House,  Demystifying the Proverbs 31 Woman (2017).  Please join Elizabeth on 10 December in the Commons area between service for her book signing. Books will be available for purchase at special pricing for this Sunday only. 
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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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