Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
8 December 2017
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 AhlmanOlder children and adults are encouraged to participate!
From the Pastor
Preaching for the Sake of Comfort
The words of Isaiah are all too familiar. "Comfort, comfort ye my people, says your God." He preaches for Judah, for Israel, and for you. The role of the preacher is to speak God's Word clearly. He preaches law to the hardened sinner. Take the preaching of John the Baptist in the wilderness, our Lord Jesus on the mount; God's commands and demands are proclaimed to instruct, to curb and to accuse. But there does come a time when the sinner is beaten and bruised, accused and dead in his trespasses and sins. Thus he also preaches the Gospel to those who are broken and contrite. Mark well Isaiah's words of comfort, just like Jesus' words of comfort throughout the Gospels. My yoke is easy and my burden is light. The preacher delivers the comfort of Christ, the soothing salve of the forgiveness of sins to those who need it. Ultimately the preacher declares the Word of God for the sake of comfort, and not just any comfort. He preaches for your comfort. 
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Hymns: LSB 331, 344, 347, 348, 621, 346, 515
Holiday Worship Services
The holidays are almost upon us. Please join us for our upcoming worship services:
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 Susan Bomar that she be given strength

For Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
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. 
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.
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