Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                                                                               Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
16 August 2019
Join us Sunday for a BBQ
Join us for a Friendship BBQ honoring the new members we gain Sunday and welcome our teachers and school families back to school. THIS Sunday, 18 August, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.
Delicious Texas BBQ, potato salad, and good company will be provided. Please bring a side to share with your fellow members and guests.
We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with clean-up afterward. Remember many hands make for light work!
See YOU there!
From the Pastor
Division For the Sake of Unity
In moments of weakness, Christians look for unity in all the wrong places. We look for peace and harmony, and we forget. We forget that Jesus has come to bring division, just as he says in this Sunday's Gospel. "Do you think that I have come to give peace on the earth? No, I say to you, but rather, division." He has come to divide us from our sins, so necessarily he divides us from others. Father against son, mother against daughter; these divisions, as uncomfortable as they might be are necessary. 
Jesus comes and brings his divisive sword of law and gospel. The results are always God pleasing, but they bring us displeasure and discomfort. Repent and take comfort in the division of Jesus. Divided from your sins, you are free to cling to Christ's forgiveness and share it with your family and your friends, even when they refuse to hear it. It's uncomfortable, but God divides you from your sin so that you will be united with him for the sake of Jesus.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Hymns:   813, 655, 597, 585, 667, 661 
Adult Instruction to Begin
Sunday 8 September 2019
Church Library
9:45 AM
We are studying the basic teachings of the Christian faith. Please join us!
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 being taught at Memorial Lutheran School 
Pastor Murray teaches the class in the church library every Sunday morning, between the services, until mid-January. The class will meet from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM. The church library is just outside the music suite near the main school entrance. It can be accessed from either the north or south entrances.
Childcare is available!
Interested? See our website for more info here or email Pastor Murray.
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 Michael Koutsodontis as he continues treatment

For LouAnn Webber as she continues treatment

For Robert Brimberry as he continues treatment

For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey
2019 LCMS Convention Debrief

Monday, 19 August 
Fellowship Hall
7:00 PM
Please join us Monday evening, 19 August 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Pastor Braun, the pastoral delegate; Stephen Hernandez, the lay delegate; and Pastor Murray, an advisory representative, will be sharing their views of the convention and answering questions. 
Hope to see you there!

Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057

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