Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
15 January 2016
The 2016 Houston Marathon  is THIS Sunday 17 January. To avoid detours when coming from the Memorial, Post Oak, Galleria, and Inner Loop areas just east of the church. It appears the best ways to bypass the marathon would be to take either I-59 and exit Chimney Rock to work your way north, or I-10 and exit Voss and work your way East towards the church. You can view a large version of the race map Online here.
From the Pastor
A Lot of Wine
Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled them up to the brim.-John 2:7
 
That is a lot of wine.  John tells us that Jesus had the servants fill six stone water jars each holding 20 to 30 gallons, then He turned the water into wine.  Why so much?  Well, He certainly didn't want the family to run out of wine again, but neither did He want the joy and gladness of this special occasion to be interrupted or diminished.
 
John refers to this as the first of Jesus' signs by which He manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him.  By this sign and others Jesus revealed Himself as the Son of God who brings joy and gladness in abundance.  Through sacramental water and wine He brings forgiveness of sins sufficient to cover the sins of all people from all times and places.
 
And by His signs, Jesus foreshadows the heavenly wedding feast wherein He and His bride, the church, will enjoy the richest of fare and well-aged wine (Isaiah 25:6).  There the abundance of His grace and mercy will wipe every tear from our eyes, and we shall have the life He brings and have it in unending abundance (John 10:10).
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 62:1-5                       
Hymns: 394, 766, 402, 408, 650, 533
Join us for a Friendship BBQ honoring our new members Sunday 24 January, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.

Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a side or dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. Sign-up  Online or visit the table in the Commons next Sunday to sign-up. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on the 24th before or after the services. 

We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with clean-up afterward. If you can help call the church office and speak to  Wayne or  Tessa at 713 782 6079. Remember many hands make for light work! We need your help!
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.

Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For peace for the Lodholz family

For Leslie Roch as she finishes treatment

For Diva Pilli as she seeks treatment
 
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
poinsettias
Come and Pick Up Your Poinsettia!
 
We want to thank all of you who purchased
poinsettias for this Christmas season.  You may  pick up your plant in the Commons area.
2016 Offering Envelopes are Available!
Please pick up your offering envelopes for the 2016 year. They are located in the Narthex- you can't miss them!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057