Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
18 December 2015
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
Please join us after second service Sunday 20 December as we go caroling to our shut-ins.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
We will meet in the Narthex directly after second service, 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 will make 2 stops.
From the Pastor
God's Word at Christmas
Only God's Word can tell us that this child is the incarnate Word of God. Thus the feast of the incarnation has very little to offer us apart from a careful and thoughtful study of God's telling of the story itself. There is no knowing the incarnate Word apart from His written Word. Yet the story is full of deep mysteries; not the least of which is that God has exchanged His own blessed Son for poor sinners like us. How could God have so treasure the likes of us that He was willing to exchange his own dearest treasure? Think, then, how remarkable the exchange is! How exalted we have become through Christ and through faith in Him! Our ordinary birth becomes His and His exalted birth becomes ours through the rebirth of the font. Everything is made new by the birth of this one Child.
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Micah 5:2-5a                              
Hymns: 670, 357, 954, 934, 361, 935
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 Cantor Muth via email or at 713 782 6079. Older children and adults are encouraged to participate!
Holday Service Times

Sunday 20 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
Fourth Sunday in Advent

Thursday 24 December Christmas Eve
Children's Service - 5:00 PM
Lessons and Carols - 7:00 PM
Candlelight Mass - 10:00 PM

Friday 25 December 10:00 AM
Christmas Day Service

Sunday 27 December 8:15 AM and 11:00 AM
First Sunday in Christmas

Thursday 31 December 7:00 PM
New Year's Eve Service
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 continues 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
Order Your Poinsettia Today!
 
Call the church office 
713 782 6079 or email Tessa by 21 December 2015.
 
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.
 
We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 3 January 2016.

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