Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
9 December 2016
Sing and Give Joy With MLC Carolers!
 
Please join us  after second service next week on 18 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
Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.  
John the Baptizer is the greatest among "those born of women."  John is the greatest not because of anything he did.  The honor was granted to him before he was even born.  How is John the greatest?  He is the greatest in this way.  John was the one chosen by God to go before the Lord.  He was the forerunner.  This going before Jesus was not merely about birth order, but had a purpose.  John's preceding miraculous conception, his birth, his preaching, his teaching, his clothing, his food, even his suffering and death were all about paving the way for the Lord, about proclaiming the truth that the Kingdom of God was coming/had come in person of Jesus Christ.     
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns

Hymns: LSB  343, 345, 954, 346, 849, 515
poinsettias
Order Your Poinsettia Today!
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 16 December
713 782 6079 or email  Tessa.
 
We are asking for the plants to remain in the church until after late service on 1 January 2017.
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 the family of Gerald Tackett

For Ellen Brda as she recovers

For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
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 Older children and adults are encouraged to participate!
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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057