Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
20 March 2015

Come join us during Holy Week to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord 

Palm Sunday 29 March  8:15 AM & 11:00 AM

Holy Monday 30 March 7:00 PM
Holy Tuesday 31 March 7:00 PM
Holy Wednesday 1 April 7:00 PM
Maundy Thursday 2 April 7:00 PM
Good Friday 3 April 7:00 PM
Easter Vigil 4 April 8:00 PM
Easter Sunday 5 April 8:15 AM & 11:00 AM

From the Pastor
Life is under assault in our country. Three states have legalized physician-assisted suicide: Oregon, Washington, and Vermont. Others, including California, are contemplating statutes that are similar. How did we get here? Simple: our society has adopted a radically different worldview from previous generations. The number one ruling value of our culture is human health, and the attendant desire for life free from suffering. Suffering is to be alleviated at any cost, including the death of the sufferer. If you want to stop all human suffering, you can simply rid the world of humans. Of course, this is an absurd argument, but one that highlights the radicalness of this worldview. Some years ago I comforted a son who was grieving for the suffering of his dying father. The son finally said to me, "Pastor, we have to do something. I can't stand this anymore!" To which I quietly replied, "You mean we need to put your father out of your misery." Personal freedom (religion, speech, association, etc.) is no longer the goal of our society but freedom from all suffering. This is diametrically opposed to the Christian worldview that sees the moral significance of sacrifice and its attendant suffering because Christ suffered. At Lent we are brought face to face with the suffering of Christ as a sign of the Christian worldview.
Sunday's Scripture Readings
Who's New?
Meet Jenny Sawhill. She was born in Minnesota but grew up in Pasadena, just southeast of Houston. As a child she attended Zion Lutheran Church & School where her father was minister for over 25 years. She graduated from Sam Rayburn High School. In 2011, she left Texas to pursue a graduate degree in Art History at Pennsylvania State University. After graduation, God led her back to her hometown where she is currently the Art History teacher at St. Michael Catholic School just a few blocks away on Sage Rd. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to assist in founding the Sacred Art History Program as she is challenged every day teaching and developing curriculum to share her love of Art History with young students.
We are so glad Jenny found her church home with us here at MLC!
Holy Week Service Schedule
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Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
 
For Paul Lodholz, asking for strength as he recovers

For Walter Friend as he continues treatment

Lenten Services

 

Noon (with lunch following) and 7:00 PM

 

25 March - Lent 5 Mid week / The Annunciation of Our Lord

Easter Lilies Available

Call the church office at 713 782 6079

Plants are $9 each. Order one in honor/memory 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 Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015.

 


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5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057