Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
1 September 2017
Storm Recovery and Relief
LCMS Relief Disaster Response Teams are starting to arrive in Houston. MLC&S will need to know what the needs are. If you have flooded, please respond to this email or email Wayne directly to let us know your status. Please include your location and contact information.

For those who would like to contribute, you may send a check to MLC with "Relief" on the memo line or click here for our PayPal Relief link and we will see to it that it is spent on the needs of your fellow members (and any remainder would be forwarded to LCMS Disaster Response) or you may contribute to LCMS Disaster Response directly. 
From the Vicar
Take Up Your Cross
 
Jesus says, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." The Christian life is the way of the cross, the way of the cross of our Lord. He bids us to take up our crosses as he took up his; his life is the pattern for our lives. 
Just as Jesus had his own cross, the very physical cross of his sufferings and death on behalf of the world, so we each have our unique cross. Each cross comes carefully chosen by God to preserve us from losing our lives for the sake of this life. He gives us the cross so that we might cling to him and find true life. "Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." 
In this life, some suffer more than others. After this disastrous hurricane, some will walk away with minimal scarring, but others will have a deeper pain. We don't know why the difference, yet we know that every cross has first passed through the hand of our gracious God before it's given us. 
The same hand who sends the cross is the same hand pierced through with the nails of calvary for our salvation. Here is our great comfort in the midst of this tragedy. "The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Hymns: LSB 501, 531, 724, 718
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Sincerely,
Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For those families affected by the floods from Hurricane Harvey

For the family of Jill Stoneburner as they grieve

For Susan Narr may she be given strength 

For Susan Bomar as she seeks therapy
St-Onge Support
Are you curious as to what our previous associate pastor, Pastor St-Onge, is up to? You can keep up with him via his online newsletter.We keep a copy of his newsletter on our bulletin board near the Church Library and Music Room but you can also view current and past newsletters online at intheway.org. Check it out, read the bulletin insert this week, and help support his missionary work in the Caribbean and Canada- there is a great need to be filled!
Memorial Lutheran Church | smurray@mlchouston.org | http://www.mlchouston.org | http://www.memoriallutheranschool.org
5800 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77057