Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
13 January 2017
Possible Delays- Houston Marathon
For anyone planning on attending Sunday services and the BBQ, please be aware of delays that could occur due to the Houston Marathon the morning of 15 January. This may cause some inconvenience for those approaching MLC especially using Chimney Rock from north of the church, from the Memorial/Post Oak/Galleria areas or Inner Loop east of the church, or from south of University in the West U area.

For a larger version of the map please click here or on the small map above.
From the Pastor
The Lamb of God
In this Sunday's reading from the Gospel, John the Baptizer sees Jesus after His baptism and declares our Lord to be the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"  
For those who were there, it must have been an odd thing to hear.  Clearly, John is praising Jesus. He is commending Jesus.  Yet, instead of using an animal noted for strength or intelligence like the lion or the eagle, John associates Jesus with the lowly lamb.  Why does he do it?  
John identifies Jesus as the lamb because of the role the animal plays in the religious life of the people of God.  For the Jewish people, the lamb was the animal designated by God to be offered in sacrifice for sin.  Thus, John's identifies Jesus as the lamb of God because, by his life, death, and resurrection, he takes away the sin of the world!  
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 49:1-7                                        

Hymns: LSB  810, 766 (stanza 2), 402, 633, 540, 600
New Member Sunday BBQ
Join us for a New Member Sunday BBQ honoring our new members Sunday 15 January, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM.

Delicious Texas BBQ will be provided. Please bring a dessert to share with your fellow members and guests. You may drop it off in the church kitchen on the 15th before or after the services. 

We are also looking for a few good Lutherans to help with clean-up afterward. If you can help email Mike Jeffers or 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!
Adult Instruction Class
10 January 2017 - 11 April 2017
Tuesday Nights 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Church Library
 
Why should you come to this class?
1.  To learn more about the basic teachings of the Christian religion.
2. To reaffirm your faith.
3. To join Memorial Lutheran Church as a member.
4. To learn what your children are taught at Memorial Lutheran School.  

If you are interested in taking this class, please contact Pastor Murray at smurray@mlchouston.org.
Come and join us!
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 Kirstyn Harvey as she undergoes surgery

For the family of Rev. Bill Heine

For the family of John Meyer

For the family of Gerald Tackett

For Ellen Brda as she seeks therapy

For Bobbi Phelps as she undergoes therapy

For Luke George, who is going through therapy for Leukemia
CEN Returns!

Christian Education Night
Returns Wednesdays
11 January- 22 February
 
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Classes
 
If you would like to help provide a meal, please contact our friendly fellowship chair Mike Jeffers or the  church office 713 782 6079.  

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