Weekly Newsletter of Memorial Lutheran Church                                 Houston, Texas
Memorial Messenger
16 October 2015
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From the Pastor
Feast of St. Luke
This Sunday is the feast day of St. Luke, Evangelist.  Luke was not an apostle.  He was an assistant to the Apostle Paul.  Luke was also not a Hebrew, but a gentile.  Although Luke was trained as a doctor (Col. 4:14), God used this man to record two of the longest books in the New Testament, the Gospel according to St. Luke and the book of Acts.  There is some speculation concerning the reason for writing these books.  There is no speculation as to their benefit.  In both Luke and Acts, we see the reconciliation of the world to God for the sake of the Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose for us.  Happy St Luke's Day!           
Sunday's Scripture Readings & Hymns
Isaiah 35:5-8                                            
Hymns: 810, 581, 518, 545, 852, 664
Luther Academy: India
The Luther Academy, which our congregation has supported for many years and of which Pastor Murray has been the chairman of the board 2010-2015, is continuing its support of Lutheran education for a growing confessional Lutheran church body in eastern India, near the city of Guntur, called Bible Faith Lutheran Church. Every year the Luther Academy sponsors a seminar for more than 400 pastors from around the eastern part of the subcontinent. Pastor Murray taught there four years ago. This year Pastor Pilli and Pastor Murray will be going in January to teach again. Pastor Pilli will teach his own course and will also be available to translate for Pastor Murray when he teaches. It costs about $1200 to fly from Houston to Hyderabad, India. If you could support this mission outreach by helping to supply travel resources, you would know that your gifts are supporting a wonderful mission project sponsored by the Luther Academy. If you'd like to contribute to this mission project, please put on the memo line of your check Luther Academy: India. May God bless you!
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Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray
Senior Pastor
Memorial Lutheran Church and School
In This Issue
Let Us Pray
For Leslie Roch as she continues treatment

For Diva Pilli as she seeks treatment

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

Christian Education Night Continues!
Wednesdays  until 
18 November
5:15 Dinner
6:00 Classes
3 classes:

Veith's Spirituality of the Cross - Rev. Gaub

Esther: An Advocate of her people - Pastor Pilli

1 John - Pastor Murray

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