Welcome To
Memorial Drive Lutheran Church!
12211 Memorial Drive

Houston, TX 77024
(At the corner of Memorial Dr. and Gessner)

713-468-9443
Pastor Will Storm, Senior Pastor


We serve the Houston community and beyond in spreading the Good news and love of Christ by serving others and examining and living by the Word with faith, hope, love and enthusiasm.

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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Advent 3

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Introduction

God keeps the promise made to David, to give him an everlasting throne. The angel tells Mary that God will give David's throne to her son Jesus. She is perplexed by Gabriel's greeting and by the news of her coming pregnancy, but she is able still to say, "Count me in." We who know that Jesus is called king only as he is executed still find it a mystery hard to fathom, but with Mary today we hear the news of what God is up to and say, "Count us in.""


Prayer of the Day

Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and purify our conscience by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Readings

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Righteousness and praise flourish like a garden

Luke 1:26 ff. 46b-55

You, Lord, have lifted up the lowly. (Lk. 1:52)


HYMNS FOR WORSHIP

Gathering

Christ, Be Our Light, stanzas 1,2,5

Hymn of the Day

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Communion

All Earth Is Hopeful

Canticle of the Turning

Sending

Joy to the World

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Christmas at MDLC
 
The Longest Night - Thursday, December 21st @ 7pm

 
Are you or someone you know having a hard time this Christmas? Even though Christmas is a season of joy, not everyone feels like celebrating.
 
Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment, and loss are magnified-especially this year after Hurricane Harvey. So, we want to open a time and space of solace and healing in a season when these emotions often feel out of place. December 21st is the longest night of the year. 


On this darkest day, we come with our honest yearnings seeking the return of light and hope. In that space, our savior meets us-Christ who comes to us even during our longest night.

 

There Will Be NO SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP ON CHRISTMAS EVE! 
 
Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, we are cancelling our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 am so that we can focus our energy on providing two expressions of Christmas Eve worship later in the day.  
 
Serve Your Congregation This Christmas: Be Present, Be Inviting
 
While Christmas often involves many obligations to our own families, please also keep in mind that it is one of our best opportunities each year as a congregation to show love and hospitality to those in our community who aren't frequent churchgoers. 
 
I encourage you to attend as many of our Christmas services (including the Longest Night service on December 21st) as you are able to so that those who come through our doors feel the warm embrace of our community. We don't come just for ourselves, but to be present for others. 
 
I also encourage you to invite others to come with you this Christmas season. This is a great opportunity to connect people to our congregation and the grace of God. Be informed about our services this year and look for opportunities to connect the right person to each. 
 
Invite someone who flooded or lost a loved one this last year to the Longest Night. Invite the family with kids next-door to the "Story" Christmas Eve service. Have someone stay home with sleeping grandkids, so some of the adults can come unwind during the "Mystery" Christmas Eve service. 
 
Each is an opportunity for someone to find their entry into the unfolding story of God's love in the world this Christmas, and you can be the one who makes that connection!
 
The Story: A Family-Oriented Service on Christmas Eve @ 3pm
 
Join us for a 
fun and family-friendly 
service in the afternoon on Christmas Eve 
as we walk through the ABCs of Christmas. 
Together we will hear and participate in the 
story of Christ's birth in Bethlehem, sing our favorite 
Christmas carols, share bread and wine with each other,and 
end with a candle-lit 
rendition of Silent Night.
 
The Mystery: A Nighttime Service on Christmas Eve @ 10pm


There is something particularly holy in the quiet dark of nighttime worship. 

In the hush after a hectic Christmas Eve day, when dinner is done, 
the dishes have been put away, and the world is slowing down,
 come and relax into the mystery of a God who came to be with us. 

Together we'll experience wonder and awe as we listen to the words of the ancient prophets and evangelists, join the sweet melodies of our Christmas hymns, share in communion with one another, 
and ponder the birth of Jesus Christ in the glow 
of candle-light and silence.

 

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Worship times are 3:00 pm and 10:00 pm this year 

There will be no 5:30 pm service



Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Mark the date--the Wednesday Morning Bible Study will begin Sept. 20 at 10:00 am in the Office building. As this year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the group will read Martin Luther's 95 Theses together.

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Care Ministry

Do you feel connected to God when you pray? Sometimes we find ourselves in ruts--always eating the same meals, doing the same activities. It's helpful to refresh all areas of our lives, including our prayer life.

Here are some ideas: try a different prayer posture, pray with a Gospel reading or one (or several) of the Psalms. Envision a conversation with Jesus. Say the Jesus prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." May we all find peace, comfort, hope and joy through our time spent in prayer.

 

Do you have ideas for enhancing our prayer life, connectedness, and care for others? Please email karenwhitefield@me.com or call (713) 446-8678. 

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Acolytes

Acolytes play an important role in worship. The word acolyte means "one who helps," and MDLC Acolytes do just that! These volunteers light and extinguish candles, collect the offering, and assist with communion and baptisms. Students in elementary school are encouraged to participate. Training is provided. To sign up for a specific worship service click HERE

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Memorial Drive Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod.

     

 

 

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December 18, 2017

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