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Adult Education: Keeping Time in the Church
Ever wondered what all the color changes in church mean, how we got the dates for Easter and Christmas, or what Matins is? Join us Sundays at 9:15am in the Office Building from November 27th-December 18th as we explore the church calendar and all the ways we keep time as a church. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and let's learn together!
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent
At the heart of our Advent preparation stands John the Baptist, who calls us to repent and make a new beginning. As the darkness increases we turn toward the light of Christ's coming. For Christians he is the root of Jesse, the righteous judge who welcomes all, especially the poor and meek of the earth. We wait with hope for that day when the wolf will dwell with the lamb, and there will be no more hurt or destruction. From the Lord's table we are sent in the spirit of John the Baptist to proclaim that in Christ the kingdom of God has come near.
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming nurture our growth as people of repentance and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
From David's line, a ruler bringing justice and peace
Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
May the righteous flourish; let there be an abundance of peace. (Ps. 72:7)
Live in harmony, welcoming one another
A voice cries: Prepare the way of the Lord
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel(stanzas 4,5,6)
Hymn of the Day
Hark, the Glad Sound!
Wait for the Lord
Comfort, Comfort Now My People
On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Better Side of Fifty Bus Trip
Save the date Monday, December 5th as The BSOF will have a Harris County bus to take us to view some of the "knock your socks off" Christmas lights at different homes in and around Houston. We have been told that all of the Harris County bus drivers know exactly where to go to view the best ones. We will grab a bite to eat at one of our local restaurants at about 5PM so we will be ready to go when it becomes dark outside and be back home at a decent hour. Sign up in the narthex now!
The Longest Night: A Special Evening Service of Candlelight and Prayer
During the ever-lengthening "Christmas season" our culture encourages us to be merry, cheery, and full of warm feelings. For many, though, who feel out of step with these emotions, this pressure adds to feelings of isolation. Whether you are grieving losses, find yourself going through a hard moment in your life, feel the effects of seasonal depression as the nights grow longer, or find yourself needing space to express sadness, pain, or anger—the Longest Night Service is a place to bring those needs before God. The service will be held December 21st, the longest night of the year, at 7pm. We will light candles and bring our prayers before God, remembering that God came into this world precisely to meet us on our longest night.
Brookwood is again delivering poinsettias to MDLC for Christmas. The poinsettias cost $10 each and will be delivered in time to adorn the altar area for Christmas Eve service. The poinsettias may be taken home after the Christmas Eve evening service or the Christmas morning service. A sign-up sheet for ordering the poinsettias is in the Narthex. Please make checks out to Memorial Drive Lutheran Church.
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Help Feed the Homeless by giving to the
Food Pantry at Augustana Lutheran
When shopping for this food pantry, look for nutritious food packaged and ready to eat in containers not requiring a can opener such as pop-top cans or plastic/cardboard containers, for example "lunchables" . Foods to be considered include tuna, pasta, lunches-to-go not requiring refrigeration, fruits and vegetables and meats with pop top cans. Peanut butter is still helpful.
Augustana will transport our donations to their location when we have the donation drawer full and ready for them. They need our help every month to feed our Houston homeless. Please remember our goal of every member making a pantry donation once per month!
MDLC Now offers Online Giving
MDLC now gives you the option of giving your offering or special gifts using the online services provided by Thrivent's Simple giving. Click the link below to register and set up either a one time gift or set up automatic giving either using a credit card or your checking account. If you have any questions or need help contact Gary Tamburello at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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