Welcome toMemorial Drive Lutheran Church!12211 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
(At the corner of Memorial Dr. and Gessner)
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.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Third Sunday of Easter
Today's gospel begins with two disciples walking to Emmaus, overcome with sadness, loss, and disappointment. They had hoped Jesus, who was crucified, would be the one to redeem Israel! Yet the risen Christ walks with them, and then opens their eyes in the breaking of the bread. Each Sunday our hearts burn within us as the scriptures are proclaimed and Christ appears to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. The story of Emmaus becomes the pattern of our worship each Lord's day.
Prayer of the Day
O God, your Son makes himself known to all his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Alleluia. Our hearts | burn within us* while you open to | us the scriptures. Alleluia. (Luke 24:32)
Readings and Psalm
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Receiving God's promise through baptism
Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
I will call on the name of the Lord. (Ps. 116:13)
1 Peter 1:17-23
Born anew through the living word of God
Eating with the risen Christ
HYMNS FOR WORSHIP
Christ the Lord Is Risen Today!
Hymn of the Day
In Christ Called to Baptism
Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ
Day of Arising
That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright
Special Congregational Meeting May 7
There will be a special congregational meeting on May 7 immediately following worship service. The meeting has been called by the Council to allow the congregation to consider adoption of amendments to the MDLC constitution, which may be accessed HERE.
The amendments would conform the MDLC constitution to the recently enacted ELCA model constitution, which was approved by the Church-wide Assembly in August 2016. This recently enacted model constitution makes certain minor editing enhancements, but the primary changes are (1) to reflect the ELCA's participation in the global Lutheran World Federation and its resolve to seek greater Christian unity, and (2) incorporation of several provisions on the rostering, calling and serving of "ministers of word and service". "Ministers of word and service", or what the ELCA now refers to as "deacons", include several previous categories of positions and roles, including associates in ministry. Pam Tamburello's title will no longer be "associate in ministry" , but rather "deacon". The Council has considered the proposed amendments to the MDLC constitution and recommends their adoption.
While reviewing the constitutional amendments, the Council also reviewed the MDLC bylaws to see if any conforming changes would be needed. No conforming changes are required, but the Council also is recommending adoption of limited amendments to the bylaws, which may be accessed HERE, including (1) incorporation of a statement regarding participation in communion that much more closely tracks and reflects the current congregational practice, and (2) making the Pastor and the Council President ex officio, rather than advisory, members of the Nominating Committee and Call Committee, respectively.
A limited number of paper copies of the track change drafts (showing all changes proposed to be made) are also available in the Narthex. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of the proposed changes, please talk with Pastor Will, Karen Carter, or Mike Riggs.
Service is a Lifestyle, Make it Yours
As we move through the Season of Lent and celebrate Easter it is time to look at new beginnings. Our focus in Service are Toiletries which have been identified by 4 out of 5 Service Partners as needed. To support this are doing the following :
- We are making deliveries to East Spring Branch Food Pantry each week.
- In addition we are also working with WAM to reduce price , improve quality and selection. We did a test run this week achieved all goal saving them 44%
- This Sunday Easter bags for the girls at Krause center will be put together during the Potluck after church.
- At Kindred we are in research phase on Toiletry Bags and First Aid bags for the homeless.
- Westside Homeless Partnership has scheduled Art Camp in June on 7 and 8th in the Fellowship Hall. Volunteers needed. Save the date if you are interested in helping.
On a sad note we are finishing up the Backpack program this month and need some help finishing up the Toiletries before they are taken to San Antonio. Anyone interesting in helping contact Ron Richter at Service@MDLC.org
MDLC is exploring the opportunity to participate in a summer softball league at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 1515 Hillendahl, if you are interested in playing either sign up in the Narthex or click HERE to sign up on line.
Service Opportunity Survey
We want your input on Service Projects. Print out and turn in this form or contact Service@MDLC.org for how to volunteer or suggest new opportunities you would like to see.
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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