Thursday, 8 March 2007

Holy Communion Service for Sunday 11th March

ARDA Language Centre, Vientiane, 10 a.m.
(There is a clickable map along with directions to the church here.)

In the Anglican and many other Christian traditions Holy Communion is celebrated whenever we meet to worship. At the Church of the Holy Spirit, we currently try to celebrate this sacrament every Sunday, except on the last Sunday of the month, when we we have an all-age service. Why this last Sunday should be any different is open to question. As a congregation, we have been thinking and indeed are continuing to think about how we do church. The matter of children and Communion is perhaps an issue that needs to be included in our current discussions. In the meantime the current pattern will continue.
Our Holy Communion services follow an Anglican liturgy. Since we are an international congregation from a range of backgrounds and traditions, the liturgy we use has been chosen to be as inclusive as possible. You certainly do not require to be Anglican or a member of a particular denomination to share with us at the Communion table. The table around which we share the bread and wine belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and all who love him and seek to love him more are invited to participate with us.
Since we celebrate Holy Communion towards the end of our worship service, if you do not feel that you wish to participate in the sacrament, you are welcome to join with us and remain seated while others gather round the table. This is entirely normal and acceptable. In other words, do not let the fact that we are celebrating Communion, stop you from joining us at church. We warmly welcome you to be with us, wherever you might consider yourself to be on your life's journey.

This Sunday is the third Sunday in Lent and the Lectionary Bible readings are as follows:

(Click on the reference to read the passage, or alternatively, click on "Listen" to hear the chapter containing the verses being read - to do this you need to have RealPlayer installed on your computer or mobile device. For further information please click on the link at the foot of this post.)

Old Testament - Isaiah 55: 1-9 / Listen.
Psalms - Psalm 63: 1-8 / Listen.
New Testament - 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13 / Listen.
Gospel - Luke 13: 1-9, (Luke 13: 31-35) / Listen.

Children are normally present with us during the first part of our service before leaving for their own teaching in Sunday School. They are of course free to remain throughout the service. If children do decide to go to Sunday School they may rejoin us for Communion.

Creche facilities: There are currently families with young children who are part of the congregation. There is no formal creche as yet but we are happy to help with looking after young children.

If you want any further information, then please email us at:

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals to worship outwith the three recognized Lao churches. If you are a Lao national reading this and interested in finding out more about what Christians believe, you can find out more at one of the following officially recognised churches for Lao nationals: The Lao Evangelical Church, The Roman Catholic Church and the Seventh Day Adventist Church. We hope to provide more contact information for these in due course. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)

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