Sunday, 23 December 2007

Church Service on Christmas Day, 2007

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)





This Christmas, we will be having a short, informal service and celebration of Holy Communion.
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church, although not exclusively so. 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 Tuesday is Christmas Day and we will join with Christians all around the world in celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Lectionary Bible readings for Christmas Day 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. If the audio file doesn't open up automatically, please click on the "BibleGatewayAudio.smil" file which should appear on your computer's desktop after you've clicked on the "Listen" link and you ought to be able to hear the reading.)

Psalms - Psalm 96 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 9: 2-7 / Listen.
New Testament - Titus 2: 11-14 / Listen.
Gospel - Luke 2: 1-14, (15-20) / Listen.


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: thechs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on Christmas Day. If you can't make it, have a wonderful Christmas!

(*Currently the Lao Government does not permit Lao nationals in Laos 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. You will find contact information for these churches in Vientiane here. Should this legislation prohibiting Lao nationals from attending other groups be lifted, we will certainly gladly participate in such changes.)...despite this have a wonderful Christmas too!

The free RealPlayer required to play the Audio Bible passages can be obtained for Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile devices by clicking on this link.