Friday, 26 December 2008

Church Service on Sunday 28th December, 2008

Happy Christmas!
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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 second Sunday after Christmas Day.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 148 / Listen.

Old Testament - Isaiah 61:10 - 62:3 / Listen.

New Testament - Galatians 4: 4-7 / Listen.

Gospel - Luke 2: 22-40 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Christmas Day Church Service, 2008

The Christmas Day service will be at 10 am at the ARDA Language Centre. (Click here for directions how to get there.)
Look forward to seeing you there!

Church Service on Sunday 21st December, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 fourth Sunday in Advent.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 89: 1-4,19-26 / Listen.

Old Testament - 2 Samuel 7: 1-11,16 / Listen.

New Testament - Romans 16: 25-27 / Listen.

Gospel - Luke 1: 26-38 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Combined Carol Service with the Sunday Evening Fellowship, 14th December 2008 at 4 pm

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 held at 4 pm in the courtyard of the ARDA Hope Centre, just behind the ARDA Language Centre. Please note that there will not be a morning service at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)


"Fa-la-la-la, la, la-la-la-la!"

This Sunday, we will be having a Combined Carol Service with the Sunday Evening Fellowship. This service takes the place of our regular morning worship. We hope that as many people as possible will come along, so please, even if you are very much a "morning person" join with us so that it will truly be a combined service and not just the evening group happening an hour early. A choir will be leading the singing and there will also be input from the children and younger people, so it promises to be a really special event.

This Sunday is the third Sunday in Advent.
The Lectionary Bible readings for Sunday 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 126 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 61: 1-4,8-11 / Listen.
New Testament - 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 / Listen.
Gospel - John 1: 6-8,19-28 / Listen.


If you want any further information, then please email us at: thechs@gmail.com.

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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Church Service on Sunday 7th December, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 second Sunday of Advent.
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 2: / Listen.

New Testament - Colossians 1: 15-20 / Listen.

Gospel - Matthew 1: 18-25 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 28 November 2008

Church Service on Sunday 30th November, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 Advent Sunday and marks the beginning of a new year in the Church calendar.

The Bible reading for this Sunday is:


Gospel - Matthew 1: 1-17 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Church Service on Sunday 23rd November, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 Sunday Next before Advent (Reign of Christ the King).
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 73: 1-28 / Listen.

New Testament - 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 / Listen.

Gospel - Matthew 24: 36-51 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Church Service on Sunday 16th November, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 second Sunday before Advent.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 90: 1-8,12 / Listen.

Old Testament - Zephaniah 1: 7,12-18 / Listen.

New Testament - 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 / Listen.

Gospel - Matthew 25: 14-30 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Church Service on Sunday 9th November, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 before Advent.
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 86 / Listen.

New Testament - Philippians 1: 9-11 / Listen.

Gospel - Luke 11: 1-13 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Church Service On Sunday 2nd November, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 fourth Sunday before Advent.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 34: 1-10 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 51: 1-6 / Listen.
New Testament - Revelation 7: 9-17 / Listen.
1 John 3: 1-3 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 5: 1-12 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Church Service On Sunday 26th October, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 last Sunday after Trinity.
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 86 / Listen.
New Testament - Philippians 1: 9-11 / Listen.
Gospel - Luke 11: 1-13 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Church Service On Sunday 19th October, 2008

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 Sunday is the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity.

This Sunday we will be studying John: 11:1-44 / Listen.

(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 10 October 2008

Church Service On Sunday 12th October, 2008

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 Sunday is the twenty-first Sunday after Trinity.
The Bible reading for this Sunday's sermon is:
New Testament - 1 Thessalonians: 1 / Listen.



(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Church Service On Sunday 5th October, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 twentieth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 80: 7-15 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 5: 1-7 / Listen.
New Testament - Philippians 3: 4-14 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 21: 33-46 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Church Service On Sunday 28th September, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 nineteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 25: 1-9 / Listen.
Old Testament - Ezekiel 18: 1-4, 25-32 / Listen.
New Testament - Philippians 2: 1-13 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 21: 23-32 / Listen.


The Bible readings for Sunday's sermon are:
Psalm 145, Luke 1:68-79 and Ephesians 1:3-10.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

Church Service On Sunday 21st September, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 145: 1-8 / Listen.
Old Testament - Jonah 3:10-4;11 / Listen.
New Testament - Philippians 1: 21-30 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 20: 1-16 / Listen.


The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
Philippians 3:12 - 4:1 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 12 September 2008

"The God who speaks!" - Welcome Service and Barbeque - 14th September, 2008

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 Sunday, we will be having a service, especially to welcome people who either new or newly returned to Laos. The theme for the service will be: "The God who speaks", which will be the first in a series entitled "The God who speaks, and the God who listens".
After the service, we hope you will be able to stay for a Barbeque, which we are hosting. There is no charge for the barbeque, all you need bring is yourself!



This Sunday is the seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms -
Psalm 19 / Listen.

New Testament -
2 Timothy 3: 14 - 4: 5 / Listen.

Gospel -
Matthew 4: 1-11
Matthew 5: 17-18
Matthew 7: 24-29/
Listen.


(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.)


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, if it is a Communion Service they may rejoin us for this.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Saturday, 6 September 2008

Church Service On Sunday 7th September, 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 119: 33-40 / Listen.
Old Testament - Ezekiel 33: 7-11 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 13: 8-14 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 18: 15-20 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 31st August 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 26: 1-8 / Listen.
Old Testament - Jeremiah 15: 15-21 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 12: 9-21 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 16: 21-28 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Friday, 22 August 2008

Church Service On Sunday, 24th August 2008

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 Sunday, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion. (This is normally the case every Sunday with the exception of the last Sunday of each month, when we have all-age worship. That said: over the "summer" we will be varying this pattern a little.)
Our Holy Communion services customarily follow a liturgy drawn from the Anglican Church. 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 fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:

Psalms - Psalm 138 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 51: 1-6 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 12: 1-8 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 16: 13-20 / Listen.

The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
Psalm 110 / Listen.


(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.)


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 when this is being celebrated.

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 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. 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.)

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.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Vientiane flooding update

In case the server for the Vientiane Times is busy, here is the latest from their website: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la.


"Residents warned to remain vigilant against flooding

Officials have warned Vientiane residents to remain vigilant as the rainy season continues, even though the level of the Mekong River has started to drop.
Vientiane’s Flood Prevention Supervising Committee Chairman, Standing Deputy Prime Minister Mr Somsavat Lengsavad, gave an interview at the Lao National Television Station on Sunday.
He highlighted the urgent work required after the flooding and spoke about the measures officials and residents used to prevent the capital from being flooded.

He said September was usually the month with the highest rainfall and urged people to continue to closely follow information released by the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
“I have told the department to coordinate with their counterparts in foreign countries closely to ensure we’re prepared if a storm occurs,” Mr Somsavat said.

“We have won the first battle in the fight against major flooding, but we should not be careless. We should keep close surveillance on the situation.”

He said taskforces must be formed as a precautionary measure to ensure residents were always prepared and technical teams needed to monitor sandbags dikes regularly.

Mr Somsavat warned residents not to remove sandbags for personal use because that may cause problems in the future.

Establishing a city task force committee, chaired by Mr Somsavat, was one of the measures undertaken in the fight against flooding. District-level task forces were also established.

The city committee focused on three main strategies: preventing Vientiane from flooding, minimising the loss of lives and property and reducing any inconvenience to residents. The committee decided to increase the sandbag dike from Sikhottabong’s Kaoliew village to Hadxaifong’s Chinaimo area, covering a length of 15km.

To achieve this goal the committee assigned 600 officials for each kilometre of dike, and instructed them to work around the clock. One technical officer was made responsible for supervising every 500m of construction.

One hundred and twenty vehicles transported 40,000 cubic metres of sand and more than 12,000 cubic metres of soil to make 1.3 million sandbags, according to Vientiane Mayor Dr Sinlavong Khoutphaythoune
The dike can withstand the river if it rises as high as 14.5m.

“If the level doesn’t exceed 14.5m, we are safe. But if water levels are forecast to go higher than that, we will discuss what steps need to be taken,” Mr Somsavat said.

Vientiane has been flooded four times: in 1966 when the level of the Mekong was measured at 12.71m, in 1972 when it reached 12.51m, in 1979 at 12.08 m and in 2002 at 12.6m.

In response to these floods, the Lao government constructed an embankment capable of preventing flooding at river levels up to 13.5m.

This year records were broken when water levels reached 13.68m.
Although the main city was safe, 93 villages in suburban areas experienced flooding, and more than 5,000 families are facing shortages of drinking water.

Dr Sinlavong said officials met with 26 drinking water business operators on Saturday to explore ways to assist the affected people. The operators were willing to divide into groups and supply drinking water to affected communities at standard prices.

A shortage of polished rice, due to the flooding of the rice mill, and medicines to treat diseases are also causing problems.

Mr Somsavat urged companies from state and private sectors, foreign expatriates, international organisations and foreign embassies to provide urgent assistance, particularly medical supplies and drinking water.

Mr Somsavat, on behalf of the government and Vientiane’s leading officials, thanked all involved in the flood prevention efforts for their support and hard work.

Mr Somsavat revealed a long-term plan for the establishment of a 12km permanent dike along the Mekong River bank, to be funded by a loan from the Republic of Korea.

The government is also considering constructing a dike along roads at risk of floods in Hadxaifong district’s Nalong village and the Markhiew stream area.

He informed residents living along the Mekong River that authorities will inspect properties for illegally constructed drainage systems that flow into the river.

By SOUKSAKHONE VAENKEO
(Latest Update August 19, 2008)"


Although the water level has begun to decrease, because the threat of flooding remains a possibility until the end of the rainy season, we will try to keep you informed as and when we hear news of any further problems.
Many thanks to those of you who have been following these events and praying for Laos in this situation. Please continue to remember this country and its people.