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.)
A shepherd who became king wrote these song lyrics around 2800 years ago. They are still relevant today:
"6 Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him.
7 You are my hiding place;
you will protect me from trouble
and surround me with songs of deliverance.
8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
9 Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD's unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
11 Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!"
Psalm 32: 6-11
Please pray for Laos, that the flooding of the Mekong will be contained and its people kept safe. Pray for those already affected, that they will be comforted in their loss and helped as they seek to recover from the damage caused.
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 thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
The Lectionary Bible readings for this Sunday are:
Psalms - Psalm 67: 1-7 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 56: 1,6-8 / Listen.
New Testament - Romans 11: 1-2a,29-32 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 15: 10-28 / Listen.
The Bible reading for Sunday's sermon is:
John 10 / 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)
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