"The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the LORD,
the splendour of our God." Isaiah 35: 1,2
The service will be held at 5 pm in the ARDA Language Centre. (Click here for directions how to get there.)
Please note that there will not be a morning service at 10 am.
This Sunday, the Church of the Holy Spirit and the Sunday Evening Fellowship will be having a Combined Carol Service. This service takes the place of C.H.S.'s regular morning service as both groups combine at the S.E.F.'s usual time of 5 pm 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 drama, as well as 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 146 :5-10 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 35: 1-10 / Listen.
New Testament - James 5: 7-10 / Listen.
Gospel - Matthew 11: 2-11 / Listen.
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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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