Saturday, 3 November 2012
Church Service on Sunday November 4th, 2012
"Then Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”"
(Mark 8: 34-38)
The Church of the Holy Spirit morning service will be at the ARDA Language Centre at 10 a.m.(Click here for directions how to get there.)
ASEM 2012 - Special Arrangements
If the Luang Phrabang Road (Avenue Souphanavong) is closed to traffic for any reason, you may want to approach as far as Rue Sithong, which branches off the T2 or Rue ASEAN at the third set of traffic lights after Ton Khan Kham Market - it joins the Luang Phrabang Road about 100 metres before the Mercure Hotel (formerly Novotel).
If you park on Rue Sithong and walk the rest of the way, it should take no more than ten minutes on foot to get to the ARDA building.
Alternatively, you could take one of the roads heading out from town parallel to the River Mekong on the river side of the Luang Phrabang Road: Quai Fa Ngum or Rue Phagna Sy - and park on Rue Khounta - that would be a shorter walk of around five minutes.
Hopefully, neither of these options will be necessary and you will manage to get to church as normal.
Please don't let the fact that ASEM is taking place put you off coming to church!
This Sunday morning, we will again be having a Service of Holy Communion.
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 Sunday.
The Bible readings for this Sunday are:
Psalm - Psalm 116: 1-9 / Listen.
Old Testament - Isaiah 50: 4-9 / Listen.
New Testament - James 3: 1-12 / Listen.
Gospel - Mark 8: 22- 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.
The Sunday Evening Fellowship:
There is no Sunday Evening Fellowship this Sunday evening. Please do join us in the morning at Church of the Holy Spirit or at one of the Lao Churches, which will be meeting as usual.
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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