Saturday, 26 October 2013

Church Services on Sunday October 27th, 2013

Services as usual: 10 am and 5 pm, ARDA Language Centre.

Apologies for this minimalist update - away from usual routine, out of country at present. For more details, including how to get to where the services are held, please click on earlier posts, in the archive section on the right hand column of the webpage. Thanks.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Church Services on Sunday October 20th, 2013

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit and Sunday Evening Fellowship, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.







"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:5)


All-Age Harvest Thanksgiving Service



This Sunday morning at 10 am, the CHS will be having an All-Age service at the ARDA Language Centre. This, as the title suggests is a service intended to be suitable for people of all-ages. Children will remain with us for the whole service.



The Bible Readings for the service are:


Old Testament - Genesis 3: 1-13 / Listen.


New Testament - Galatians 5: 22-25 / Listen.


Gospel - Luke 13: 6-9 / Listen.



The Sunday Evening Fellowship:
The Sunday Evening Fellowship meets at 5 pm, also at the ARDA Language Centre.


The format for the evenings is usually to have a time of praise and prayer, followed by Bible teaching. Once a month, we celebrate Communion.
Sunday School and creche facilities are available.
More details about the (S.E.F.) will be available on the website soon.


For more information, 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, 18 October 2013

Pakse Air Crash - 16th October 2013 : Prayer and Support

Pakse Air Crash



As most people connected in some way with Laos will be aware, Lao Airlines flight QV301 crashed on Wednesday as it prepared to land in stormy weather at Pakse airport in southern Laos. The forty four passengers and five crew are all thought to have died. As I type this, the search continues to recover the victims .

Living as I do, beside the River Mekong, in Vientiane, I also hear the sound of festivities as this year's boat racing festival takes place. There seems an incongruity between the happiness of the festivities here while I know that downstream in Pakse, there is so much grief and the pain of unfulfilled longing and loss.
In the Bible, Saint Paul tells the Christian community in Rome to "rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep".

Today I want to try to help those who are in the latter category. 

The Christian community here has been impacted through the loss of two of its own young people. I know that the sense of loss and shock goes far beyond our immediate church community. At times of crisis such as these, people often sense a need to look for spiritual support and also want to know what they can do to help friends and loved ones, who are hurting because of what has happened.

It is always good to make time to listen to those who are grieving. If you or someone you are concerned about wants to spend time talking about how they have been affected by the Pakse crash, then please email me at thechs@gmail.com and I will make a priority of finding time to try to help.

As a Christian, I believe in the power and willingness of God to hear and answer prayer. 

Please pray for the families and friends of all those who have died - that they will find comfort in their loss. 

Pray for all those involved in the effort to recover their loved ones, that in the midst of difficult conditions, they will have the strength to persevere until the work is done. 

Pray for the practical arrangements that have to be made to help families to get to Pakse and for good communication between the authorities and those who are mourning, that there will be care and sensitivity shown and if expectations are not met, that there will be God-given grace and patience to cope.

Pray for those whose job it is to find out what caused the crash, that they will be given every assistance to help answer the questions of those who want to know what happened and to enable those in positions of responsibility to take the necessary steps to lessen the likelihood of tragedies like this happening again.

If you are not accustomed to praying, you don't need to do anything more than pour out your heart to God. As we're reminded in the Old Testament, in Psalm 147, verse 3: "He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds."

For any of you whose background makes you more familiar with more structured prayers, I hope you will find the following helpful.

Gracious God,
through your Son you have taught us
that nothing in life or death
is able to separate us from your love.
Look in mercy on all
to whom great sorrow has come
through the air crash in Pakse.
Console and protect
those who have lost loved ones.
Strengthen the members of the recovery teams
and all who seek to bring relief and comfort.
Give your light in the darkness
to all who are near to despair,
and assure them that you hold all souls in life;
through Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Amen.


There will be two English language church services happening as usual at ARDA Language Centre tomorrow at 10 am and 5 pm. If you are not in the habit of coming to church but because of what has happened would like to attend, please do so. I will be happy to meet with you and pray with you after either of these services.

Kind regards,

Tony (Pastor - Church of the Holy Spirit)

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Church Services on Sunday October 13th, 2013

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit and Sunday Evening Fellowship, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.






"Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord. 
(Psalm 117)


Church of the Holy Spirit:

 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.)

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 twenty first Sunday after Pentecost

The Bible readings for this Sunday are:



Psalm - Psalm 117 / Listen.


Old Testament - Deuteronomy 32: 36-43 / Listen.


New Testament - 1st reading Ephesians 2: 11-22 / Listen.


New Testament - 2nd reading Romans 15: 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

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.

Click here for information regarding our Child Protection Policy.




The Sunday Evening Fellowship:

The Sunday Evening Fellowship meets at 5 pm, also at the ARDA Language Centre.


The format for the evenings is usually to have a time of praise and prayer, followed by Bible teaching. Once a month, we celebrate Communion.
Sunday School and creche facilities are available.
More details about the (S.E.F.) will be available on the website soon or click on this email address to contact us.


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, 5 October 2013

Church Services on Sunday October 6th, 2013

Welcome to the website of the Church of the Holy Spirit and Sunday Evening Fellowship, Vientiane, Laos: an international group of believers and seekers from many different backgrounds, sharing together the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.






"They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 
(Isaiah 11: 9,10)


Church of the Holy Spirit:

 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.)

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 Pentecost

The Bible readings for this Sunday are:



Psalm - Psalm 78: 1-19 / Listen.


Old Testament - Isaiah 11: 1-10 / Listen.


New Testament - Romans 15: 1-13 / Listen.


Gospel - Matthew 3: 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

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.

Click here for information regarding our Child Protection Policy.




The Sunday Evening Fellowship:

The Sunday Evening Fellowship meets at 5 pm, also at the ARDA Language Centre.


The format for the evenings is usually to have a time of praise and prayer, followed by Bible teaching. Once a month, we celebrate Communion.
Sunday School and creche facilities are available.
More details about the (S.E.F.) will be available on the website soon or click on this email address to contact us.


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.