Thursday, 25 December 2014

Church Services on Sunday December 28th, 2014

Happy Christmas and 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.



“Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”  
(Luke 2: 29-32)


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 is the first Sunday of Christmas.

The Bible readings for this Sunday are:


Psalm - 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

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 several families with young children who are part of the congregation. We welcome people of all ages in church but if needed, we have a creche where we are happy to help with looking after young children and babies.

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 permits Lao nationals to worship within 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, 22 December 2014

Church Services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, 2014

Christmas Eve, 2014


Christmas Eve 2014 at 6 pm


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.



The Church of the Holy Spirit Christmas Eve service will be held at 6.00 pm in the ARDA Language Centre. (Click here for directions how to get there.)
This Christmas Eve you are welcome to join us for a Service of Lessons and Carols.


Christmas Day, 2014


Christmas Day 2014 at 10 am




There will be a Family-friendly Christmas Day morning service at 10.00 am at the ARDA Language Centre. (Click here for directions how to get there.)
Look forward to seeing you there!


Friday, 19 December 2014

Church Services on Sunday December 21st, 2014

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.






" And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendents forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”  

(Luke 1: 46-56)




All-Age 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, on the fourth Sunday of Advent, are taken from:


New Testament - Luke 1: 26-56 / 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.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Combined Carol Service at Vientiane International School 3.30 pm Sunday 14th December, 2014


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.






"For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. 
In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. 
Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. 
All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” 
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. 
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, 
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, 
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations." 
Isaiah 61: 8-11

 The Sunday Evening Fellowship and Church of the Holy Spirit combined carol service morning service will be at the Vientiane International School at 3.30 p.m. (Please click on this link for map and directions to the school from the Morning Market.)

Please note that there will be NO morning service at 10 am or Sunday Evening Fellowship at 5 pm.


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 and Sunday Evening Fellowship as both groups combine at 3.30 pm. 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 early. A choir will be 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.)

Old Testament - Isaiah 61: 1-4,8-11 / Listen.
New Testament - 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 / Listen.
Gospel (1) - Luke 1: 47-55 / Listen.
Gospel (2) - 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 2014

Church Services on Sunday December 7th, 2014

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.


“Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation. I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants— but let them not turn to folly. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven. The Lord will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.”  
(Psalm 85 : 7-15)


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 is the second Sunday in Advent.

The Bible readings for this Sunday are:


Psalm - Psalm 85 : 1-13 / Listen.


Old Testament - Isaiah 40: 1-11 / Listen.


New Testament - 2 Peter 3: 8-15a / Listen.


Gospel - Mark 1: 1-8 / 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 several families with young children who are part of the congregation. We welcome people of all ages in church but if needed, we have a creche where we are happy to help with looking after young children and babies.

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 permits Lao nationals to worship within 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.